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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Rating: 5
A true pizza education from Scott - loved it!
Mon, Feb 9  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Other
 
I went on the Crosstown Pizza Walk with a friend and two others, guided by Scott. It's fair to say the man is a genuine pizza enthusiast and that enthusiasm was so infectious! This was about more than simply a great slice - it was a lesson in history, geography and science. Loved every minute and will never look at my favourite food in the same way again. Cheers Scott!
 
Rating: 5
All you ever wanted to know about pizza
Mon, Feb 9  11:00 AM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
We met with Scott on a bitterly cold Monday in February. He was friendly, open, approachable without being too chummy.

After five minutes we forgot the freezing temperature and were spellbound. Scott loves what he does and conveys that in a truely enthusiastic manner. He took us into pizza kitchens and pizza restaurants both nice and dark. He told us all there is to tell about dough, sauce, cheese, toppings and let us taste and compare it. I never thought that Pizza Margerita can be so many things!

The most fun thing was the pizza kit which he gave to everyone of us. Be surprised.

We had a great three hours. I can recommend Scott´s Pizza Walk wholeheartedly!
Rating: 5
Excellent Tour - very informative
Sat, Feb 7  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
It was a very cold February Saturday when we met our guide. We were privileged to have him all to ourselves. He had a wonderful and easy going personality and paced the tour well. We visited three distinctly different restaurants and sampled 3 styles of pizza. We learned about pizza ovens, crusts, tomato sauces and mozzarella and the origins of pizza. I will never be able to eat another Domino’s Pizza again. Each sample of pizza was delicious and our guide educated us on the ingredients. He made you really think about your slice….I felt like I was at a wine tasting! To be honest, I had never thought that much about pizza before and now my husband and I feel like aficionados. Be sure to arrive at your tour hungry..... You will be rewarded!
Rating: 5
We loved it!
Sat, Jan 24  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
We toured with Cedric, and had a fantastic time! We learned so much about pizza and ate some of the best we've ever had! Highly recommended!
Rating: 4
The nicest tour guide you will ever have.
Fri, Jan 16  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
My girlfriend and I were visiting New York for the weekend and since we had done the Chicago pizza tour, we decided why not do a NYC pizza tour. As my header suggests we had the absolutely wonderful guide, whose name I believe was Miriam (at least I hope that was her name). We learned everything of historical significance and were able to try really good pizza places. We were unfamiliar with all the history as to who was the first to open a pizzeria, significance, oven types, etc. In the end, we felt that the tour was great, but, the only thing it lacked was in variety of pizza. We had margherita, essentially, all three times we ate pizza. There were a couple of places we went to that had thicker, Sicilian-style squares, but unfortunately we never got to try one of those. I wouldn't have minded a pepperoni or two on any of my slices, at least. I know NY must have more than one type of pizza it can call its own. I will not complain about the price of the tour, because as with anything touristy, it will not be cheap . I believe we got our money's worth in the quality of the tour, but not necessarily as far as the pizza went. As lovely as the tour we were on was, I would recommend just adding variety.
Rating: 4
Fun Tour!
Fri, Jan 2  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Our tour guide knew her stuff and made the experience fun! Each time I eat a slice of pizza, I will be paying more attention to everything from the sauce to the crus!
Rating: 4
Scott is awesome
Wed, Dec 31, 14  11:00 AM Unspecified Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Scott was great! The tour was interesting and Scott had so much information to share with us! Really fun!
Rating: 5
Fav thing we did in New York
Tue, Dec 30, 14  11:00 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Two teens ages 13 and 15, we the parents and an aunt did this tour on our first full day in New York. There were 18 in our group which seemed like a lot to me, but it was fine. After seeing two shows, The Intrepid Museum, High Tea at the Plaza and a bunch of other very cool things, my husband and kids still vote the pizza tour the best thing we did in New York.
Rating: 5
had a lot of fun
Mon, Dec 29, 14  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
i signed up late for me, my wife, and two teenagers and there was only one opening left. scott was able to make some adjustments and accomodate all of us at the last minute which we appreciated. the tour was fun, we were not sure what to expect but scott made it fun, very knowledable and good pizza! it was a great day for walking as well so overall good experience!
Rating: 5
Amazing tour!
Mon, Dec 22, 14  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
I had a blast on the pizza tour! I live in NY and went with my girlfriend. There were locals and tourists; couples and families; people of all ages. I think everyone had a really great time. Scott knows everything there is to know about pizza and is very engaging and enthusiastic. I would honestly recommend this to anyone who likes pizza and wants a fun way to spend a few hours.
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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 two walking tours and the bus tour?
The Crosstown Pizza Walk focuses on the evolution of pizza after it came to NYC in the late 1800's. Our stops include pizzerias that serve New York style pizza in its various forms. The Greenwich Village Pizza Walk covers a broad spectrum of pizza as it evolved from Naples to New York City. We stop at three different pizzerias, each of which represents a different phase in pizza's evolution. The NYC Pizza Bus takes passengers to the city's remote pizza outposts, including the outer boroughs. We'll stop at four pizzerias, eating a slice at each. 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 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.
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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