You can’t go to New York City without stopping for a world famous slice of pizza. But did you know that it’s estimated that there are over 1,700 pizza places registered in NYC alone? With literally thousands of options, where on earth would you start if you’re looking for the perfect pepperoni, magical margherita or sizzling Hawaiian pizza?
One of the best things to do is to book into one of the innumerable pizza tours that run in the city almost every day. Most of these tours don’t just give you a literal taste-test of the best pizza restaurants, they often mix in local history and help you become more orientated in one of the world’s busiest and most exciting cities.
If you can, get a referral on what tours friends and family have gone on, but if you’re short of inspiration why not check out these:
Scott’s Pizza Tours
Available as a bus or walking tour, Scott’s Pizza Tours started as a hobby for the founder and pizza lover, Scott Wiener.
Committed to the world of NYC pizza, Scott also regularly contributes to publications, programs and food shows.
Conquering and dividing the city into six zones, Scott’s Pizza Tours visits some of the city’s most acclaimed pizzerias and dedicated pizza chefs – people who can give you a slice of history and deliciousness.
Duration: From 2.5 to 4 hours
Type: Walking or bus
Price: Starts at US$40
A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tour
Designed for all the family, A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tour combines local history and interest with delectable selection of food.
Explore all that Brooklyn has to offer, and experience true VIP treatment at some of the most exclusive eateries.
From snacking under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and visiting movie locations, to strolling the famous Coney Island boardwalk, there’s something for everyone on this tour.
Pizza not your thing? You can also explore the chocolate, neighbourhood or Christmas lights tours!
Duration: 4 hours
Price: Children’s tickets starts at US$70, and Adults US$80
Free tours by foot: New York Pizza Tour
Part of a new series of free tours, the New York Pizza Tour is completely free to join with hosts requesting participants pay on an honour system (i.e. what you think it’s worth).
Visiting the three pizza restaurants Artichoke Pizza, Bleeker Street Pizza, Lombardi’s Pizza and more sites along the way, this New York Pizza Tour is a great family outing for those looking to explore more of the city.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: Honour system, but bring cash for pizza
Best Tours: Pizza Tour of New York
Explore downtown Manhattan, learn about the cultural history, and snack on memorable pizza flavours with this terrific walking tour.
Visiting restaurants Prince St. Pizza, Susanna, Lombardi’s Pizza and Bleecker St Pizza, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the wide range of pizza styles that New York has to offer.
Duration: 2 hours
Price: from US$50
Levy’s Tours: Brooklyn Pizza & Italian-American Food Adventure
To see the best of Brooklyn and get exclusive access to some of the borough’s hidden pizza restaurants, Levy’s is the way to go.
Visiting famous restaurants L&B Spumoni, Valentino’s Pizzeria, and Luigi’s, this tour will also immerse you in the gamut of Italian-American food of cured meats and special cheeses.
What else could be better than eating the best of Italian-American gourmet foods while seeing all the sights and sounds that Brooklyn has to offer.
Duration: 2 hours
Price US$20, food not included