Scott Wiener

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



cheese pizza slice

November 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Return of the Slice

Yes, you can still get great pizza by the slice I’ve got some exciting news: pizza by the slice is not dead in New York City! If you had asked me five years ago, I would have predicted otherwise. At the time, wood-fired ovens were being installed by the dozens and slice shops were falling…Read More


detroit style pizza, pizza styles,

October 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Motor City’s Finest

The popular pizza style is making Detroit a pizza destination After I hung up the phone, it took a few seconds of delightful distraction before sheer terror set in. The folks from Pizza Expo had asked me to moderate a panel discussion about Detroit-style pizza at the 2018 event in Las Vegas. Detroit style has…Read More


August 31, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Dependability

I’m finally ready to admit I’ve been eating through rose-tinted glasses. When I evaluate a pizzeria, I tend to focus on the positive elements. Whether I’m acting in a professional capacity with a pizza tour group or with friends at an extracurricular pizza outing, I shy away from pointing out flaws. Forty-five summer camp kids…Read More


pizzeria, server, customer service

August 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: What Your Customers Don’t Know

The first few minutes of a private pizza tour are crucial. I have but a brief window of time to earn the trust and confidence of my guests, who make me run a treacherous gauntlet of questions before bestowing upon me the credibility I had just finished earning on the previous tour. I get it;…Read More


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