Original Crosstown Pizza Walk

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.

  • 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.


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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 from Manhattan's Little Italy to historic Greenwich Village. Along the way, you'll eat slices from century-old brick ovens and classic slice shops!

Pizza rules New York, and you'll find out why as you explore:
  • The birthplace of modern pizza
  • Manhattan's Little Italy
  • The country's oldest Italian cheese shop
  • A classic New York street slice
  • Century-old coal burning brick ovens
  • A working pizza oven factory
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  
 
Scott'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. It is strongly suggested that you bring a refillable water container. A wedge of lemon will aid digestion!

Meeting Location

Near the corner of Spring St and Mulberry St (Little Italy, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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1,190 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Best NYC Tour
Sat, May 16  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
 
I've taken out-of-town guests on lots of NYC tours. This was the best one yet. It provides background and detail on a subject synonymous with NY in a fun and interesting way. You get to sample some really good pizza and find out what separates the real deal from the posers. Our tour guide, Scott, also was amazing. You will not believe his knowledge of pizza. If you only do one tour in NY, this is the one to do.
Rating: 5
Loved the tour!
Sat, May 16  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
 
The tour was amazing and Scott was great! I would definitely do another tour of his. Great way to try out NY pizza and have someone as knowledgeable as Scott accompany you.
 
Rating: 5
Super fun and delicious
Sat, May 16  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
This tour was extremely fun. We ate a lot of pizza and learned a lot on the way. Scott is very knowledgable and enthusiastic about pizza. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a fun activity to do on the city.
 
Rating: 5
Really excellent tour for pizza lovers
Fri, May 8  11:00 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
The tour was better than I had expected (and I thought it was going to be good). As background, I'm a bit of a pizza geek, so I was very happy that Miriam, who was leading the tour was also really into pizza. She was the best part of the tour and really made it fun.

I did the Original Walking tour, which lasted a little longer than mentioned, but that was because we had so many great things to talk about by the end of the day. We visited 3 pizza places and tried a slice at each. We learned about different baking types (coal vs wood vs stone) and sauces and cheeses.

There were also some cool facts about NYC and Pizza in general. There was some walking but not a lot (we ventured from Little Italy to Greenwich) I was able to do it on a sore foot.x

It was a great time and I'm very happy I did it. Next time I may check out one of the other tours. Thanks Miriam for making it an awesome time!
Rating: 5
mmm...... pizza.....
Fri, May 1  11:00 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This tour is a great way to spend an afternoon in NYC. Our tour guide Alexis was great! He knew more about pizza than any one person should ever know and he was hilarious too! And of course, the pizza places he took us to were delicious. I highly recommend Scott's pizza tour.
Rating: 5
Great tour guide...great experience
Mon, Apr 27  11:00 AM Female Unspecified Local Group of Friends
 
Scott was amazing...his knowledge, coupled with his enthusiasm made the pizza walk so enjoyable. Who knew (or even thought about) all of the interesting tidbits Scott shared. He took us to 3 different pizza shops and it was obvious that the owners/staff appreciated his interest in their shops. Each one we went to interacted with us. It seems that Scott not only eats and sleeps pizza, but even speaks "pizza language". I have told so many of my friends about the pizza walk and they thought it was a great idea and something they would enjoy doing.
Rating: 5
Pizza
Sat, Apr 25  11:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Cedric, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Great tour overall
Rating: 5
Third Time Around - Would Go Again!
Fri, Apr 24  11:00 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
This is my third pizza tour with Scott's and I enjoyed it as much as the first two - I've done the Brooklyn tour, Greenwich Village and Original Crosstown Walk. Alexis was our host this time around and he is fantastic - extremely knowledgeable and passionate about pizza and it was a pleasure to learn from him. I'm already looking forward to my fourth tour.
Rating: 4
great guide, good pizza
Fri, Apr 17  11:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Alexis was fantastic. He told us so much great information about the history of pizza and of the neighborhood. The pizza was really good too, but my only regret was that, after pizza stop number 2, we were given a choice of trying the "next pizza chronologically" or trying Sicilian pizza. The group selected Sicilian, but I would have preferred to NOT have the option and just tried the next Naples style (NY style) slice. Otherwise, a perfect tour!
Rating: 5
Awesome!
Fri, Apr 17  11:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Great tour! I normally hate group tours and touristy activities, but this tour was outstanding. Very informative. The tour guide was hilarious. I highly recommend this tour.
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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.
What are the differences between the four walking tours and the bus tour?
All walking tours visit three pizzerias. 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 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 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 1.5 miles (2.4 km) on the Crosstown 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?
All tours end near Sheridan Square, about one mile from the starting point. Nearby subways include the 1, A, B, C, D, E, F and M.
Where will we go on this tour?
The Crosstown Pizza Walk covers New York pizza from a historical perspective. Most stops feature century-old brick ovens that have produced breads for several generations. The tour also covers the modern New York street slice and its relationship with the pizza industry. Tastings occur at four of the city's world-renowned pizzerias, spanning the distance from Little Italy to Greenwich Village.
How much time will we spend in each pizzeria?
Our first pizza stop on the Crosstown 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 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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