Welcome to Arthur Avenue, also known as Little Italy in the Bronx
New York's best walking tour of Little Italy in the Bronx
No other food tour of Little Italy in the Bronx is rooted in almost 100 years of history. Founder and guide Danielle Oteri's great-grandfather was one of the first 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.
The mission of Arthur Avenue Food Tours is to introduce people to the small, truly artisanal food makers in Little Italy. We hope you'll return again and again and help keep these food traditions alive. We believe in and support small businesses!
LEd by italian food & wine experts
Our guides are Italian food experts as well as experts on the history of New York City.
Husband-and-wife team Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani know the area inside and out. Danielle is an art historian, writer and Italian food expert. 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 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.
You'll get a taste of some of the very best pastry, bread, cheese and meat in Little Italy while also learning about the history of the neighborhood. We'll also introduce you to shopkeepers who are friends and eagerly await our groups.
We see those huge tour busses dropping groups off all the time. You can't have an authentic Little Italy experience in such a large group which is why are groups are small. Our group tours are capped at 12 people and private tours can be as small as just 2 people.
Tours in Spanish or Italian are available by request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a customized Spanish or Italian Arthur Avenue Food Tour.
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."
Read all writer Molly Jean Bennett's moveable feast on Arthur Avenue in her Paste Magazine article "Cannoli, Ciccioli and the Pork Chandelier."
I'm traveling to New York City and I want to go on an Arthur Avenue Food Tours.
Starting March 1, 2017, we'll offer a walking food tour of Little Italy in the Bronx every day, Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-1:30pm.
How do I get to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx by subway?
Instead of the subway, we highly recommend taking Metro North's Harlem line to the Fordham Station. From Grand Central Station, the ride is 17 minutes and $6.50 each way, off peak. The nearest subway is the B, D to Fordham.
I'm driving, where can I park on Arthur Avenue?
There's a municipal parking lot directly across from the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. Drive around the block to enter by setting your GPS to 2356 Hoffman Street.
Where does the tour start?
All tours start in front of the Arthur Avenue Retail Market at 2344 Arthur Avenue. If it's raining, wait just inside the front doors.
How much walking is there?
Over the course of about 2.5 hours, we'll walk about 4 square city blocks.
Um, is there a bathroom?
Yes, inside the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, just behind Mike's Deli. It's upstairs.