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Pizza and Gelato Challenge Private NYC Food Tour

Ciao Bella! Like pizza and love gelato? Then our Pizza and Gelato Challenge Private NYC Food Tour is perfect for you! 

This private walking tour combines food and culture and is led by a well-respected culinary historian, cookbook author and culinary educator with a specialty in fine chocolate and other artisanal foods.

On this NYC pizza tour, you’ll experience three different downtown neighborhoods as you sample delicious pizza from three different slice joints/sit-down pizzerias, rating them as you go. While you’re tasting you’ll also be learning about the history of pizza in NYC, the types of pizza offered in the city and what goes into making the finest pizza.

You’ll be given a scoring sheet so that you can rate the pizza based on visual appeal, crust, sauce/topping and overall enjoyment. 

Then for dessert, you’ll compare the offerings at two different gelaterias where you’ll also discuss how gelato is made and learn why this frozen dessert is so different from American ice cream. 

The gelato samples will be rated on case appeal, flavors offered, portion size/value ratio, flavor, texture and overall pleasure. 

What a great and yummy way to play a food critic in the Big Apple!


Offered Year Round


Duration: 4-Hours
Start Time: Between 11:30am and 3:00pm
Meeting Location: The Arch at Washington Square Park
Activity Level: Easy

Pizza and Gelato Challenge Private NYC Food Tour
Itinerary & Highlights

  • Your walking food tour begins when you meet your expert tour guide at the Arch at Washington Square Park. And when we say expert, we mean expert! Her accolades include a certificate of outstanding achievement from The James Beard Foundation and a book award from The International Association of Culinary Professionals. From Jacques Pepin to Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Jacques Torres, Daniel Boulud and Padma Lakshmi, she has worked with the most distinguished culinary talent.
  • While at Washington Square Park you’ll gather around the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, one of the leaders of Italian unification, where you’ll learn about Italian immigrants in New York City.
  • From there you’ll head to three different neighborhoods – South Village, the West Village (aka Greenwich Village) and Union Square. In each one, you’ll stop at a pizzeria for a slice of pizza to enjoy and rate. They may include Joe’s Pizza, Bleecker Street Pizza, Rivoli Pizza and/or Ribalta, (which is a sit-down restaurant) for Neapolitan pizza.
  • Also among your scrumptious stops with be two gelateries – aka gelato shops – to sample and rate different gelato flavors. These include Venchi on Bleeker Street and Amorino between Union Square and Washington Square.
  • But you’re not only eating great food on this tour! As you wander through Lower Manhattan you’ll also learn about the different ethnic neighborhoods, their food scenes, hidden gems and more!
  • All stops, timing and inclusions of the tour are dependent on traffic and weather conditions.

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Starting from: $799 per guest

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