A small, homey Italian neighborhood in South Brooklyn.

Bensonhurst, long considered an Italian-American enclave of Brooklyn, still holds on to its roots. Waves of immigration have changed its demographics significantly — with large populations of Asians, Middle Easterners, and Central Americans — but many of the restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores still have that old-school Italian vibe. The most popular spot is, without argument, L+B Spumoni Gardens. This pizza joint opened in 1939 and has served the city’s best Sicilian slice ever since. (That’s a square slice of pizza with cheese on bottom and the sauce on top.) Top it off with spumoni -- an Italian ice with chocolate, strawberry and pistachio flavors -- and you’re officially living it up in Bensonhurst. Photo courtesy of Aaron Landry via Flickr.

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