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The Insider’s Tour of Little Italy in the Bronx

  1. Shopping & Tasting Tour

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Our signature food tour of Arthur Avenue and 187th Street

WHEN: Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11am-1:30pm, rain or shine

PRIVATE TOURS: Booked by appointment for groups of minimum of 4 guests minimum to 12 guests maximum. For corporate groups or groups larger than 12 guests, contact booking@feastonhistory.com. Also available as a gift certificate.

COST: $75 for adults, $45 for children 5-12 years old, children under 5 free

TOUR DESCRIPTION: Get to know our neighborhood. Our signature food tour will introduce you to a dozen historic food shops where you’ll meet the shopkeepers with tastings of Little Italy’s best bites along the way. Our family has been on Arthur Avenue since 1918 so we know this neighborhood inside and out. On-the-go tastings are equivalent to a medium sized lunch and include bread, pastry, cheese, salumi and pizza. No substitutions. The tour is fully wheelchair accessible.

WHAT PAST GUESTS SAY: Everywhere we went, she was greeted by name and given a hug or a smile. She’d tell us about each place, their history, their specialties and then she’d take care of ordering samples for us to try. Don’t be fooled by the word “sample” though, we were stuffed by the time we finished.”


2. Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour

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Our most popular tour

WHEN: Fridays, Saturdays from 3pm-6pm, Sundays at noon (6 people minimum needed for Sunday bookings), rain or shine

PRIVATE TOURS: Booked by appointment for groups of 6 guests minimum, 12 guests maximum. For larger groups or corporate groups, contact booking@feastonhistory.com. Also available as a gift certificate.

COST: $95 for adults, $55 for children 5-12 years old, children under 5 free

TOUR DESCRIPTION: This food tour was designed to highlight our favorite iterations of these Italian and Italian-American classics. We’ll visit shops and restaurants for three plated meals + additional tastings. This tour is ideal for winter bookings as their minimal time spent outside. The tour is fully wheelchair accessible. No substitutions.

WHAT PAST GUESTS SAY: “An Italian food lover’s dream come true!”


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Know what the locals know

You could explore Little Italy on your own, but as Italian food and wine experts, we’ll show you exactly where to find the best of everything. Along the way, we’ll introduce you to the shopkeepers, butchers, bakers and cheesemakers that make Arthur Avenue the best place for Italian food outside Italy. Founded by husband-and-wife team Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani, we know who makes the best mozzarella, who crafts their cannoli from a 105-year old award winning recipe, who bakes the crustiest bread, the flakiest sfogliatelle, and which chef uses three egg yolks (and never cream) in their carbonara.


 We’re a family business

Danielle’s great-grandfather opened his first shop on Arthur Avenue in 1918. She worked as an art historian at the Met Cloisters for over a decade and has written extensively about Italian art, food and travel. Christian is a first generation New Yorker who grew up shopping with his Italian parents on Arthur Avenue. He is a sommelier who won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and an expert on wine from the Campania region of Southern Italy. In addition to leading tours, Christian is the Beverage Manager at Osteria della Pace at Eataly Downtown.

Highly recommend this tour to anyone new to the area and who wants to save time hunting on their own for the best places.
— Tasha Wilson

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Watch co-founder Danielle Oteri on CNN Travel

We’ve been on Arthur Avenue since 1918

 
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In 1918, Albino and Grazia Oteri opened their baccala store on Arthur Avenue

Then in the 1940s, their son John took over the store when it became a butcher shop. The Academy Award winning film “Marty” was shot there. (That’s Uncle John with Ernest Borgnine in the photo above.) The store was sold in the 1980s, but remains a butcher shop. Now Vincent’s Meat Market, it is just one of a dozen stops on our signature Shopping & Tasting Tour of Little Italy in the Bronx.


Danielle began giving tours of Arthur Avenue in 2008 to food industry professionals. Word of mouth grew and soon she was giving tours weekly, now accompanied by Christian who had many of his own “Bronx Tales” to share. Since 2015, Arthur Avenue Food Tours has been a program of Feast On History, where Danielle and Christian also lead food and wine tours in Southern Italy, in partnership with their Italian cousins.

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