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New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Activity provider: Best Tours US

New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Activity provider: Best Tours US

From US$ 50 per person

Savor the flavors of Italy American style on a 2-hour food tour of Manhattan’s most colorful neighborhood. Sample pizzas, prosciutto, and cheeses in Little Italy, and learn the history and culture of the neighborhood at family run bakeries and dairies.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Sample delicious pizzas, pastries, and cheeses in New York's Little Italy
  • Learn the history of immigration to New York in the early 20th century
  • Visit family owned bakeries and pizzerias
  • Discover New York's bootlegging depot from the days of prohibition at Curb Exchange
  • See Little Italy movie site locations, such as from "The Godfather" and "Donnie Brasco"
Full description

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at Parisi Bakery, loved by Frank Sinatra for its prosciutto-infused bread. Then, visit the family-owned Alleva Dairy, where more than 4,000 pounds of fresh mozzarella and ricotta are whipped up each week at America’s oldest cheese shop. Go to the oldest pizzeria in America, Lombardi's Pizza, and take a peek at their 106-year-old coal oven. Skip the lines (among New York’s longest since 1892) at Ferrara Bakery.

Your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City” along the way. See the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective, and peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place. Hear stories behind the historic landmarks as you stroll, and learn more about the immigrant experience at the turn of the 20th-century in New York.

  • Professional licensed guide
  • Delicious Italian food tastings
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of La Bella Ferrara.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and loose pants
  •  If the tour does not have 20 participants, your activity may be canceled. If this is the case, you will receive a refund or the option to book another date
  •  Tour operates rain or shine
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4.2 /5

based on 128 reviews

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Great tour. Our guide communicated via text early on tour day to ensure we knew the meeting point. Tour was informative, the guide was fun, and adjusted the tour to accommodate our fast walking and interest in a few places. Food was delicious at every stop and some of the best pizza we have ever eaten. Very pleased to have done this tour - good value. We were a party of 5 with two 50+ and 3 young adults - we all loved it.

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July 1, 2022

My mom & I came up from DC for a quick weekend in NYC. She had never been to the city before, so I wanted to show her some of the big apple's best spots! I had been to Little Italy before, but never done the food tasting tour. We both loved it! The tour was great and our tour guide, Lyonel, was awesome. Lyonel really knew his stuff and was just a great overall. He made the experience perfect! We would definitely recommend this tour!

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June 27, 2022

We enjoyed the Little Italy food tour with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide Lyonel. Food wise, the pizza and the gnocchi were as good as you'll taste. The unscheduled stop for gelato was a bonus, (so insist on that). We could have walked the same route ourselves, but the context and history that Lyonel added made it worth the time and money

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June 18, 2022

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