THE BRONX — Diners feasted on margherita pizzas, penne with vodka sauce and pastries at this year's kickoff event for Bronx Restaurant Week.
The culinary celebration, called "Savor The Bronx," officially runs from Nov. 2 through Nov. 13, but Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. offered foodies a preview of the event at Italian restaurant Patricia’s in Morris Park on Thursday.
"We know that The Bronx is full of epicureans," he said, "but even more importantly, we know that there are other people from outside of The Bronx who we want to come here and show off our very best restaurants."
Alessandro Borgognone, owner of Patricia's, agreed, describing Savor The Bronx as a fantastic opportunity to help people find out about the wide variety of great eateries in the borough, an aspect of the region he maintains often gets overlooked.
"The Bronx is a great place full of amazing restaurants," he said, "but nobody knows about it."
Roughly 40 restaurants are participating this year, making it the biggest roster in the festival’s five-year history.
Many are offering prix fixe lunch menus for $16.41, prix fixe dinner menus for $20.15 or 15 percent off of meals that cost more than $20.
Eateries throughout the borough are participating, from Charlie’s Bar and Kitchen in the South Bronx to Mario’s on Arthur Avenue to Artie’s Steak and Seafood on City Island. A full list of the restaurants taking part can be found here.
The different eateries specialize in serving several different types of food, including American, Asian, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American and Mexican, which Diaz said was a perfect reflection of the population in The Bronx.
"Our strength is our diversity," he said, "and nowhere are you going to find that diversity more evident than in the food and the cuisine that we have in our borough."
She noted that tourism in The Bronx has been increasing and that visitors to the borough would have something in common regardless of where they go.
"They're looking for something to eat," she said.