HOME > Chowhound > New York State (exc. NYC) >

Discussion

Best Pizza in Westchester (again)

if I am unable to get to DiFara or Totoinno Brooklyn on my next trip to NYC, any place that would compare in Westchester or Bronx ? Or is this a very silly question

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Sort of silly... DiFara and Totonno's have loyal followers who will debate you on this.
    If you want a pretty good pizza in a nice atmosphere, that's a different story.

    Bronx: Patricia's in Morris Park or Throggs Neck. They have a coal oven and both locations are pretty reliable. Margherita and White pizza are both quite good.

    Westchester: don't laugh.... Pizza and Brew in Rye or A'mangiare in White Plains.

    You're not going to get DiFara pizza unless you go there, but there are other good choices around.

    Edited to say: please post back on what you have tried... thanks!

    1. Hubby and I are crazy for the pizza at Sabatino's in Hawthorne - right across from the Hawthorne Multiplex on 9A. They've got an old-fashioned coal oven that puts a perfect char on the crust. Definitely great for mid-upper Westchester.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Sra. Swanky

        Racanelli's in Rye Ridge was pretty good, surgeon.

      2. go to robertos pizza/trattoria on arthur ave/bronx...across st from teitel brothers zero otto nove 2357 arthur ave/bronx 718 220 1027

        1. Romeo's Pizza is a hole-in-the-wall in Irvington (corner Broadway & Main). They have slices available with fresh mozzarella (bocconi? little balls), fresh tomato, lots of fresh basil...I wouldn't call it a destination restaurant, but if you're in the area that stuff is GOOD!

          1. For the most part, pizza in Westchester is pretty uninspiring. If you like it by the slice, Joe's in Fleetwood makes a classic NY variety.
            I have heard that Sabatino's in Hawthorne is excellent so we are going to check that out soon.
            If you don't mind venturing over to the Bronx, Roberto's Zero Otto Nove is phenomenal. Pizza is not by the slice though. My wife and I have an Italian food blog so we did a feature on it recently - you can see it here:
            http://www.sundaysauceny.com/my_weblo...

            Jonny
            http://www.sundaysauceny.com

            1. In the Bronx, all different styles of pizza but worth trying:
              Zero Otto Novo
              Coals (Grilled Pizza) extremly well done
              Franks (in Pelham Bay, Middeltown Rd by the 6 train) Try the granma

              3 Replies
              1. re: tye418

                Michael's on Midland Ave in Port Chester

                1. re: winston1

                  Michael's is good but very greasy

                  1. re: bonacbub

                    Isn't Michael's deep dish? That's another category altogether imo.

              2. Nonas at the Beach Shopping Center in Cortlandt. All pizzas are great. the bruchette and Margherita are fabulous.

                1. All' Antica is the new hot spot! I Love it and everyone's been raving about it too.... super thin slices with gourmet toppings!! Its right in front of the Scarsdale Train Station!

                  http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...
                  http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

                  Check out my blog for pics and a review!

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                    Seconded, hi-quality pizza for sure and my new favorite in Westchester. Though it's not like it has tough competition in this county!

                    Thanks for the tip Miki!

                    1. My Dad lives in New Haven and learned that Frank Pepe is opening the old Ricky's Seafood on Central Avenue in Yonkers. Think this post may soon lay this topic to rest?

                      6 Replies
                        1. re: antrogers1964

                          That would completely change the pizza landscape in lower Westchester! I'm so excited! I hope it's true!

                          1. re: antrogers1964

                            Guys and gals...my business is directly across the street from Rickey's and down a few storefronts (Curto's Appliances...been on Central Ave years).
                            I have a direct view of the construction every day. Frank Pepe's is talking about a Spring 09 opening. Be rest assured that my wife and I will be there pronto to do a review on our blog.

                            Jonny Mangia
                            http://www.sundaysauceny.com

                            1. re: SundaySauce

                              We bought our Fridge and TV from Curto's a few years back - good prices and great service on delivery and set up. The service really makes it so much better than dealing with the plethora of chains on Central Ave. I hope the reference to Fridge makes this acceptable....

                              1. re: SundaySauce

                                My folks bought all their stuff at Curto's back when the store was on New Main St. in downtown Yonkers.

                            2. What? Nobody is talking up Johnny's in Mt. Vernon? Jeff Varasano (the guy who rigged his electric oven to hit 800 degrees in order to make a Naples-style of pizza at home) thinks Johnny's is one of the best - anywhere. He also thinks Totonno's on Tuckahoe Rd. is pretty good. Me, I can't say. I haven't come out of the wilderness in a while. Incidentally, I've eaten pizza at Romeo's (mentioned in an earlier post here by Laurie914) some time ago and it was pretty good.

                              6 Replies
                              1. re: Summerfield

                                I've been around the world for pizza and while some purists may not agree that Johnny's style is the best, I think it's as tasty as any I've had. It certainly is among the most consistent. Unfortunately it also has pretty much the most obnoxious service - I saw two separate occasions recently were customers stormed out all pissed off... Also, don't forget Louis & Ernie's in the Bronx. Ed Levine had it in his top six and I've got it in my top 10 or 12.

                                1. re: JeffV

                                  I'm going to be nice. When was the last time you were there? I went once with someone who raved about it. We both left miserable!

                                2. re: Summerfield

                                  If don't mind waiting in line to be jammed at a table where you can't move or get out of your seat for pizza that's no better than that found elsewhere in Westchester, Johnny's is okay.

                                  Me, I tried it once and won't go back.

                                  1. re: dolores

                                    I've gone to Johnny's on a number of different occasions and I never found the service to be that bad. It is not the most attentive service in the world, but I never felt the need to walk out. I have mostly gone earlier in the evening, so maybe that is the answer.

                                    1. re: roxlet

                                      My problem with Johnny's is the long wait for a pie and our realization that even with the overpriced salad we shared my dh, ds (7) and I did not have enough food or patience to order another pizza after waiting over 40 minutes from ordering to receiving it. After dropping considerable money we went home hungry and ate something else. We had not realized that one pie was not enough for 2 adults and one child when we ordered as no one else near us had pizza yet either. The couple next to us ordered 4 pies for the two of them. And we were lucky to get a table quickly.

                                    2. re: dolores

                                      I used to hate, and I mean hate Roma's in Tuckahoe. In the past year I have had Johnny's, Ciao's, and a thin crust that wasn't advertised as thin Crust at All'Antica and let me tell you, they all tasted like dogfood compared to Roma's. That being said, I don't like eating cardboard with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. I just don't get the thin crust aura, just like I hate deep dish. Give me a real NY slice with flavor!

                                  2. johnny's in mt.vernon is good but pricey, all antica scarsdale is good but hard to find on the backside of the train,place in north white plains(can't remember name) is good,next to subway, for a cheesy pizza or white nicky's in white plains is very good, and for a slightly different (greek style) is jimmy"s on mamamaroneck ave in mamaroneck, across from a&p, sal's is extremely average in mamaroneck

                                    3 Replies
                                    1. re: rich51

                                      Quite all true, rich51, especially about Sal's. Abatino's is the place in north WP. Racanelli's in Rye Ridge is good too.

                                      Is Jimmy's in that little building that's been there since forever?

                                      1. re: dolores

                                        I found the pie at Racanelli's to be a bit on the bland side. I would go there again if I was in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip...

                                        1. re: dolores

                                          sorry for the late reply, i don't sign in 1/2 the time and did not notice-that is exactly the way to describe Jimmy's that little building across from a&p and has indeed been there forever,basically looks like a luncheonette inside, but i think all they still make is pizza and maybe gyros-but also run by very nice ppl

                                      2. Wow Johnny's in Mt. Vernon is getting some love here. I'm not crazy about the place. The pie is tasty but you do have to wait awhile for it (even when they aren't busy) and FWIW I've always found the people who work there to be a bit on the surly-side.
                                        Honestly, I think he makes the SECOND best pie in MtVern. I've always liked Joe's, which is off of Gramatan Ave. in the Fleetwood section. I always grab a slice with some eggplant on top of it. Yum.
                                        A bunch of people in the area have been asking us to go to All'Antica in Scarsdale and do a write-up on our blog, so that's probably going to happen soon. I'll let you all know what the slice..errr...scoop is.
                                        Jonny
                                        http://www.sundaysauceny.com

                                        11 Replies
                                        1. re: SundaySauce

                                          I find Fleetwood Joe's to be typical pizzeria pizza, and certainly comparing apples to oranges vis a vis Johnny's in Mount Vernon. All'Antica in Scarsdale is just OK IMHO -- not worth a special trip. Yesterday I had my first slice ever at Il Bacio Trattoria in Bronxville, and I found it to be hugely disappointing. The taste was just flat; I don't know how else to describe it. For pizzeria pizza in the area, I think I'll stick with A'Mangiare as #1 and Fleetwood Joe's as #2.

                                          1. re: roxlet

                                            gonna have to disagree with you roxlet, i find al antica to be astoundingly good. can't imagine that there is another place like it in westchester. that's not to say its "the best", because how do you define "the best".

                                            it is definitely worth a trip, tho.

                                            1. re: raider

                                              My favs are Sunrise in Rye and Sal's in Mamaroneck

                                              1. re: raider

                                                Raider, can I ask you a serious question. Listen, I hope they do well and they seem to be getting a nice little following. I was there once after reading the glowing reviews on CH. I had two different slices. A white w/ spinach and a chicken parm slice, and as I mentioned in another post, I was astounded at how small their slice pies were. They were about 3/4 the size of the average slice. The crust was almost non-existent and it was not advertised as "thin crust." Then the taste. I won't say it was a bad taste, because there was no taste. I believe the way I described the chicken parm in my post was "if I was blindfolded I would not know what I was eating." There was absolutely no salt, no garlic, no spieces of any kind. You would think after eating those two slices one would be stuffed. I was still hungry. Not the sign of a good slice.

                                                Oh and it's also the only pizzeria I've ever been in where I ordered, I had to wait almost 10 minutes (there were one person in front of me) and my slices came out luke warm, not hot.

                                                Basically I'm asking you to explain what makes it astoundingly good.

                                                1. re: jhopp217

                                                  jhopp-I have seen the following, in general, the few times in the past year I have had a slice:
                                                  If "Large/Big" so is the price. Cost of everything have gone thru the roof. Hard to tell, IMVHO just what "an average slice is.
                                                  And over the years, I have gotten slices and even whole pies that where on the less than hot side. I have simple have asked them to put it back into the oven. Some folks, if seems, do not want their slice hot. Or their timing is just a bit off. Warm is better than burnt. ;>D

                                                  1. re: Jon1856

                                                    Totally agree on the warm vs burnt point. My point was that the guy threw it in the oven for a good 8 minutes and it was still not really warm. Cheese wasn't fully melted.

                                                    As for the size, You can usually fit two slice pie slices in a small pizza box very comfortably. With these you could have fit three easily. Maybe they make the ones with special topping smaller. That may be the case.

                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                      I was at All Antica yesterday and thought the pizza was fairly sized, warmed properly in just a few minutes and very tasty. I really like the crust and the toppings choices. That said - this is different pizza from the traditional NY slices of my youth that are no longer to be found in this county. (Ah the memories of Gloria's pizza on Main St in Flushing.)

                                                2. re: raider

                                                  "Astoundingly good"? Wow. That's not the place I've had pizza from. About 10 days ago, I had lunch with some visitng relatives at Tarry Lodge. We decided to just sample several pizzas. The quattro formaggio with eggplant was, IMO, "astoundingly good." The clam pie was amazing. The meatball/jalepeno not so much. I put those first two pies on a scale with All'Antica, and there's no comparison. Not once did I look around for some extra condiments to spice things up -- each was perfect as it arrived at the table. The three times I have tried All'Antica I have been unimpressed. It's fine, but not outstanding. Hopefully, all this will all be moot as soon as Pepe's opens!

                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                        On Central Avenue in Yonkers, ostensibly opening within a month or so...

                                              2. A&V Pizza on Morsemere Ave and Sal's Pizzeria on Yonkers Ave, both in Yonkers, have my votes.

                                                1 Reply
                                                1. re: ninnikuramen

                                                  A slice of white pie at nicky's in white plains on mamaroneck ave is outstanding pizza but not like difara's or other thin crispy crust types...their corner sicilian is great as well.

                                                2. after trying every pizza joint in the Mt Kisco / Bedford / Bedford Hills / Katonah area - the 2 best pizza joints are Spinelli's on Main St in Mt. Kisco and Portofino's in the the A&P shopping center off exit 6A in Goldens Bridge - if you go to Portofino's make sure you are hungry - their slices are HUGE - and they give big portions on everything else on their menu.
                                                  Spinelli's is the freshest around - they even slice their own zucchini to order for zucchini sticks.

                                                  1. my new favorite for pizza is tarry lodge in port chester. the 4 cheese is excellent. the best is their guanciale, black truffle and fried egg pizza.

                                                    2 Replies
                                                    1. re: biga290

                                                      biga290, I agree with you on Tarry Lodge. I haven't had the guanciale, but the 4 cheese! My oh my! I'm dying to try the guanciale. I'd put their clam pie on that list too!

                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                        I agree their clam pie is also excellent. The reason I only ordered it once is that I am used to the gold standard of clam pies Frank Pepe. I drive to Fairfield or New Haven when I want a clam pie.

                                                    2. Sorry it is almost 2 years later, but in Westchester you must go to Dom's pizza in elmsford (same lot as the Greenburgh multiplex) and have their version of "Grandma's Pizza." It is like a thin crust sicilian, with fresh mozz, plum tomatos, garlic and basil. It is one of the best slices in westchester or anywhere.

                                                      1 Reply
                                                      1. re: mikey77711

                                                        Another very good to great "Grandma's Pie" can be had at villa rustica in rye brook. have not had it in resto yet but delivered with a quart of their pasta fagiole soup (perfectly porky) can't be beat on a cold night.

                                                      2. a couple more very good, but basic places (not destination places) are pizza 2000 on halstead in harrison and also nicky's in white plains. both good but not great also pizza place by subway (restaurant -well food anyway) on 22 in north white plains. all are good if in the area, but not places to hunt down

                                                        4 Replies
                                                        1. re: rich51

                                                          Catania's pizza on Central Ave., Yonkers in the Tanglewood Shopping Center has the best salad pizza ever. A meal in itself. If you love salad pizza go there. Just so you know, it is made with spinach leaves instead of lettuce. Their regular pizza is good also.

                                                          -----
                                                          Catania's Pizza
                                                          2260 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

                                                          1. re: lhodd

                                                            Can't agree more, lhodd! Awesome salad slice! Good regular pizza too. If you order a whole pizza there, and if you ask nicely, they can make any pie with a sesame crust (sesame seeds throughout the edges & underside of the dough) - non-traditional - but really delicious!

                                                            1. re: lhodd

                                                              Catania's salad pizza is amazing, but don't leave without a cheese calzone. Smaller than the usual, round/square, so you can really savor the interplay between the cheese and crust - these are perfection. Also excellent chicken parm rolls.

                                                              -----
                                                              Catania's Pizza
                                                              2260 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710

                                                              1. re: lhodd

                                                                I didn't think much of Catania's salad pizza. I thought it flavorless and dry. But I just had the Caesar salad pizza with grilled chicken at Gino's on Pondfield Rd West in Yonkers near Bronxville, and it was amazing.

                                                            2. i know I may be meant with some disbelievers, but I have to put in my vote for Al Dente in Rye. The pizza is fresh and fantastic and we've never been disappointed. They will really do anything you ask. We love the food there in general and the service, too. And no- I am in no way connected to the place except that I am loyal customer who appreciates how above and beyond they go for us.

                                                              1. Sals pizza in Mamaroneck--hands down best sicilian in the world.

                                                                3 Replies
                                                                1. re: canemh

                                                                  Poor Sal's used to be good, it's not anymore.

                                                                  lhodd, is Catania right near Nathan's? I'll have to try their salad slice, it sounds great.

                                                                  1. re: anonymouse1935

                                                                    Yes - it's right next to Nathan's - in the Tangelwood shopping center

                                                                  2. re: canemh

                                                                    Tried Sal's couple of years back and was underwhelmed by the Sicilian slice. Thick, bready, overloaded with cheese, it seemed no better than the Sicilian slice you could get at any pizza joint.

                                                                    For a decent NYC-style street slice, Iannelli's in White Plains is a good choice. The margherita slice at Three Boys From Italy in White Plains was pretty good too, although I'm not sure it reheats well.

                                                                    I also liked the thin Sicilian slice with broccoli rabe and sausage at Johnny's Pizza in Dobbs Ferry. The key is to get it fresh out of the oven though, before the crust starts to sag.

                                                                    When I lived in Yonkers, I liked Dom and Vinnie's for a street slice. Their sauce separated them from a typical slice joint. A&V was decent too, and cheap - the only place I could still get slices for under $2.

                                                                  3. best pizza the lincoln lounge in mt. vernon

                                                                    4 Replies
                                                                    1. re: sandralee

                                                                      Definitely. First place in Westchester I've been to in 25 years to live up to the hype.

                                                                      1. re: jhopp217

                                                                        Roma on Colombus Ave. in Tuckahoe. Absolutely the best pizza in Westchester and elsewhere.

                                                                        1. re: amazer

                                                                          Roma's is very good, but give Lincoln Lounge a try

                                                                          -----
                                                                          Lincoln Lounge
                                                                          209 Stevens Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

                                                                          1. re: jhopp217

                                                                            We love Muscoot Restaurants pizza. We order a well done cheese pizza with sausage and sweet red peppers. They are located just off the corner of route 35 and route 100, South Somers (Katonah area) just behind an auto repair center and between King Kone. Disregard the appearance of the building. Their food, besides the pizza, is spectactular.

                                                                            -----
                                                                            King Kone
                                                                            109 Route 100, Katonah, NY 10536

                                                                    2. don't LAUGH, but the pizza served in fairway's cafe in pelham is a very nice treat. i have also enjoyed lincoln lodge in Mt. vernon , as johnnies has gotten way too pricey. poor pepe's that i enjoyed so much in ct. is a pale imitation in yonkers- good but certainly a BIG disappointment, i would travel to fairfield or new haven from new rochelle before yonkers and i did not want that to be the case

                                                                      3 Replies
                                                                      1. re: rich51

                                                                        I totally agree about Pepe's Pizza in Yonkers does not compare to New Haven. Even Pepe's in Mohegan Sun is better. I second Fairway in a pinch if your shopping there and want to take a pizza home it's not bad at all. I also like the pizza in Joe's (Fleetwood).

                                                                        1. re: victoria060

                                                                          i have only tried the ones they prepare in the cafeteria, very good but i don't think i would care much as a take-out item, but most (although i haven't had alot of it) of the cafeteria side food seems very good, i have not and have not found anything i want to try on the hot tables though

                                                                        2. re: rich51

                                                                          Agreed, Pepe's is a big disappointment...we gave it a few tries and gave up. Service is slow and honestly, pizza is just fair. Very limited menu adds to its boredom.

                                                                        3. Believe it or not, the best pizza in Westchester may actually be in Rockland County, and in New City no less, in a small shopping center to the north of the main drag (near a Citibank) -- the place is called Agnello's, it's only been open for a year or two(but it originated in Brooklyn, I believe). Coal-fired, paper thin crust properly charred yet still some chew, fresh mozzarella, fresh (just enough) tomato sauce. As good as just about any I've had, and I've been to a lot of the (known) best in the northeast. If you have any reason to be near there and craving pizza, give it a try.

                                                                          1 Reply
                                                                          1. re: tthudson

                                                                            Another solid pizza joint in Rockland is Nanuet Pizza. Very thin!! Mmm!!! A must have while around New City.

                                                                          2. Also known as Ciccone's - terrific pizza and food, hidden away next to the DeCicco supermarket up the hill from Starbucks. Worth looking for - tasty thin crust pizza prepared with a light touch. Excellent veal cutlets in any preparation- prepared with a light touch, not heavy or deep-fried.

                                                                            -----
                                                                            Ardsley Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
                                                                            25 Center St, Ardsley, NY 10502

                                                                            2 Replies
                                                                            1. re: tvoz

                                                                              I hate to make this thread even longer and Im sure it's been mentioned here but finally tried JT Straws in Port Chester. Wow!! Great pies. simple but good ingredients: san marzano toms, good melting mozz, nice italian sausage out of casing and not rabbit pellet types...great wings as well, dive bar scene but very friendly and laid back bartender and cook. loved it.

                                                                              1. re: cubanat

                                                                                Hey, thanks for the heads up on JT Straw's. These guys put out a nice little pie for very little cash. I wrote about it here: http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2011/10...

                                                                                 
                                                                            2. Just tried Romeo's of Irvington, and I must say that it may very well be close to the best I HAVE EVER had. I'm a 'Nick's' kinda guy from Queens, and I grew up eating John's and Arturo's, but Romeo has something special going on. The place only has a few tables, so I wouldn't travel for it, but the food is amazing. Romeo holds court behind the counter (a nice fellow), and has an artists temperament, but boy does he know pizza.

                                                                              -----
                                                                              Romeo's Pizzeria
                                                                              2 S Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533

                                                                              1 Reply
                                                                              1. re: Dcat

                                                                                I personally, cannot stand throwing out food..total sin....especially pizza! However,Romeos pizza was completely inedible, and I had to toss it not twenty feet from his store in to the trash can. Gross. Instead, go one mile north to Capris Pizza and Pasta, where their pies are heavenly.besides the great plain one, their Margarita, Buffalo, Chicken Marsala, BBQ, and just about any other cannot be topped! All their dining room main courses are fabulous. everyone is super nice in there as well.

                                                                              2. The problem with this thread is that it is lumping Slice Pizza with Whole Pie pizza, and they are 2 totally different foods. We should take each of these as a separate category...

                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                1. Any good Slice Pizza PLAIN in Western-Mid Westchester? Usually there's too much cheese, too much grease (from the cheese) cheap ingredients, and the slices are too oxidized to reheat well. Slice Pizza in Westchester SUCKS in general...

                                                                                  3 Replies
                                                                                  1. re: menton1

                                                                                    ^^ so true. Pizza seems so simple and it's just done well anywhere near here.

                                                                                    1. re: menton1

                                                                                      Have not been to Capri in Tarrytown, but I have been to Capri in Ossining and I believe they are the same owners - dependable regular slices and excellent specially slices. Since it is now Lent I have been going there on fridays (no meat) and having a slice of fried calimari pizza. It is more like a meal than a slice and really good.

                                                                                      1. re: mikey77711

                                                                                        same owners, ossining much better than tarrytown, pizzaiola rocko in ossining been ther perhaps 20 plus years

                                                                                    2. Wow, nobody in Westchester has ideas for good Slice pizza? Still looking for a good slice, not oxidized, not too much cheese, not greasy (from the cheese) . Does it exist?

                                                                                      8 Replies
                                                                                      1. re: menton1

                                                                                        Capris in Tarrytown.Slices are great. Get a well done pie from them, and tell 'em Stu sent ya...

                                                                                        1. re: pargywiththebigdog

                                                                                          oh, and tell them, "don't close the box"...they will know

                                                                                          1. re: pargywiththebigdog

                                                                                            Do they sell individual slices? Or just whole pies? Not too much cheese? Can you see the sauce on the pie?

                                                                                            1. re: menton1

                                                                                              yes, they sell slices! also have the BEST specialty slices...buffalo, chicken marsala, bbq chicken, baby bella mushroom, arugala, sald, etc.

                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                              1. re: pargywiththebigdog

                                                                                                I'm not into these "designer" toppings, just plain, maybe with anchovies on occasion.

                                                                                                The photos look like there's too much cheese, but I'll give it a shot. (Don't these places realize that "less is better" with this grease-laden cheese? Or would that mean that they would need a better sauce because you could actually taste the sauce?

                                                                                        2. re: menton1

                                                                                          Can you explain the oxidation thing? I am not familiar with it as it relates to pizza.

                                                                                          1. re: mikey77711

                                                                                            Sure, easy. It comes from making a pie in advance and letting it sit for hours. It absorbs air (oxidizes) and even when reheated, doesn't taste very good. Notice the difference in taste from an oxidized slice vs a pie freshly made out of the oven.

                                                                                            And judging from the photo, this looks like the typical too-much-cheese type pie; can't taste the sauce, and the grease from the cheese gets all over you!

                                                                                            Pizza Town, USA in Elmwood Park, NJ makes awesome slices, this is what a slice should look like cheese/sauce ratio:

                                                                                             
                                                                                        3. I am very happy with the margherita pizza at pizza station in chappaqua. They usually have slices.

                                                                                          8 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: AdamD

                                                                                            Had Anthony's coal fired last night and have to say it was mediocre. Not even close to Pepe's, Arrosto, Tarry Lodge, or really any local joint with a decent sauce. The dough was limpy & the slice itself wa greasy. Not a ton of cheese so menton may love it. reheated in dry skillet the next day and it was even worse.
                                                                                            My top pies as of today:
                                                                                            1. JT Straw's (seriously good pizza in a dive bar with awesome staff)
                                                                                            2. tarry lodge
                                                                                            2a. arrosto
                                                                                            3. modern pizza (have not been in a few years so I hope they are still there)
                                                                                            4. lincoln lounge
                                                                                            4a. Pepe's
                                                                                            5. white pie from nicky's in wp

                                                                                            1. re: cubanat

                                                                                              These are all whole pie pizzas, cubanat; Any good places for slice pizza?

                                                                                              1. re: menton1

                                                                                                A 10" pie is easily consumed by one person. I'm a big eater and I could eat almost 2 of them. Now a days a 10" pie is equivalent to 2 slices from large pie at any local pizzeria. Nicky's does sell slices of all there pizza. The white is the best. One piece and maybe a corner sicilian is a very large meal there.

                                                                                                1. re: menton1

                                                                                                  I was always a big fan of marias in yorktown or portofino in goldens bridge.

                                                                                              2. re: AdamD

                                                                                                For all the years I have lived in Chappaqua, Pizza Station has been consistently bad, charging around 5 bucks for a regular slice, and anywhere from 6-8 bucks for one specialty slice, that typically comes with poor quality crust, and a very off cheese to sauce ratio.

                                                                                                -----
                                                                                                Pizza Station
                                                                                                88 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514

                                                                                                1. re: Wingsjunkie

                                                                                                  Slices yes-expensive and sitting around. Chicken marsala, buffalo chicken, or ziti slice-yuck
                                                                                                  But a fresh large margherita pie is better than any of the other offerings in town IMHO.

                                                                                                  1. re: AdamD

                                                                                                    Have not tried this, guess I will give it a shot. In my opinion, the new pizzeria in Chappaqua, Old Stone, is nothing special, just another addition to the sub-par pizza scene here. Tried Sal's pizza in Mamaroneck a couple nights ago,and the Sal's Special was incredible, sicilian slice with every topping you could imagine on it.

                                                                                                    1. re: Wingsjunkie

                                                                                                      Its a decent pie-the sauce is a bit sweet, but its the only pizza we ever order in town.
                                                                                                      Agreed on Old Stone, I was hoping they would serve a decent brick oven style pie, but the food is just like every other joint in the area.

                                                                                              3. I've lived in Westchester for 40 years, and I can tell you that Four Corners pizza in Pelham Manor has the best regular slice in the county, and has had the best for at least the last 25. It's a small place w/ 3 booths. They have no dishes, no buffalo slices, no wedges. Just standard, old school pizza. Craziest thing behind the glass is the lasagna slice. Hell, if you ask for a knife and fork, the Italian "Bryan Ferry" look-alike spends 5 minutes locating and washing it for you.

                                                                                                What it lacks in variety, it more than makes up for with a plain slice that will change your mind about pizza in Westchester. Maybe the old guys are Bronx emigrants. It's only about a mile to the Bronx from this shop.

                                                                                                I'd like to hear from anyone who treks over there, if they think I was on-point about this claim.

                                                                                                2 Replies
                                                                                                1. re: Icepulse

                                                                                                  And for the record, Al' Antica changed management, and is no longer worth the 15-minutes out of my way.

                                                                                                  No more Contadini slice = a pass.

                                                                                                  1. re: Icepulse

                                                                                                    If all you want is pizza, yes, Four Corners is the place to go. Their plain pizza is excellent (both Neopolitan and Sicilian), and their tomato, basil, garlic, and olive oil slice is without peer.

                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                    Four Corners Cafe
                                                                                                    8571 N Main St, Eden, NY 14057

                                                                                                  2. One that has not been brought up yet...Frankie and Fannuci's in Hartsdale and Mammaroneck. Was overjoyed to have them open up nearby! Certiantly not Grimaldi's or Di Fara but is quite a step up from all of the nearby options in Hartsdale/Scarsdale. Fresh and great salads! Well worth it!

                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                    Grimaldi's
                                                                                                    980 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

                                                                                                    3 Replies
                                                                                                    1. re: newyorker478

                                                                                                      Grimaldi's & DiFara's are 2 different types of pizza-- one is a whole pie, Neapolitan style, the other is NY slice pizza. Really apples and oranges.

                                                                                                      If you are in Hartsdale, Frank Pepe, whole pie Neaolitan, is just 7 minutes down the road in Yonkers. As good as or better than Grimaldi's, IMO.

                                                                                                      1. re: menton1

                                                                                                        Wasn't comparing Grimaldis to Di Fara's just was making a point that while Frankie and Fannuci's pizza is significantly better than standard delivery pizza, it is not at the top tier of New York pizzerieas. Personally I did not enjoy Pepe's on Central Ave. Gonna have to get out to New Haven.

                                                                                                        -----
                                                                                                        Grimaldi's
                                                                                                        980 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY 11530

                                                                                                        1. re: newyorker478

                                                                                                          The Mrs. and I just came back from our first visit to F. Pepe's in Yonkers. It will also be our last. What an underwhelming repast! I had a small White Clam pie. The only taste that stood out was that of salt. As salty as an anchovy pie. Thumbs down. My wife had a regular tomato / mozzarella pie w/ onion. I took a bite. We both came to the same conclusion; Four Corners in Pelham is 10x better, and you can enjoy the same portions for 2/3 less $$$.

                                                                                                          Steer clear of Pepe's. It's barely adequate.

                                                                                                    2. My newest 2¢: Crestwood Pizzeria is amazingly good. I've lived w/in 10 miles of this place for half of my life, and I was never there until yesterday (05/25/2011). It honestly gave my favorite place (Four Corners in Pelham Manor) some SERIOUS competition. One more visit and there may be a new sherriff in town. I had 2 plain slices. Wow. Pretty fat menu, too.

                                                                                                      -----
                                                                                                      Crestwood Pizzeria
                                                                                                      286 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707

                                                                                                      6 Replies
                                                                                                      1. re: Icepulse

                                                                                                        unless they have had a remarkable increase in quality the past six months, they have only had mediocre pizza.

                                                                                                        1. re: JMF

                                                                                                          Please inform me, for comparative purposes, who in the area furnishes better. I'd like to be able to put a finger on your recommended slice.

                                                                                                          1. re: Icepulse

                                                                                                            Lately I like Gino's, they went downhill for awhile, but the past few months are back up again. I really like the regular, Sicilian, chicken Caesar salad, broccoli, and spinach slices. I had a slice for the last time at Crestwood last winter and it was terrible. I've tried many in the area, but even the best is just pretty good. The slices nowadays really don't compare to 15-20 years ago. Back then Pepino's in the Bronx at 241st street was very good, especially the spinach.

                                                                                                            1. re: Icepulse

                                                                                                              I used to like Crestwood, but about five years ago it took a serious turn for the worse. What I liked was they were one of the last places to cave into the thin crust craze and this kid from Brooklyn misses when pizza was pizza. Even the meccas out in Brooklyn still don't measure up to the average places from the late 70's/early 80s. Last time I was there the pizza was thin, flimsy and completely bland.

                                                                                                              In the area, it's tough. The new Polpettina (or however you spell it) is pretty good, but ridiculously priced. Villagio is OK, but I have an issue with some cleanliness issues I've been told about. Pizza Mia can't even be considered pizza. Within a few miles the best for thin is Roma's of Tuckahoe and Lincoln Lounge of Mount Vernon. In Scarsdale there is S&J which when I lived on Garth Road was the only show in town and the best around. Haven't been in over a year, but my last slice (salad) was teriffic. Amore of Weaver is my favorite (get the chicken parm or buffalo chicken when they have it). One slice is a meal. D&D which is under new management in New Rochelle has been a can't miss for me in the few times I've gone. Never been to Four Corners, so I can't really judge what kind of pizza you're looking for. JMF is usually pretty good and while it's been a while Gino's is back!

                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                              Lincoln Lounge
                                                                                                              209 Stevens Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

                                                                                                              Pizza Mia
                                                                                                              9 Mill Rd, Eastchester, NY 10709

                                                                                                              1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                                                I ordered a pie @ Crestwood, and it was a SHARP departure from the single slices I was getting there. Burned, small and tough. I cancel my endorsement.

                                                                                                                On the upside, "La Bella" on Central in Yonkers (just past the library / corner of Tuckahoe road) has my latest vote. I've been in 3 times, and ordered delivery 3 times. Each experience a winner. The plain slice is WELL above average, and the specialty slices are knockouts. The barbeque chicken slice is particularly nice. The sauce they use is unique.

                                                                                                                1. re: Icepulse

                                                                                                                  that sounds like an improvement at La Bella. i tried their slices a few times, and other items, and stopped going two years ago because they were mediocre. i will have to try them again.

                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                  La Bella Restaurant
                                                                                                                  94 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601

                                                                                                        2. We tried the Grandma's Pie from Villa Rustica in Rye Brook based on a recommendation from this thread. Very good! The brick oven pizzas are very good, the regular pizza is decent but not exceptional. Don't bother with Racanelli's, as others have suggested. When the guy making the pizza was last seen slapping turkey on bread at the Rye Ridge Deli two weeks ago, what do you expect?

                                                                                                          1. We were back at Pepe's in Yonkers last night and had three pies -- a basic cheese, the white clam and the spinach and gorgonzola. All three were outstanding. The clam pie was laden with delicious, sweet fresh clams, the gorgonzola and spinach had a really lovely balance of savory and bitter, and the cheese pie was just plain good.

                                                                                                            The other day I had occasion to be in Pelham Manor, and I stopped for a slice at the place that is opposite the Huguenot church on Pelhamdale. I thought it was a very reputable, thin crust slice, and I was happy to hear Italian being spoken by the pizza makers. That's something that seems to be increasingly rare these days.

                                                                                                            2 Replies
                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                              I know this is late, but the Pelham Manor place is Four Corners Pizza - it was excellent when I lived around the corner 30 years ago and is still going strong today when I go back with my kids. Large slices with a great thin crust, done right. Just wish they still had RC Cola on tap...

                                                                                                              -----
                                                                                                              Four Corners Pizza
                                                                                                              902 Pelhamdale Ave, Pelham, NY 10803

                                                                                                              1. re: Lono37

                                                                                                                Yes, I made a point of looking at the name the next time I passed that way. It was really quite good!

                                                                                                            2. Getting pizza from zaza in Scarsdale tonight... anyone tried it?

                                                                                                              6 Replies
                                                                                                              1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                                Yes. I didn't love it, and I thought it was kind of expensive to boot. I went last winter, so maybe it has improved. Pretty pizza oven, tho.

                                                                                                                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                                  I ate there for the first time Thursday. I thought the pizza was very good by Westchester standards. Toppings were tasty; crust not as chewy as other neapolitan styles that I've prefer. (Motorino, Keste, 089). And they're very expensive. As a point of comparison - Motorino's margarita pizza is $12; Zaza's is $16.

                                                                                                                  Also, air conditioner wasn't working well. I'd call first and check.

                                                                                                                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                                    So we ordered a couple of pies for takeout. After looking at the menu online and reading all the raves from various websites (including Serious Eats), we were really excited. Well, here is a word of warning for people who have not been before and who are looking to take out from Zaza. The prices listed on the website are for personal size pizzas (which, judging from the "large" takeout ones we got, must be just right for an elf). You can only take out the large pizzas, for which prices are not listed on the website, which we didn't realize until we got to Zaza and found the bill for our two pizzas and a salad to be almost $70.

                                                                                                                    Yes, you read that correctly. Almost $70 for 2 16 inch pizzas (8 small slices each, if I were hungry I honestly could have eaten 3/4 of one myself) and a tiny salad.

                                                                                                                    Each pie was about $25. We were speechless. At that point it was too late, we were starving, the pies were in the oven, and we had people waiting for us at home so we paid up and hoped for pizza nirvana.

                                                                                                                    The pizza is fine. I prefer both Pepe's and Frankie and Fanucci's to it. They may have a fancy oven but I guess customers are subsidizing the cost it took to get it here from Naples. I will NEVER go back ever again. They need to indicate their takeout prices on their website.

                                                                                                                    Apparently they have a large customer base who doesn't mind paying $18 for a personal size pizza (which we paid $25 for in a slightly larger size) since it was extremely crowded.

                                                                                                                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                                      Seems the recession has not hit Westchester... Judging by the excuses made for the excessively high prices at China White, and the report you just gave, well-- that is quite surprising.

                                                                                                                      When is your France trip? (For a GREAT pizza there, go to Le Catalan in Beaulieu! :) )

                                                                                                                      1. re: menton1

                                                                                                                        menton1, we just got back a couple of days ago-- expect a full report on the France board soon-- but for now I'll just say that we absolutely LOVED it! Our day trips to Nice & Ste. Agnes were unforgettable.

                                                                                                                        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                                          WEll, looks like we'll be going back in the Fall-- look forward to your reports!

                                                                                                                  2. My suggestions are going to be based on very thin crust pizza only.
                                                                                                                    Knowing that here is my list:
                                                                                                                    1. Frankie & Fanucci in Hartsdale or Mamaroneck
                                                                                                                    2. Johnnie's in Mt Vernon
                                                                                                                    3. Coals in the Bronx-The most unique Pizza & very good-Grilled.
                                                                                                                    4. Franks in Pelham Bay (For their Grandma Pizza-The best)
                                                                                                                    5. This week I will be going to Za Za in Scarsdale. Has received great reviews. Wood burning oven and real Buffalo Muzz. We will see.

                                                                                                                    Now if you go to the city I would suggest:
                                                                                                                    1. Patsy's in E. Harlum
                                                                                                                    2. Mottoreno either in the E. Village or Brooklyn
                                                                                                                    3. Numero28 in the E. Village

                                                                                                                    Hope this helps....................

                                                                                                                    -----
                                                                                                                    Za Za
                                                                                                                    1207 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065

                                                                                                                    6 Replies
                                                                                                                    1. re: UHLFELDER

                                                                                                                      @uhlfelder - I totally agree with you about Frankie's and Johnny's (tho' I'd put Johnny's in the number one slot). I'm really curious as to what you think of ZaZa. I only went once, and thought it was blah and super expensive. Had it been great, I wouldn't have minded the cost, but it really was unbelievably expensive and not memorable at all. Looking forward to your follow up.

                                                                                                                      1. re: UHLFELDER

                                                                                                                        I'm also a big fan of Frankie and Fanucci's and I was extremely disappointed in Zaza in Scarsdale (I posted a review a few posts up). I understand that they are using quality ingredients, but I can't imagine that warranting the outrageous prices they are charging. I didn't find it noticeably different from F&F's, though maybe that's because I was so furious at the price.

                                                                                                                        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                                                                                                          Polpettina in eastchester must be thrown into the ring here! It reminded me of ny pizza 20 years ago. we had the large "neopolitan" style. it was great. crisp and not crazy thin, perfect amount of cheese to sauce and just all around wonderful.

                                                                                                                          To the above list how is Linclon Lounge not on there? Frankie & Fanucci's? Bleh!! I do agree on Patsy's though...very close to polpettina

                                                                                                                        2. re: UHLFELDER

                                                                                                                          have you ever tried lincoln lounge in mt. vernon- also very good but much less pricey than johnny's now ridiculous prices

                                                                                                                          1. re: rich51

                                                                                                                            Where in Mount Vernon is Lincoln Lounge?

                                                                                                                            -----
                                                                                                                            Lincoln Lounge
                                                                                                                            209 Stevens Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

                                                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                              209 stevens ave, pies only on the corner of mt. vernon ave

                                                                                                                        3. The best pizza in Connecticut and maybe the US is now the best pizza in Westchester. Pepe's of New Haven is at 1955 Central Avenue in Yonkers.

                                                                                                                          5 Replies
                                                                                                                          1. re: joelaine

                                                                                                                            Huge fan of Pepe's on Wooster St, but the one in Yonkers can be a little too inconsistent. I've been four times and twice it was very good, but the other two times (once with my wife, who's heard me rave about the original for years) the dough was just really tough. It wasn't like it was burnt or overcooked, just tough to the point that my jaw was getting tired.

                                                                                                                            I've heard others simply dismiss it out of hand by saying, "It's nowhere near the original." Stuff you hear whenever anyone opens a store that is spawned from the original. I think they can be good, but man, when it's off - it's way off. I'll also say this: the staff is very friendly. I've never had to deal with any attitudes in the Yonkers store, which is refreshing.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ladybugthepug

                                                                                                                              I agree Lady. I've had excellent pies at Pepe's in Yonkers and once or twice not so good, in particularly one take-out incident that was inexcusable. I too am often on the "not as good as the original" train but overall Yonkers Pepe's and Pepe's in general is really good pizza, often exceptional which, as evidenced by the many mentioned of NYC pizza on a best in Westchester thread. is far better than most in these parts.

                                                                                                                              I'm guessing they have off nights/pies on Wooster street too but we're just not there to experience them.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ladybugthepug

                                                                                                                                i've been to new haven, fairfield and yonkers, fairfield came closest to the old time pepes.now they make it by science ,before the makers really did make a difference, it was a raunchier ,oily bottom that they don't even try to duplicateany more. and yes it was better and unfortunately the closest to me is yonkers and somehow it just doesn't measure up

                                                                                                                                1. re: rich51

                                                                                                                                  lots of good info,but whole pies not the topic

                                                                                                                                  1. re: intrepid

                                                                                                                                    Really, what is the topic then? I thought it was "Best Pizza in Westchester".

                                                                                                                            2. Again, CICCONE'S in Ardsley has excellent slices as well as pies as well as really good food. They're also called "Ardsley Pizzeria" - check them out, they are really good. Center Street in Ardsley - up the hill from Saw Mil River Road, next door to DeCicco's Market.

                                                                                                                              1. Johnny's is possibly my favorite plain pie anywhere

                                                                                                                                Sal's in Mamaroneck is still my favorite for Sicilian pie. It's heavy greasy and cheesy, but for me that is exactly what is so great about it. Comfort food all the way.

                                                                                                                                Leonardo's in Larchmont for standard slices is also consistently good basic pies.

                                                                                                                                I've been dieing to try Lincoln Lodge. As for the neopolitan places...I'm not interested.

                                                                                                                                1. Johnny's or Lincoln Lounge - both in Mt. Vernon. By far the best in Westchester. Sal's is filthy and disgusting.

                                                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                                                  Lincoln Lounge
                                                                                                                                  209 Stevens Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10550

                                                                                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                                                                                  1. Johnny's in Mt. Vernon rocks, worth the trip to the not so nice neighborhood....

                                                                                                                                    2 Replies
                                                                                                                                    1. re: lillionel

                                                                                                                                      johnny's is very good but so is lincoln lounge and alot less expensive-try it, another interesting pie but in stamford is colony-very different, thin crust and "bar pie" in a very interesting bar

                                                                                                                                      1. re: rich51

                                                                                                                                        Capri Pizza
                                                                                                                                        63 Lockwood Ave., Yonkers, NY
                                                                                                                                        Large Slices with Excellent Crust on Both Sicillian and Regular and Prices from The 90's