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Oct 15, 2007 01:01 PM

Uphill/downhill pizza alert (B'cliff/Ossining)

Hi there, I'm the one who moved to Briarcliff Manor from Fleetwood and I have been enjoying all of your recommendations. However I just have to say that Ossining Pizzeria (which some of you said was one of the best nearby) was very disappointing as was their gelato. The pizza was too doughy and had too little marinara sauce. The gelato was more like ice milk.

None of you raved about Dom & Vinny's Pizzeria in Briarcliff but we were quite impressed! Thin crust, expertly done toppings etc.

For both pizzas we got a large pie with half mushrooms and half sausage/pepper. Ossining mushroom toppings were fine--they were fresh--but there was barely any sausage and it had huge chunks of green pepper, partly raw, ugh. Dom & Vinny's peppers were nice thin strips of red and green and the sausage was a good amount. It had delicious marinara sauce and crust, too.

The gelatos we tried were blueberry (ok), pistachio (blah) vanilla (downright wierd) and chocolate-hazelnut (pretty good).

My point is not that I am right and you are wrong but perhaps Ossining Pizzeria and Gelateria has gone downhill and Dom & Vinny's has gone uphill???

Just letting you all know! :-)

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  1. It's great when a place can suprise us! Thanks for the rec- I'm usually a Pville Lucio's girl, but I'll go check Dom & Vinny's out!

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    1. re: Sra. Swanky

      Thank YOU for reminding me about Lucio's In P'ville!

      1. re: jessheslin

        My pleasure! Feel free to shout out any more recs - I'll be sure to do the same! :o)

    2. I grew up in Briarcliff and having moved away only a few years ago, I have to say that I completely agree with your Ossining pizzeria review. It used to be a go to stop for a quality slice, but has considerably gone downhill in the past 5 years.

      Unfortunately, in my opinion there is no great pizza place in Bcliff or Ossining however Dom and Vinny's is not bad.

      If you enjoy bbq chicken pizza, Serafina's in Arcadia shopping center has a good slice--tangy bbq sauce and good crust. Some argue that their tomato sauce is too tangy for the regular slice and I tend to agree, but not bad if you are in the area.

      I find Lucio's in Pville to error on the doughy side--although it's been a couple of years since I had it and that may no longer be true.

      Dino's in Thornwood was staple in high school, however if you go ask them to keep the slice in the oven a little more than normal--sometimes their slices suffer from too much cheese and come out luke warm. They do have pretty good pepperoni bites.

      If there is a place you are thinking about trying and want some feedback, I would be happy to offer my opinions. After 22 years in the Bcliff, I have a pretty good understanding of the food quality.

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      1. re: amorgs

        Agree that Lucios is often too doughy. Plus they often pile too much cheese on, and then when you pick the slice up, the whole greasy mess goes sliding off. I much prefer Pleasantville Pizza, whee they get the balance better.

        1. re: amorgs

          Dino's was definitely a staple in high school, although the taste of their pizza was different than anything else around. I actually don't prefer their pizza, but we went there so often b/c it was so close, and it was the "hangout". I haven't noticed a decline in Ossining Pizzeria, I usually always get Chicken Scarpariello slice, which doesn't have the same sort of sauce/cheese combo as a plain slice, so maybe that's why. Perhaps some of their gourmet slices are still up to par!

          1. re: amorgs

            Boy did you nail it. I would just like to add that the owner of Ossining Pizzaria is so nasty and the guys at Dom and Vinnie's are sweet hearts. I boy cot Ossining just on that reason alone. BridgetC

            1. re: BridgetC

              Agreed, Bridget. I do the same. My friend's sister used to work there and had to quit because of the constant unwanted advances by owners/ management. The pizza was always just average too, IMO.

          2. My family and I love Serafin'a on the Arcadian shopping center, not just for the pizza, bur also Italian dishes.

            1. It's great that someone else finally discovered Dom & Vinnie's in Briarcliff!

              1. I'm still in search of a really good thin crust pizza. I had a thread here on chowhound looking for one several months back and Ossining Pizzeria was mentioned and so I tried it and while I think the taste of their pizza was fine I don't consider it thin crust. I would love to try Dom & Vinny's, where is it located?

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                1. re: GIOny

                  GIOny - Dom & Vinny's is right on the border of B'cliff and Ossining - in the Chillmark center on Pleasantville Rd. (right near Radio Shack and the Chillmark Cleaners).

                  But if thin crust is what you want, I know a great place! Sabatino's (the little pizzeria restaurant inside Tino's Country Manor) in Hawthorne has a HUGE brick oven inside that bakes up some really delicious thin crust pizza. It's right on 9A across from the Saw Mill Multiplex.

                  1. re: Sra. Swanky

                    As far as pizza there are two types.... Traditional and boutique....... For traditional pizza in ossining i enjoy.. SAL's on the north side of 9.. As far as boutique pizza they all do it pretty well. D&V lucio, ossining pizza....

                    As far as Serafina.... well..... i stopped going when the owner insisted everything was freshly made. nothing frozen meanwhile his deliveries where coming in frozen... I dont care that they where frozen... allote of the times you cant tell the difference... Just the fact that he could sit there and BS like that...

                    Also you need to try Amore in thornwood shoprite shopping center (salad slice to die for) and silvio's in the arcadian shopping center (best sicilian slice and peperoni roll's)

                    1. re: west29

                      West29... Are you sure you mean Arcadian for Silvio's? Arcadian is in Ossining and Serafina is the Italian/pizza spot there. Or did they drop another place in the shopping center when I wasn't looking?

                      1. re: ltlevy

                        Yes you are right... Silvio's is in the rosehill shopping center in thornwood...

                        sorry about that.

                    2. re: Sra. Swanky

                      Thanks Sra. Swanky and thanks for the tip about Tino's, I can't believe that place is still there.