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Scott’s Pizza Excursions on Japanese TV

a family eats pizza while on a pizza tour in New York City

In the event you’re in Japan proper now you could have caught a section about Scott’s Pizza Excursions on Japanese TV yesterday! We have been featured on a program known as “Catch! World Prime Information.” A crew from the present attended final Sunday’s NYC Pizza Bus tour and produced a stunning 10-minute piece for his or her “@NYC” section, which options cultural occasions, modern companies, and distinctive individuals.

In the event you’d like to observe the section, go to this hyperlink and use the password Pizza. The section begins at 2:30 and it’s totally in Japanese (apart from the interviews with me and tour company). Take pleasure in!


My cousin Caroline, who was born and raised in Japan, despatched me a translation of a portion of the video! Right here is her translation. Thanks Cousin Caroline!

Woman in Japan: Subsequent, we are going to hear from Michael McAteer in NY.

Michael:  Good Morning! On this present, we are going to discuss one thing I’ve communicated to you earlier than, the massive theme, the inflation.  I’m certain you’re already conscious of this, however the meals and vitality, particularly, have been rising.  Issues bought in packages, resembling potato chips, seem to have the identical worth (as earlier than), however the dimension has decreased, therefore it has been known as “shrink-flation”.

Woman in Japan: Shrinking dimension of the potato chip packages could also be a wholesome factor, however right here in Japan, the inflation is being known as “stress-increase” and the state of affairs is kind of difficult.

Michael: That’s just like the shrink-flation.  As you could have heard, simply final week, the Fed Chairman Powell elevated the speed by 0.75% to cease the inflation <and so on and so on>…… Even when FRB raises the charges, you may’t management the rise of oil costs…..and so on and so on. meals costs should not more likely to come down.  That is an insane and excessive downside.

Michael: When the New Yorker’s talk about this concern of meals worth enhance, what they really, and instantly, pondering is  “what? So, how a lot will a slice of pizza price now?”  Sure, in fact, the pizza worth has elevated.  Nonetheless, the New Yorker’s’ love of pizza won’t change.  Please have a look.

2:39 minutes: Scott’s Bus

Michael: You get on this bus from Manhattan, and also you go to 4 pizza locations.  It is a tour.  It’s $79 per particular person.  32 guests and this tour is sort of all the time full.  Many of the pizza locations you get to go to should not listed in your typical tour guidebooks.  They’re secret, however well-known pizza locations.

First, the Neapolitan model. It has been baked with <gibberish> and has the distinctive traits of being “sticky”. At every place, you get to rigorously benefit from the style of the slice of pizza.

The tour information, Scott Wiener, loves pizza and has achieved a particular craftsman place on this area.  He’s the knowledgeable.  He has visited over 3000 pizza locations around the globe.  The trivia you hear from such a person is certainly one of many highlights of this tour.

Subsequent, we cross the east river to Brooklyn.  We visited a pizza place that’s cherished by the locals.  At this place, what we loved is a thick, crunchy pizza known as the Grandma model pizza.  It’s known as grandma model as a result of the Italian immigrants loved their pizza on this method at residence.  The sauce goes on prime of the cheese.  This upside-down model is well-liked in Brooklyn.


Michael: The final place was the place you may eat a hefty slice. That is known as the Sicilian model the place the crust may be very thick, like bread.

Everybody’s coronary heart and abdomen has been effectively taken cared and now the 4.5 hr tour ends.

Girls in japan: wow. I’m positively beginning to get hungry! BTW, this pizza knowledgeable, Mr. Wiener, what’s he like?

Michael: He’s THE Pizza man!  He’s an entire pizza aficionado.  Not surprisingly, provided that his title is Wiener, his favourite topping is a sausage.  The tour began 14 years in the past, however he has additionally written knowledgeable pizza articles.  He has appeared in pizza-focused TV reveals as a result of he’s New York’s definitive Mr. Pizza.

Right here, he allow us to movie the within of his closet.  Have a look at this!  It’s filled with pizza packing containers. He’s also referred to as the Pizza Field Collector, and ten years in the past, he collected 595 pizza packing containers, which turned the Guinness World report. As we speak he has 1700 packing containers.  I’m wondering if his girlfriend doesn’t get offended about that.  That may very well be a really severe state of affairs.

This week, we have been in a position to converse to Scott.

<interview in English>

8:53 min

Woman in Japan: Wow. What a Pizza <gibberish>  So, for the New Yorker’s, how acquainted are they and keen on their pizza?

Michael: Oh, they’re very acquainted and keen on their pizza! Pizza’s standing is just like the standing of ramen in Japan.  In each circumstances, distinctions are vital.  <one thing a couple of Connoisseur King>  Wherever you go, you could find a spot that specializes/excels in pizza.  Initially, it was thought of to be a meals from a overseas nation, however now NY is taken into account because the genuine place to have pizza.  In lots of elements, it’s just like the ramen.

Michael: And at present, I purchased the most common model of Pizza in NY.  I don’t know in case you can see all of it however it’s 50 cm!  It’s large!  In fact, you eat by grabbing a slice, however as you may see, when it’s scorching, it droops so that’s when  you fold the top, similar to this, and now you may eat at the same time as you stroll.

Woman in Japan: Consuming as you stroll doesn’t sound straightforward…however, is there a particular New Yorker’s’ manner of consuming pizza?

Michael: Properly, this isn’t distinctive to NY, however we additionally take pleasure in chilly pizza.  It’s good as breakfast meals. You simply put the new pizza within the frig in a single day, and subsequent morning, you may benefit from the calmer model of pizza.  One of the best half is that this gained’t droop.  You may maintain it anyway you need.  It’s so versatile.  At my residence, we struggle over this chilly pizza.  Actually, when somebody tries to eat the entire pizza whereas it’s scorching, we are going to say “you have to save a minimum of one slice for the chilly pizza!”

Michael: In the course of the scorching climate in Japan, I hope you may eat a variety of pizza <and procure one thing or the opposite>

Girls in Japan: the impression right here/Japan is that chilly pizza will not be good. However, maybe we have to give it a strive.  Let’s have pizza for lunch at present.


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