FAQ

A good slice is the real answer to your questions. If you have additional queries, just place an order at our contact page. The first set of questions and answers apply to our public tours, the second set applies to private tours.

Public Tours

Private Tours

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 before spots fill up. Tickets may be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

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What is the difference between the various public tours?

The biggest difference between the different tour options is the length of time and neighborhood. All walking tours are 2.5-3 hours long and walk about 1 mile (1.6 km), visiting three different pizzerias. The bus tour (Sundays only) is 4.5 hours long and visits a different 4 pizzerias in a different borough each week. All tours include pizza tastings, kitchen tours, in-depth pizza analysis, and everybody gets a take-home Pocket Pizza Journal to help track their tastings. We have different tour options on different days, so your choices may be limited by your availability.

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Am I required to purchase a ticket for my child?

We have different policies for the Pizza Bus and Pizza Walk.

Pizza Bus – Tickets must be purchased for anyone requiring a seat on the bus. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 are invited to purchase a CHILD ticket (reduced price). Children under the age of 4 are invited to join us free of charge, but must share pizza and seats with their guardian. There is a limit of one non-paying child per adult.

Pizza Walk – Children under the age of 4 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 4 per adult. All others must purchase a general ticket.

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How far do we walk on the walking tours?

The Crosstown Pizza Walk covers about 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The Greenwich Village walk is about 0.75 miles (1.1 km). TheLES / East Village walk is about 0.75 miles (1.1 km). The Brooklyn walk covers about 0.75 miles (1.1 km). The Times Square Pizza Walk covers about 1 mile (1.6 km). Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately, as we will be outside for most of the tour.

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Does weather affect the tour?

All tours run rain or shine. Tour itineraries may change if weather becomes a problem but we will always run complete tours. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

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Where do the tours start?

Each tour has a different meeting point but they all begin at or nearby our first pizzeria of the day. The exact starting location will be provided upon purchase of your ticket but interactive maps are available on our public tour description pages.

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Where do the tours end?

All NYC Pizza Bus tours end at the corner of Prince and Bowery, just two blocks from the starting point. Nearby subways include B, D, F, M, N, R, J, 4 and 6.

  • The Original Crosstown Pizza Walk usually ends at Bleecker and 7th Ave South, about a mile from the starting point. Nearby subways include the 1, A, C, E, B, D, F and M.
  • The Greenwich Village Pizza Walk ends near the corner of Spring and Thompson St. Nearby subways include the A, C, E, N, R, 1 and 2.
  • The LES / East Village Pizza Walk ends within a few short blocks of our starting point.
  • The Times Square Pizza Walk ends within a few short blocks of our starting point, usually between 38th and 44th Street.
  • The Brooklyn Pizza Walk ends within a few short blocks of our starting point.

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Where will we go on this tour?

Each trip on the Pizza Bus is unique. We draw our destinations from a bank of participating pizzerias throughout the five boroughs.

  • The Original Crosstown Pizza Walk covers New York pizza from a historical perspective. We’ll visit pizzerias in the Soho and Greenwich Village.
  • The Greenwich Village Pizza Walk visits pizzerias in both the Village and Soho for tastes of Neapolitan, Sicilian and New York styles.
  • The LES / East Village Pizza Walk visits pizzerias in the East Village and Lower East Side.
  • The Times Square Pizza Walk visits pizzerias in or near Times Square, the Theater District, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Garment District
  • The Brooklyn Pizza Walk alternates between the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Cobble Hill.

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How much time do we spend at each pizzeria?

Each pizzeria visit lasts about 25 minutes.

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Can I bring alcohol on the Pizza Bus?

Some pizzerias we visit do have alcoholic beverages for sale, so please be sure to bring sufficient cash and a valid ID.

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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. The only tour that has a consistent guide is the Sunday NYC Pizza Bus, which is always run by Scott.

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What kind of bus do we take on Pizza Bus trips?

We offer different buses for Public and Private Bus trips.
Private tours usually take mini or full size coach buses, depending on group size.
We proudly ride a big yellow school bus on NYC Pizza Bus tours!
The buses have HEAT when it’s cold out and AIR CONDITIONING when it’s as hot as a pizza oven.

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Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Most of the walking tours are wheelchair accessible. The only walking tour that is not fully accessible yet is the Greenwich Village Pizza Walk, in which two of our stops have a few steps and no ramps. The NYC Pizza Bus does not have a lift, but let us know if you have a request and we’ll do our best to make it work.

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Am I permitted to leave possessions on the Pizza Bus?

You may leave personal items on the bus, as the bus driver will always stay with the vehicle during our tastings, but it is strongly recommended that you keep valuables with you at all times. Several seats will be open for luggage and strollers.

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Are these tours 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!

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Is this tour appropriate for tourists?

YES! Your guide is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs to take you on a unique NYC tour by way of its pizza. Most tourists want to see the city and eat its pizza; Scott’s Pizza Tours let you do both!

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How much pizza will I eat?

Participants are provided with at least one slice at each pizzeria we visit. The bus tour visits four pizzerias and the walking tour visits three. If you fall in love with a particular slice, feel free to order a pie or two to-go. Just remember to bring cash, as the classic pizzerias don’t take credit.

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How do we decide on toppings?

We don’t! The group will only taste 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.

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Are restrooms available during the tour?

Yes. Most pizzerias offer the use of restrooms to customers.

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How large will the group be?

Capacity for the Pizza Bus is 32 passengers. Pizza Walks can accommodate 16-24 depending on our route. We work by pizza math: pies are cut into eight slices and 16, 24 and 32 are divisible by eight!

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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.

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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, as New York’s tap water is among the cleanest and tastiest in the country. You’ll also want to bring a camera and your love of adventure.

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Should I eat before taking this tour?

The aim of this tour is not to fill you up beyond the level of comfort but it is recommended you eat a reasonable breakfast in the morning to get your metabolism rolling.

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Are tours conducted in English only?

For the most part, yes. It is the belief of Scott’s Pizza Tours that pizza defies all language barriers. *Exursiones en espanol disponibles bajo peticin y disponibilidad.

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Can I purchase a gift certificate for this tour?

Yes. A Scott’s Pizza Tour gift certificate makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Simply visit the gift certificate store to order a gift certificate today!

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How do I redeem my gift certificate?

Gift certificates are available through our ticketing agent and directly from Scott’s Pizza Tours. Just take a look at your certificate and follow the directions on the voucher. If your certificate looks like a printed ticket with an expiration date and 4 digit confirmation code, just follow the directions on the bottom of the voucher and email us with your confirmation code and requested tour date. If it’s a Zerve gift certificate, just select your tour from the calendar on our website, choose the date you’d like to go on a tour, choose how many tickets you’d like, and then on the next page you will see an area for billing and address info. At the bottom you will see an area that says DISCOUNT/E-CERTIFICATE CODE. Enter the first 8 of your code with the dash and all discounts will be taken off your balance. Be sure to select a tour that corresponds with the tour indicated on your gift certificate (either BUS or WALK).

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Can I book a private/custom tour?

Yes, we are more than happy to accommodate your requests for private tours. Just fill out this private tour request form and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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How do you choose the pizzerias?

Scott’s Pizza Tours draw its stops from a bank of several pizzerias. Every stop is chosen after careful research and taste-testing. We must also take into account each stop’s location in relation to our tour routing. New York is a big place and there is a lot of great pizza out there so please feel free to make suggestions via our contact form.

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Why isn’t my favorite pizzeria on your list?

The list of pizzeria on our website displays pizzerias that are or have been regular stops on our tours. We may visit pizzerias that are not on this list, as we add new stops all the time. If an incredible pizzeria is missing from the list, it’s not because we don’t like it but has more to do with logistics. We can’t fit 16-32 people inside most pizzerias. So as much as we love places like Difara, L&B Spumoni Gardens, Lucali, New Park Pizza, Denino’s, Joe & Pat’s, Lee’s Tavern and Luigi’s we sadly cannot fit some of these into our routes. But please feel free to email us via our contact page if you have recommendations within the five boroughs.

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What is Slice Out Hunger?

Not everybody has the luxury of being able to treat food as entertainment, as we do on a pizza tour. That why we feel strongly about helping people who have trouble feeding themselves. Slice Out Hunger began as an annual event in which we raised funds to support New Yorkers in need by selling slices from NYC’s top pizzerias for just $1 each. The event expanded over the years and we are in the process of expanding our impact beyond the five boroughs of New York City. You’ll see SOH mentioned on our website and there’s even an option to donate $1 to our efforts on the ticket purchase page. Please feel free to ask about Slice Out Hunger on your tour or email us to find out how you can participate.

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What do we do on a private pizza tour?

Our pizza tours visit multiple pizzerias of historical and cultural significance. We talk to the owners, tour the kitchens, investigate the ovens, and OF COURSE we eat a slice at each. Everyone gets a Pocket Pizza Journal to guide your slice analysis and we follow each tasting with an in-depth discussion about the background, ingredients, prep style and bake of every pizza we eat. To keep a consistent basis for comparison, we stick to basic cheese-sauce-crust the entire time (although we do have an option for a topping upgrade). By the end of the tour, you’re able to tell the oven type and relative temperature just by looking at a slice!

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Where will we go on a private tour?

Every tour is different. The exact route will not be confirmed until the day of your tour. If you have specific requests or concerns, please let us know at least one week before your event.

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What is the cost of a private tour?

Private tours are priced based on group size and tour type. To get a quote for your event, just fill out this short web form and we’ll get back to you with options ASAP! Private tours are more expensive than public tours, so take a look at our public tour schedule if you’re on a tight budget.

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If I do a private bus tour, will the bus pick my group up at our office/hotel?

YES! We can arrange for the bus to pick you up at a central location in Manhattan at the start of your tour. For weekend tours, we prefer to have the group meet at our first pizzeria, in which case we’ll end the tour with a drop off at a Manhattan location of your choosing.

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What’s the minimum / maximum group size for a private tour?

We’re happy to arrange a private tour no matter how large or small your group may be. We like to keep walking tours to a maximum of 24 guests and bus tours under 40, mostly because of pizzeria capacities.

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How long does a private tour last?

Private walking tours are usually around 3 hours, but tours with 8 people or fewer have the option of extending beyond the normal limit. We’ve had groups spend as much as 7 hours touring NYC’s pizzerias. That was a very, very filling day! Private bus tours usually last about four hours.

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What’s the alcohol policy on a private tour?

You are welcome to bring beverages aboard the bus on private tours for a $150 BYOB fee. We also have an option to add a wine pairing at each pizzeria. When bringing beverages aboard the bus, please use large cups or cups with lids to prevent spills. Wine and beer is OK, but hard liquor is prohibited on the bus. We can’t bring anything into most pizzerias we visit, but you are welcome to purchase beverages as you wish.

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Can I select which pizzerias we visit on a private tour?

We’re happy to tailor the tour to your taste, but prefer to retain final decision-making duties. Navigating NYC’s pizzerias is what we do and we have a great track record of creating routes that serve our clients’ needs.

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Someone in my group has a dietary restriction. What can we do about that?

The sad truth is that most great pizzerias in NYC do not have options for those with specific dietary restrictions.
We’ll do our best to arrange for a gluten and/or cheese-free pizza at one stop but can’t guarantee. The best option is to give us ample notice or ask for a specialty tour to visit pizzerias that fit your criteria.
We have operated vegan and gluten free tours in the past.
Sorry, kosher friends, we have yet to find enough good kosher pizzerias to assemble a worthy pizza tour.

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How many pizzerias do we visit on a private tour?

Our standard number of pizzeria stops is 3 on a walking tour and 4 on a bus tour. The walking tour is about 3 hours long and the bus tour is about 4 hours. Smaller tours with 4 guests or fewer will be taken on a “No Limits Pizza Walk,” which visits as many pizzerias as possible within three hours.

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Do we have to wait in line at every pizzeria?

No! We organize our tours in advance to avoid long lines and cold slices. All pizzas are ordered based on their respective bake times, so we’re never waiting more than a few minutes for a fresh pie.

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What type of bus do we ride on private tours?

For groups of 24 or fewer, we usually use a mini coach bus but groups of more than 24 take the Big Yellow School Bus. Both buses are equipped with heat, air conditioning, a built-in stereo system and an experienced NYC bus driver. Let us know if you have a particular request with regard to the bus and we’ll do our best to make it work!

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I want to keep my tour relaxed so my group can socialize. Is that possible?

Every tour is structured based on the group. We love getting into detail about pizza science and history, but some groups prefer to relax and mingle. We’re able to facilitate both extremes.

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What do we get on a private pizza tour?

All private tours include pizza at every stop, goody bags (aka Pizza Tour Survival Kits) with palate cleansers, breath fresheners, pizza candies, wet naps and Pocket Pizza Journals. Most private tours are led by company founder (and Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of pizza boxes) Scott Wiener.

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Why is a pizza tour the ultimate team-building event?

We’ve done tons of corporate outings and team-building events and the response has been incredible. Rather than sit for a long meal at a single restaurant, a pizza tour lets your family or company mix and mingle at multiple pizzerias. Pizza is the ultimate conversation starter so you’ll learn more about your colleagues in three hours than you have over the past three years.

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