Our family has been among the Arthur Avenue shopkeepers since 1918
Our mission is to champion a historic, thriving neighborhood of family owned and operated food shops and restaurants even while New York City experiences continued gentrification.
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Our story begins when Albino and Grazia arrived from Naples…
In 1918 Albino and Grazia Oteri opened a baccalá store in 1918. 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, 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 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.
In October we’ll return to Cilento for our signature food and wine tour. Guests unpack their bags once to stay at Borgo La Pietraia, overlooking the Amalfi Coast. The Borgo is run by Danielle’s cousins in Italy who treat you as members of their extended family.
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