Spend the morning exploring an iconic neighborhood that still does things the old-fashioned way. Little Italy in the Bronx is like a time capsule of Italian foods, with many dishes and delicacies that can no longer be found in Italy. Settled by Italian immigrants who came to the Bronx to build the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo, this is New York's last remaining Little Italy.
Say hi to Peter at Vincent's Meat Market, recently named one of New York's 10 best butcher shops. Originally called Oteri's, it was a dried fish store owned by my great-grandfather. After World War II, my uncle converted the space into a butcher shop which also served as the set of the Oscar winning film "Marty," starring Ernest Borgnine.
Take a stroll through the enormous Arthur Avenue Retail Market to buy vegetables from the vendors at Boiano's, pasta imported from the Abruzzo at Mount Carmel Foods, followed by a visit next door to Calabria Pork Store where you'll see a ceiling made of sausages. Don't be afraid to wait on the long line at Borgatti's for fresh ravioli. It's absolutely worth it.
Because Little Italy is sustained by people who know the neighborhood well and drive in from the suburbs to do their shopping, it can be intimidating to the first-time visitor. Lines often spill out on to the sidewalks full of people who know that a particular pasta, bread or cheese is absolutely worth the wait. Join me on April 9th and discover where to buy some of the best Italian food products available outside of Italy.
Tickets are $40 per person and include 2 hour walking tour plus food tastings. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.