Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is New York City’s Real Little Italy

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NEW YORK—The lettering on the awning stands out: “Addeo and Sons Bakery, Quality Baked Goods.” The neat cursive letters painted in red remind you of an earlier time. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back to the 1940s. Vintage models of bread-slicing machines and kitchen scales are still in use by third-generation owner Laurence Addeo and his staff. In display cases and bread racks are loaves upon loaves of Italian bread rolls in a variety of shapes. Look closely at the packages of breadcrumbs and taralli, Italian-style pretzels, and you’ll see a distinctive logo for the bakery, with three happy faces and the slogan “Gee! … it’s Good.” The ceiling, light fixtures, and even the vinyl window blinds look like they belong to the era of black-and-white television. Addeo Bakery hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1944. It still serves the same kinds of bread that remain a …

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