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 city’s most authentic "Little Italy." You will begin with a fresh mozzarella-making demonstration at Mike's Deli in the retail market. After visits to Calandra's Cheese and Randazzo Seafood, you will sit down for lunch with coffee and dessert at 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, and stop at the famous Teitel Brothers store. You will also visit Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Addeo Bakery, where they make the best breadsticks. The tour ends at the beautiful Enrico Fermi Cultural Center, a New York Public Library branch, where the neighborhood Italians meet to read the Italian books, newspapers and magazines in the collection --- and borrow Italian films. Enjoy shopping at the end of the tour. The class meets at 11 a.m. in front of Pete's Meat Market, inside the Arthur Avenue Retail Market (2344 Arthur Ave.).