Scott Wiener

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

February 1, 2018 |

Man on the Street: What’s in a Name?

For those getting ready to open a pizzeria, think hard about your name Before I devoted my life to pizza, I was a music guy. I played in rock bands through high school and college, hopping from drums to guitar to whatever instrument I could fake my way through. You’ve never heard of any of…Read More

chicago style pizza, deep dish, giordano's

January 1, 2018 |

Pizza Styles: Think Thick

What’s the skinny on thick-crust pizza? izza classification used to be so simple; a pie was either thin or thick. A pizzeria was emulating either New York or Chicago, with all other regional varieties attributed to one of the two. Now styles that were once trapped in their respective regions have gone public. But judging…Read More

#pepcups, instagram, social media

January 1, 2018 |

Man on the Street: Keeping the Social in Social Media

Operators are starting to realize the benefits of using their platforms to communicate Do you remember when social media first landed? Lots of us thought it a fad at worst and a chore at best. Pizzerias labored over drab posts advertising daily specials or photos of featured pies. Communications were aimed at current customers with hopes…Read More

December 1, 2017 |

Man on the Street: Passion of the Crust

Pizza newcomers strive to make the perfect pie   “They’ve been around over 50 years, so they must be doing something right.” That’s what most people say about the pizzerias they praise for their longevity more so than they do for their food. These restaurants were founded by resilient, adaptive, hard-working people with the sole…Read More

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