Arthur Avenue Shopping & Tasting Tour
Daily tours, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11:00-1:30, 12 guests maximum per tour
$79 adults, $45 children (See below for full tour description)
Over 2.5 hours we'll'll visit a dozen Italian food shops across Arthur Avenue and 187th Street, the heart of Little Italy in the Bronx. The tour weaves together the history of the neighborhood, introductions to the shopkeepers, personal stories from our long family history on Arthur Avenue and food tastings equivalent to a medium-sized lunch. Please note that tastings change throughout the year to highlight the best products of the season. Saturday tours may include a wine tasting
- See a fragment of the Belle Mont mansion which gave the Belmont section its name
- Find out who was the original "Arthur" in Arthur Avenue
- See the butcher shop where the Academy Award winning film "Marty" was shot
- Discover how the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens helped bring thousands of Italian immigrants to the Bronx
- Hear about the famous people who came from Belmont including Chazz Palmintieri whose A Bronx Tale was set here
Tastings equivalent to a medium-sized lunch include:
- Imported Italian cheeses
- Specialty breads
- House cured salumi
- Cookies and pastries
- Freshly made mozzarella
What to do in Little Italy before or after the tour
The Italian enclave known as locally as "Arthur Avenue" is bordered by Fordham University's leafy campus, the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Here are our suggestions for what to do before or after our walking tour of Little Italy in the Bronx.
- Check out the exhibition schedule at the New York Botanical Garden. The Holiday Train Show is a family tradition as is the Orchid Show in the spring.
- Right at the end of 187th Street, near Joe's Italian Deli, is the entrance to the Bronx Zoo. Italian workers who helped build this world class institution were among the original founders of the Italian enclave. Kids love the new zip line attraction called the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure.
- If you're still hungry after the tour (tastings are equivalent to a medium-sized lunch) check out the Arthur Avenue restaurants. If you need a recommendation, here are our recommendations for the best Little Italy restaurants.
- Enjoy the sunshine in Vincent Ciccarone Park, watch the bocce ball players or let your kids have fun on the playground.