Step into the vibrant heart of New York City’s Italian American culture with your choice of two fabulous itineraries. Thanks to the waves of Italian immigrants who transformed the city with rich traditions and delicious cuisine, now you can savor the flavors of authentic Italian dishes, wander through historic neighborhoods and truly feel the warmth of this spirited community. Join us for a feast of cultural and culinary delights, celebrating the deep roots and dynamic spirit of New York’s Italian legacy!

Tour Itinerary & Highlights

Note: These are suggested itineraries – we can customize based on your preferences.

  • Greenwich Beginnings: Start in Greenwich Village at Our Lady of Pompeii Church and see the square named after its first pastor before a stop at Café Reggio where cappuccino was introduced to the US.
  • Legacy Landmarks & Artistic Avenues: Stroll past birthplaces and monuments of influential Italians, including Mayor La Guardia, explore what was once a hub for garment workers and take in the artistry of Giuseppe Moretti’s sculptures.
  • Foodie Fare: Check out Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria, Veniero’s Pasticceria and Russo’s Deli where they make their mozzarella in the basement!

Option #1

  • Italian Harlem: Head to Italian Harlem where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at historic Patsy’s Pizzeria – one of the few places in NYC to serve coal oven baked pizza. 
  • Classic Conclusion: Afterwards, you’ll see Rao’s – which was opened in 1896 and is known for being NYC’s hardest spot to get a table and take in the architectural beauty of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Option #2

  • Brooklyn’s Italian Legacy: Head to Williamsburg to discover storied spots like Bamonte’s Restaurant – a former mob hangout, Emily’s Pork Store and the vibrant “dancing of the Giglio” at the Giglio Boys Club.
  • Food, Fatih and Film: Enjoy lunch at Ferdinando’s Focacceria – an old-school Sicilian sandwich shop, see the Church of the Sacred Hearts of Mary and Jesus and St. Stephen and end with a stop at sweet shop Pasticceria Monteleone – made famous in Moonstruck.

More Information:

  • The duration of the tour is five (5) hours.
  • This tour is offered all year round, seven (7) days a week.
  • You can customize the starting location of the tour to fit your schedule.
  • All stops, timing and inclusions of the tour are dependent on traffic and weather conditions.
  • Want to see something specific? We love to personalize our tours to suit your specific interests and passions!

*Cost of meals is not included.

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