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Welcome to Our
Authentic Italian Deli.

Our family-owned store features the finest Italian products in the Bronx of New York at reasonable costs. For over 40 years, Joe’s Italian Deli has been in the Arthur Avenue district serving fine imported cheeses, Italian meats, oils & vinegars, and Italian pastas—while treating our customers like family. Our specialty is our homemade, fresh mozzarella cheeses that Joe has been making since he was a young man.

We stock everything you need to create memorable meals and feature dishes made from recipes that come from Southern Italy. Our deli counter is overflowing with hot and cold food from baked ziti, penne a la vodka, and sandwiches to mozzarella salads, wraps, homemade, marinated grilled vegetables, and seafood salad.

Over forty years ago,

Giuseppe (Joe) and Maria Ruscigno opened a small shop in the heart of Little Italy in the Bronx in New York. Ten years later, they moved Joe’s Italian Deli into its present location, which is three times larger than the original store, but still in the Arthur Avenue district. Joe and Maria’s son, Anthony, has continued the culinary traditions of Italy, passed down to him from previous generations.

The store features exceptional imported Italian items like pastas, oils, cheese, pastries, meats and fresh, homemade food that showcases the Southern Italy recipes that Joe and Maria learned from their parents. We treat our customers like family and want you to feel at home in our deli. We make shopping at our store, whether in person or online, an experience. Since we don’t want you to buy something you don’t like, when you visit us in person we offer you lots of samples. So many, in fact, that you will leave feeling full.


While the original purpose of our store was to serve its traditional Italian neighborhood, times have changed and so have we. In the early part of the 20th century, Italians immigrated to this area for work. Now our neighborhood has transformed into that of a multi-cultural one. We are pleased to be able to offer unique products to meet the needs of these different cultures.

And even though we’ve changed with the times to welcome new traditions, the one thing we haven’t changed is our famous homemade fresh mozzarella. Joe has been making this renowned cheese since he was 19 years old, but we never get tired of hearing customers tell us that it’s the best mozzarella they’ve ever eaten.

We are open seven days a week to serve our loyal customers the finest Italian products at the most reasonable prices. Everything in our store is made fresh everyday. We start cooking early in the morning so by lunchtime the food is hot and fresh.

If you’re looking to venture into traditional Italian recipes and into new tastes, then you have found the perfect store. Take your time and browse our shop whether in person or online. We want you to stay a while and to feel comfortable asking us questions. We want you to feel like you’re a member of the family.

Come Visit Our Store

Joe’s Deli & Italian Market in NYC

Imported Fine Cheeses

You’ll find the finest imported cheeses at Joe’s Italian Market and Deli. With over 40 different cheeses, mostly from Italy, the hardest part of your job will be deciding which ones to take home.

The staple of the Italian table is, of course, Parmigiano Reggiano. Ours has been aged for three years and we buy only the highest grade from Italy.

Our provolone is aged to perfection producing a very sharp cheese that is just right for your antipasto dish. All our table cheeses can be cut up and eaten with sausage or fruit or prosciutto.

A sample of our cheese selections includes:

  • Fontinella—a semi-sharp cheese
  • Fontina—a soft, mild cheese used for cooking as well as melted over chicken
  • Fiore di Aardegna—a mild sheep’s milk cheese aged for over 60 days
  • Gorgonzola—a blue cheese with an extraordinarily strong taste and smell
  • Piave—mild sheep’s milk cheese
  • Prima Donna—a mix of fresh Parmigiano and Gouda

Meats & Cold Cuts

In addition to over 40 different Italian meats, at Joe’s Italian Market and Deli we are proud to carry Prosciutto di Parma®, a special type of prosciutto from the same region as Parmigiano Reggiano.  At first bite, you will taste the difference this meat brings to the table. The pigs that are raised for this meat are fed an extremely strict diet and even receive massages to guarantee its tender and incomparable flavor. 

Prosciutto di Parma® is an all-natural ham, meaning it contains no additives. When you take a bite of this flavorful meat, all you taste is salt, air, time and pig. Great in antipasto, sandwiches or toss it in a sauce to top a pasta dish.

Our specialty meats also include:

  • Dry sausages
  • Dry sopressata­—a dry sausage with thicker-ground meat in hot or sweet flavors
  • Genoa salami—one of the best-known Italian salami
  • Mortadella—Italian bologna with pistachio nuts in it 
  • Spec—a smoked prosciutto

Imported Pasta & Rice

Whether you’re making a traditional dish like baked ziti, spaghetti or lasagna or you’re experimenting with a new recipe, at Joe’s Italian Deli we have the correct pasta for your meal.

We feature popular Italian imported pastas from such well-known names as Divella and De Cecco. In addition to time-honored pastas we also carry pastas that are flavored with such ingredients such as pepperoncini, olive oil, truffles, and porcini mushrooms. We also have whole wheat pastas as well as organic choices.

Confused about which pasta to choose? Let us help you. If you want a pasta that will absorb the sauce then select a grooved pasta, like rigatoni, so the sauce sticks to it. Small-sized pastas are great in soups and long pastas are perfect for heavier sauces like an alfredo dish.

Pastas aren’t the only thing we sell. Our wide variety of rice includes Arborio (for making luscious risotto), brownorganic and Spanish for paella.

For a quick meal, stop by our Italian market deli counter for some of our homemade marinara sauce. Either use it as-is or add cream to it to make a pasta a la vodka or mix it with meat or sausage.