Explore Arthur Avenue's Little Italy with Urban Adventures.
Thank you to Urban Adventures for sponsoring my tour. And special thanks to Jenny, Jillian, and all the businesses below. All opinions are my own. Tour stops are subject to change.
I have an embarrassing confession to make. I've actually never been to the Bronx before, and I've lived in NYC about six years now. In that time, I've explored and lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Since there's constantly so many new things to see and do in every borough, I've been slow to explore the Bronx.
But I finally had the chance to explore and eat my way through Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy with Urban Adventures on the Arthur Avenue Food Tour. It was a little tricky to get to on the day I went since the trains were delayed (of course), but you can take a few different trains from the 4, 5, B, D, and the 2. You can also take a Lyft ($20 off your first rides) if you don't feel like dealing with the subway. Arthur Avenue is quite a distance from the subways, so that might be a good option too.
Here's a little backstory on Arthur Avenue. It's located in the Belmont area of the Bronx in Little Italy. This Little Italy is actually referred to as the real Little Italy due to its Italian immigrant heritage that dates back to the 1950s. You might also think that Arthur Avenue was named after a famous Italian immigrant, but nope. It was named after President Chester A. Arthur.
If you're a returning visitor to my blog, you'll know I also took a beer tour with Urban Adventures in the past. I'm pretty obsessed with these local's perspective tours, and can't recommend them enough. Each tour is specially curated and has a great food cadence, so you're not bursting at the seams or starving on the tours.
For this tour, I met my guide Jillian at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and our afternoon of delicious bites started!
Stop 1: Calandra's Cheese
Calandra's Cheese // 2314 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
Our first stop on Arthur Avenue was Calandra's Cheese. What's pretty epic about this place is that you can pretty much sample all the cheeses and pick your favorites. There's also more fresh mozzarella here than anywhere else in the entire city.
Apart from buying cheeses, you can pick up different sandwiches and prosciutto as well. It's a local favorite with the firefighters too.
Stop 2: Calabria Pork Store
Calabria Pork Store // 2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
The Calabria Pork Store has the most pork I've personally ever seen in a store. Tons and tons of pork hang from the ceiling and are displayed throughout the store. Along with all things pork, the store sells deli items like roasted peppers and olives. We scored some more cheese and salami bites here. How heavenly do the prosciutto look above?
Stop 3: Madonia Brothers Bakery
Madonia Brothers Bakery // 2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
I'm sorry for anyone that's truly gluten-free because the Madonia Brothers Bakery was heaven. I'm not too into sweets, but I love me some bread. There are rows and and rows of different cookies and sweets, including cannolis of various sizes!
Our group ordered a freshly made olive loaf and it was pretty incredible. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Stop 4: Cosenza's Fish Market
Cosenza's Fish Market // 2354 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
Okay, I'm pretty obsessed with Cosenza's Fish Market for a few reasons: 1) I had oysters on the sidewalk and 2) the fish selection is amazing and so affordable! Every place should have sidewalk oysters.
I don't know how to cook octopus, but I was so impressed they had it here. I really wanted to take some fish, especially the salmon, home with me, but I was headed right to apartment showings.
Stop 5: Teitel Brothers
Teitel Brothers // 2372 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
You might be surprised to hear that Teitel Brothers is a Jewish family's Italian grocery store and deli. When Jacob and Morris Teitel immigrated to the US from Austria, they wanted to assimilate into the local community. So they decided to open up an Italian grocery store considering the neighborhood was predominantly Italian at that time. Jacob even learned to speak Italian before English!
To this day, Teitel Brothers is still owned and operated by the same family. The store is stocked with olive oils, tomatoes, vinegars, beans, pastas, and imported cheeses. It's pretty much heaven. We snacked on the sun dried tomatoes above.
Stop 6: Arthur Avenue Retail Market
Arthur Avenue Retail Market // 2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
For our next stop, we walked through the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, which specializes in Italian foods, baked goods, dry goods, and fresh produce. It's also home to the Arthur Avenue Deli, made famous by Bobby Flay's Throwdown.
Arthur Avenue Retail Market also has a cute little beer hall right in the middle of it called the Bronx Beer Hall. I ended up grabbing a beer here after the tour.
Stop 7: Addeo Bakery
Addeo Bakery // 2352 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
If you haven't noticed yet, there are a lot of different bakeries up here. Each have their own specialties. Addeo mainly had savory breads rather than sweets, which is definitely my cup of tea. We grabbed a bag of their specialty bread (pictured above), and headed to the next stop.
Stop 8: Egidio Pastry Shop
Egidio Pastry Shop // 622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
At the Egidio Pastry Shop, we snacked on some pignolis, which are a popular cookie in southern Italy. They're made with pine nuts, and aren't overly sweet—another winner in my book! You can grab biscotti, canolis, more pastries, and cakes. Sit and grab a coffee for a nice little pick me up!
Stop 9: Joe's Italian Deli
Joe's Italian Deli // 685 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
Just a short walk away from Arthur Avenue is Joe's Italian Deli. This is the place for lunchtime since they have such a wide assortment of deli items. You must get mozzarella here. It is incredible. The staff are really friendly, so chat them up when you visit.
Stop 10: Full Moon Pizza
Full Moon Pizza // 600 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
Full Moon Pizza is another Italian immigrant fun family business, originating in Salerno, Italy. There's quite a few different pizza styles here that everyone will enjoy. I opted for a Sicilian slice to try something different—so good! I wish I had the appetite and time to eat way more.
Stop 11: Gino's Pastry Shop
Gino's Pastry Shop // 580 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
The last stop of our trip was Gino's Pastry Shop for some much needed cannolis! Full disclosure, I don't even like sweets, but this cannoli was amazing. I love that they're filled to order, so you get the freshest cannoli possible.
The amount of stops on this tour seriously exceeded my expectations, and I can't wait to go back and explore Arthur Avenue on my own (and grab some fresh seafood!). And to be quite honest, I much prefer this Little Italy to the one in Manhattan. It could be because I hate crowds or because I hate being yelled at to come eat somewhere... I promise that the trek up here is 100% worth it. I loved how friendly everyone was and how willing they were to share their personal stories too!