Meet our amazing team of pizza spirit guides (In alphabetical order by first name)
Alexis GuerrerosRequest a Private Tour with Alexis
Growing up in the remains of an old Italian neighborhood in New Jersey, pizza was what Alexis’s family ordered when his grandmother was too tired to cook. Later, when he started playing school sports, he would wait for the team bus directly in front of Frank’s Pizzeria. It was one of those places that had the formica benches and tables, a long counter, the fruit punch fountain machine, and a bunch of loitering guys with attitudes. A friend’s older brother would hook Alexis up with a slice to keep him company on the bus ride.
As a comedian who performs multiple times a night, pizza is still a very important part of life for Alexis.He enjoys many pizzas, but none as much as the one in front of him.
Amy RothbergerRequest a Private Tour with Amy
Amy grew up outside of Detroit but insists there’s New York in her blood, as her father was proudly born and raised in Brooklyn. She spent every winter break as a child piling into the station wagon (and subsequently the minivan) to drive 10+ hours to Brooklyn to visit family. A pie from the corner pizzeria was generally the first order of business upon arrival, even before the car was unloaded. This prioritization of pizza stuck with her, and still informs many of her choices. Amy went to school in Washington, DC, where she probably should have studied urban planning, but instead got a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She geeks out on urban transit and sanitation infrastructure, has visited all 50 states, and believes strongly in the serial comma for lists of three or more. Her motto is “no carb left behind.“Ê
C.C. WebsterContact C.C. To Book Your Private Tour
C.C. is a behind-the-scenes pizza ambassador, helping connect all public and private pizza tours to the hungry, curious masses. Always a huge fan of anything with cheese, it was on the NYC Pizza Bus, with Scott, that she discovered the beauty and bounty of the New York pizza world, and has been seeking out slices to compare ever since. When not helping bring people to the pizza love, she is a writer, and is currently teaching Screenwriting at Gotham Writer’s. She is also the founder of the DRIVE-IN Film Festival. In its TENTH season, the festival’s mission is to bring independent films to small towns across America, while celebrating and bringing awareness to the dying art of the local Drive-in.
As for favorite slice? Does it have cheese? Then, it’s her favorite.
Cedric SparkmanRequest a Private Tour with Cedric
Cedric Warner Sparkman grew up in a small town in Kentucky enjoying pizza from an early age. In 2009 he visited Di Fara pizza in Brooklyn which began a full-fledged obsession. In 2016 he made the pilgrimage to Naples, Italy to sample pizza from some of the oldest pizzerias in the world.
David FriedRequest a Private Tour With David
David Fried is an expert-level pizza consumer. His personal brand of cynical optimism makes him ideal for navigating the NYC pizza scene. His claims of athletic prowess have yet to be confirmed.
Krista CousinsRequest a Private Tour With Krista
A New Yorker by birth, Krista spent her early years in the south United States. After her first visit back to NYC, she fell in love with the sights, sounds and especially the pizza! She has called NYC her home for the last 13 years and her mission is to educate tourists and New Yorkers alike about the history, culture and science of everything pizza related.
Mike AlbaneseRequest a Private Tour With Mike
Based in NYC but raised in Atlanta, Mike is a true renaissance man. You may have seen his face on national TV commercials or BET’s hit show “The Game,” or perhaps you’ve seen his excellent standup sets. Mike’s love for food his the unstoppable force that drives him on his quest for the perfect grub. He and fellow TEAM SPT member Alexis Guerreros post their so-called Fatventures via Facebook Live when they aren’t leading hungry tour groups to NYC’s best pizzerias.
Miriam WeiskindRequest a Private Tour With Miriam
Miriam was literally born into this world while her family consumed pizza, so it should be no surprise that she has achieved her destiny as a pizza tour guide. As three-time female champion of the NYC Pizza Run, she lives a life of impeccable balance as both an avid pizza enthusiast and competitive triathlete. Always looking for the next great slice, she keeps a log of her experiences on her pizza blog, The Za Report.
When not consuming pizza, Weiskind runs her own graphic design studio on Brooklyn. Although she loves the incredible variety and quality of pizza in NYC, her all-time favorite pizzeria is Adriatico’s in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bus Driver PatrickSend a Lovely Note to Patrick
Patrick is a man of mystery. He knows the road and the road knows him. The “Cheese Bus” floats through NYC like a yacht sailing a ragatta. The wind whispers to him and he responds back, “Outstanding.”
Peter Van BurenRequest a Private Tour With Peter
Half-Italian, Peter grew up on Staten Island surrounded by great pizza, nurtured on tomato sauce, and remembers teething as an infant on a block of frozen cheese. His 24 year career as a federal employee saw him stationed mostly in the pizza desert of East Asia, with only the occasional frozen pie offered up to mock him. Freed from that career, and a subsequent one as the author of three books and numerous articles for the New York Times, Reuters, and various sites online, Peter finally found inner peace among delicious slices of New York’s best pizza. On his tours he relentlessly invokes what he calls Rule No. 1 — “the pizza you like best is the best pizza.” On his rare days off, Peter enjoys spending time with his rescue dog Momo.
Scott WienerRequest a Private Tour With Scott
Scott’s love for pizza began in suburban New Jersey, where weekly pizza runs created a subliminal dietary requirement. A simple love of pizza turned into obsession as he realized the history, science, and culture of pizza ran much deeper than previously thought. Weekly expeditions to historic pizzerias stirred up interest among family and friends, leading to an epic birthday party celebration that involved a school bus, a megaphone, and 26 friends. Six months later, Scott launched Scott’s Pizza Tours as a way of channeling his desire to teach the deeper story of pizza. Now, Scott is a full-time pizza enthusiast, sharing his love with inquisitive pizza lovers.
Beyond running pizza tours, Scott also writes an award-winning column for Pizza Today Magazine, contributes to PMQ’s Pizza Magazine and PizzaMarketplace.com and judges pizza culinary competitions across the planet. Scott’s pizza pontifications have been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning, The Dr Oz Show, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Viceland, New York Magazine and millions of other tasty media outlets. Scott’s tours have been featured as a top tour on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and several others. He is also the author of Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box, a book about his Guinness World Record collection of pizza boxes. There’s also a full-length documentary about Scott’s pizza-filled lifestyle.
*Scott does not run every tour but all guides are fully licensed and trained to best serve your pizza-obsessed needs.