New York City is widely known for its extensive selection of delicious pizza, whether it’s gourmet, loaded with toppings, or only $1. Pizza walking tours give you the opportunity to experience a taste of New York’s finest pizza while gaining some historical knowledge on how New Yorker’s favorite food became so popular.
The Pizza Walking Tours of Manhattan allow you to choose to explore one of three Manhattan neighborhoods and learn about why pizzerias became an integral part of the surrounding communities. The tours are led by pizza enthusiasts that offer insider information on where to go and what to order so that visitors can relax and enjoy the delicious pizza.
Crosstown Pizza Walking Tour (Little Italy and Greenwich Village)
A majority of Italian immigrants called Little Italy home in the early 1900s, and once crowded the streets to sell miscellaneous items and enjoy the peddlers meal, “pizza”. This tour gives you the opportunity to visit one of America’s oldest pizzerias while exploring these two bustling neighborhoods where pizza became the most affordable option for immigrants and travelers. This tour departs at 11:15am – Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Purchase tickets here.
Greenwich Village Pizza Walking Tour (North Village or South Village)
Pizza has evolved tremendously from its humble origins in Southern Italy, as it made its cheesy transformation when it became popular in America’s industrial cities. This area is now populated by recent Italian immigrants who have begun to open up shops and restaurants in the hopes of reviving a once integral part of Little Italy. On this tour you have the opportunity to try different types of pizza that each symbolize its progression from a Neapolitan street food to a notable American staple. This tour departs at 11:15am – Days of the week vary so check here for scheduling and ticket information.
Lower East Side Pizza Walking Tour (Lower East Side of Manhattan)
Pizza lovers will be in heaven on the Lower East Side, an area heavily populated with pizzerias offering you a plethora of enjoyable options. Everything from classic pizza-by-the-slice, old-fashioned Neapolitan fare to creative spins on the classic slice, this neighborhood will surely satisfy all of your pizza cravings. Learn about ancient pizza toppings and dough stretching techniques and compare the baking patterns of three different pizza ovens. This tour is for true pizza aficionados. Departs at 4:30pm – Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets.
On your tour, you’ll visit three of the following pizzerias:
Lombardi’s, Joe’s Pizza, Louie & Ernie’s, Rizzo’s, Keste, Nunzio’s, Sam’s Restaurant, John’s of Bleecker St, Best Pizza, Patsy’s, Totonno’s, Luzzo’s, Arturo’s, Sac’s Place, NY Pizza Suprema, Pizza Roma, J&V Pizzeria, Ben’s of Soho, Zero Otto Nove, Pizza Box, Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery, Parisi Bakery, Pugsley’s, Pala, Via Tribunali, Williamsburg Pizza or Two Boots.