Street Cafes. San Gennaro Feast. Little Italy. Just about every restaurant on Mulberry Street brings their tables out to the street in make-shift cafes during the San Gennaro festival. Some of the resturants include Casa Bella, Da Gennaro, Bella Notte, Puglia and many, many more. It’s a wonder how these kitchens can turn out quality meals with twice their normal volume. Or can they?

Di Palo’s. Mott and Grand Streets. Little Italy. A real Italian deli with a rich family history (check out the web site). The store features a fabulous selection of Italian meats (salami, prosciutto and sausage), olive oils, pastas, sauces, olives and much more. What Di Palo’s is known for however is cheese, all types of Italian cheeses including fresh mozzarella. All of the cheeses are imported from Italy or made on the premises. When it comes to cooking with fresh ingredients, this is where you shop. It’s the real deal.

Puglia. Hester Street. Little Italy. A personal favorite with lots of fond memories with friends and family. You cant miss the building, it’s a giant Italian flag. The restaurant was established in 1919. Good food, great atmosphere. The restaurant features long family style tables (don’t worry about who you’re sitting next to, everyone becomes friends before dinner is over)! Singers belting out anything from opera and Italian classics to Elvis go from table to table and think nothing of sharing their microphone with you. Within minutes everyone is swinging their napkins in the air and having a great time. The stuffed artichoke is a must.

Pina Coladas. San Gennaro Feast. Little Italy. OK, not very Italian, but that didn’t stop many from enjoying one! Other alcoholic beverages are available including beer and wine (lots of people drinking sangria with fresh fruit). You can enjoy an adult drink on the street during the festival as long as it’s in a plastic cup…
…or a coconut.
Salud!

Pina Coladas. San Gennaro Feast. Little Italy. OK, not very Italian, but that didn’t stop many from enjoying one! Other alcoholic beverages are available including beer and wine (lots of people drinking sangria with fresh fruit). You can enjoy an adult drink on the street during the festival as long as it’s in a plastic cup…

…or a coconut.

Salud!

Ferrara. Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets. Little Italy. There are Italian bakeries, and then there’s Ferrara. Operating in this location for over a hundred years, Ferrara is a must-stop during a Little Italy visit. Stop in for a freshly made cannoli and espresso. You wont forget it. This bakery/cafe is also known for:

  • Truffle cakes
  • Handmade Panettone
  • Sfogliatella
  • Tiramisu
  • Cheesecake
  • Cookies
  • Breads

Make this your last stop when visiting Little Italy and bring home a bag of goodies!