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Mar 21, 2008 10:21 AM

Best Slices of Pizza - Westchester

Ok, a little different than best pizzeria in Westchester. Personally, I find that certain places serve one or two slices I like, but I wouldn't say that in general their pizza is good. Here are my tops

Chicken Parm Slice - Amore in Scarsdale. So much food in one slice. The chciken is breaded and actually has a little crunch. This is a knife and fork or a need a new shirt slice.

Tomato Slice - Mezzaluna in Scarsdale. I hate their pizza, hate it, but the food is very good, go figure. Anyway, gott his slice, very simple. Tomato sliced nice and thin and ricotta and mozzarella and tons, I mean tons of garlic. Absolutely the best slice I've had this year!

Lasagna Slice - Virginia Road in Valhalla. Not sure the name. Maybe my all-time fave. And Honestly, haven't been there in 3 years.

Salad Slice - haven't been there in a while, but when it was made right, it was delicious. Last one I got wasn't the best, but still good.

Al Pacino - Chubby's Express in Eastchester. Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, pepperoni, garlic, crush hot peppers, olives, and parmesan. Get the personal. It's great!

White - still searching!

Plain slice - personally my two favorites are Italian Pavillion in White Plains and Crestwood Pizza. CP also makes a good chicken parm slice, but not like Amore.

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  1. The best slice is Sal's in Mamaroneck.

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    1. re: bac528

      Sal's - a subject of much debate. IMO it can be very good but only if it's sicilian or a salad slice you're looking for. For those Sal's does indeed have something going on.

      Their dough works really well for the sicilian - a bit crispy on the edges with doughy mounds and deep crevices that catch the sauce. However they are excellent only when very hot and not too overloaded with cheese. I've had lousy experiences with their sicilian too - it can even be awful sometimes covered in a very thick, congealed blanket of the commercial grade mozzarella they use there.

      Sal's salad slice is good - generous amount of salad and a tasty dressing but I prefer my salad slice naked with dressing on the side which they don't do. I also like a little more dazzle - a couple of olives maybe, more onion, etc.

      Now Sal's regular slices be they pepperoni, sausage, etc are nothing to bother with.

      Still it's a neighborhood institution that I've grown fond of for it's neighborhoodiness. However, it's not the best slice around and I'll take Nicky's in Larchmont over Sal's any day.

      1. re: laylag

        laylag, I agree. Only my disappointment even now extends to the Sicilian. Last time I had it, it was thin and crusty, rather than fat and doughy, as it had been since forever.

        And on that, in another thread they show a pizza place in Ohio that makes 'sheet' pizzas, of which I had never heard. When is it a sheet pizza (which is what Sal's Sicilian now seems) and when is it Sicilian?

        Oh and laylag, I have read here some disconcerting things about Nicky's too. Their white, and I haven't had it in a hundred years since I don't go to White Plains anymore, was the best white on the planet.

        For me, I'd have to say my recommendations for a slice are Racanelli's in Rye Ridge and the pizza place near A&P on Pelham Road in New Rochelle (can't think of the name, obviously).

        1. re: dolores

          Dolores, Centre Pizza on Pelham Road is good?
          I've never stopped in, though I admit I have been tempted.

          I haven't been in years, but Antonio's Pizza on Midland Ave in Port Chester was a very good place for a slice.

          1. re: Cheese Boy

            Pizza Centre, that's the name.

            Yes, they make a focaccia pizza slice, I think it's called, with black olives, that is very good.

            1. re: Cheese Boy

              If that's the place in the corner of the shopping center next to Home Depot then I agree. Very good slices.

            2. re: dolores

              Dolores - it's Nicky's in Larchmont I like - it's excellent. I think there's an unrelated Nicky's in White Plains.

              I actually prefer Sal's sicilian when it's thinner but then I'm a thin crust pizza lover and I can understand how a true sicilian pizza eater would not be happy with it.

              Maybe sheet pizza is just another name for sicilian?

              1. re: laylag

                Thanks, laylag. I didn't know there was a Nicky's in Larchmont (and you did note it in your post, sorry about that).

                1. re: dolores

                  No problem. Try Nicky's in Larchmont sometime Dolores - on Chatsworth near the train tracks - the last store on the strip. It's very, very good.

                  1. re: laylag

                    Nicky's was my go-to place when we first moved to Larchmont 2 years ago (it's literally a 2 minute walk from my house). I remember giving it props here on chowhound like a year ago or so and dolores making the same mistake thinking i was talking about nicky's in white plains. :-)

                    But anyway, I've had some ehh pizza there too and haven't been back in a while. Lately for me it's been Leonardo's (esp. since they deliver) or Sal's (because it's on my way home from work).

                    Maybe I'll give Nicky's a try again. Your posts make me feel like I might be missing out on something! And I remember it being really good at first.

                    1. re: rafi

                      Where is Leonardo's rafi? I have to be honest that we haven't eaten a lot of Nicky's lately - mainly because they don't deliver and also keeping pizza eating to a minimum - health/weight/etc and because our seven year old has become fixated on sicilian from Sal's exacerbated by the potential to talk us into some overpriced gelato from their new place next door.
                      When did you go to Nicky's recently? Maybe it was a bad night? If they are slipping it would be a really big bummer.

                      1. re: laylag

                        I hadn't been to Nicky's in some time.. Got turned off from it some time last year. I did try a slice this weekend with this on my brain. :-)

                        And it was pretty tasty.

                        Leonardo's is a place I tried on dolores' recommendation a while back. It's quite good (though also not great), in my opinion it's a much better delivery option than that pizza place on Chatsworth near Rt 1.

                        Leonardo's is on Palmer on the way to New Rochelle, right next to the Guitar Center. They have a good basic pizza and also novelty type slices if you're into that (chicken marsala, caesar salad, philly cheesesteak, etc). They also started serving some Chicago deep dish recently! Also Italian entrees, soups, etc.

                        Let us know how you like it....

                        1. re: rafi

                          The one on Chatsworth near Boston Post is Villa Maria. You're right it's not great and nowhere near as good as Nicky's. However some of Villa Maria's specialty slices are pretty good and their pizza dough itself is actually quite tasty - I often buy it there when I'm making pizza at home. And even though they at least deliver I'm out of their zone and they will only do it on a non-busy night when we order enough ($30 or more) and plead.

                          Sadly Leonardo's is even further away and I'm sure would not deliver to me - I'm on Mamaroneck/Rye border. Our only delivery options are Pizza Gourmet (decent pasta but lousy pizza), Village Pizza and Pasta (awful) and a bunch of mediocre to lousy places over the border in Harrison. We live in a total decent-good pizza delivery dead zone so we just kind of stopped ordering pizza altogether.

          2. re: bac528

            bac528, if this was 1987-88 I'd agree with you. Back in HS that place was awesome. One of the better pizza places in NY, let alone Westchester. I've probably been there 3-4 times in the past 5 years, and I haven't (and I'm trying to be nice) had anything that I could even categorize as decent. Once I went there and the crust was burnt. the next time it was like raw dough. The toppings and cheese were barely cooked. The last time I was there, I ran in and grabbed a slice, took one bite and the pizza literaslly just fell apart. If you fold a plain slice it should stay firm. This thing was like a dish towel. 20 years ago, Id agree but like all neighborhood places, this place is more rep than product.

          3. jhopp - it's definitely not as good as the original, but Totonno's in Yonkers has a pretty good white slice.

            1. I actually recently changed my go-to pizza place to Scarsdale Pizza Station. I really like their slices because its thin (but not paper thin and holds the topping well without getting floppy) and its got a nice CRISPINESS to it! The toppings are always fresh and delicious and i really like the sauce on the plains pizza, its really garlicky!

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              1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                I know the guys that own it. The pizza is really good. My thing was specific slice. They are very consistent with all their food. I actually had a slice with tons of peppers that was really good. Can't remember exactly what you'd call it though.

              2. also a little hidden gem, which i've been hitting up as of late, by my place in p.chester is railroad pizza.........they actually just changed ownership (from italian guys to spanish guys).......and i gotta say.......their margarita pie is excellent.........thin, crispy, nice sauce, fresh mootz.......ask them to hook up the fresh basil......grab a nice merlot on your way home and you're good to go......

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                1. re: southlake

                  Never in a million years would I thought I would have tried and liked this kind of pizza: the BBQ chicken pizza @ Abatino's in North White Plains.

                  But no one does it like them. They don't sell the slices every day, but they will make a pie for you any time. Their daily specials are fabulous.

                2. I may be dating myself here, but as a teenager in Westchester, the best plain cheese slices were:
                  Sunshine Pizza, Martine Ave. in WP; Catania in YO on Central Ave.; Gino's in Bronxville.
                  The best Sicilian slices were at 4 Corners Pizza in Pelham and Sal's in Mamaroneck.

                  I don't eat much pizza in Westchester anymore, but from what I've seen and heard lately, the current trend for slices seems to be:
                  Plain: Joe's Fleetwood; Catania's (still!)
                  Salad slice: Baci Trattoria in B'ville;
                  Fresh Mozzarella, Basil Pesto and Tomato slice: Baci Trattoria
                  Special toppings: various A'Mangiare locations
                  White Pizza: Nicky's in WP or Larchmont

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                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                    Best White - Nicky's in WP
                    Best Slice - Sal's Mamaroneck

                    1. re: mrgaga

                      nicky's white.....the best ever!!! thank god someone said it. best slice....definitely not sal's IMO. nicky's in larchmont, very good slice. sal's sicilian used to be very good, but i haven't had it in a long time.

                    2. re: vvvindaloo

                      I also LOVE the salad slice at Il Baccio.
                      We order delivery from A'mangiare a lot, but I'm not a huge fan of their pizza, I prefer a thinner crust.

                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        I forgot to mention Dunwoodie Pizza in YO. Very good Westchester slice.

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          I went to Il Bacio in Bronxville today to pick up a few slices and bring them home. I ended up choosing the regular slice and the "margarita" slice (2 of each, 1 of each for both my mom and me). Wow, it was bad. The regular slice (which costs $3!) was soft and bland, and appeared to be topped with the same fake white cheese that everyone else is using (I honestly thought this place was different). The sauce was very sweet, but not in a good way. And, despite the fact that I found evidence of fresh chiffonade of basil, the pervasive taste of powdered onion/garlic overpowered everything and lasted for hours... ugh.
                          The margarita slice ($4!!) looked promising: a generous layer of slightly chunky tomato sauce dotted with what appeared to be slices of barely-soft fresh mozzarella and drizzled with what looked like a thin basil pesto. Unfortunately, the slice was not merely soft, it was mushy. More of the same oddly sweet sauce, but this time the cheese was rubbery and difficult to bite through. I forced myself to finish it (of the two slices, this one had a better flavor, with less aftertaste), and my mom fed much of hers (sans cheese) to the dog. All together, the 4 slices cost $14 (significantly more than I would pay in Manhattan for similar items) and I can't imagine how this place is as popular and busy as it always seems to be. FWIW, I did have a salad slice there a couple of years back, and I really enjoyed it. I wish I could find more positive things to say.

                          1. re: vvvindaloo

                            I'm sorry your pizza wasn't good! I've never had their reg. slice so I can't comment on that one, though there is no excuse for using crappy cheese, especially at their prices!
                            I only had the margarita pizza once when we ate at the restuarant and thought it was pretty good is it possible the slices got mushy since you brought them home? We usually eat there since they don't deliver, and my crusts have never been mushy.
                            As I mentioned above, I do love the salad slice! it's unfortunate the others weren't as good.
                            Someone just brought us pizza from someplace in Tuckahoe that was VERY good, I have to find out the name of the place.

                            1. re: SweetPea914

                              Tuckahoe... I recall that Roma Pizzeria used to have pretty good whole pies (I don't think they sold slices, but its been at least 15 years since I've eaten there). The other two possibilities are Villagio and Angelina's, both f whoch I ate as a teenager and neither of which I would expect much from nowadays. I'd be curious to hear where they got it from. Thanks.

                              1. re: vvvindaloo

                                Roma's has those thin crust pies. I haven't tried them in eyars but tehy used to be terrible. Tasted like bad microwave pizza. Vilaggios in the 80's and 90's was the worst pizza, other than Pizza Mia in Eastchester, which may be the worst pizza in NY. Recently they seem to have stepped it up, but still not great. I haven't been there in years but Angelina's was right up there with Pizza MIa when I was lats there. Terrible. Toppings and cheese basically slid right off the pie.

                                1. re: jhopp217

                                  While I am not sure that "slippage" is a sign of bad pizza, I agree with you on all counts with regard to the places mentioned, except for Roma. There was a time when they were quite good, IMO. Although, as I mentioned above, I haven't had pizza there in the longest time.

                                  1. re: vvvindaloo

                                    to me slippae means the sauce and the cheese, plust the toppings, either aren't coked through, or "meshing"

                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                      I don't prefer that the sauce and cheese cook through, necessarily. I like for there to be some "movement" of whatever is on the slice. To me, that indicates freshness- of both the individual ingredients and the cooked slice.