I've heard VERY good reviews on doing it this way
I don't think there's anyone that knows more about the history of NYC pizza than Scott, but, with all due respect, he tends to include absolutely horrible pizzerias on his itinerary (like Lombardi's), and, he seems to be passing on the baton to people under his employ. I've recommended Scott's tours many times, but, until I hear some more feedback, unless I both knew that Scott, himself, was leading the tour and knew the places he was going, I really can't, in good conscience recommend it to an obsessive with limited time.
For a typical tourist, I think these tours are great, but, for an obsessive looking for the best pizza in the city, I can't recommend it with the information I have available.
Brad, I just wrote a post on Chowhound and spoke with Dan (wahoo88) on this subject today:http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/973799#8918415
Williamsburg Pizza - Lower East Side - Do NOT miss
Paulie Gees- for the Hellboy
Don Antonio - Traditional Neapolitan, good hours, recommended less for quality and more for accessibility- midtown
Motorino - Brussels Sprouts pie
I think Wheated is still a contender, but I need to make the trip or hear feedback from a trusted source before I know for certain. Also, if you're lucky enough that your trip coincides with one of Adam Kuban's pop ups, that would be quite a coup, but that's a huge long shot.
When Williamsburg pizza only had the Brooklyn location, I could kind of understand obsessives visiting NYC and keeping to Manhattan (and losing out in a HUGE way). Now that they have the Lower East Side location, there is absolutely no excuse for missing out on it. I have yet to hear reports on the quality at the new location vs. the old, but I'm confident it will be on par. When you do go (not IF
) please report back.