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.
Our family has been among the Arthur Avenue shopkeepers since 1918. All of our tours have been crafted from generations of stories and feature the best bites from each shop. Our tours have been featured in CNN Travel, Los Angeles Times, NY1, and on the cover of The New Yorker.
Walking, shopping, history, chatting with shopkeepers, on-the-go tastings
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 include coffee, bread, three types of cheese, pastries, salumi and pizza.
This tour is vegetarian friendly. No substitutions.
This tour is all about the food! Three plated dishes, plus 3 shop visits with additional tastings
This tour is a roving feast for Italian food lovers. You'll learn about the history of Little Italy in the Bronx while visiting both shops and restaurants. Tastings include chicken parm, eggplant parmigiana, pizza, spaghetti cacio e pepe and pastry.
Tastings equivalent to a very large lunch include:
See calendar for all available dates.
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 $1.50 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.
For public transportation we highly recommend taking Metro North instead of the NYC Subway. From Grand Central Station, take the Harlem line to the Fordham Station, just 17 minutes.