Our family has been On Arthur Avenue since 1918
There’s absolutely no place else in the United States like the Belmont section of the Bronx.
Our mission is to champion this unique neighborhood of historic food shops by inviting you to experience the neighborhood as our guests, to introduce you to the butchers, bakers and pasta makers, hear their stories and taste their food.
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Our story begins with Albino and Grazia…
In 1918 Albino and Grazia Oteri arrived on Arthur Avenue from Naples and opened a baccalá store. The shop became a butcher shop after World War II and 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.) The butcher shop is still on Arthur Avenue today as Vincent’s Meat Market, owned by the DeLuca family.
Albino and Grazia’s great-granddaughter Danielle began informally leading food tours of Arthur Avenue in 2008. In 2011 she met Christian Galliani, a sommelier and Italian wine expert who knew and loved Arthur Avenue just as well. They got married and began offering monthly tours together which grew and gained attention in the press.
In 2015, our family food business officially became a food tour operator. Our tours are crafted from generations of relationships and spotlight the best bites in the neighborhood.
We are Italian food & wine experts
Danielle is an art historian who worked for the Met Cloisters for fifteen years. She 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 immigrants.
Christian is an Italian wine expert who was on the wine team at Michelin-star restaurant Del Posto, lead sommelier at Tarry Lodge where he won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Senior Beverage Director at Eataly’s Osteria della Pace. He grew up shopping on Arthur Avenue with his Italian immigrant mother.
Danielle and Christian also lead food tours of Campania, Italy.
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