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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1,244 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great Pizza and Interesting Facts
Sat, Aug 29  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Cedric was a great tour guide who took us through Nolita and Greenwich Villiage for three great slices of pizza, telling us about the kind of ovens used and how they work, the types of mozzarella used, and what was in the sauces at each place. He took the group's pulse after each stop and based our next stop on what we all wanted, and he had lots of information about the history of pizza, globally and in New York.
Rating: 5
Would definitely recommend this!
Mon, Aug 24  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
I did this tour with my family of 4; our kids are 12 and 9. We had a blast and really enjoyed the pizza and the history of pizza we learned in the process of chowing down! Our guide, Alexis, was very knowledgable on all things pizza, and we learned a lot while also being entertained. For my 9 year old to last through this three hour tour was amazing as well and a testament to how well the tour is paced to entertain all. Alexis also gave us several other recommendations for good eats, which we tried as well, and we were never disappointed! I'm really glad we did this; it was a nice change of pace from all the other touristy activities we did during our stay in New York.
Rating: 5
Awesome tour guide!
Mon, Aug 24  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
Alexis was an amazing tour guide and made it worth the cost of admission. Very knowledgeable guide and full of great enthusiasm.
Rating: 5
Great tour, learned a lot, excellent pizza!
Fri, Aug 21  11:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
We decided to do the tour as a family of 4 (2 teenagers). Miriam was our hostess, and she was enthusiastic and fun! Miriam had a TON of information for us and we were educated on the history of pizza as well as treated to 3 excellent (huge!) slices of pizza from 3 unique places in NYC. This tour is definitely a must-do for anyone visiting New York City. Our tour guide even provided recommendations for other things in NYC on top of pizza. My family and I each thought every place was different and fun, and we loved all 3 places. Great tour!
 
Rating: 5
Amazing tour with plenty of fun
Mon, Aug 17  11:00 AM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
Scott's Pizza Tours seemed like a genuine and funny tour, other than the plain tours offered by some of the I like to call mass offering tour companies. I was fortunate enough to be guided by Alexis, a comedian with a passion for pizza. The tour was packed with icebreakers, advice, endless pizza knowledge and authentic New Yorker perspectives. The complete package! I was traveling alone and the group existed from couples and families mainly, however I did not feel excluded or lonely one second as talks of baseball, the city and urban York tales kept coming. Amazing!
Rating: 5
Great Experiece
Sat, Aug 15  11:00 AM Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
 
Fantastic tour with Cedric, who was outstanding. Excellent tour guide. A wealth of knowledge on pizza and much more! Highly recommend for adults and children of all ages.
Rating: 4
Fun Culinary History of NYC
Fri, Aug 14  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The crosstown walk is a fun little trip to learn the history of Pizza in NYC. It also serves as a pizza tasting to learn about various types of pizza and discover personal preferences in much the same way that a wine tour reveals personal preferences. The pizza is good, however with a full tour and only 3 slices, by the time you're done you might want to go out and grab another slice.
Rating: 5
Awesome tour!
Fri, Aug 14  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Unspecified Couple on a Date
 
We had Miranda for our tour and it she was wonderful. The tour was as interactive and informative as we had hope it would be and we were definitely introduced to some awesome pizza. Having completed this tour, I would definitely taking another tour with Scott's.
Rating: 5
Fantastic tour
Mon, Aug 10  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Great history tour of NY. Like 3hrs on the History channel.
Rating: 5
Informative and fun!
Sat, Aug 8  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
Cedric is a true believer in the world of Pizza making! He knows everything about the history and making it.

We really liked learning about the Lombardo's 1905 pizza oven (great slice) and the Prince Slice (another great slice). We didn't like the last pizza place on Carmine. It was too ordinary for such unordinary tour!

Highly recommend Cedric and Scott's 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 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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