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Dec 3, 2007 11:11 AM

Where can I get some white clam pizza in Westchester?

I hear it's good, and I can't find any pizza joints that do it. Any suggestions?

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  1. Pizza Beat on Central Avenue used to make it, but I haven't been there in many years. I just had it last week at Pepe's in New Haven, I swear it is worth the trip.

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    1. re: chowdom

      Well, I 'think' I saw this as a choice on the Neapolitan pizza at Racanelli's in Rye Ridge.

      Since the crust was so good, I would give it a try.

      Otherwise, Pepe's is the best.

      1. re: dolores

        I gotta think LaManda's in White Plains would do it for you. It has gotten some mixed reviews in Chowhound, but the pizza is pretty darn good. Thin, crispy crust- pretty decent.

        1. re: Wizzapizza

          Your right, I went to LaManda's the other nght for pizza and made sure I asked for it well done (last time I got it there it was underdcooked) and it was very good. I have been down on LaManda's for some of their dishes but there pizza was really good. Didn't notice white clam on the menu but they may make it for you.

      2. re: chowdom

        No need to go all the way to New Haven though when 20 exits closer is Pepe's in Fairfield. I know there are those who say it isn't quite up to the original but many say it's equal or even better - somewhat shorter wait times.

        1. re: laylag

          Fairfield might actually be do-able. Thanks Laylag. If I try it, I'll let everyone know. If anyone has some closer Westchester suggestions, I'm all ears. (As for the other suggestions, if anyone has been and can confirm they have white clam, let me know!) mmmmmm... white clam...

          1. re: HungryForMore

            The closest I could find to what I thought I read is the 'garlic shrimp or clam' Napoletana pie at Racanelli's. It doesn't 'say' white clam pizza, but I'm guessing you can specify accordingly?


      3. We ordered lunch from Abatino's in North White Plains yesterday, and I noticed that they have a clam pizza on the menu. Can't vouch for that particular item, but Abatino's food in general is quite good.

        1. Have you tried Sal's in Mamaroneck? I love the pizza, call them and ask if they can do a clam pizza for you, Good luck

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          1. re: nbermas

            I go to Sal's often (love their salad pizza, original, and their calzones), but not since I've had the craze for white clam. I'll give it a shot, and I will definitely try Abatino's, because I've been wanting to go anyway. Thanks!

            1. re: HungryForMore

              Does Sal's even have a menu item featuring clams? I don't think so so doubt they will have the fresh shucked clams needed to create a white clam pizza ala Pepe's. I'm not as big a fan of Sal's as many although they are growing on me but only for the salad pizza and sometimes the sicilian which, sadly, isn't consistent - one day too thick, another just right, one day too much cheese, etc. Anyway, I really don't think they will be your source for white clam pizza and honestly, their regular pies aren't all that so... try Abatino's first.

              1. re: laylag

                Do they still have good days? I had a Sicilian slice there recently that was so thin they should have been ashamed of themselves for not throwing out the pie.

                I never went back.

                1. re: dolores

                  Well Dolores, I actually don't like sicilian that's too thick so maybe that's why I'd been liking Sal's a bit better lately. I'm just not a sicilian pizza fan - generally the thinner and crispier, the better for me.

                  But for those in the other camp who like a lot of dough, I can report that we ordered a take-out pie not too long ago and it was extremely thick - probably an inch or more. Obviously I was not thrilled but others may like that. Adding to my disappointment it was also covered in way too much cheese, so much so that by the time we got it home - about a mile - the cheese was one large, congealed sheet of thick mozzarella. You could barely see the slice marks.

                  1. re: laylag

                    Yes, laylag, that's how I found Sal's Sicilian, thinner and crispier. And for me, a longtime fan, I used to be happily awash in thick doughy crust and lots of ooey gooey cheese. Although I must admit I've never thought of doing takeout from them. Duh!

                    Speaking of takeout, is Racanelli's Pizza and Brew the same as Racanelli's in Rye Ridge? I ask because I just got a 'dreaded' coupon book and there in it is a nice coupon for Racanelli's Pizza and Brew.

                    1. re: dolores

                      Brothers and cousins- all started together, had a falling out and now own separate restaurants all over the place! Best is Pizza and Brew in Scarsdale, Spiga and the mexican place next to Spiga- all owned by the brother, Gino. The others,(other family owners) I think are not as good but HUGE portions and their soup(all stores) is homemade and yummy.