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Little Italy Isn’t Dead: Alleva Dairy, America’s Oldest Cheese Shop

Periodically, there’s an article about how Little Italy is dead or dying. Yes, it’s more of a tourist destination and less of a neighborhood where Italian people live. There are still some Italians there, and there are Italian-American-owned businesses there. A recent article in the New York Times made me want to write a series on Little Italy Isn’t Dead and feature some of the businesses there.

Alleva Dairy

In 1892, Francesco and Pina Alleva from Benevento, Italy, (not far from Naples) opened the first cheese shop in the United States. Alleva Dairy is known for its fabulous mozzarella and ricotta and its sandwiches. The Alleva family sold the business in 2014 to the late John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia and his wife, Karen King. Actor Tony Danza is also a co-owner of the store.



Weekend Whets 1/18

Robert Burns Supper, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 6 p.m., 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, Manhattan:  Celebrate Scotland’s poet with a haggis dinner.  Tickets are $150.

First Annual Hoboken Mutz Fest, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Elk’s Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken:  Taste and vote for the best mozzarella cheese in Hoboken.  Tickets $10.

A Taste of Hoboken, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 6 or 7 p.m., Hoboken, NJ:  A fundraising event with samples of food from Hoboken restaurants and shops, including Carlo’s Bake Shop.  Early tickets $80; general admission $60.

Food Almanac 2013: Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food and Farm Policy and Politics, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 6 p.m., Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. 8th Street, Brooklyn:  Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, will moderate a panel discussion with Michael Hurwitz, director, Greenmarket Program; Steve Rosenberg, sr. vice president, Scenic Hudson; Gabrielle Blavatsky, policy and research sssociate, Wholesome Wave and co-chair, FSNYC Policy Committee;  Annie Novak, co-founder & director, Eagle Street Farms and founder & director, Growing Chefs and Kathleen Frith, president, Glynwood.  Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  Tickets are $50; $60 with membership.

Winter Wednesdays with Beer, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan:  Try 6 cheeses paired with 6 beers.

Burns Night Supper, Friday, January 25, 2013, 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s Restaurant & Bar, 140 West 46th Street, Manhattan:  Special Scottish menu with haggis.  $69.95.