Politics and pizza, two topics New York tour guides don’t like discussing. It seems in New York City one’s choice in pizza is highly secretive and tour guides rarely make pizzeria recommendations. Luckily, that’s where Scott’s Pizza Tours can assist travelers on their mission to find New York’s best pizza.
And, since pizza is one of my favorite things I was stoked to book a walking tour with Scott’s Pizza Tours on my most recent trip to New York City. We met our guide and started our tour at a new pizzeria in the West Village called Brunetti’s Pizza.
Outside Brunetti’s, we met our spirited tour guide, who was the only person other than myself who was in pizza-themed attire. We became best friends bonding over our love of pizza and pizza-themed attire. Once checked in, we found our way inside the pizzeria and located our seats. I was pleasantly surprised to find pizza-themed swag at each table and a pizza journal for each of us. Yes! A pizza journal to document our adventures in pizza sampling. I didn’t take my crust, sauce, cheese bracelet off for days!
At Brunetti’s, we learned the science of pizza, the importance of an oven, the art of crust-making, and a history lesson on pizza. Perhaps, the most important item we learned at Brunetti’s was the exact composure of an official Margherita pizza also known as Neapolitan pizza.
After our sampling at Brunetti’s, we walked through Greenwich Village to Keste Pizzeria. At Keste, we further sampled Margherita pizza that we were able to compare with Brunetti version. We also further learned about the official Neopolitan/Margherita pizza certification process.
The last stop on pizza adventure took us to Fiore’s Pizza in the Village. Fiore’s Pizza is a traditional counter service pizzeria with a sentimental story. The owner of Fiore’s Pizza dreamed of owning a pizzeria with a childhood friend once they retired from their respective jobs of banker and firefighter. Sadly, Fiore died during the 9/11 attacks on NYC and never saw his pizzeria dreams fulfilled. But, Fiore’s friend did open a pizzeria a few years later and named it in honor of his deceased friend.
We left Fiore’s Pizza full and headed to the 9/11 Memorial on our own for a few moments of remembrance. Our experience with Scott’s Pizza Tours was terrific. Our guide was hysterical and kept us laughing, we unexpectedly learned about the science behind the pizza and the complexities behind a slice of NY pizza. I can’t wait to take another tour or visit the new Museum of Pizza. Yes, New York City has a Museum of Pizza!! Who is ready to plan a trip to the museum?
- Amanda is a native of Richmond, VA. She enjoys writing, blogging, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.