Scott Wiener

Scott Wiener is Pizza Today’s Man on the Street. He owns and operates Scott’s Pizza Tours in New York City.



wood fired oven, pizza oven

July 1, 2017 |

The Heat is On

Choose the right oven for your pizza If a pizzeria’s nerve center is the kitchen, the oven is its brain. The single most important purchase one can make when opening a new pizza restaurant can be the most confusing without a strong understanding of the myriad of options on the market. Factors like construction material,…Read More


diFara, pizza, brooklyn, new york

July 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Culture Vultures

I know I’m supposed to write about pizza, but I can’t stop thinking about burritos. As I write this, the food world is in an uproar over a controversial pop-up eatery in Portland, Oregon. A pair of friends discovered incredible handmade tortillas while on vacation in Mexico and decided to launch a business back home using…Read More


pineapple on pizza, pizza toppings

June 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: In Defense of Pineapple

Do your customers love or hate this tropical treat? I considered writing this month’s column under a pseudonym because my views on pizza toppings could get me kicked out of New York City forever. Staunch traditionalists cringe at the mere thought of “unconventional” ingredients infiltrating their idyllic image of a perfect pie, but that attitude…Read More


May 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Ooze or Lose

Burrata has become one of the world’s sexiest cheeses When the Beatles played their legendary 1965 concert at Shea Stadium, most of the audience couldn’t hear a single note of music because of the din of teenage girls in full-on freak-out mode. I never thought I’d witness the same reaction to a piece of cheese,…Read More


slice out hunger, nyc, new york, pizza fundraiser

April 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Slice Out Hunger

Life was great when I played for the Mets. I’m still not sure how my hometown’s recreation department got away with naming their little league teams after major league franchises, but I was nine years old and that wasn’t an issue to me. All I cared about was hanging out with my friends and eating…Read More


trenton tomato pies, pizza styles

April 1, 2017 |

The Trenton Tomato Pie

How much do you know about this classic style? With a monolithic prison on one side and an entire block of abandoned factory buildings on the other, the intersection of New Jersey State Route 129 and Cass Street doesn’t betray its history as the entrance to a vibrant community. The once-bustling neighborhood of Chambersburg has…Read More


Roberta's Pizza, Brooklyn, New York

March 1, 2017 |

Pizza Styles: Neapolitan vs. NEOpolitan

Pizza with similar names just isn’t the same When pizza first became popular in the United States, it had already changed dramatically from its original southern Italian expression. Newly arrived immigrants couldn’t afford wood to fuel their ovens, so they switched to coal as a cheaper solution. Flour was too bulky to import and cheese…Read More


March 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: In the End, Is Easy Better than Good?

I just read a quote that completely terrified me –– and for once it wasn’t spoken by a politician! In late 2015, the head of a major food company suggested to investors that their ailing pizza chain should concentrate less on making good food and more on making their food easier to buy. As someone…Read More


server waitstaff

February 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Dis-Service

I would be lying if I said it was all about the pizza. As much as I’d like to say every ounce of effort should go into your food — that dough formulation and oven skill were all that mattered — the truth is that even the greatest pizza cannot sustain a business by itself….Read More


scott wiener, professional pizza eater, man on the street columnist, pizza box record holder, scott's pizza tours

January 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: The Thrill of Discovery

I honestly wasn’t planning on eating any pizza during my lightning-fast mini vacation in North Carolina. The trip was all about seeing family so I did zero research beyond the obligatory tweet asking for recommendations in the area. The lack of response I received was actually a relief because I was way more interested in…Read More