In one of the most awesome neighborhoods in America, that features Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the home of New York’s largest “Little Italy.”
As Chuck rode in a pedi-cab down Arthur Avenue, named after President Chester A. Arthur, kind of a boring president, but Arthur Avenue makes up for it, as there is nothing boring here.
Starting at the legendary Mario's, aka, Vera Mario, known from a famous scene in The Godfather and also featured on The Sopranos, it is one awesome place. Joseph Migliucci gave Chuck his secret of making their delicious octopus salad. Just cooking the octopus to make it tender is a long process, then cleaning it and adding the fresh ingredients, made it a true work of art.
Next stop, Chuck heads to Casa Della Mozzarella where Orazio Carciotto turns plain old milk into amazing fresh mozzarella. Orazio makes about two thousand pounds a week of what the locals call the best mozzarella in the world while Peter Fusco runs the front of the shop. Orazio makes sure the water is the perfect temperature to stretch the cheese curds into balls and twists of the soft delicious cheese that Chuck agreed is the best he ever tasted.
At the trattoria Zero Otto Nove, chef Roberto Paciullo made pasta al forno, the homey baked pasta dish just like his mamma used to make. Roberto and Chuck made the small meatballs for the dish, and Chuck had a difficult time waiting for the dish to be ready.
At Vincent's Meat Market, Peter De Luca and Chuck made lamb sausage. On Arthur Avenue, the rule of not asking how the sausage is made, is thrown out the window. Here everyone can see just how it is made. Peter makes about a thousand pounds of sausage a day; yes, a half of a ton! When they were through making the sausage, they went to Peter's Aunt Lillian’s home where she prepared it with peppers, onions and fresh bread to make the guys a delicious sandwich. When the entire Italian family showed up, everyone was ready for Aunt Lillian’s traditional homemade sausage sandwich, and Chuck was first in line on this episode of “Chuck’s Eat the Street.”
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