We hopped a train and headed to Spring Street to hook up with Scott Wiener, host of Scott's Pizza Tours.
What can you say about a kid from New Jersey who has a passion for all things pizza, and in particular New York pizza?
You gotta love the guy. He has the heart of pizza. He has energy. He tells great stories. He has done his homework. He even has a pizza pen.
Scott truly loves sharing all he knows about pizza. I immediately connected with him. How could I help it. He is my pizza brother from a different mother.
The tour began at the exact spot where pizza started in America. The home of the original location of Lombardi's pizza.
(Albert's Side Bar: For more information on the history of Pizza, please check out Legends of Pizza, Volume 3, The Lost Interviews of Evelyn Sloman Parts 1 and 2, here.)
We started our trek, by heading to an Italian Deli in the heart of New York's Little Italy. There Scott arranged for us to have samples of freshly made mozzarella. The "mootz" had just been completed minutes before.
No it doesn't get any fresher than this.
Scott shared much of the history of Little Italy and what's happening in the neighborhood today. Very interesting stuff.
Then we were off to our first stop: The current home of the Legendary Lombardi's, the oldest pizzeria in America.
End of Part 1.
pizza on earth,
Pizza on Earth, Good Will to All!
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