This post is very delayed in being written, as I went on this tour in the fall of 2011. Yep, I'm a slow poke blogger.
In any case, ever since I'd heard about Scott's Pizza Tours, I'd been dying to hit up New York City for a tour. Between my love of pizza and being a big of food tours, this was a must! Food tours are super fun because you get to eat (!!!), you'll try places you might have missed on your own, and you have an experienced guide leading you around.
Scott was an amazing tour guide! Aside from being very friendly and organized, he was the biggest pizza geek I've ever met...and I mean that in a good way. ;) Any question you might have had about pizza - about the ovens, kinds of flour used in the crust, prep methodology, etc - he could answer. Scott certainly knows his way around a slice.
So where did we end up on our tour? Grab your pizza journal and let's check it out:
Stop #1 was Keste, home of an official Neapolitan pizza. Straight from their website: "It is also the official location in the USA for APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani whose mission is to protect and preserve the Neapolitan pizza tradition and promote the art of pizza making. The organization also certifies professional pizza makers in the tradition of Neapolitan Pizza."
Needless to say, I was super excited to try their pizza. And it did not disappoint! The Margherita was easily one of the best slices I've ever had.
We got super lucky and got to try a slice of Mast'nicola too, which is topped with pecorino romano, basil, and lardo. Also amazing!
From there, stop #2 was just across the way at John's of Bleecker Street. It is one of the oldest pizzerias in NYC!
Here we chowed down on a cheesy slice...
and admired some of the celebrity photos.
Oh hey, Billie Joe!
Scott Ian! \m/
Our last stop was a short walk away so we had some time to digest before digging into our last slice. Stop #3 was at Famous Ben's Pizza of Soho.
There pizza was vastly different from the previous slices. Their specialty is Sicilian-style square pizza. Check out this big guy:
It was pretty good, though I'm definitely more of a thin-crust gal. But this is a great example of why food tours rock. I probably wouldn't have tried Ben's pizza on my own, but definitely glad I got the chance to with Scott.
If you are a pizza fan and are visiting NYC, don't miss this! My best friend and I had a total blast and I'm even hoping to do it again. Each tour is different (and he also offers longer bus tours) so you never know where you'll end up...except for full!