Where to Eat in NYC’s Little Italy – Food Neighborhoods, Episode 1


Emilio Vitolo, owner of the famed Emilio’s Ballato, has worked in NYC’s Little Italy for decades. Follow along as he and his son Anthony tour some of their favorite places to eat Italian in the neighborhood.

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41 thoughts on “Where to Eat in NYC’s Little Italy – Food Neighborhoods, Episode 1”

  1. Wonderful video. Takes me back to my childhood when every Sunday we would go pick up my father at his business on Canal Street and usually either go for a bite to eat either in Little Italy or China Town and then for a walk on the Harbor, often to watch the Queen Elizabeth II depart. It was the early 1970s and it was wonderland to me.

  2. 3:16

    My grandmother's name was Vincenza and was a die hard Italian. She lived to be 94 years old and died only a few years ago from old age. She drank 1/4 cup of olive oil every day of her life, and did it because she claimed it had major health benefits.

    Who knows!

  3. The Italian places in Little Italy are closing one by one. Why? Rents getting too high. Some of these places have been around over 100 years. I cannot believe these people didn't have the foresight to buy the buildings.

  4. Great video! As an Italian living in the US I absolutely love Little Italy because it's a home away from home for me. My hubby took me there on our first date so it will always have a special place in my heart :') Best pizza and pasta dishes ever!

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  6. Historical Time Line of Sicily

    Tom Musco

    650 B.C. The Siculi, the Socani, and the Elymi are the first known inhabitants of Sicily.

    735 B.C. The first Greek settlement is established at Naxos.

    734 B.C. Greeks from Corinth settle the colony of Siracusa.
    Honey, ricotta, figs, hazelnuts, walnuts, grapes, and pomegranates arrive with the Corinthians.

    201 B.C. The Punic Wars give control of Sicily to the Roman Republic.
    Exports of wheat and barley to Rome earn Sicily the nickname "Granary of Rome."
    Cherries, plums, and citron are imported from Asia.

    535 Sicily is annexed to the Byzantine Empire.

    807 The North African Arabs found the Mattanza-the ritual trapping and killing of bluefin tuna.

    827 The Saracens conquer Sicily.

    902 The Saracens plant sugarcane, citrus, rice, bananas, mulberries, date palms, pistachios, watermelon, and apricots. They figure out how to make ice cream. Irrigation methods are instituted in Sicily. Agriculture flourishes.

    1060 The Norman Conquest begins, led by brothers Roger and Robert Hauteville.

    1091 All of Sicily and the Calabrian Peninsula fall to Norman rule.

    1189 Norman rule ends. Henry VI of Swabia claims the throne on behalf of his wife, Constance.

    1268 Swabian rule ends. Pope Clement IV invests Charles, Count of Anjou and Provence, with the crown of Sicily.

    1282 A French soldier insults a Sicilian maiden on her way into church for Vesper services. This event begins the popular uprising known as the Sicilian Vespers, leading to the eventual end of French rule.

    1302 The Treaty of Caltabellota gives control of Sicily to Spain under King Peter of Aragon.

    1492 The Spanish Inquisition forces the expulsion of Jews from Sicily. With the Jews goes Sicily’s thriving sugar industry. Chocolate, squash, tomatoes, peppers, and cactus are brought to Sicily from Mexico on Spanish ships.

    1535 Pastry making takes hold in the kitchens of convents and monasteries.

    1713 Sicily is turned over to the Duke of Savoy in the Spanish War over Succession.

    1716 Savoyard rule ends. The Treaty of The Hague gives control of Sicily to Austria.

    1734 Charles V of Bourbon claims the throne on behalf of Spain.

    1767 Ferdinand I, son of Charles V, inherits the throne of Sicily and rules from Naples.

    1805 The Royal Court relocates to Palermo. French chefs arrive to cater to the needs of the court.

    1816 The Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily are united to form the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Corruption is at an all-time high.

    1860 Sicily is liberated from Spanish rule by Giuseppe Garibaldi.

    1861 Sicily is unified with Italy.
    you can see Sicily isn't traditional Italian Cousin inc. Napoly end south Italy.

  7. My dad was a bus driver up there. I remember one day, sitting on my stoop and two guys tried to get the same parking spot. They scuffle then, boom, one guy's dead. The owner of the bar next door took me under his wing because I didn't rat him out. I watched him beat up a whole biker gang once. Sadly, he was murdered right in front of me in that bar. Turns out it was the son of the guy he murdered over a parking spot all those years earlier. That was just life in the Bronx though. Nobody cares. That's what he always said- nobody cares. Saluté

  8. Just a little sidenote: the fact of having 4 shops that are (only) 100 years old is not "unique in the world"….actually here in Europe it's pretty common.
    Not just in Italy where it's extremely easy to find roads with shops that are open since the 1700s or even earlier but the same is in France or Germany (in Germany there is a beautiful town called Heidelberg that has an entire section of the histroical center in which buildings and shops have been preserved exactly how they were for the past 500 years…

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