Pastosa is an Italian specialty store that carries home made pasta, sauces, cheeses, etc. This store has been a favorite of my wife's family for a long time. If we are not making our own pasta; we are coming here to buy it. You can find a large variety of ravioli, manicotti, stuffed shells, tortellini, and other pasta as well as the sauce to go with them. I have been hooked on this place since my wife first introduced me to their pasta in 2007. Every time we are in the Bronx; which is quite often since we have family here; we stop in to purchase some of their delicious pasta.
They carry a large variety of large round and medium square ravioli in a large variety of fillings. Our favorites are the plain cheese, butternut squash, pumpkin and mushroom ravioli. The ravioli come in boxes of 12 for the large round and 36 for the medium square. Prices range from$7.99-14.99 depending on the filling; the Lobster ravioli is the most expensive. Their gnocchi is also a favorite; especially their pumpkin flavor which is great in the fall with a sage butter sauce my wife makes herself. Their cavatelli and fusilli are also very good. The pecorino and provolone cheeses are very good and also are on our shopping list when we come here.
All the pasta here is amazingly fresh and so delicious. Once you come here for yourself; you will be hooked as well.
This is the bakery that Liz and her family love. After having some pastry from this place I can understand their devotion. The bakery always has a line of people waiting to place their order. The bakery itself is rather small but has display cases packed with cookies, cakes, pies, pastry and breads.
Our last trip here Liz ordered some assorted pastries and some Cinnamon twists. The Tiramisu is very good as are the cream puffs and Lobster Tails. The cinnamon twists were a first for me but also excellent.
What to buy: My favorite is the individual portions of Tiramisu. Liz loves the Lobster TAil. Her Dad is a cream puff addict and her Mom loves the cannoli.
What to pay: An order of two cream puffs, two cannoli, a lobster tail and a tiramisu was $12.
Walking down Arthur Avenue towards 185th street you will find the Arthur Ave. Retail Market. Its a european style market complete with home made and imported sausages, cheeses, fresh vegetables, imported olive oil and olives, ceramics, gourmet pastas and more. In a true NYC/Italian atmosphere, you are sure to be offered to try the different sausages, cheeses and olives before you buy and will probably end up buying more then you anticipated. Who could pass up the fresh mozarella in vinagrette just made today?? Or the olives from Bari??
Across the street is a great restaurant for brick oven pizza and calzones. They have one of the oldest brick ovens in the country. Get a slice of pizza to go or have a meal in the restaurant in the back.
What to buy: Cheese, Sausage, Olives, Ceramics, Fresh Vegetables, Sauses, Olive Oil, Pasta, MMM!!!
Directions: Arthur Avenue, between 186 and 185th streets.
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Its lively, noisy, littered, and a bit crowded on weekends. Fordham Road gives you the experience of the energy of the Bronx, and here its obvious you have left Manhattan. If you want some bargain prices (and sometimes also cheaply made) but fashionable clothes head for the shops on Fordham Road in the area around the Fordham subway stop. I got a great purse here for 3 dollars and I used to buy a lot of clothes here too. And since fashions are not meant to last, why pay top dollar for clothes that are?
What to buy: Cheap clothes, shoes, accessories. Furniture if you are so inclined. Ah, and there is a jewelry store where you can get gold caps for your teeth and gold neclaces with your name on them, both Bronx fashion statements. Usually there are vendors selling ices, churros, hot dogs etc and one person sells an illegal but very effective substance for killing cockroaches, which is quite popular with the locals given the state of some of the buildings in the area.
What to pay: A LOT less than in Manhattan.
Address: Fordham Road
Directions: Take the D train from Manhattan, direction Uptown, to the Fordham Road stop.Related to:
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This shop bakes great bread that is distributed throughout the Bronx and Queens. They have a few tables for you to sit and have coffee and enjoy some cookies or other pastries. Order them to go and enjoy them throuought the rest of your trip around the area. mmmm!
I used to live nearby and when walking up to my apartment would catch the sweet aroma of the bread that I would then have to consider turning around and going back down and getting some of that bread for dinner!
Address: 2413 Arthur Ave.
Directions: Near the corner of Arthur Avenue and 187th Street
Don´t miss Egidios Pastry Shop on 187th street. About 1 or 2 blocks east of Arthur Avenue. They have great cakes and pastries and you can sit down for a cappucino too.
Also along 187th you can find an imported gift store, Catholic goods shop, a few restaurants and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church.
And as I mentioned, The neighborhood is not totally focused on tourism so don´t be surprised to also walk by the McDonalds, dime stores, laundromat, florist, clothes stores etc.
Directions: Near the cross roads of Arthur Ave and 187th Street. D train to Fordham Road or Metro North Train to Fordham Station.
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Besides the Retail Market, along Arthur Ave. you can also find clams on the half shell that the owners are sure to convince you to try and a couple excellent bakeries and good restaurants. I always loved the smell of fresh bread coming through the windows as I walked up the stairs to my apartment. (try the garlic and roasted red pepper focaccia!) The place in the picture is between 186 and 187th but my favorite was the one on the other side of 187th across from Citibank, The Arthur Ave. Baking Company. They ship the bread to the other boroughs as well. VERY good bread and Italian pastries. There is also a meat shop along Arthur ave that usually has a couple lambs hanging in the window (just like in Italy!)
Directions: Arthur Ave between 188th and 185th streets.
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