Author Archives: Scott Wiener

Man on the Street: Expand Your Reach

2012 May: Man on the Street

I used to fear technology. Part of my problem was that I assumed every new gizmo would be a passing phase. It’s even worse with digital media — I avoided Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare like the plague because I didn’t want to put the time into developing profiles only to watch them become obsolete inMore »

Man on the Street: The Latest Topping Trends

2012 March: Man on the Street

What’s the strangest pizza you’ve ever enjoyed? I’ll never forget an experience I had in an old-school pizzeria in Trenton, New Jersey. The shop, Papa’s Tomato Pies, is the kind of place that would have you arrested for requesting pineapple on your pizza. That’s why I was shocked to see a pie on their menuMore »

Man on the Street: “When in Rome”

2012 January: Man on the Street

There’s no such thing as Italian pizza. Allow me to clarify: there is no single Italian style of pizza. That would be like saying there’s only one style in the United States. Instead, there’s a patchwork of variations based on different regional histories and ingredient availability. We’re already familiar with Neapolitan pizza, but New YorkMore »

2011 December: Man on the Street

2011 December: Man on the Street

It’s great when your phone is ringing off the hook, but I have a feeling your heart sinks every time the voice on the other end offers to “feature” you on their daily deal Web site. If you haven’t received one of these calls, it’s only a matter of time before you do. The basicMore »

2011 November: Man on the Street

2011 November: Man on the Street

Four years ago, I took a trip to Israel that changed my life. I didn’t have a profound religious experience as people sometimes do while visiting a place so rich in history, but I did begin to notice something that had never caught my eye before. This was the first time in my life IMore »

2011 October: Man on the Street

2011 October: Man on the Street

I often have to remind myself that there’s more to life than just pizza. The ability to contain a balanced meal with all the major food groups allows pizza to satisfy the needs of any dining situation, from a quick snack to a full-blown meal. I can eat it every day without getting bored, yetMore »

Man on the Street: Beyond Neapolitan

2011 August: Man on the Street

How rare is your cheese? Has it flown across the ocean just so your customers could have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy it? Are your tomatoes culled from a unique piece of earth that has been designated right and proper? The challenges of collecting such ingredients have become marketing points, especially within the Neapolitan pizzaMore »

2011 July: Man on the Street

2011 July: Man on the Street

When I was first asked to write a column for Pizza Today from my perspective as a professional pizza consumer, I polled my favorite pizzerias to find out what irked them the most about relating to their clientele. The responses were instant, uniform and came in the form of a four-letter word: Y-E-L-P. Review sitesMore »

2011 June: Man on the Street

2011 June: Man on the Street

I’ve been in a real rut lately. There are dozens of quality pizzerias in my area, but when my friends want to go out for a pie or two (or six) we end up at the same place every time. It isn’t even close to my apartment; I have to take the subway six stopsMore »