Taste the Real Little Italy On Arthur Avenue Food Tours
Feast on History’s Arthur Avenue Food Tours are a must for even the life-long New Yorker.
What has been lost in New York’s Little Italy of SoHo can be found up in the Bronx on Arthur Avenue. There you’ll discover generations-old Italian butcher shops, bakeries, salumerias, and cheesemakers that have been there for more than a century. Rather than wander alone, join Feast on History for an insider’s tour of the Italian enclave.
Founded by wife-and-husband team Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani, Danielle an art historian and food writer has deep roots to the neighborhood, specifically its rich Italian cuisine.
Albino Oteri, Danielle’s great-grandfather, opened a baccalà store in the 1920s that transformed into a butcher shop after World War II and still remains today. While Christian, a first-generation Italian who runs the wine program at Eataly’s downtown location in the World Trade Center, spent his childhood with regular visits with his parents who stocked up on authentic Italian provisions from the local shopkeepers.
On the tour they share their treasure trove of knowledge of the historic culinary scene and the Italian immigrants who for centuries have called this Belmont section of the Bronx home. Together you’ll chit-chat with locals, watch fresh mozzarella prepared, sample fresh baked bread, learn what makes a true cannoli, stand under a veritable sausage chandelier and much more.
Small group tours (with up to 12 guests) run at 11 a.m., Tuesday – Sunday. But a great way to celebrate a family event is to book a private tour. This custom shopping and tasting tour is a fun way to mark any special occasion. For 2.5 hours guests (a required minimum of 4 guests) graze and explore nearly a dozen food shops including butchers, bread bakers, pastry shops and a fresh pasta artisans. If you still want to celebrate with a sit-down meal, another option Feast on History offers includes ending with a feast at the 98-year-old Mario’s—inclusive of that famous pizza of Joe Migliucci, the restaurant’s fifth generation’s owner.
Consider arranging a custom tour to accommodate schedules and all age groups. From retirements to graduations, it’ll be one to remember.
Tour Company: Feast on History/Arthur Avenue Food Tours
Cost: $71 per person after Bitesee discount (includes samples equivalent to a small lunch)
Length: 2 hours
Group Size: Maximum 12 guests, with special private tours available