Our family has been on Arthur Avenue since 1918...
Danielle's great-grandfather was among the early Italian shopkeepers on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Albino Oteri first opened a baccalá store in 1918. It 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.) 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 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 gained attention in the press.
Join our Shopping & Tasting Tour, offered 5-days a week at 11am, where you’ll visit a dozen food shops and taste the very best bites of bread, cheese, pastry, pizza and salumi in the neighborhood. This tour is well suited for people who want to explore the neighborhood, taste food, learn the history, and make new friends.
If you’re all about the food, take the Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour, offered Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm. Visit shops and restaurants and enjoy an enormous lunch of the best pizza, pasta and parmigiana in the Bronx’s Little Italy.
What makes our tour of Little Italy Unique
Our tour is crafted from generations of stories. Your experience of Little Italy is an extension of ours.
We pride ourselves in offering a world-class food tour that highlights small, family businesses. Guides Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani are on a first-name basis with the shopkeepers. You'll meet the shopkeepers, 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 on the cover of The New Yorker, in the Los Angeles Times, CNN Travel, USA Today, Paste Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine and Edible Bronx.
Our tours are 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 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 summer 2019 we’ll bring guests to Campania and Sicily for Southern Secrets where we’ll explore all off-the-beath-path places including a cooking class with a Baronessa, lunch in the barrel room of vineyard, a food tour of the markets in Palermo and a private boat for swimming in Lo Zingaro National Park.
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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Watch Arthur Avenue Food Tours featured in Mic's series "The Best Food Cities in America."