Apr 8 2017

Addeo & Sons Bakery

2372 Hughes Ave
Bronx, NY 10458 (Belmont)
(718) 367-8316

Another feels right place I spotted. Zero Otto Nove uses their Italian bread, which is super delicious. They’ve two locations – Arthur Ave – one block from each other. Frank Sinatra’s portraits are prominently displayed in the store. They offer to slice for you.

Apr 8 2017

Casa della Mozzarella

604 E 187th St,
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 364-3867

House of Mozzarella. I’ve a nose for food. The door could not have been smaller but it just feels right. So I went in. I feel dizzy from all the stuff hanging high and packed shelves – a flea market? a junk yard? I feel dizzy that I find a little gem. They make the best mozzarella in the world. Zero Otto Nove gets their mozzarella from them. The line is long, all the time. And don’t try to go there next week, during the Good Friday if you don’t prepare to wait for hours.


… and … I love artichoke. And consider the Italians know how to cook them. Sooo … I was ready to buy. Then one of the guys began to crack open this big metal can Ciro sarciofi alla romana con gambo. Before I knew it, he fished out one artichoke after anther. Gee … I would think they cook them. Oh well.




Apr 8 2017

Trattoria Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Ave
Bronx, NY 10458 (Belmont)
(718) 220-1027

Love the high ceiling! Joyous waiting staff. Delicious foods. The big clock is cool. Don’t let it door to fool you. The bar area is ordinary, the big mirror is kind of … but after the tunnel, you’ll be greeted by the high ceiling dining room. The Chianti is better than the pinot noir. We’ve:

  1. Quattro formaggi – polenta with mozzarella
  2. Brasato e peperoni – short rib with red bell pepper
  3. Zuppa di Vongole – clams
  4. Margherita Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, parmigiano & basil


The bell pepper is too sweet for my taste but the dish is delicious. They have short rib for appetizer which I have, and main course. I’m glad for the choice because the next table ordered it as the main and it is huge.

Dislike: their wine glasses, like 20+ years old and thick, almost ruined my wine … Pls change them!

Belmont is the area and Arthur Ave, one way street is the main drag. Love the neighborhood. It feels a little old fashioned: they get their supplies from the neighbors. While waiting for our table, we discovered some unbelievable gems: Casa della Mozzarella, pasta shop, pork shop, Addeo & Sons bakery.





Apr 8 2017

A rustic venue, wedding?

@ NY Botanical Garden. Planing your event? Consider here.



Apr 8 2017

LuEsther T. Mertz Library

@ NYBG. Unfortunately it’s not open. Oh well, a reason to go there again soon.


Apr 8 2017

New York Bontanical Garden 纽约植物园

2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 @ the Belmont

2019, Brazil
2018: orchid show, O’Keffee

A little windy but a glorious Saturday. We rarely go to this lovely garden. The orchid show will be over tomorrow. So we caught the last train! It’s established in 1891. According to wiki: The 250-acre (100 ha) site’s verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. We strolled the gardens, took in a orchid class. And had a delicious dinner at Trattoria Zero Otto Nove, and discovered some wonderful places @ Little Italy. Parking is $15.


As usual, there are always many people armed with big cannons -:)


Something yellow from: NYGB, Kew Gardens, London and Planting Fields …


more pix


Apr 8 2017

Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard,
Bronx Park, Bronx, New York, 10460

This one in the Belmont is bigger than the Central Park Zoo which started in 1860s. Bronx opened on November 8, 1899 (wiki). It’s south of New York Botanical Garden.

I’ve not been there for a long time. Perhaps it’s the time that I find time to visit it again.


Apr 8 2017

The pasta shop

Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles
632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 367-3799

According to the locals of Belmont, this is the shop you go to when you need pasta. The facade would have fooled me for its modern feel. But inside, is the old fashioned.

Apr 8 2017

Pork Shop, the best butcher

2374 Arthur Ave,
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 295-9048

The red owing has the Vincent’s Meat Market but locals of Belmont call it the pork shop. The meat is just super, from sausage to cured to raw. You got to try them all.

Apr 8 2017


@ NYBG. The size can not compare to the desert garden @ Huntington Library. This is New York and we do have cold winters -:). They live in the conservatory.