Local pro photographers James and Karla Murray (previously) have a relatively new YouTube series in which they explore neighborhoods around New York City from their unique perspective. In this recent episode, watch as they give you a tour of Little Italy and some of the great food you can find there.
In this Little Italy food tour, we visit many generational independently-owned food businesses in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Little Italy is considered by many as a tourist destination but we visit shops which are close to or well over one hundred years old and definitely worth a visit even for a native New Yorker.
We start the day with a visit to Alleva Dairy, the oldest Italian cheese shop in America. We go inside this iconic Grand Street shop and check out their homemade mozzarella and watch one of their signature heroes being made. We then visit Piemonte Ravioli right next door to Alleva Dairy and look at their vast selection of homemade pastas made fresh daily and purchase some fresh tomato basil and black pepper fettuccine.
We then walk down Grand Street to the corner of Mott where we visit Di Palo's Fine Foods. Inside Di Palo's we speak with the third-generation co-owner Sal Di Palo and purchase some of their delicious Italian cheeses. We also visit E. Rossi & Company, an Italian gift shop located across the street from Piemonte Ravioli, and speak with the third-generation owner Ernest Rossi.
We end the day with a visit to Caffe Reggio on Broome Street at the corner of Mulberry where we not only go inside and see their original interior and extensive selection of homemade Italian pastries, cakes and cookies but sit down with our dog Hudson at their outdoor patio area and enjoy cappuccino, cannolis and their refreshing homemade Italian lemon ice.
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