I am a huge fan of tours in New York City. If you visit New York City frequently, and are looking for something unique OR, if it is your first visit, a guided tour is a great way to spend some time. The tour guides are usually residents of the city or borough itself, so you hear their authentic experiences about the area.
Tony Muia started A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours 8 years ago, and it is the #1 tour of Brooklyn on Trip Advisor. Our guide for our tour was his cousin, Paula, who was very friendly, with a great personality. We felt like we were one big happy family taking a tour of the borough that is Brooklyn. We met the bus at Union Square, which is a convenient location in Manhattan. The folks on the tour were from places close and far: Australia, Toronto, Pennsylvania, and Queens, New York which I thought was just fabulous. How wonderful that a tour could bring people from all over the world together.
At 128 years old, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the USA. Paula informs us about a lot of Brooklyn’s history, making it interesting and humorous as well, while Frank Sinatra plays on the television. Our first stop is Brooklyn Bridge Park, which gives you priceless views of the bridge and scenery. A perfect photography moment here, and Paula was willing to help any of those on the tour with getting that perfect shot.
We watched movie clips from Goodfellas, Saturday Night Fever, the French Connection and looked out the window to see the exact spots where they were filmed! That was very cool and everyone was taking photos of these famous places.
The first pizza stop was the famous Grimaldi’s, which started making pizza in brick ovens in 1905. They are one of the few still allowed today to use coal in their baking process, therefore at 1,000 degrees, the pizza pie is done in 3 minutes. They make the famous Marghierta Pizza, the original from Naples, Italy (both sets of my grandparents are from Naples), made with simple ingredients: Buffalo Mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Fresh Basil. This creates a mouth-watering, crisp, light pizza. You can tell when you have quality ingredients as the flavor is just so intense. My assistant with me is not a huge fan of pizza, but thought this was so interesting and very flavorful. She said if they made this were we lived, she would eat it more often!!
The second pizza stop is L & B Spumoni Gardens which began in 1939 for some Sicilian pizza. This pizza is quite unique in that they put the cheese on first, bake it, then add the sauce, more cheese and bake again. It is a thick crust pizza and the sauce was good, not too sweet.
You are treated to 2 slices at each pizza place, and some even got to take some home as we did not quite eat all that was prepared for us. There are no hunger pains when on this tour!
We also visited Coney Island and walked around for about 15 minutes which was enough for me as it was a pretty hot day. We toured around Brooklyn, Bay Ridge was gorgeous, and is Paula’s hometown. We saw the famous Gingerbread house which was on the market for $12M and was adorable to see in person! There is a mix of old and new architecture in DUMBO, modern homes and Italian-like villas align the streets. You are brought back to Union Square at the end of the tour which lasts approximately 4 ½ hours.
I would highly refer anyone to A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour as it is truly a fun time. They also have the Neighborhood Tour and Christmas Lights Tour (this ends with a cannoli) which I am sure would be amazing. A carefree way to tour Brooklyn with no worries, let A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours lead the way!
I have not received any compensation for posting this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour provided me with 2 complimentary tickets to attend this tour. My opinions are 100% my own.
Rosemary Nardone has an obsession with New York City. Traveling there since she was a little girl, she decided to start a blog about NYC, its style and culinary delights. The blog brings out her passion for photography, food, history and the out-of-the-ordinary. She wants to show people there is so much variety to enjoy on each visit. That skyline never fails to bring a smile to her face when she sees it. You can visit her blog at www.nycstylelittlecannoli.com.