NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Little Italy in Manhattan isn’t what it once was, but Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is still where you go to get your Italian fixings.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

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So many of the great old neighborhoods faded away or were bulldozed for an expressway, but Arthur Avenue lives on.

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At Vincent’s Meats, the veal cutlets are just so and Peter DeLuca says his family business offers goods you just can’t get at the big suburban supermarket.

“This is not a tourist trap, you know what I’m saying?” said Peter.

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He says customers come to something Old World and European and everything has to be good, he says.

Richard Liberatore’s father Joe started with a push cart and worked there for 75 years.

“Really, it’s not a place that services the neighborhood anymore. It’s a place that services the Tri-State Area and beyond,” Richard told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane. “I had a guy last year, he was from Pittsburgh and had to ask him three times ‘You mean Pittsburgh near Ohio?'”

That man had just come out for the day.

Richard guesses more than a few Columbus Day Parade goers on Monday will venture to this stretch of street.

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