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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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

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 at three of the city's highest rated pizzerias.

Pizza rules New York, and you'll find out why as you explore:
  • The birthplace of modern pizza
  • Manhattan's Little Italy
  • A classic New York street slice 
  • Century-old coal burning brick ovens
  • A working pizza oven factory
  • Pizza history bite-by-bite
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!

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 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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1,228 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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crosstown pizza walk
Fri, Jul 24  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
This was my third Pizza tour ,and by far the worst. we got 3 slices of cheese pizza. the other tours we got what we wanted on it. I did get to go to 2 places I always wanted to go to though. But we walked and walked and spent over 3 hours. I wouldn't do it again !
Rating: 4
Informative, fun and great tasting pizza!
Fri, Jul 24  11:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Miriam was an excellent guide with great knowledge of the world of pizza! She was also very enthusiastic and had a very good rapport with all of our group. Would definitely recommend this tour (and Miriam) to our friends when we get back to England.
Rating: 5
Unique tasty tour
Fri, Jul 24  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The pizza tour was a unique way to learn the history of the area and pizza. Our guide, Miriam was very enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable of pizza and its history. We sampled three pizzas from three different restaurants. Each one very tasty. My only complaint would be that sometimes Miriam got off topic and talked too much. Overall, the entire experience was amazing and now I will never eat pizza the same way.
Rating: 5
Fun, informative and delicious
Sat, Jul 18  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
 
Had a great time on the tour which lasted about 2 and a half hours. Our guide was really friendly and funny, and taught us a lot. I was skeptical about only getting 3 slices of pizza, but with ask the walking and talking, I was never bored and really enjoyed it.
Rating: 5
This Tour Stole My Heart (And My Stomach)
Fri, Jul 17  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The Original Crosstown Pizza Walk was exceptional. All of the pizza was delicious, my friends and I loved the little pizza notebook, and it was so cool getting to learn all about the history of pizza in New York City, and pizza in general. A must-do for anyone who's ever craved that perfect New York slice.
Rating: 5
Awesome!
Fri, Jul 17  11:00 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
The pizza was great, and so was out tour guide. Would definitely recommend.
Rating: 5
Amazing Tour!! Comedy, history, and Amazing pizza
Fri, Jul 17  11:00 AM Female 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
 
I suggest this tour to fellow locals and tourists. I am from ny and I loved learning about the history and experiencing the best pizza. Alexis is an amazingly knowledgeable and comedic tour guide! My cousin from Australia came on the tour and he loved the experience!
Rating: 5
Amazing, super interesting, pizza lovers must
Fri, Jul 17  11:00 AM Female Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I love pizza with all my heart so of course this was a no-brainer for me to take this tour. However, my friends, who are less enthusiastic about pizza, and expected the tour to be not so exciting, thought it was amazing as well. We got a funny, informative, fascinating overview of the history of pizza, both from a culinary and historic perspective, that gave us insight into Italian-American culture in New York City and the way food evolves in general. Additionally, we got to taste three amazing slices of pizza in the heart of the city (which is the part that has the most pizza). The selections of pizza gave us an excellent overview of different types of pizza and pizza history/culture. Not only was the pizza good (REALLY GOOD) but the hosts were friendly and great. The tour guide was hilarious and very good at all parts of the tour. Interesting even if you don't deeply care about the chemistry and history of pizza (which I do). Now I better understand my pizza and can more fully appreciate how it got to be part of my life. Also, like I said, we got to eat really good pizza. Totally worth the price. A must for pizza lovers and regular pizza eaters alike.
Rating: 5
Miriam was fantastic...and so was the pizza!
Fri, Jul 10  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Miriam was fantastic...and so was the pizza!
Rating: 5
Tour guides makes all the difference
Sat, Jul 4  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
 
The tour was well organized with a prompt start at the meeting location. The difference on taking the tour as opposed to venturing out on your own was the knowledge and expertise offered by the tour guide. We had Cedric who was great!
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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 Pocket Pizza Journal to help keep track of our pizza adventure!
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 are the differences between the five 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 Times Square Pizza Walk hits three pizzerias, each with a different oven type, over the course of 2.5 hours and about a mile of walking. 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.
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.
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.

About

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. You can 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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