It's Travelin' Tanya here, coming at you from the passenger seat on the road to Fairfield, CA... It would be incredibly dangerous if I were to be blogging from the drivers seat!
So this should be my last overnighter before Cosette's birthday and our family trip to Florida
I'll be spending my time in and around Fairfield, as well as Santa Rosa and San Francisco.
Now to focus on one of Elisa and my favorite topics...FOOD and not to be biased or anything (but I'm gonna be anyway) some of the best food in the WORLD - Italian food!!
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This month is National Pasta Month! Say What?!
Going as far back as I can remember, PASTA has always been a HUGE part of my life. Aside from it being a major staple in the family cooking. It has been our traditional meal of choice every single Sunday without fail!
Even if we are traveling, we try our darndest to eat the meal of our food GODS for Sunday dinner - PASTA.
And while Elisa is going to bring to to Little Italy in the Bronx today, I figured that I can share with you the Little Italy that we have down in San Diego!
Typically this little neighbor is quite bustling and on the weekends the restaurants all have lines out the door.
Our restaurant of choice (because they offer a vegan menu) is Civico 1845.
Mamma Mia - Civico 1845
Where we've dined on our share of delicious pasta dishes...
Looking at these pictures sure makes me hungry, but I'm about to arrive at my destination, so I need to wrap things up for now.
Back at ya tomorrow
Howdy and Happy Monday!!
As we enter the first full week of October, I'm so excited to begin a month-kong celebration of two beloved foods throughout the world - PIZZA and PASTA!!!
Coming from a traditional Italian family, Tanya and I love these two iconic foods, as you probably know by now from following us for the past six years.
We have enjoyed so many wonderful pizza and pasta meals around the globe - both vegan and non-vegan. Of course, being that we are both living a vegan life at this point (I transitioned last year from long-time vegetarian to vegan, while Tanya has been a vegan for well over a decade), it does not stop us from enjoying Italian dining adventures.
Throughout this month, we will be chatting it up quite a bit about pizza and pasta we have enjoyed throughout various parts of the world.
Today, I thought I would take you guys on a little travel adventure to one of my favorite New York City outer boroughs to explore on of the most renown places to celebrate and indulge in world-class authentic Italian-American pizza and pasta. The Bronx is home to The "Real" Little Italy in the Belmont section of the borough and if have ever visited this iconic neighborhood, then you know what I'm talking about!
If your travels have not as yet brought you to this quintessential Bronx enclave, then consider making a visit to celebrate National Pizza and Pasta Month this October!
7 Reasons to Celebrate National Pizza & Pasta Month in the
Real Little Italy "Arthur Avenue"
1. One of the Best Italian Neighborhood Enclaves in the Country
The Belmont section of The Bronx, better known as Little Italy or Arthur Avenue, has been the proud home to one of the most quintessential Italian-American neighborhoods. Filled with vendors, mom and pop stores, multi-generational businesses, and Italian dining establishments that rivals anywhere in the world with its small town ambiance and authentic ethnic character.
2. Over 100 Years of Italian Heritage
Since the turn of the 20th century, when Italian immigrants began settling in this Bronx neighborhood till today, generations of Italian families are still at the forefront of the the businesses begun by their immigrant ancestors. According to the official neighborhood site, ArthurAvenueBronx.com "Nearly every shop on Arthur Avenue is already some sort of institution."
3. Tremendous Italian Dining Options
The variety of Italian dining options is a bit overwhelming! With so many to choose from - all with their own unique flair and specialties. In fact, as one food critic noted, "The restaurants of Arthur Avenue make Mulberry Street's look like stepchildren of The Olive Garden."
4. Piazza-Style Al Fresco Dining
Little Italy now features the same beloved piazza feel of Italy, with "Piazza di Belmont"from Thursday to Sunday nights. Visitors can enjoy walking freely through the streets which are closed off to vehicular traffic throughout the weekends. Additionally, outdoor dining is ongoing throughout the week.
5. The Best Pizza Around!
With so many pizza choices in Little Italy, we thought we would give you a few options that have been around for decades from which to try throughout the month!
6. The Best Pasta Around
If you are unsure where to start your pasta eating journey on Arthur Avenue, here are a few restaurants with which to begin.
7. Homemade Pasta for Purchase
If you want to enjoy the yummy Italian goodness of homemade pasta at home, Little Italy is the place to come. there are several vendors in this wonderful neighborhood where you can purchase all kinds of pasta - from fresh ravioli to spaghetti and even cavatelli. Here are three places that sell homemade pasta:
I don't know about your guys - but I am now starving!!!
See ya tomorrow!