The Bronx neighborhood known as Arthur Avenue is one of New York's last enclaves of small, family-run food shops, most of which have been in business for over 100 years.
The Belmont section of the Bronx, also known as Little Italy or simply “Arthur Avenue,” is one of New York's last enclaves of truly family-run food shops. On your European-style food tour, we visit nearly a dozen Italian food shops, most of which have been in business for over 100 years.
We’ll start your private food adventure at the famous Arthur Avenue Retail Market, where we’ll explore the many stalls inside and make a special stop to see what foods have just arrived from Italy.
Next, we’ll head next door to a pork shop where the entire ceiling is covered with their homemade sausages. Then, our friend Diego will give us samples of his house-made ricotta at his cheese store before we move onto a local bakery for a taste of their singular white chocolate bread.
We’ll say hi to Carmela at a local pastry shop, watch fresh pasta being made, and visit a neighborhood deli for a sample of their hand-pulled mozzarella. Finally, we’ll find out where NYC chefs get their Italian food supplies and why.
Your private tour has been created and is often led by Danielle Oteri and her husband Christian Galliani. Danielle’s great grandfather, Albino Oteri, settled in the area and opened a fish market at 2374 Arthur Avenue. The store later became a butcher shop where the Academy Award-winning movie “Marty” was filmed. Christian is a first-generation Italian-American whose culinary tradition hails from Northern Italy. He’s also a sommelier who believes firmly in the Italian wine pairing principle of what grows together, goes together.
(If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Arthur Avenue: NY's Real Little Italy group tour.)
This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.