We have been on several food tours around the world. This one was the BEST!! Great food, Great guide, and we were so fortunate to have great fellow tour companions. Just a great, Great time!
Paul Mock, Mississippi
"I LOVED this experience--Danielle and Chris bring you straight to the heart of the Arthur Avenue family--so delicious and soulful, including Danielle's stories of her great-grandfather who was a shopkeeper here. Fascinating history, delicious, abundant tastes, AND such goodies to bring home for edible souvenirs! Though I had visited the neighborhood before, this tour gave me a deeper appreciation of this authentic Little Italy that has been around for over 100 years--it was such fun to get personal introductions to the shopkeepers who warmly welcome friends of Danielle's--Like being in an Italian small town for a couple of hours, and becoming a part of La Famiglia."
Susan van Allen, California
I took my girlfriend out for surprise Arthur Avenue food tour this weekend. Was the most incredible experience her and I have had together. Danielle is an amazing tour guide and it made the experience something we will remember forever. I highly recommend that everyone takes this tour at least once. It is something you will never forget. I myself will be taking another tour as soon as possible with more of my family members so they can enjoy Arthur Avenue and all of its delights. Thank you again Danielle for making the tour such an amazing experience!
Ralph Francella, New York
I’m from the area and have been to Arthur Avenue before, but never like this. Danielle’s tour of Arthur Avenue/Little Italy in the Bronx is unlike anything else out there.
First and foremost, Danielle is a real insider and all the shopkeepers seem to know her. After immigrating from Italy, her family had a fish shop on Arthur Avenue; “Mr. Oteri” is mentioned numerous times in the Academy Award-winning movie Marty, filmed on Arthur Avenue.
Aside from Danielle’s background, her personal expertise as an historian put the neighborhood and city into context for us. We learned how the neighborhood grew and survived intact while so many other historically ethnic areas of New York disappeared generations ago.
My two-year old can attest that the tour was very family friendly—the shopkeepers couldn’t have been kinder to my small child who kept running up to cookie cases and attempting to lick them.
We were offered cheese, breads, meats, and sweets at every turn. Plus, we unearthed prepared delicacies like pistachio cream and superb olive oils. I’ve never seen squid-ink sauce and this particular brand of canned truffles on this side of the Atlantic. Just amazing.
The day before our tour, Mario Batali and his cohosts from The Chew were at the bakery we visited, learning to make the same prosciutto bread we had stopped in to sample.
I could go on about the shops and bakeries, but suffice it to say that it was a memorable day. I’ll go back again soon, but next time I’ll have insider knowledge and guidance on where to go, what to buy, and which pasta the Pope prefers.
Christina Loccke, New Jersey