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Taste the Real Little Italy On Arthur Avenue Food Tours

Taking Arthur Avenue Food Tours are a must for Italian food lovers—even if you're a 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, we suggest you join Arthur Avenue Food Tours for a true insider’s tour of this 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.

arthur avenue shopkeeper

What to Expect :

On the tour they share their treasure trove of knowledge of the historic culinary scene and the Italian immigrants who have called this Belmont section of the Bronx home for centuries. 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.

What’s Included :

There will be tastings at the dozen shops visited, equivalent to a medium-sized lunch. Some samples include:

  • Imported Italian cheeses
    Specialty breads
    House cured sausage
    Cookies and pastries
    Freshly made mozzarella

Who This Tour is For :
The Arthur Avenue tour is for the person who greatly appreciates culinary history, who’s curious about New York’s authentic neighborhoods, and last but not least, the person who is a serious Italian food lover.

Group Size :
12 guests maximum per tour

Private Tours :

A fantastic way to celebrate a family event is to book a private tour. This custom shopping and tasting tour is a creative 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 Arthur Avenue Food Tours 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.

Kid Policy :

Kids are encouraged to join the tour and receive a discounted price.

The Basics :

Tour Company: Arthur Avenue Food Tours
Location: Bronx, New York
Cost: $79 per person (-10% Off with the Bitesee Code below!)
Dates: Tours run Tuesday-Saturdays at 11am-1:30pm
Length: 2.5 hours
Phone: (718) 618-6264
USE CODE BITEC521 for 10% OFF!

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