Spend the afternoon 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 largest remaining Little Italy.
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.
During our 2-hour food tour we'll make stops at bread bakeries, pastry shops, cheese shops and the famous Arthur Avenue Retail Market.
A 2-hour walking tour with food samples along the way (equivalent to a large lunch) is $65 per person, minimum 5 people.
Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-3pm. (See reservation form below.)
- Say hi to Peter at Vincent's Meat Market named one of New York's 10 best butcher shops. Originally called Oteri's, it was a dried fish store owned by your guide's great-grandfather. After World War II, her uncle converted the space into a butcher shop which also served as the set of the Oscar winning film "Marty," starring Ernest Borgnine.
- Sample scamorza, parmigiano reggiano and a decadent truffle cheese at Calandra's as well as the housemade mozzarella and ricotta cheese, the best you'll find outside Italy.
- Take a stroll through the enormous Arthur Avenue Retail Market and sort through the high quality pastas, flours, cookies, and canned tomatoes imported from Italy at Mount Carmel Foods.
- Look up at the "sausage chandelier" at Calabria Pork Store and sample their house cured pork products.
- Taste the best sfogliatelle outside of Naples at Marrone's Pastry Shop and see how cannoli are made at Egidio's.
- Visit Addeo's bakery for a taste of the incredibly addictive "chicola" bread and Madonia for the chocolate bread.
Other stops include:
- Borgatti Ravioli
- Casa della Mozzarella
- Biancardi's Meat Market
- Cozenza Fish Market
- Cerini Coffee & Gifts
- The tour concludes with a sit-down lunch where we feast on the best pizza margherita on Arthur Avenue.
Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-881-3918, 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
Your guides will be either Danielle Oteri or Christian Galliani. (For groups over 10, you will have both.) Danielle is an art historian and food writer and her family were among the first shopkeepers on Arthur Avenue. Christian is an award winning sommelier who grew up shopping in Little Italy with his Italian born mother.