Pizza - Cortlandt Manor
What are the impressions of the Westchester Chowhounds on any (or preferably all) of these pizza places near my future residence? Any good? Any to avoid? Any other suggestions? Any other good food places nearby (I'm sort of doubting it)? I'll be in Cortlandt Manor off Furnace Dock Road, near Croton Avenue.
Santa Lucia Pizzeria (actually, this one I know has fans here, but how about the others -- they're closer)
418 Washington St
Peekskill, NY 10566-4530
3566 Crompond Rd
Cortlandt Manor, NY ZipCode
Sunshine Pizza Restaurant
Peekskill, NY 10566-7212
2093 E Main St
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567-2617
Al Forno Brick Oven Pizzeria
2 Westbrook Dr
Cortlandt Manor, NY ZipCode
Number 1 Pizza
120 Grand St
Croton On Hudson, NY ZipCode
Napoli's is really good if you want a bit of a thicker crust - tastes a bit like sourdough crust to me - it's great. The sauce really does it for me. Cash only though!! A bargain at $11 for a large plain - it's a lot of food!
Annuzelli's is another good one, in contrast... Nice thin crust, and they know how to make it 'well done' if requested.
Al Forno flat out sucks, especially the one at the circle @ Red Mill Rd. Their pizza is floppy, soggy, and the sauce has almost no taste. I gave it 3 chances, twice on 2 different types of pizza, and once on a sausage parm sandwich where they overcooked the sausage to the point that it was rubber. Nevertheless, I called once and was told 40 minutes for a pizza - they must be busy! How people are willing to settle for such mediocre stuff?
Annuzzelli's is the best on your list, followed by Al Forno. Little Sorrento and Sunshine were very disappointing!
Try Ernesto's on 202 - excellent very thin crust pizzas, the rest of the food is good too, and you get super pizza bread (too thin to call it focaccia) for free with your meal.
You may also want to try Napoli on Rt 6 near the Mohegan fire house.
Unfortunately Annuzzelli's, Al forno and Napoli are just pizza parlors, not full restaurants. They have a few tables or booths but are primarily for takeout.
In Montrose, Two Brothers Pizza (across the street from Coles, right near Hen Hud HS) is excellent. In Croton, besides the Capriccio places, try Honey's which is a bar on Riverside Ave. (9A) just south of the Senasqua Rd. exit. They make marvelous thin-crust pizza.
Don't discount the pizza at Pizza & Brew either.
I grew up on Furnace Dock Road. The best pizza used to be at the now-closed Sorrento's in Peekskill. Lucia's is very good, although the atmosphere is pretty dreary. Same for the Paradise Restaurant in Verplank. I would also recommend Ossining Pizza Restaurant in (you guessed it) Ossining, opposite Melrose Lumber.
I too have heard good things about Santa Lucia, but the only time I was able to get there, the restaurant was closed.
Number 1 is OK, but not as good as it used to be. For my money, the best pizza in Croton is at the original Capriccio's: They have the most splendid sauce. Capriccio II is almost as good, and has nice pasta dishes and soups.
Best bargain in Croton: Pizza sauce to go from the original Capriccio, 50c for a cup. Boil some pasta and you've got a meal.
I live (until July, when we move over closer to Teatown) in Cortlandt off of Mt. Airy Road. Only one on your list I know is #1 Pizza, which I like a lot. Thin crust (not too thin), fresh ingredients, fresh mushrooms, not canned, good white pizza, etc. Haven't had anything at the restaurant attached. Cappriccio's down the road is also good (there are two of them - I haven't detected a huge difference between I and II, other than parking space availability!)
Good luck in your search!
Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for info on pizza in the Cortlandt Manor/Peekskill/Croton area. How about Chinese? What do you all think is the best in the area -- which for me can easily include western Yorktown as well.
I am definitely looking very forward to Turco's thanks to hearing about it here. According to mapsonus, about 9 minutes from my house-to-be. (Like I mentioned before, off Furnace Dock, near Croton Ave). Moving from Manhattan, it's great to know there will be a market like this nearby.
What else will be a quick shot for me? Mostly, BTW, I like to cook at home, and am looking very very very forward to my deck and grill!!
My favorite Chinese place in the area is Sue and Hai's in Yorktown. It's an easy trip from Turco's, right on Rte. 118 (never know what the name of that road is) right across from the Mobil Station. They also have wonderful Japanese food, both cooked and sushi.
I like Far East Kitchen in Croton, especially the specials they post on a blackboard (ask what they have there even if you're getting take out). New China III in Croton is also good but only take out. It's on Maple Avenue (Rte. 129) directly across from the Shell station, in the same little shopping area as the original Capriccio.
re: Elisa Davis
I haven't tried New China; its rather run-down take-out-joint appearance turns me off.
Far East Kitchen (and the restaurants that have preceded it in that location) has varied in quality. Recently, they've been on an upswing; they must have a new, good chef. The last few times we've eaten there, the food has been quite reasonable.