Arthur Avenue Walking Tour
Giovanna Bellia La Marca will take you on a guided tour of this storied Italian neighborhood, introducing you to some of its extraordinary butchers, bakers, cheesemakers, and shop owners. She'll also talk about its traditional and exotic ingredients, and share personal and Old World recipes. This intimate section of the Bronx, justly famous for its food for generations, is the most authentic "Little Italy" in the city. You will begin with a fresh mozzarella-making demonstration, including samples of different varieties, at Mike's Deli in the retail market. After visits to Calendra Cheese Shop and Randazzo Seafood, you will sit down for lunch with coffee and dessert at the the newly renovated dining area inside the market. Among many other destinations in the afternoon, you will visit Borgatti's to see how Mario makes his egg noodles like his Bolognese grandmother did, and stop at the famous Teitel Brothers store. You will also Visit Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Addeo Bakery, where they make the best breadsticks; and end the tour at the beautiful Enrico Fermi Cultural Center, an NYC Public Library where the neighborhood Italians meet to read the Italian books, newspapers, and magazines in their collection---and borrow Italian films. Enjoy shopping at the end of the tour. The class meets at 11am in front of Pete's Meat Market, inside the Arthur Avenue Retail Market (2344 Arthur Ave.). Tours run rain or shine. Registration for the walking tours is limited to those age 18+.