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shop like the locals do
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.
Christian and Danielle lead most of the tours with some help from their friends, also Italian food and wine experts. By the end of the tour, you’ll be able to shop for the best Italian ingredients outside of Italy as though you’ve been shopping here all your life.
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.
Shopping & Tasting Tour
WALKING, SHOPPING, HISTORY, CHATTING WITH SHOPKEEPERS, ON-THE-GO TASTINGS
WHEN: Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11am-1:30pm or by appointment for groups of 4 or more
COST: $75 for adults, $45 for children 5-12 years old
TOUR DESCRIPTION: Discover Little Italy in the Bronx as you weave in and out of a dozen historic food shops, meet the shopkeepers and taste the very best bites along the way. Our family has been on Arthur Avenue since 1918 so we know this neighborhood inside and out. Tastings are equivalent to a medium sized lunch and include bread, pastry, cheese, salumi and pizza.
Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour
THIS TOUR IS ALL ABOUT THE FOOD! THREE PLATED DISHES, PLUS 3 SHOP VISITS WITH ADDITIONAL TASTINGS
WHEN: Fridays, Saturdays from 3pm-6pm or by appointment for groups of 6 or more
HOW MANY GUESTS: Each tour hosts a maximum of 10 guests
COST: $95 for adults, $55 for children 5-12 years old
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 including 1) eggplant parm 2) chicken parm 3) pizza 4) spaghetti cacio e pepe 5) cannoli.
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We’ve been on Arthur Avenue since 1918
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.