The Rather Complicated But Very Entertaining History of Pizza in New York City

In the March 2016 premiere the Munchies series of “The Pizza Show“, host Frank Pinello introduced the world to the fantastic pizzas of Brooklyn. In his first episode of 2017, Pinello revisits his beloved Brooklyn and extends his pizza purview outward, where he talks to various pizzeria owners and experts. This includes Scott Weiner of Scott’s Pizza Tours, who explains the rather complicated but very entertaining history of pizza in New York City, particularly around claims of being the first.

New York is the birthplace of many things, but for today’s purposes, we’re sticking to pizza. Frank starts with a quick history lesson from Scott Wiener, the owner of Scott’s Pizza Tours. Then, we hit the streets to see and taste the history for ourselves. The best thing about the city’s pizza scene is that it’s relatively young, so you can still eat slices from the ovens of the people that started it all and put New York pizza on the map.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.