We've been on Arthur Avenue since 1918...
Led by husband-and-wife team Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani, our tours of Little Italy in the Bronx are for people who love Italian food and wine, New York City history, authentic culture, and mom-and-pop shops.
Danielle'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, a program 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, a sommelier and Italian wine expert who knew and loved Arthur Avenue just as well. They got married and began offering monthly tours which grew and continues to grow.
Watch Danielle Oteri lead a short tour of Little Italy in the Bronx on CNN Travel
What makes our tour of Little Italy different from the others
What makes our tours totally different from the other tour operators in the area is that there's no memorized script for this tour. Your experience of Little Italy comes from ours. We have crafted relational tour where the people behind the counters get to share with you their history and traditions.
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.
We're proud to have had our work featured in the Los Angeles Times, CNN Travel, USA Today, Paste Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine and Edible Bronx.
Led by 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 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.