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America’s Famous Pizza Tours


In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza tourists wouldn’t know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices as we are used to, unless they went on a pizza tour.

Chicago is one of the cities across the country, alongside Boston, Milwaukee and New York, that offers tours of the local pizza venues. Chicago Pizza Tours owner Jonathan Porter takes his customers on a bus ride around the city with four stops over 3 1/2 hours to have deep-dish, the tavern-style eclectic pizza variations.

Here are other notable pizza tours:


— Chicago Pizza Tours offers bus tours most days at 11 a.m. for $60.

— Slice of Chicago Pizza Tours offers tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for $45.


— Boston Pizza Tours offers two-hour guided walking tours of pizzerias in historic neighborhoods. There’s a Pizza and Little Italy Tour and a Pizza and Historic Tavern Tour. Both are $39.


— Milwaukee Food Tours offers a three-hour pizza bus tour on select Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. for $55.


— Scott’s Pizza Tours offers bus tours for $60 and walking tours in Little Italy, Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side for $38.

— A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour offers a four and a-half hour tour for $80.

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