Another feels right place I spotted. Zero Otto Nove uses their 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.
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.
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:
- Quattro formaggi – polenta with mozzarella
- Brasato e peperoni – short rib with red bell pepper
- Zuppa di Vongole – clams
- 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.
@ NYBG. Unfortunately it’s not open. Oh well, a reason to go there again soon.
Bronx (Belmont), New York
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.
- LuEsther T. Mertz Library
- the orchid show @ Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
- the cactus @ conservatory
- the beautiful green leaves
- the water fall
- the rock garden
- the native plant – boat with balls
- an orchid class
- for a wedding or event
As usual, there are always many people armed with big cannons -:)
Something yellow from: NYGB, Kew Gardens, London and Planting Fields …
I’ve not been there for a long time. Perhaps it’s the time that I find time to visit it again.
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.
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.