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Arthur Avenue Food Tours

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Welcome to Arthur avenue

New York's authentic little italy

Little Italy in the Bronx, called simply "Arthur Avenue," is New York's real Little Italy. It's home to dozens of Italian food shops and restaurants, most of which have been family-owned for between 50-100 years.

 Co-founders Danielle Oteri & Christian Galliani hosting the  Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour of Arthur Avenue .

Co-founders Danielle Oteri & Christian Galliani hosting the Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour of Arthur Avenue.

Our tour company is also a family business. We've been on Arthur Avenue since 1918 when Albino Oteri opened his shop here. We're not part of a big tour company selling food tours all around the city.  (We're not fans of memorized tour scripts, big groups or playing follow-the-umbrella.) With us, you experience Little Italy not as a tourist, but as a guest at our family table.

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You could explore Little Italy on your own, but with so many decades here, we show you exactly where to find the best of everything. We know who makes the best mozzarella, who crafts their cannoli from a 115-year old award winning recipe and who makes the very best Italian sausage. Throughout the tour we'll weave in stories from how Arthur Avenue got its name to Broadway's "A Bronx Tale."

Hosts Danielle Oteri and Christian Galliani are also Italian food and wine experts. Danielle’s food and travel writing has been published in Conde Nast Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms and NPR. Danielle's family butcher shop was the set for the Academy Award winning movie "Marty." Christian is an award winning sommelier who was on the wine team at Michelin-starred Del Posto, lead sommelier at Tarry Lodge and Beverage Manager at Eataly Downtown. As a first generation Italian-American, he grew up shopping on Arthur Avenue with his immigrant parents. 

Want to see our tour in action? Watch Co-Founder Danielle OTeri on CNN Travel

I LOVED this experience—Danielle and Chris bring you straight to the heart of the Arthur Avenue family—so delicious and soulful
— Susan van Allen, California
 

Our Tour options:

1. Shopping & Tasting Tour

(Our signature tour)

WHEN: Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11am-1:30pm.

WHERE: Meet in front of 2344 Arthur Avenue

HOW MANY GUESTS: Each tour hosts a maximum of 12 guests

COST: $79 for adults, $45 for children 5-12 years old

TOUR DESCRIPTION: Discover Little Italy in the Bronx as you weave in and out of a dozen historic food shops, meet the shopkeepers and taste the very best bites along the way. Our family has been on Arthur Avenue since 1918 so we know this neighborhood inside and out.

Tastings are equivalent to a medium sized lunch and include bread, pastry, cheese, salumi and pizza.

Advance tickets are required.

2. Pizza, pasta & Parm Tour of Arthur Avenue

WHEN: Fridays, Saturdays from 3pm-6pm

WHERE: Meet in front of 2344 Arthur Avenue

HOW MANY GUESTS: Each tour hosts a maximum of 10 guests

COST: $99 for adults, $55 for children 5-12 years old

TOUR DESCRIPTION: This food tour was designed to highlight our favorite iterations of these Italian and Italian-American classics.

Tastings include eggplant parm, two styles of pizza, spaghetti cacio e pepe & carbonara, a chicken parm hero and a few extra delicious surprises along the way. We don't skip dessert either! Tastings equivalent to a very large lunch.

Advance tickets are required.

 

Private Tours

Choose from our menu of private tours. Our tours were created to serve:

  • Multigenerational family parties

  • Corporate outings and team building events

  • Senior citizens groups and school groups

  • Private dining parties

 

Gift Certificates

Choose a dollar amount (minimum $25), or purchase a specific activity.

The lucky recipient will be able to use the code that comes with your purchase to make a reservation and redeem the certificate for an Arthur Avenue food tour anytime within 365 days of purchase.

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Highly recommend this tour to anyone new to the area and who wants to save time hunting on their own for the best places.
— Tasha Wilson, Colorado
 
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Option 1:Shopping & Tasting Tour

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Tuesdays - Saturdays from 11am-1:30pm

Shopping & Tasting Tour

$79 adults, $45 children Ages 5-12 

Do you want to shop for the best Italian food outside of Italy with an expert, meet the shopkeepers and taste bites along the way?

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.

Tastings equivalent to a medium sized lunch include:

  • Imported Italian cheeses

  • Specialty breads

  • House cured salumi

  • Pastries

  • Freshly made mozzarella

  • Pizza

Please note that tastings change throughout the year to highlight the best products of the season. No substitutions.

Option 2: Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour 

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Fridays & Saturdays from 3-6pm

Pizza, Pasta & Parm Tour

$99 adults, $55 children Ages 5-12

Want to sit down to eat the best Italian and Italian-American dishes in New York's real Little Italy?

This tour is a roving feast for Italian food lovers. You'll learn about the history of Little Italy in the Bronx while visiting four of our favorite sit-down spots as well as a stop at a pastry shop (to pick up a box of cookies for the end of the tour) and a stop at our favorite wine shop.

Tastings equivalent to a very large lunch include:

  • Eggplant parm

  • Two different styles of pizza

  • Two types of pasta

  • Chicken parm hero

  • Dessert

No substitutions.

  • Tour runs rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Walking covers approximately 6 square city blocks. There are two opportunities for bathroom breaks.

  • Guests who use wheelchairs and scooters are easily accommodated.

  • No substitutions available for tastings

  • All tours start in front of the Arthur Avenue Retail Market at 2344 Arthur Avenue.

  • Parking is available at the Municipal Parking lot directly across the street from our meeting place for $1 per hour, up to 3 hours. Guests arriving for afternoon tours on weekends should leave extra time for parking as the lot fills up with lunch time shoppers.

Option 3: Want to book the Shopping & Tasting Tour or Pizza, Pasta, Parm Tour for private groups? Click here to submit your private reservation request form.


What past guests have said about this tour

"My husband and I have experienced multiple food tours. This was by far the best. Danielle is a pro at her knowledge of history of this unique enclave and provided wonderful exposures to the local food including the most amazing mozzarella cheese ever! Wonderful!!!!"

Ilene W

"We had the best day on our Little Italy food tour in the Bronx! We weren’t quite sure what to expect and now we want all our family and friends to do this tour! Christian was so knowledgeable and you can tell he really enjoys providing such wonderful experiences to guests. We brought my grandmother and all of us had such an amazing time. This tour can be for all ages. Come hungry and ready to eat some of the best food you will have in New York and maybe elsewhere. It felt as close to Italy as we could possibly be without actually being in Italy. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! Thanks again Christian!"

Kourtney G

"Bravo. Danielle is a real insider. Led us to the best of the best. Life is too short not to go on this tour especially if you are Italian or an Italian wanna be. The breads, the cheese, the soppresatta, the torrone...I could go on and on. Throw the calorie counter in the nearest trash can and ENJOY! Oh, did I mention the pizza?"

Liz F