Fresh pasta, a mozzarella making demonstration, creamy cannoli, sfogliatella, lobster tails (the sweet kind), silverfish, fresh vongole… Are you hungry yet? It has been a long time since I have been to Arthur Avenue, yet I don’t think much has changed in that time. And thank goodness for that! Plan your next trip and bring cooler bags to cart home all your goodies.
Chris Borgatti took us down memory lane as he talked about his grandparents from Boston who opened the shop, Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles, in 1935. There is nothing like fresh pappardelle noodles or cheese raviolis.
I made a mistake when I visited Casa Della Mozzarella. I did not buy enough fresh mozzarella! Known for their hand-pulled homemade mozzarella, Orazio Carciotto, was kind enough to spend some time showing our group how they make their famous mozzarella. I savored the bocconcini (small balls of mozzarella cheese). They were the freshest I have ever had and I quickly regretted not stocking my cooler with a couple more containers of them.
The difficulty at De Lillo Pasticceria is deciding what to buy. They are known for their cannoli and they did not disappoint from our point of view. Creamy, yet light and delicate, the box almost did not make it home.
For seafood, try Randazzo’s Seafood. I opted for the Skate but next up will be 2 pounds of fresh Vongole for a nice linguine con le Vongole dish or the blue craw crabs.
Finally, a meal is not complete without bread… and we hit the jackpot! I picked up bread and pizza dough at Addeo Bakers.
I am already planning my next visit to Arthur Avenue.