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Scott's Pizza Tours

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  • Discover the wide world of New York pizza, from the history of this delicious food to tasting multiple boroughs’ pizza offerings.

  • There's more to New York than Manhattan so take a short ride to Brooklyn for a deep study of one neighborhood's pizza landscape.

  • Retrace the steps of pizza history as we explore the birthplace of modern pizza, 150 year-old pizzerias, and more!

  • Take a culinary expedition in the form of a Pizza Walk through Greenwich Village and learn the history of pizza while tasting it.

  • Join Scott Wiener for a customized Pizza Tour tailored to fit your group's preferences as we visit some of the best pizzerias in NY!


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Description

New York pizza has reached mythical status in a relatively short period of time. Find out why as you trace both 19th-century Italian immigration and pizza history in one of the city's most interesting - and delicious - immigrant neighborhoods!

Here's what you'll get on the LES / East Village Pizza Walk:
  • Full slices at each of three pizzeria stops
  • History of one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods
  • A Pocket Pizza Journal so you can take detailed notes
  • Pizza styles may include Neapolitan, Roman, New York Slice, Sicilian, Grandma and MORE!
You'll visit pizzerias heralded by Zagat's, AOL City Guide, Time Out New York, the Food Network and New Yorkers alike as the city's best. The Pizza Walk is New York's most comprehensive culinary expedition!
 
What people are saying. . .
     "No bus tour ever tasted this good." - NY Daily News
     "The tastiest tour in town!" - NBC's Today in New York  
     "I love Scott's Pizza Tour!" - FOX 5 News  
 
SPT's tours have also been featured on the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and the Discovery Channel.

What Is Not Included?

Beverages are not provided at our tour stops but may be purchased at each pizzeria. It is strongly suggested that you bring a refillable water container. A wedge of lemon will aid digestion!

Meeting Location

East Village / Lower East Side (Lower East Side, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

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Rating: 5
I love my pizza buddies
Sun, Jun 7  4:30 PM Male Under 20 Local Unspecified
 
MY NAME IS BEN. I AM 8 YEARS OLD. i WENT ON THE PIZZA TOUR 5 TIMES. NEXT IS THE BUS TOUR. I HAVE 2 PIZZA BUDDIES. i WANT MORE PIZZA.
Rating: 5
Great fun, highly recommended
Sun, Jun 7  4:30 PM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Thanks Joe!
Rating: 5
Celebrated son's 17th bday in NYC
Sun, Mar 29  4:30 PM Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Scott's pizza tour was on his top 3 things to do, it did not disappoint. Loved the diversity of establishments visited and the passion of pizza.
Rating: 5
Fantastic!
Sun, Jan 25  4:30 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
Our guide, Joe, was full of energy and unique knowledge about pizza. It was very enjoyable and filling!
Rating: 5
Informative and Fun
Sun, Jan 25  4:30 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
My 15 y/o son and I took this tour to cap off a "guys weekend" in NYC. Having read some of the reviews, I had an idea regarding what the tour was about, but my son went into it cold with no expectations... or really, I think he was simply expecting that we were going to eat pizza a various locations.

Our guide, Joe, started off by engaging the group regarding pizza in general. The first stop turned out to not be ready for us, so he really started scraping bottom in terms of the small talk, but he worked hard to avoid any awkward silences and to keep us engaged. When our room was finally ready, he sat us down and started discussing pizza history in a lively, enthusiastic, and fun way. And then we had pizza-- really awesome pizza.

Then on to the next 3 stops with further discussion of style, history of the pizza, how history influences what we have available regionally and even within regions, and even some history of the more notable pizzerias. Along the way, Joe pointed out PPI (Pizza Points of Interest) and kept the group engaged with small talk that generally focused on pizza.

It was a lot of fun and both my son and I had a blast.
Rating: 5
Wonderful Experience!
Sun, Oct 26, 14  4:30 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
The tour far surpassed my expectations! I at first thought the tour was for 1 hour, however it was for 2.5 hours. It included a good deal of history and specifics about pizza and pizza making. Our tour guy Joe was incredibly enthusiastic and informative. What I loved the most was the fact that we were able to sample 4 different types of pizza's from four really different kinds of pizzerias. I definitely would recommend this tour to pizza enthusiasts.
Rating: 5
An awesome time
Sun, Oct 12, 14  4:30 PM Unspecified 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
Laughed the entire time and got to eat amazing food! I would highly reccomend Scott's pizza tours to anyone who is looking for a unique NYC experience(especially foodies!). Scott was fantastic!!
Rating: 5
enthusiastic info w/ passion for food
Sun, Sep 14, 14  4:30 PM Unspecified Unspecified Local Family Without Children
 
Joseph of Scott's Pizza Tours is as dedicated and knowledgeable about pizza as Scott. If you have ever taken a tour with Scott, you will know about what I am stating, We have been on previous tours and have enjoyed them immensely. There is no facet of the pizza industry or history that these gentlemen do not know and they eagerly share with their clients.It was an extremely enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the lower east side and I will recommend it to all who enjoy pizza and would want to learn a little more about it's history and it's universal appeal.
Rating: 5
Great food and fun
Sun, Aug 17, 14  4:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This is my 3rd tour with Scott's Pizza tours and it was another fabulous tour! Scott is so much fun and is really passionate about Pizza. I highly recommend this tour to everyone regardless or age.
Rating: 5
Joseph is a great guy and fun, knowledgeable..
Sun, Jul 13, 14  4:30 PM Female 60-69 Unspecified Family With Children
 
My son and I enjoy the short tour. It ended up perfectly at late Sunday afternoon and knowing more of history of pizza.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes. Tours have a limited capacity and often sell out. If you are planning to make reservations for several people, it's a good idea to purchase tickets well in advance. Tickets may be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express online or by phone.
What do I receive for the price of a ticket?
Your ticket gets you a 3-hour course in pizza history, which includes slices at three of the city's top pizzerias! Every participant will receive a goody bag complete with candies and other items that will enhance the tour experience.
Am I required to purchase a ticket for a child?
Children under the age of four are welcome to join us free of charge as long as you are willing to share your slices with them. Limit is one child under four per adult. All others must purchase a general ticket.
I noticed I can donate to Slice Out Hunger when buying tickets. What is Slice Out Hunger?
Slice Out Hunger is our way of giving back to the community. Proceeds benefit our favorite hunger relief organizations. Find out more at www.silceouthunger.org.
What is the difference between the four walking tours and the bus tour?
All walking tours visit three pizzerias. The Lower East Side tour focuses on the pizza development from a lowly Neapolitan street food to a celebrated American staple, walks 0.75 miles (1.1 km) and is about 2.5 hours long. The Crosstown tour traces the evolution of New York style pizza, walks 1.5 miles (2.4 km) and is about 3 hours long. The Greenwich Village tour follows pizza development from Southern Italy, walks 0.75 miles (1.1 km) and is about 2.5 hours long. The Brooklyn tour alternates between the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Cobble Hill and will focus on comparing the baking patterns of three different pizza ovens. It is 3 hours long and walks about 0.75 miles (1.1 km) The NYC Pizza Bus tour runs Sundays only (less traffic!) and is 4.5 hours long. This is our flagship and visits four pizzerias throughout the boroughs. All tours include pizza tastings, goody bags, and explanations of pizza culture and tradition.
Does weather affect the tour?
All walking tours run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as we will be outside for most of the tour.
How long is the walk?
We'll cover about 1 mile on the LES Pizza Walk. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for weather, as the majority of the tour will be outside.
Where does the tour end?
Each tour ends within a few blocks of its starting point. Exact end locations vary by day, as we do not follow the same route on every tour.
Where will we go on this tour?
The LES Pizza Walk covers New York pizza from a historical perspective. Historically, the Lower East Side covered a huge chunk of Manhattan from 14th Street down to Canal St but now that territory is referred to as the East Village (14th St to Houston St) and the Lower East Side (Houston to Canal) with Bowery as its western border. Some of our LES Pizza Walk tours cover what is currently referred to as the East Village and others cover the contemporary Lower East Side. On the tour itself, we'll visit three pizzerias and several points of pizza and NYC interest.
How much time will we spend in each pizzeria?
Our first pizza stop on the NYC Pizza Walk is a seated tasting, but after that we're on-the-go. Some of the pizzerias aren't large enough to fit our entire group, but there are plenty of restroom stops available along the way.
Who will be my tour guide?
Every member of our pizza enthusiast team is a licensed New York City tour guide, armed with the hunger and knowledge necessary to lead you through the landscape of NYC pizza. We do not announce who will be leading each tour in advance, but all guides have been trained personally by owner/founder Scott Wiener.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Yes! All of our stops are accessible by wheelchair.
Is this tour appropriate for New Yorkers?
YES! No matter how long you've lived in New York there are certainly pizzerias you have never visited. In fact, New Yorkers tend to be least aware of the pizza possibilities in their own backyards! The information and depth of your tour will bring your excitement about the dish to new levels.
How much pizza will I eat?
Participants are provided with three slices of pizza. If you fall in love with a slice, feel free to order a pie or two to-go! Just be sure to bring cash, as most of the old pizzerias don't take credit.
How do we decide on toppings?
We don't! The group will taste only cheese slices. This maintains a uniform standard upon which to evaluate the slices we consume. If you would like any extra slices with toppings, you may order them at your own cost.
Are restrooms available during the tour?
You are welcome to use restrooms in the sit-down pizzerias we visit at the beginning and end of the tour.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes to the thousandth degree! Pizza pictures are usually worth framing because everyone is always smiling in them. We encourage you to share your pizza photos on Facebook, Instagram or any other social media platform.
Do I need to bring anything on the tour?
It is highly recommended that you bring a refillable container for water. We discourage the use of bottled water because of its negative impact on the environment, plus New York tap water is tasty!
Should I eat before taking this tour?
It's always a good idea to start your digestive engine before the tour begins.
Are tours conducted in English only?
Yes. It is the belief of Scott's Pizza Tours that pizza defies all language barriers.
Can I purchase a gift certificate for this tour?
Absolutely! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the yellow box above.
Can I book a private/custom tour?
We are more than happy to accommodate your requests for private tours. Just click “Contact PizzaTours” and let us know the size of your group, whether you'd like to tour by bus or on foot, and what date/time you have in mind.

About

Scott's Pizza Tours

With Scott's Pizza Tours, you'll get a complete New York pizza experience that will rouse your love of the slice whether you're from the other side of the globe or a native New Yorker. Designed by pizza enthusiast Scott Wiener, our tours take you beneath the crust of common pizza knowledge.

Scott's love of pizza has taken him on countless pizza hunts throughout New York's five boroughs. When the limited seating in his car became a problem, Scott rented a big yellow school bus to accommodate twenty-six of his hungriest friends and relatives.

Now you can join our guides on "New York's Cheesiest Guided Tour," complete with exciting fun facts and slices at the city's best pizzerias. Each tour is unique, so be prepared for an adventure that will take your taste buds to new heights!
 
Scott does not lead every tour, but all of our guides are licensed and trained to dish out slices of pizza AND information on the streets of New York.
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