Founder and guide Danielle Oteri's great-grandfather was among the early Italian shopkeepers on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Albino Oteri first opened a baccalá store which became a butcher shop after World War II. The Academy Award winning film Marty was shot there. ("Mr. Oteri" is a character in the film who is mentioned several times though never seen.) Today, it's still a butcher shop and one of nearly a dozen stops on this tasting tour of Little Italy.
Arthur Avenue Food Tours part of Feast On History began in 2008 when Melissa Clark of the New York Times referred a group of food buyers from London to Danielle for an insider's tour of Little Italy in the Bronx. After that tour in which everyone experienced cannoli for the very first time, Danielle began giving tours to friends and food and wine industry professionals. In 2011 she met Christian who knew and loved Arthur Avenue equally as well. They got married and began offering monthly tours which grew and continues to grow.
We pride ourselves in offering a world-class food tour that highlights small, family businesses, most of which have been in business for 100 years. Guides Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani are on a first-name basis with the shopkeepers. You'll meet the food artisans behind the counters, taste the very best of what they offer and learn how to shop on Arthur Avenue as if you've been coming here your entire life. There's no memorized script for this tour. More than an experiential tour, we have crafted relational tour where the people behind the counters get to share with you their history and traditions.
Danielle is an art historian, writer and Italian food expert. She lived in Florence, Italy for a year and has written about food, travel and history for Condé Nast Traveler, Dream of Italy Newsletter + TV Show, Gothamist, Metropolitan Museum of Art's blog, Roads & Kingdoms, and TripSavvy. She has been interviewed on NPR about Italian immigrant communities in New York's East Harlem.
Christian is an Italian wine expert who was on the wine team at Michelin-star restaurant Del Posto and served as lead sommelier at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's restaurant Tarry Lodge where he won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. He grew up shopping on Arthur Avenue with his Italian immigrant mother.
Danielle and Christian also lead food tours of Campania, Italy.
CNN Travel spent two days with us in Little Italy, meeting our friends behind the counters as well as our tour guests. Read writer Lilit Marcus's story about our Little Italy food tour as well as watch the video which highlights the must-see shops on Arthur Avenue and 187th Street.
Kae Lani Kennedy wrote about Arthur Avenue Food Tours in her 10 Best Most Delicious Spots on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for USA Today.
Westchester Magazine writers came for a tour of Little Italy in the Bronx. Here's their full report by Andrew Dominick in "3 Arthur Avenue Specialty Stores You Have To Check Out." In 2017 they returned and included a guide to our Bronx food tour in their August Food & Dining issue as well as in the fall issue of Hudson Valley Magazine.
Shayne Benowitz wrote a guide to New York's outer boroughs for Miami.com and included Arthur Avenue Food Tours.
Popular food blog Ginger On The Go NYC talked about cheese, chocolate and our food tour with photographs.
Read all writer Molly Jean Bennett's moveable feast on Arthur Avenue in her Paste Magazine article "Cannoli, Ciccioli and the Pork Chandelier."