Walking tour takes you through the history of pizza

December 14, 2011 2:01:14 PM PST
Scott Wiener is hands down a pizza aficionado.

"I eat pizza probably everyday. I would say on average 5.5 days a week," he says.

So, the 30 year-old has managed to find a way to incorporate his love for pizza into his job.

Now, he introduces people from all over the world to every imaginable aspect of pizza with his selection of four group walking tours and private tours.

"When we walk down, you'll start to smell it, smells better with every step," he says describing the tours.

He dreamed up Scott's Pizza Tours while studying at Syracuse, where he was in a band.

"Whenever we played in a different city, we'd eat pizza so eventually a couple of years into touring a lot, I started booking tours based on where there was a good pizza," he says.

In 2008, he launched his business.

Now a certified tour guide, Scott attracts other pizza lovers, who, as one person put it, considers these slices endless sources of fascination.

"There are just so many ways to do it wrong, so many ways to do it right and we're going to do all those before we die," Joe Hall, a fellow pizza lover says.

The tours aren't just focused on eating. You learn about the history, ingredients, culture and chemistry, just about everything there is to know about pizza.

One of them one starts out at Gatsby's, the former site of the first licensed pizzeria in the us...the group then moved to the heart of Little Italy....

Visitors then get to look through the steamy windows of Alleva Dairy, to see fresh mozzarella being made.

Next stop, Lombardi's where the baker's oven is packed full of coal and the pizza is plentiful.

The Ceiders, a couple from Philadelphia our Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson spoke to, signed up for Scott's tour because they couldn't find a filet mignon tour. For Dawn, it's all about the dough.

"iIt's got to have the right chew," she explains.

The tour stops at Pizza Box, where groups taste slices made in an electric oven before wrapping things up at John's.

Scott's says his goal is not to take people to places that guarantee good pizza but instead take them to places that, from the cheese to the sauce, help them understand what they are eating.

His business may not be a huge money maker, but that's not the most important takeaway.

"If every day I can eat a slice of pizza and hang out with other people who love pizza, that's rich, definitely," he says.

For more information about Scott's Pizza Tours, visit his website: www.scottspizzatours.com .