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 (or especially) while New York City experiences continued gentrification.

Little Italy in the Bronx, otherwise known as “Arthur Avenue” is New York’s real Little Italy. This unique enclave tucked between the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden has been an Italian neighborhood since the early 1900s. Within 6 city blocks there are over two dozen Italian shops and restaurants, many of which have been open for over 100 years. Italian food lovers will be amazed with the quality and diversity of shops where bread bakeries, specialty delis, and fresh pasta are a way of life.

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Our story begins when Albino and Grazia arrived from Naples…

Co-founder Danielle Oteri’s great-grandfather was among the early Italian shopkeepers on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Albino 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.) 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.


Our tours are led by Italian food & wine experts

Danielle Oteri inside Madonia Bakery, illustrated by  Jenny Kroik for the October 29, 2018 issue of   The New Yorke     r

Danielle Oteri inside Madonia Bakery, illustrated by Jenny Kroik for the October 29, 2018 issue of The New Yorker

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.

For more information, contact danielle@feastonhistory.com

 

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