Belmont is a neighborhood known for its Italian heritage. Some argue that Belmont is the real Little Italy, and compared to the one in Manhattan, it is definitely more authentic. Unlike in most restaurants in Manhattan, here people actually do speak Italian, and its streets are not jam-packed with tourists. Arthur Avenue is the center of the neighborhood’s Italian life. The quiet tree-lined street is filled with charming sidewalk cafés and restaurants. There you can find food markets that offer real Italian bread, sausages and salami.
The number of the Italian population, however, is decreasing, as the younger generations generally prefer to move away. Today, the neighborhood has a growing number of Albanian and Slavic residents. Along Arthur Avenue, many Albanian businesses can be found now.