But if you ARE the type of person who is already on the edge of your seat, then you're in for a treat! By far the highlight of our trip was Scott's Pizza Tour, and I want to tell you all about it so that the next time you or your loved one heads to New York, you can go on this very tour. Because it was SO FREAKING COOL!
Rami and I first heard about Scott's Pizza Tour from our friends Jenn and Cary, who went on it a couple years ago. It sounded like a lot of fun, so we put it on our list of things to do. I kept mentioning it to people before our trip and everyone kept telling us how awesome it was, so we knew it was going to be good. We showed up on Wednesday morning at 11am at the assigned spot on the street in Soho, prepared to be blown away...
... and we totally were! We signed up for the "Crosstown Pizza Walk", which took us through Little Italy and Greenwich Village. For a little more than three hours we walked through the city, met other pizza lovers, tasted mozzarella, visited a pizza oven-building shop, and of course, ate some delicious slices!
We did all this under the watchful eye and expert guidance of our tour leader, Scott. Now, I consider myself to be an expert on many things - ballet flat comfort, items covered in glitter, pink things, Britney Spears songs, the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal of 1994, the list goes on. However, Scott redefined the word "expert." Never in my life have I met anyone so knowledgeable about a single food group!
He taught us the history of pizza, led us to sites where the very first NYC pizzerias once were, showed us the inside of restaurant kitchens and hot pizza ovens. In his messenger bag he carries a point-and-shoot thermometer and a mini tape measurer, specifically so he can record the temperature and size of each pizza he comes across! He also let it slip that he limits his pizza intake - to FIFTEEN SLICES A WEEK! A girl can dream. I was in awe of him. Here he is showing us the pizza oven at Lombardi's:
Rami was blown away with excitement!
Bottom line: if you like pizza, Scott's Pizza Tour is for you. Scott was incredibly professional, a wonderful teacher, and he couldn't have been nicer. The pizza was delicious and it was so interesting learning about the history and background behind each individual slice! Whether you're a longtime native New Yorker or a visiting tourist like we were, I'm sure you'll have a great time. Tell him I sent you! :)