Looking for a fun Bronx themed gift idea for your favorite foodie? Consider heading to Arthur Avenue-aka the Real Little Italy– and check out some of the delicious gift basket options available this holiday season. These baskets can be customized and start at $45, both in-store and online:
–Mike’s Deli first opened in the early 1950s by Michele “Mike” Greco after coming to the Bronx from Calabria, Italy with just $50 in his pocket. Today, the deli offers a variety of gift baskets, boxes, and customizable options for its customers. Gift baskets can include items like meats (sausage, pepperoni, sopressata), cheese (provolone, Locatelli Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano), homemade sauce and pasta, and specialty items like Italian olives and Panettone. Baskets and boxes are available in store or online starting at $45. Learn more.
-Give your loved ones a taste of Arthur Avenue with help from Tino’s Deli. Owned and operated by Rosa and Giancarlo Paciullo who met in Italy as pen pals and have been married for over 50 years, Tino’s Deli offers baskets filled with authentic Italian favorites like imported Italian pasta, amazing sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic, Fine Italian Chocolates, mouth-watering biscotti and other treats. Custom options are also available. Baskets are available in store or online starting at $50. Learn more.
-Before the holiday season begins, Joe’s Italian Deli gathers products from various regions of Italy to include in their gourmet baskets. For the 40+ years that Joe’s has been in business, popular items have included Italian dry sausage and imported cheese, Italian chocolate, Italian figs, Italian Torrone, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pesto, pasta, taralli, biscotti, and their homemade mozzarella. Baskets are available in store or online starting at $200. Learn more.
Marie’s Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans & Gifts, a family-owned and operated specialty coffee and gift shop, works with any budget to ensure the recipient loves what they receive. Baskets traditionally include fresh coffee beans, Panettone, and Italian Chocolate, imported dishware from Italy and ceramic coffee and espresso cups, coffee makers, and espresso and cappuccino machines. Baskets are available in store or shipped if you call the store. Learn more.
Teitel Brothers, established in 1915 and now in its fourth generation, is known for their high-quality Italian gourmet specialty items at low retail prices. Gift baskets can be custom made and include delectable items such as Parmigiano Reggiano, imported olive oil, canned tomatoes, aged vinegar, dried sausage and more. Customers can also choose to have a basket made for them based on how much they wish to spend. Baskets are available through phone order and by pickup only starting at $100. Learn more.
About Bronx Little Italy
For over 100 years, Bronx Little Italy has welcomed generations of families into their local, family-owned small businesses to shop for all the holiday groceries one may need to chef up an Arthur Avenue-worthy dinner at home. Today, Arthur Avenue continues this tradition while also treating shoppers to fun, festive activities such as holiday caroling and visits from Santa and his elf. Even if you can’t make it to the Bronx this holiday season, businesses like Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles, Vincent’s Meat Market, & Artuso Pastry Shop offer shipping to bring Bronx Little Italy to you.
In addition, Little Italy in the Bronx has its own pasta sauce and products, which are distributed nationally and are also available on Amazon.com. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Belmont Business Improvement District to help preserve the neighborhood and traditions for generations to come.