New York City's Pizza Bus

Scott's Pizza Tours

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Activity #1316
  • Retrace the steps of pizza history as we explore the birthplace of modern pizza, 150 year-old pizzerias, and more!

  • Discover some of Times Square's best pizzerias & the history of Manhattan's busiest neighborhood on an outstanding culinary expedition!

  • If you love pizza, you’re sure to enjoy the rich history and delicious slices served on this Pizza Walk of NYC’s Lower East Side!

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

  • 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.


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Description

This Sunday-only tour makes use of the lightest traffic day of the week to extend our pizzeria reach to the delicious outer boroughs. The NYC Pizza Bus lets you explore the New York City pizza landscape without the hassle of traffic, parking or waiting for subways. Visit pizzerias you've only seen on TV and some that the Food Network doesn't even know about with this culinary adventure of epic proportions. Our pizzeria stops change every week, but we always start and end in lower Manhattan before hitting a mix of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

So you're a pizza lover? Get ready to step it up a notch with:
  • America's first licensed pizzeria
  • Some of NYC's oldest coal-burning ovens
  • Brooklyn's best Sicilian pie
  • Comparative analysis of oven types
  • A classic New York slice shop
  • Authentic Neapolitan pizza
  • Frank Sinatra's favorite slice
We're the only tour that travels in a big yellow school bus, which is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer!

Word on the street is that our tours are awesome:
    "New York really does boast specialized tours and this is one of the best." - Rough Guides
    "Offbeat and fun!" - Lonely Planet    
    "The tastiest tour in town!" - NBC's Today in New York 


Scott's Pizza Tours has been featured on ABC's The Chew, CBS Sunday Morning, the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, History Channel and Discovery Channel. WHOA!

What Is Not Included?

Beverages are not included.  It is strongly suggested that you bring a refillable container for water.  A wedge of lemon will aid digestion!

Meeting Location

Visits multiple boroughs (Little Italy, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
715 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
If you love Pizza go. If you like Pizza GO!!!
Sun, Jan 31  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
My husband loves pizza -- the making of it, the study of crust and all things Pizza. So I planned this tour for him. And it was 100% on point! The information is great. The food was great...the company was so diverse it was awesome. People from Scotland and Australia and places more local.

Scott makes it exciting and interesting and he is just a great guy! The Bus Tour is something I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting NYC. It is something different - out of the ordinary and a taste of NYC that you won't find in a museum or park. Quirky. Fun. Informative. Laughs. Food. One of the best tours we've taken on our vacations/getaways.
 
Rating: 5
Authentic NY Experience
Sun, Jan 31  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
I highly recommend Scott's Pizza Tours as a fun, fact-filled adventure into discovering one of New York City's gems: pizza. New York City has such a rich pizza history, and the tour guides bring this history alive. And the pizza is delicious!! Highly recommended.
Rating: 4
Scott knows pizza!
Sun, Jan 10  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
I thought it was a great experience. Scott is very enthusiastic. The trip was fun and informative. I have already recommended the tour to several people.
Rating: 5
This tour is so much fun!
Sun, Jan 10  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Our guide was engaging, fun and knew everything about pizza! We had a great time!
Rating: 5
Highly recommend this tour!
Sun, Jan 3  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
We had an amazing bus tour with Scott and Captain Pat on January 3rd. The tour stopped at some of the best places we've ever had the pleasure of visiting. From original coal fired to modern Napoli style, then Grandma slices to an authentic NY style pie...Scott's Pizza Tour hit a home run! We'll definitely be back for more - Greg & Cecilia (Scotland)
Rating: 4
The guide really loves pizza, huge knowledge
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Rating: 5
Scott is Excited!
Sun, Jan 3  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
If you're off-put by Scott's chipper and over-enthusiastic attitude about pizza, give it awhile. The man is obsessed and will grow on you - amazing tour!
Rating: 5
Informative, fun and tasty!!
Sun, Jan 3  11:00 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
This was an excellent way to spend our last day in town!!

Scott is incredibly enthusiastic, energetic and knowledgable. He was very welcoming and friendly and had a wealth of information about the city, its pizza history and the history of pizza itself. There was no snobbery in describing 'the best pizza' clearly laying out people's personal preferences and heritage playing a huge role. As a result we got to try different styles of fantastic pizza across the city.

We picked up some really handy tips on our own pizza making too. Fantastic to see what a great relationship he has with these local businesses where we were made to feel really welcome and special.

Will definitely go again!!
Rating: 5
Best Tour Guide Ever
Sun, Dec 27, 15  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Scott is the best tour guide I have ever had. This was my second time on the bus tour and I took my mother, sister and my kids. Everybody enjoyed it.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Tour!
Sun, Dec 27, 15  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
 
This is a must if you love pizza! Scott educates and entertains on this nonstop adventure. We came away with great knowledge and full bellies.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Yes. This tour only runs on Sundays 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 before spots fill up. Tickets may be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
What do I receive for the price of a ticket?
Tickets guarantee you a seat on a yellow school bus that has been specially licensed for sightseeing use throughout New York City. You will be treated to four slices of pizza, one from each of the four pizzerias we visit. Each participant will receive a goody bag complete with candies and other items that will enhance the tour experience.
What are the differences between the bus tour and the walking tours?
The NYC Pizza Bus visits four pizzerias over 4.5 hours while the walking tours visit three pizzerias in 3 hours. We have various walking tours that each cover a different neighborhood. All tours include pizza and a Pocket Pizza Journal for every guest.
Am I required to purchase a ticket for a child?
Tickets must be purchased for anyone requiring a seat on the bus. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 are invited to purchase a reduced-price child ticket. Children under the age of 4 are invited to join us free of charge, but must share pizza and seats with their guardian. There is a limit of 1 non-paying child per adult.
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.
Does weather affect the tour?
The Pizza Bus runs rain or shine! Tour itineraries may change if weather becomes a problem but we will always run complete tours. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as we will be getting on and off the bus throughout the tour.
Where does the tour end?
All Pizza Bus tours end at the corner of Bowery and Prince St, just two blocks from the starting point.
Where will we go on this tour?
Each tour with Scott's Pizza Bus is unique. We draw our destinations from a bank of participating pizzerias throughout New York's five boroughs. Few tours will have the same itinerary but all will visit four of the city's best pizzerias.
How many pizzerias will we visit?
We will visit four pizzerias on the trip and eat a slice at each.
How much time will we spend in each pizzeria?
We'll spend approximately 25 minutes at each pizzeria.
Do we stay on the bus for the duration of the tour?
No. We exit the bus at every pizzeria. Depending on the weather, we may even get to eat some slices outside!
Can I bring alcohol on the bus?
No. It is against New York State law to consume alcohol on a bus. The pizzerias we visit do have alcoholic beverages for sale, so please be sure to bring sufficient cash and a valid ID if you would like to purchase this.
Who will be my tour guide?
Scott Wiener is a licensed New York City tour guide and dedicated pizza enthusiast. Scott's love for pizza and fascination with pizza culture has led him to create a forum in which pizza lovers can dish about their favorite slices and broaden their pizza palates.
What type of bus is used?
Scott's Pizza Tours is the only guided tour in New York City that uses a big yellow school bus! All buses are new models and pass weekly inspections by the NYC Board of Education. We only use buses that are up to code with the city's regulations and ours even has air conditioning for those hot summer days!
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
No, unfortunately our buses are not wheelchair accessible.
Am I permitted to leave possessions on the bus?
You may leave personal items on the bus, as the bus driver will always stay with the vehicle during our tastings, but it is strongly recommended that you keep valuables with you at all times. Several seats will be open for luggage and strollers.
As a New Yorker, will I enjoy this tour?
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!
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?
While the bus has no restroom, the pizzerias do! It is highly recommended that you visit these restrooms at the first and final stops while the group is eating inside the restaurant.
How large will the group be?
We usually cap tickets at 24 per tour, but there's room for 32 if the pizzerias on the schedule are large enough to accommodate a group that large.
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 even have a special web site where you can share your photos with other pizza pals.
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 box above.
How is my gift certificate delivered? Can I print it out now and give it to the recipient myself?
Yes, you can! When you purchase your gift certificate online, you will be presented immediately with your gift certificate so that you can print it out and deliver it. If you buy it over the phone, a link to your gift certificate will be emailed to you as soon as your purchase is completed.
What if I want the gift certificate emailed to the recipient instead?
That's no problem, either! When you purchase your gift certificate, just select the option to have the certificate emailed directly to the recipient and provide their email address. You'll even be able to decide whether you want the email sent immediately or if you'd prefer to schedule it to be emailed on a future date. (For instance, if you want to buy it today so you don't forget, but you don't want it emailed to the recipient until their special day!)
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.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

Gratuities
Gratuities for your guide are not mandatory but greatly appreciated.

Scott's Pizza Tours

With Scott's Pizza Tours, you'll get a serious education in the history, science, culture, and taste of real New York pizza by visiting some of the places that do it best.

Every one of our tours hits multiple pizzerias to give you a giant slice of saucy knowledge. Not only do you get a slice at each stop, we’ll even get you into the kitchens for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at all the different ovens, cheese types, tomato preparations, and dough stretching techniques. Keep track of your findings in your very own Pocket Pizza Journal, a handy notebook we designed specifically for pizza analysis!

If it sounds like we’re a little too obsessed, it’s because we are. Our founder Scott Wiener started the tour after leading a group of friends on an epic birthday party pizza crawl in 2007. It was too much fun to keep a secret, so he launched the company with the intention of running a weekly tour while looking for a real job. Flash forward and Scott’s Pizza Tours is one of the highest rated activities in the universe. It’s probably because we’re extremely passionate about our city, our pizza, and sharing both with new friends. 
 
Our tours are conducted by an elite team of pizza lovers who found each other through our collective love of the slice. Scott does not lead every tour, but all of our guides are licensed and trained to dish out slices of pizza AND information in the greatest pizza city ever.
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