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Pizza in the White Plains Area

foodrink Oct 17, 2006 05:05 PM

I love good pizza but since I have moved to White Plains I have not found any that I can rave about. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    fresachocolat May 28, 2008 04:22 PM

    Just wanted to make a note that Ianelli's has now replaced a'mangiare's on mamaroneck ave. They are supposedly same ownership, just different name. Specialty pizza's are still great!

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    1. re: fresachocolat
      lucyis Sep 14, 2008 07:36 AM

      There was just a nice review of Ianelli's in the Journal News. Has anyone been in the new upstairs space?

      1. re: lucyis
        Westjanie Sep 14, 2008 12:50 PM

        Still not actually open.

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          martyl9 Sep 14, 2008 05:26 PM

          NYTimes reviewed in today's westchester section. seems up stairs is open with a full bar and expanded menu.

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            Westjanie Sep 15, 2008 07:22 AM

            As mentioned above, in spite of NYT article, they were not yet open as of yesterday. Didn't ask what delay was.

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              kaaaassss Sep 15, 2008 08:34 AM

              Upstairs still not open....
              La Mandas on 119 is also good for pizzas.

            2. re: martyl9
              laylag Sep 17, 2008 12:30 PM

              Can't find any reviews of this either in the NYT or in the Journal News. The latter is generally worthless and the former doesn't seem to have the same standards out of the city as they do in it lbut would still like to read both --- anyone have the links?

              1. re: laylag
                Shawn Sep 17, 2008 01:20 PM

                The Times review is here:


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                  dolores Dec 8, 2008 11:26 AM

                  Just passed Ianelli's, why are they still not open?

                  Speaking of not open, I didn't know Via Appia had closed. BOY, am I GLAD to hear that.

                  1. re: dolores
                    Wizzapizza Dec 9, 2008 09:21 AM

                    Had Iannelli's Margherita recently. The crust was very good (thin, yet crisp, but with a slight chew), but it had very little mozzarella and basil. The mozzarella that was there had no flavor (fresh, or "fresh" from the distributor?) The sauce was decent, but not so good as to support a ratio like that. Crust is the foundation, though, so they can improve the rest.

        2. abu applesauce Dec 12, 2006 05:59 PM

          Sal's Sal's Sal's

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            Sambossanova Dec 10, 2006 06:47 AM

            Ernesto's is pretty good or at least its not bad. Its at the fork oon post road in WP coming from Scarsdale near the gas station.

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              MRS Dec 7, 2006 10:47 PM

              O.K, so I was really sour abut losing A'Mangiare in Rye, and I wasn't too jazzed about the new place that came instead. However, I have given them a few more chances recently and, I gotta tell ya, Al Dente in Rye ( whic replaced my previously beloved spot) has gotten it together and they have great pizza! Phew! I have a go-to place again!

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              1. re: MRS
                laylag Dec 7, 2006 11:29 PM

                I was just wondering about that place yesterday when I stopped on Purchase for an iced green tea at a certain popular coffee chain. Anyway, I saw a fair amount of activity in Al Dente and wondered if it was worth a ride from Rye Neck. So, I'll take your review and give it a go.

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                mjgeronimo Dec 7, 2006 09:26 PM

                Get in your car and drive to Brooklyn.Not to be partial but if you have not had pizza from either Totonno's or Grimauldi'or Spumoni Gardens,you really have to try them!!!

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                  intrepid Oct 28, 2006 11:05 PM

                  great pizza in lia's of hartsdale, its a restaurant, not a pizzeria, their small pizzas are great

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                    midclass Oct 27, 2006 06:22 PM

                    If you want to take a ride to Hawthorne (across from the Multiplex theatre on 9a) there's Sabatino's - good coal-fired pizza...

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                      noahdavid Oct 25, 2006 07:57 PM

                      Italian Pavilion is the best! I grew up in White Plains, and trust me when I say that this place is great... Sal's in Mam'k is great too, but a bit further from home.

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                        dolores Oct 27, 2006 07:03 PM

                        Wow...don't know if they had a bad day, or if the mighty are falling. I know they are expanding, but they are not already cutting back, are they?

                        They is Sal's and their Sicilian pizza is now a shell of its former self. Or at least it was last Saturday.


                        1. re: noahdavid
                          jhopp217 Feb 27, 2008 01:45 PM

                          Just had two plain slices at Italian Pavillion today. Surprising how good they were. Very light pizza. Although, they do have some of the smallest slice pies I've ever seen. I easily could have had thirds and fourths

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                          dolores Oct 24, 2006 03:27 PM

                          Thanks, laylag. In NH you wait on a line that goes way outside the door in the Fall and Winter (depends on school being in session I imagine), and then get seated and waited on by grumpy waitresses that some consider 'charming' and then had darned well eat quick, as there are more waiting for your seat just outside your line of sight.

                          Yes, the white clam pizza is still the best pizza I've ever had in my life but the wait and the ambience are not worth it to me. IF Fairfield has managed to do away with the latter while keeping the quality, I'm there.

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                          1. re: dolores
                            laylag Oct 24, 2006 03:47 PM

                            Sadly, the service is brusque but not surly. Sounds much like the same situation as NH. The atmosphere is pizza parlor booth style - bare. I'm not over the pizza yet so will continue to tolerate.

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                            laylag Oct 24, 2006 03:01 PM

                            In Fairfield you wait on line and then are seated and served like at a real restaurant. I imagine it's the same in New Haven. I can't answer to the comments about the NH vs. Fairfield branch as we haven't been to NH. Even if not as good it's certainly better than anything we've found in Westchester - by far.

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                              dolores Oct 20, 2006 10:25 PM

                              Well, laylag, that's good to read, about Pepe's I mean. I thought I remember seeing here that the Fairfield branch didn't measure up.

                              I've been to the New Haven one, and outside of the excruciating wait (in the cold), the white clam pizza is nirvana.

                              Is there a wait to get in or are people actually seated like at a real restaurant?

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                                laylag Oct 20, 2006 08:36 PM

                                I'm one of the Sal's naysayers and a thin crust - brooklyn pizza fan. RE: Sal's -the sicilian is pretty good and not as doughy as most and the salad slice is decent but overall, just average in my opinion (I don't want to start a Sal's discussion here as I think there have been others on the board). Nicky's on Chatsworth Avenue in Larchmont is much, much better - IMO. As for Pepe's in Fairfield (I haven't been to the New Haven original) - best pizza ever! I dream of the white clam pie - seriously. So worth the ride.

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                                  Dim Sum Diva Oct 18, 2006 01:12 PM

                                  Not crazy about Broadway pizza or Nicky's. Glad to see no one mentioned Famiglia on Mamaroneck Ave., it's not worthy of mention.

                                  In White Plains: Italian Pavillion on Mamaroneck Ave. at the fork in the road with Old Mamaroneck Rd. Also, Paparazzi does a brick oven pizza if you are in the mood. I would go out of my way for Abatino's specialty pizzas, particularly the BBQ chicken or chicken marsala. I used to turn my nose up at those kind of things until I tried theirs.

                                  Not exactly White Plains, but not far: Pizza & Brew in Rye Brook, Sunrise Pizza on Purdy Ave. in Rye and Frank's on Putnam Ave. in Port Chester.

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                                  1. re: Dim Sum Diva
                                    rockycat Dec 9, 2006 02:50 AM

                                    Wow, Abatino's is still around? I used to live walking distance from there over 10 years ago and we were almost regulars. Great to hear that they're still around and still good.

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                                    MRS Oct 17, 2006 10:01 PM

                                    A'Mangiare in W.P is soooo good. I am still sad that the one in Rye changed hands. That was dinner and lunch multiple times a week. What happened? Does anyone know?

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                                    1. re: MRS
                                      momof3 Oct 20, 2006 02:55 PM

                                      They were offered to sell at a price they couldn't refuse. The business was doing very well, but the people at Al Dente offered to buy the biz. A'Mangiare still owns the building though, so maybe they will return some day.

                                      1. re: momof3
                                        MRS Oct 25, 2006 09:29 PM

                                        Thanks for this. I have been so curious and my husband and I both feel A'Mangiare was much better.

                                        1. re: MRS
                                          debmom Oct 25, 2006 10:59 PM

                                          We like the food at Sunrise Pizza, just a couple of blocks down from the new Al Dente. The pizza is ok, but the chicken parm hero is great, and my daughter loves the chicken soup.

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                                            MRS Oct 26, 2006 10:31 PM

                                            Hmmm...that was our mainstay when we first moved to this area. I think it's time to return.

                                        2. re: momof3
                                          kaaaassss Sep 15, 2008 08:32 AM

                                          There was also a problem with the partners..The one in White Plains is now called Iannelli's. One of the partners and his wife.

                                      2. jon Oct 17, 2006 08:11 PM

                                        i love the pizza at broadway. amazing slices!

                                        1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Oct 17, 2006 07:35 PM

                                          Nicky's on Mam'k Ave in White Plains has GREAT pizza (esp. the sicilian), though they keep raising and raising prices. A'mangiare is also good, as Dolores wrote.

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                                            intrepid Oct 17, 2006 07:16 PM

                                            terra on greenwich ave, greenwich

                                            1. JMF Oct 17, 2006 05:52 PM

                                              Johnnies on Lincoln Ave in Mt. Vernon is probably considered the best in Westchester. Then Totonno's in Yonkers and Sal's in Mamaroneck.

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                                              1. re: JMF
                                                Summerfield Oct 17, 2006 07:16 PM

                                                Where, exactly, is Totonno's?

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                                                  JMF Oct 17, 2006 09:44 PM

                                                  In the Ramada Inn / Holiday Inn... they changed from one to the other, not sure which.

                                                  125 Tuckahoe Rd.
                                                  Yonkers, NY 10710


                                                  1. re: JMF
                                                    midclass Oct 27, 2006 06:20 PM

                                                    Totonno's Yonkers - not great. Nowhere near the original one

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                                                  stu Oct 17, 2006 07:23 PM

                                                  Sals is expanding, albeit just next door. A second on Michael's as well.

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                                                  dolores Oct 17, 2006 05:37 PM


                                                  A Mangiara near Princeton Ski place on Mamaroneck Ave.

                                                  Francesco's before the fork to Bloomingdales on Mamaroneck Ave.

                                                  Via Appia (I know, it's seedy looking) in Silverlake.

                                                  Broadway Pizza (haven't been there) on North Broadway.

                                                  Silvio's on Commerce Street in Valhalla.

                                                  Michael's in Port Chester.

                                                  Abatino's in the Stop and Shop plaza in North White Plains.

                                                  Mamma Francesca and Modern in New Rochelle. Not sure if the latter hasn't slipped in quality, it used to be good.

                                                  Pizza place near Hacker's on Shore Road in New Rochelle sells a Focaccia pizza by the slice that is delish.

                                                  Supposedly Pepe's in Fairfield, CT...if it's anything like the Mothership, it's the best pizza there is. Not sure though, I haven't been there yet.

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                                                  1. re: dolores
                                                    martyl9 Sep 14, 2008 09:58 AM

                                                    hands down, Francesco's, Francesco's, Francesco's. no slices thought. mine size the best in the house

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                                                      dolores Sep 14, 2008 10:10 AM

                                                      Well, that was my post from 2006.

                                                      I've since found Racanelli's and like their pizza a lot too.

                                                    2. re: dolores
                                                      kaaaassss Sep 15, 2008 08:30 AM

                                                      A Mangiare by the Princeton Ski Shop is now called Ianelli's. They split with their partners at A Mangiare and changed the name at this location.

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                                                      spa Oct 17, 2006 05:22 PM

                                                      Sal's on Mamaroneck Ave, in Mamaroneck--10 minutes from WP. Terrific simple, old-fashioned pizza. I used to swear by the Sicilian exclusively (when it's hot and fresh) but have recently become a big fan of their regular slices as well.

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