Artuso Pastry is an absolute institution in Little Italy in the Bronx. One only has to surf their website to realize their stature in the community. Unlike the other pastry shops featured on Fordhamdining.com, Artuso's is strictly a retail business. There is no seating or exotic coffee drinks served. However, Artuso Pastry has always seemed to be the destination for Fordham parents who want to bring home pastries and cookies during their visits to Rose Hill.
Artuso Pastry began in Belmont more than 60 years ago and has stayed in their original location for the retail end of the business while their large wholesale business is run seven miles away in Mount Vernon. Now, a the taste of Bronx's famed Belmont section can be found in about thirty states as Artuso Pastry sells its famed cannoli, cheesecakes and a few other items in supermarkets throughout the country. Artuso Pastry items can be found chains such as Whole Foods, Food Emporium, Stew Leonard's and now A&P.
After surfing the Artuso website, it is obvious that Artuso Pastry has stayed in business for so long for a reason. The Artuso success story is one that could only happen in the famed Little Italy in the Bronx. Vincent Artuso, Sr. came to the U.S. at age 14 from Calabria and as a teenager washed pots and pans at a pastry shop where Artuso Pastry stands today. After service in World War II, he purchased the pastry shop where he used to work and launched Artuso Pastry. In 1996, the City of New York re-named the corner of 187th street where Artuso Pastry stands as "Vincent F. Artuso, Sr. Way".
Anthony Artuso, Sr. now runs the business, while his son, Anthony, Jr., runs the wholesale division in Mount Vernon. Another son of Vincent, Sr., Joseph, also works in the business. Connie Artuso, the daughter of Anthony, Sr., graduated from Fordham's College of Business Administration and is the company's director of marketing.
Recently, Artuso Pastry was the subject of a feature article in Oggi, the Italian-language daily newspaper in the U.S., which was picked up by newspapers in Italy. If you know Italian, here is the link:
Oggi Newspaper Article
In 2009, Artuso Pastry was prominently featured in an article about the Belmont neighborhood in The Universe, the top Catholic weekly newspaper in the UK and Ireland. Use the following link:
Artuso Pastry Shop
670 E. 187th Street
Mon-Thu & Sat: 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am - 6:30 pm