Arthur Avenue Shopping & Tasting Tour
Daily tours, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11:00-1:30, 12 guests maximum per tour
Arthur Avenue Shopping & Tasting 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.
- 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 sausage
- Cookies and pastries
- Freshly made mozzarella
Shopping & Tasting Tour: $79 per adult, $45 children 12 and under
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- Say hi to Peter at Vincent's Meat Market named one of the 10 best butcher shops in New York City.
- Sample imported Italian cheese at Calandra's also known for their exquisite fresh ricotta made daily.
- Take a stroll through the Arthur Avenue Retail Market and sort through the high quality pastas, flours, cookies, and canned tomatoes imported from Italy at Mount Carmel Foods.
- Look up at the "sausage chandelier" at Calabria Pork Store and sample their house cured pork products.
- Visit Addeo's bakery for a taste of the addictive "chicola" bread made with chunks of crispy cured pork.
- Borgatti Ravioli for fresh pasta and ravioli made with love.
- Egidio Pastry Shop where Carmela Lucciola uses Don Pasquale Egidio's original recipes from the 19th century.
- Teitel Brothers, where chefs go to shop and where you can buy authentic Italian olive oils at a low price.
- Joe's Italian Deli for the best fresh mozzarella in Little Italy.