Scott’s love for pizza began in suburban New Jersey, where weekly pizza runs created a subliminal dietary requirement. Upon leaving familiar territory for college at Syracuse University, he began to realize the existence of cultural and regional pizza differences. Touring the country with rock bands exposed throughout those college years provided perfect opportunities for exposure to quintessential pizza locales like Chicago and New Haven. A friend noticed the travel trend and made Scott a customized pizza journal so he could keep track of every stop -several of which have been filled with notes and comments.
After returning to New Jersey, Scott maneuvered through several jobs. He worked as a costumed character at birthday parties, a production associate on TV shoots and fashion shows, vice president of a short-lived record label and even caretaker of a historic ferryboat). A steady job coordinating events for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey came to an end when it became clear that standard work just wasn’t going to cut it, and so began a six-month hiatus to figure out the next step.
Whenever possible, Scott gathered some friends for pizza day-trips. Four people in a car eating a slice at each stop until stomachs were full. The only problem was that Scott’s car wasn’t big enough to fit everyone who wanted to go, so he rented a bus for a massive birthday party and invited 26 friends and family members for a day of pizza adventuring. Six months later, he used that very model to launch Scotts Pizza Tours. Nearly six years, 2,200 tours and over 34,000 tour guests later (as of June 2015), it was clearly the right thing to do.
Beyond running pizza tours, Scott also writes an award-winning column for Pizza Today Magazine, contributes to PMQ’s Pizza Magazine and PizzaMarketplace.com and judges pizza culinary competitions across the country. Scott’s pizza pontifications have been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and just about every NYC-area periodical. Scott’s tours have been featured as a top tour on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and several others. He is also the author of Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box, a book about his Guinness World Record collection of pizza boxes.
Scott runs every Sunday NYC Pizza Bus tour, most Private Tours and a revolving schedule of public walking tours.