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New York City Travel Guide

Little Italy

Just east of Broadway, you’ll find the remains of what once was a thriving, lively community of Italian Americans: the tangle of streets that make up Little Italy. The few nostalgic blocks surrounding Mulberry Street between NoLIta and bustling Canal Street are still a cheerful salute to all things Italian, with red-green-and-white street decorations on permanent display and specialty grocers

and cannelloni makers dishing up delights. It is all a bit touristy these days, and you should look elsewhere if you're looking for a great Italian restaurant meal. Still, Little Italy is fun to walk around, and several of the food stores on Grand Street are worth a stop if you're after an edible souvenir.

Every September, Mulberry Street becomes the giant Feast of San Gennaro, a crowded 11-day festival that sizzles with the smell of sausages and onions (don't miss John Fasullo's braciole, an iconic sandwich filled with filet of pork roasted over a coal pit and topped with peppers and onions). This is by far the city's most extensive annual street fair.

If you’re looking for a bigger and more bustling Little Italy, head up to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and you'll find several good restaurants and a cornucopia of authentic Italian goods, all of them marketed to New Yorkers and tourists alike.

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