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Scott's Pizza Tour Pizza News
On October 9, the 5th annual Slice Out Hunger raised $20,000 for Food Bank For New York City. We hosted 800 pizzas from 43 different pizzerias, most of which were served by the owners themselves. Everything was just $1, from slices to sodas to desserts. The grand total will sponsor 100,000 meals for the hungry in NYC.
[Photos by Dan Lane, Lindsay Berk and Claire Kelly.]
Coming to a theater near you: the story of four girls, several slices of pizza and a big yellow school bus.
Big thanks to the ladies of Live Love Spa, who were writing a summer blockbuster in the back of the bus when I thought they were just being antisocial.
Scott’s Pizza Tours guide you through the big, messy (and cheesy) world of New York Pizza.
Our sweet Pizza Journals are featured on the Scout Books website! Every person who takes a pizza tour gets a pizza tour survival kit, complete with palate cleansers, emergency pizza, hand wipe and the coolest notebook ever!!!
Miriam and Joe came over to make pizza with me LAST NIGHT!!!
My company is called Scott’s Pizza Tours because I never envisioned anyone but me leading these cultural-culinary adventures around NYC. Turns out I was wrong. Miriam and Joe have been on board for the past couple of months after an exhaustive search for fun and exciting pizza enthusiasts to help lead folks through the city’s ever-changing pizza landscape.
Both Joe and Miriam lead normal lives with normal jobs, but pizza is their passion so they scored some NYC Sightseeing Guide licenses and now they’re cruising the streets looking for great slices. I’m beyond excited for anyone who gets to experience their tours.
Schedules aren’t set in stone but Joe will be taking on Sunday walking tours through Greenwich Village and Soho, Miriam will have most Friday Crosstown Pizza Walks and I will still be doing every Sunday NYC Pizza Bus tour as well as walking tours and private tours most other days. We now have evening tours on Mondays and Thursdays plus more to come toward the end of the summer. Stay tuned!
The All Nighter is tomorrow night and we’ve added even more to the lineup.
Tune in Thursday at 8pm EST and watch it all go down. If you don’t know what the CollegeHumor All Nighter is then check out some of the videos we’ve made in the past for it. Coincidentally, they’re all in one place, right here.
Tonight I am hosting 10 straight hours of live streaming on CollegeHumor, from 8 pm - 6 am. Lots of fun games and guests planned. I’m especially excited for Nature Nick at 10 pm, Tinder Talk w/ Jake & Rosie at 1 am, and Ghost Stories with Sam at 4 am.
I’ll be talking about pizza gadgets with Jeff from about 9:30-10pm so TUNE IN!
Super jazzed about new Pizza Journals for pizza tour goody bags aka Pizza Tour Survival Kits! They’re printed by Scout Books in Portland, OR and I’m extremely excited to start packing them for tours in early June.
It’s extremely important to have a pizza journal for note taking and keeping track of one’s personal pizza reflections during the tour because everyone has their own opinion and it’s rare the crew reaches a consensus after visiting 3-4 pizzerias. It’s also handy for non-pizza writing, if such things should ever become important enough to record.
Everyone who takes a tour with me gets one of these bad boys plus some palate cleansers and pizza candies!!!! PIZZA CANDIES!!!
I just got back from a 10 day pizzacation in the good old American south. Here’s a round of images from Atlanta, GA.
These are two of the four pies we had at Antico, one of Atlanta’s new hotshot pizzerias. The place is loud a bustling — more an open garage than a restaurant — and everyone seemed to be having a blast. I loved the place. It felt great. You stand in line, order your pizzas and the server hunts you down by calling out your receipt number about five minutes later. Seating is open and communal, so you have to scout your spot once your order is in. It’s pretty intense.
The photo above shows the San Gennaro (sausage, red peppers and onions) and the Bianca (mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino, basil). The place bills itself as “authentic Neapolitan STG” but that’s far from true. Their pizza is more Americanized in that it’s larger and stretched with more aggression. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really dig what they’re doing but it doesn’t conform to STG standards as it so claims. Solid pizza and a really fun experience, just don’t expect a quiet evening of gentle conversation.
Next stop was Mellow Mushroom. I’ve had so many people mention this place to me I just had to check it out. There are a bunch of them scattered around the USA but most are concentrated in the southeast. It’s a real family joint — there was even a family celebrating a kid’s 3rd birthday while we were there!
The pizza was fine but nothing Earth-shattering. The crust is sweet and ripe for ample toppings. We had one that was half Maui Wowie (pesto, pineapple, ham, jerk chicken, banana peppers, Applewood smoked bacon, mozzarella) and half Magical Mystery Tour (pesto, button and Portobello mushrooms, feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach and jalapeños). It’s kind of a mess but absolutely fine for what it was.
The two folks in the photo are Jeff and Kirstin. I met Jeff a few years ago as he was getting ready to open his own pizzeria. If you’re into pizza making, Jeff’s website is the Rosetta Stone.
The big event in Atlanta during my brief visit was finally checking out Jeff’s place - Varasano’s. I would normally go more covert when making a visit like this to get a more honest experience, but Jeff’s a friend and I had no choice but to GO BIG! I invited all Atlanta-based pizza tour alumni and about 15 came out for a tasting with Jeff. He had the kitchen make 14 different pizzas plus three desserts and everything was delicious. I wish I had better pizza photos but the lighting was low and slices were cut small so I’m not going to bother.
This photo shows Jeff presenting the final pizza of the night — a super herby Sicilian — to the crew of ready-to-explode pizza eaters. Varasano’s is located in the ground floor of a fancy apartment building. There’s even valet parking, which creeps me out at a pizzeria. The vibe is totally different from Antico and Mellow Mushroom but I enjoyed the pizza more. Jeff’s crust is just killer. He got his start by experimenting at home with dozens of flours, tomatoes, cheeses and methods. He even went so far as to clip the lock in his electric oven so he could bake pizzas in the high heat of the self-clean cycle. Please don’t try that at home.
One more thing you need to know about Jeff Varasano: he wrote a book about solving the Rubik’s Cube when he was 14 years old. You’re welcome.
Happy Holidays to All Pizza Buddies Everywhere!
image by Kristina Filler