If you want to explore Brooklyn, with a true Brooklynite as a tour guide, in the most delicious way, you need to get yourself on board the ‘A slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour,’ a family run tour which highlights everything you need to know about Brooklyn to satisfy your curiosity and shows you why there is more to New York than just Manhattan, all while devouring tasty slices of pizza – win win!
We started our day by being picked up at the meeting spot in Union Square by the bubbly and very lovely Paula, and made our way to the first stop, for incredible views and photo opportunities, at the Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO. She is a fantastic photographer too, which was just perfect!
Fun fact – DUMBO is an acronym for ‘Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’
After the park, we took a short stroll to our first venue for a taste of Neapolitan pizza, the very famous Grimaldi’s, and guess what, we skipped the queue too – perks of the tour!
What makes Grimaldis so special is that they make the pizza in a coal-fired brick oven that gives the pizza a unique smoky flavour and irresistible crisp crust – just heavenly! Word of caution, avoid eye contact with the hungry diners waiting in queue outside as you leave 😉
After being in a state of Pizza heaven, it was time to get back on to the bus, and we drove around the Brooklyn neighbourhoods and saw all the showstopping million dollar houses, my favourite being this Fairy tale like one, all whilst being told important and interesting facts about them by Paula, as well as the history of Brooklyn. She is so filled with knowledge having grown up there, and it really made a difference to the tour and everyone on the bus was really engaged and captivated by her.
After driving through and seeing lots, we were at our second stop for Pizza in Gravesend, L&B Spumoni Gardens for a Sicilian slice! Ps word on the street is that they are opening up a branch right near Grimaldi’s!
I had never had Sicilian style pizza before and so this was something new for me.
This pizza is different as the order in which its garnished is the mozzarella and then the sauce rather than sauce and then mozzarella. This makes it moreish as the cheese melts into the dough and creates a gooey texture – perfect if you are a cheesy pizza fan! I personally preferred Grimaldi’s but its all down to individual taste.
After indulging in Sicilian pizza it was back on to the bus to make our way to our next and final stop – the Coney Island boardwalk, which we were pleased to be able to tick off our sightseeing list as part of this tour.
Here you can find lots of rides and food stalls, as well as the beach, and so a fun place to spend a day or an afternoon!
My favourite part was seeing this amazing award winning mural by Danielle Mastrion that depicts how all of the plastic that ends up in the ocean is threatening marine life. This piece has a very hopeful theme based on the idea of a phoenix, a bird that rises from ashes. See my NYC stories highlight for the full mural where the fish magically turns from plastic back into a fish. ⠀⠀
Very topical with the emphasis worldwide on reducing our plastic consumption and a stunning art mural!
After that, the group headed back to Manhattan but Sima and I decided we would walk the Brooklyn Bridge back and so we set off!
I had a brilliant time on the tour and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore Brooklyn as it gives a great insight as well as allows you to traverse through Pizza heaven, first in Naples followed by Sicily, and the most amazing thing is you don’t have to queue at Grimaldi’s! Trust me, when you see how long the queues are you’ll understand why!
Will you find a better tour than this? Fuhgeddaboudit!
A big thank you to Paula for a superb day!
To find out more about the ‘A slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour’ visit their website: https://www.asliceofbrooklyn.com/
They also run Chocolate Tours which I can only imagine are amazing!
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