Last Friday, 6 January, our Italian Club students spent a lovely afternoon visiting the Little Italy in the Bronx on Arthur Avenue. Their first stop was a gift shop that sold all authentic realia from Italy ranging from sport scarves, cards, t-shirts and jerseys. Then students shopped for really good Italian food at places such as:
- Borgatti’s Ravioli and Egg Noodles (where they bought fresh pasta that cannot be found in a regular supermarket)
- La Casa della Mozzarella (where the owner gave us all fresh samples of Buffalo mozzarella — thanks to Joseph Doria for making that happen!)
- Arthur Avenue Retail market (which is an indoor market that sells several Italian specialties)
Students also visited the famous bakeries in the area, including, Egidio Pastry Shop, Delillo Pastry Shop and Terranova Bakery. These visits permitted the students to bring home desserts and delicious bread to our families for when they returned home.
Students made friends with several of the vendors and even practiced their Italian. The afternoon ended with dinner at a restaurant called Zero Otto Nove. (If you cannot afford to take a trip to Italy, a visit to this restaurant is highly recommend!) Students sat in the middle of the restaurant, but they felt like they were in the middle of a piazza in an Italian city. The brick oven pizzas were also DELIZIOSE!! A great time was had by all!
A huge “Thank You” to Mrs. Susan Vasselman and Ms. Mary Martinez for leading the students on the trip! Thanks to Mrs. Vasselman for the write-up of the trip!