A tour of the some of the best pizzerias in New York
Brooklyn has dozens of pizza places and A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza tour is a tour hosted by Tony Miua that showcases them. Some of these establishments have been serving pizza for 30 to 40 years. Brooklyn pizza joints has also been used for a number of … see full wiki
If you are serious about pizza, you need to seek it out. I firmly believe that you can find great pizza in many different places. You just need to know where to look.
One of the hot spots of great pizza is Brooklyn. And one of the great pizza tours is "The Slice Of Brooklyn Pizza Tour" hosted by Tony Miua.
I had a chance to ask Tony how he started the tour. Here is what he told me:
"I've been an avid traveler over the years and whenever I went abroad I would always meet locals who were nice enough to show me around. I would reciprocate when they visited NYC and would show them Brooklyn from a native's point of view.
I would drive them around and show them Brooklyn landmarks, points of interest, famous movie locations and take them for some of Brooklyn's amazing pizza. To many of us, Brooklyn is synonymous with pizza."
Tony's tour takes you through the streets of Brooklyn to visit what he considers the two best pizzerias.
Why only two, I asked? He explained:
"True, there are dozens of fantastic pizzerias around Brooklyn. That's the great thing about the borough. Brooklynites are a choosey bunch when it comes to pizza. You don't stay in business for 30, 40 or 50 years serving lousy pizza.
The great thing about Brooklyn is that you can walk into so many old-school pizzerias and get a great slice. The reason I chose the two, is because they're the best at what they do.
Grimaldi's, whose lineage goes all the way back to the very first pizzeria that opened in New York City in 1905, serves up amazing Neapolitan pizza the likes of which I've only had in Naples.
The other pizzeria, L&B Spumoni Gardens, serves up the best Sicilian anywhere around."
You can do a virtual visit on the tour as seen on the Today Show.
So if you make it to New York... you gotta go on The Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour.
Interestingly enough, all tours start in Manhattan.
Here is the website link:
And before I forget:
Remember the opening scene of "Satuday Night Fever" where John Travolta (AKA Tony Manero) is strutting down the street swinging a can of paint? He is bopping to the beat of "Staying Alive".
Where was the scene shot? Brooklyn.
Yeah I know, what does that have to with pizza? If you recall, pizza was featured in the movie.
And the actual street where the scene was shot is featured on The Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour.
The following images come courtesy of Slice:
If I do see you in Brooklyn, can you order an extra slice for me?
I wanted to give this review an up date.
We just got back from Brooklyn.
Here's what happened:
I’ve got some news for you. When you go on A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour you don’t just get a Slice, you get the whole pie… You experience Brooklyn from the inside out. And I do mean experience. I’m proposing that they re-name this tour.
Let me explain;
Sure we ate pizza. But we got so much more. There was history, stories, clips of movies filmed in Brooklyn, and even a little romance. At one point we rubbed shoulders with a Brooklyn Wedding. (I’m not kidding).
Our guide, Paula was simply amazing. Her energy level and spirit added to our entire experience. She is from Brooklyn and is half Italian and half Jewish. What a combination! She gave insights to the cultural melting pot that makes up all of the different neighborhoods. Who could ask for more?
And she fit right in with the whole spirit of the tour. She was able to give inside information about all of the hot spots in Brooklyn. Her knowledge was extensive. Her passion for the borough of Brooklyn was unmatched.
What about the pizza?
On the tour you are given two very different tastes of Brooklyn pizza. You sample thin Neapolitan pizza as well as thick Sicilian pizza.
The first was at legendary pizzeria, Grimaldi’s. When we arrived, there was a long line of pizza fanatics waiting to get pizza. With the Tour, we were given VIP treatment and immediately seated. We ordered drinks and the pizzas came out a short while later.
Gimaldi’s uses a coal fired oven so your pizza is cooked very hot and very fast. The thin crust was full of flavor. We were served Margherita pizzas which were topped with San Marzano tomatoes. This is the best way to judge the taste of the crust. You are not distracted by any other competing tastes. The pizza was outstanding. And each table was given two entire pies to sample. There was so much pizza; we almost didn’t finish it all. Almost.
By the time we left, the line outside had doubled. With the taste of the pizza still lingering in my mouth, I knew why.
After more travels through inner Brooklyn, we ended up at L and B Spumoni Gardens. Here we experienced a very different type of pizza. This was thick crust Sicilian pizza. This pizza was heavily sauced with a smattering of cheese.
This is a kind of pizza I am very familiar with. As a kid we would find this kind of pizza served in Italian Bakeries. The pizza was excellent and brought back many wonderful memories for me. We also treated ourselves to an Italian Ice. This totally hit the spot.
Another outrageous feature of the tour is what I call film meets reality. You are able to experience clips of movies shot in Brooklyn. And I do mean experience. While the clip is playing inside, you are at the exact spot the movie was shot outside. This was totally mind boggling.
A big highlight of the tour for me was a quick stroll on the Boardwalk of Coney Island.
I mean when was I ever going to get a chance to go to Coney Island?
This was the cherry on top of the tour. If you ever wondered what the song “Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters, is about, your answer is revealed on the Tour.
I cannot recommend this tour enough. This was simply an exceptional experience. We all had a great time and a lot of fun. If you are looking for a wonderful pizza adventure in New York, you need to check out: A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour.
We did, and it was a highlight of our New York trip.
pizza all over Brooklyn, Tony and Paula,
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