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Jul 3, 2008 05:40 PM

Sal's Pizza, Mamaroneck

I'd seen several recommendations for Sal's, here and elsewhere, so decided to give it a try.

I was pretty sure I had made a good choice as soon as we got there. It was in the middle of a really hard thunderstorm, but the line stretched out the door, with many more customers squeezing in to pick up to-go orders that had been phoned in.

Most of the people in line were just ordering a slice, but there were three of us and we were hungry, so we ordered a whole pepperioni pizza. They offer only one size: huge (18 inches, I think). It was as good as it was large, although anyone wanting to quibble might note that it was more than slightly greasy.

The thick Sicilian pizza seemed to be a popular choice, but we went with the traditional New York thin crust.

Sal's is obviously the choice of the locals. There are four or five other pizzarias within a block or two. None of the others had more than a handful of customers as nearly as I could tell.

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  1. I don't get Sal's. Sometimes when I get the pizza urge I go to Sal's but only by default. I live in Nassau County and work in Purchase and I can think of 10 pizza joints within 10-15 minutes of where I live - led by Umberto's and Cugini's - that would blow away anything I have tried in Westchester. Westchester is a pizza wasteland.

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    1. re: King Vulture

      King Vulture, compared to Pepe's, you're correct.

      Have you tried Racanelli's, in Rye Ridge? Their Neapolitan pie was 'kinda' close to what a true pie should be.

      1. re: dolores

        Dolores, we tried Racanelli's in Rye Ridge at your suggestion, but I have to say that we were disappointed. They clearly are going for a classic Neapolitan pie, and I was so excited when ours came out. I ordered the Margharita, which is the true test of a pizzaiola's art, and although it was tasty, it was really rather bland. Not bad, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

        1. re: roxlet

          Sorry to hear that, roxlet.

          Sadly, a good restaurant in Westchester one day doesn't guarantee a good restaurant the next day.

          After the patheticness of Sal's, I will seemingly have to drive to New Haven for good pizza.

          1. re: dolores

            Well, I just read someone's post about the new place in Scarsdale, so maybe we'll give that a whirl. It's a lot closer than New Haven!

            1. re: roxlet

              That's true, roxlet.

              Although I've never had good luck finding places in Scarsdale! Time to get out the GPS.

              1. re: dolores

                The post said it was by the train station, which shouldn't be too difficult to find, though there is this area that's BEHIND where you'd think it would be, so maybe it's there. I may be in the area today, and if I am, I'll report on the exact area of the train station it's near...

                1. re: roxlet

                  Thanks roxlet. I had to persevere just to find Lulu's, but it was worth it.

                  1. re: dolores

                    If you're not familiar with Scarsdale, All'Antica is, as I had thought, in the back of the train station, not in the part that faces Zachy's. What you do is follow the signs for the Bronx River Parkway South, and make a right turn, hugging the brick building that has the CVS (this would be if you were coming down Popham Road as from Rt. 22 or past Zachy's going towards Popham). The pizzeria is behind the CVS in a mini shopping plaza.
                    My son and I had a slice there this afternoon, and I thought that it was pretty good, but I am really reserving judgement until I can have a Margarita. They only serve those by the pie, so we had a slice with chicken, which is what my son had ordered at Rye Ridge. I felt that it was superior to the Racanelli's pizza since it seemed to have a bit more zip, and I wasn't reaching for the hot pepper to give it some flavor. Worth trying, I think, and if you do try it, I would be interested in your thoughts.

                    1. re: roxlet

                      Thanks, roxlet, I think I know where it is.

                2. re: dolores

                  Try All' Antica!! Its in the drop off circle of the Scarsdale Metro North train station!

              2. re: dolores

                We enjoyed All' Antica on Tuesday night. We ordered two pies, one for the children and one for the adults,and took home one piece shy of a whole pie. The children enjoyed the meatballs with xtra chees, and we enjoyed the sausage/roasted red peppers/fennel. Very thin crust. Salad was very good also. We'll definitely be back. It's perfect for meeting "Daddy at the Train" for supper. I only wish that they had a few more tables!

          2. re: King Vulture

            I also don't get the hype about Sals. Maybe its because I was spoiled and grew up in Brooklyn.

          3. Pizzas are a very personal topic. Some like them crispy, some like fluffy dough. In Mamaroneck, there are Sal's families and other pizza place families - and the two don't mix. I married into a Sal's family and in ten years have not even sampled another local pizza place. We live out of town and eat all sorts of pizza anywhere else, but nothing is like Sal's. I'm a convert.

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            1. re: gbm

              Ah. So, gbm, perhaps you can explain why Sal's Sicilian slice is a shadow of its former self?

              1. re: dolores

                I tried Sal's once...wasn't impressed. New York style...came out very greasy, toppings flavorless and not fresh and the crust very soggy. I don't think their ovens are hot enough for a pie that large...imo it is about 4 tiers below a Pepe's pie...

            2. Since no one is speaking up for it, I will.

              I think Sal's is stil great. Everyone loves to say that Sal's isn't what it used to be, but the lines still go out the door. Sometimes when they're super-busy the pizza can be a bit limp, but otherwise it tastes great to me. Is it greasy? I don't know. It's good grease.

              1. i love pizza and for me i have a taste for different pizzas at different times... Sal's remains a sometime favorite- especially a regular slice when they are busy and the chesse -sauce and dough are melting together...
                one of my new favorites is "Pi" on north avenue by iona college( new rochelle)... they have an awesome crispy-thin crust pie with great cheese and slightly spicy sauce... your best best is to eat there before the crust loses its crisp...
                in pelham the sausage slice at pelham pizza- blows me away.
                i could go onand on

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                1. re: rochellefoodie

                  I waited on line (out the door at 6ish) tonight with my kids. They are obsessed with the sicilian and I love it too. I think it might be the familiar that I love about it. I grew up craving Sal's and still find it consistant and very indicative of my teenage westchester pizza experiences. The sauce is delicious, cheese is spot on, and the crust thick and crispy (albeit greasy). If I want health food style pizza I will make it myself at home. I'm on the Sal's love side of this on going debate.

                  1. re: momof3

                    momof3, is the crust on the Sicilian as thick as it used to be again?

                    Last I was there, it was no thicker than a good regular slice, only crisper.

                    If they're back to their historical generous Sicilian, I'll have to try it again.

                    1. re: dolores

                      Yes, thick crust just the same as I always remembered it. Greasy, cheesy, great sauce and just plain good :)

                      1. re: momof3

                        Sal's in very good for Westchester. I don't know how someone upthread can compare Sal's to Racanellis? <eek>

                        Recently, I've been lucky enough to enjoy a slice or 2 at DiFara's and L&B in Brooklyn; and, Gino's on Cross Bay Blvd in Queens. Sal's doesn't hold a candle to 'real' pizza.

                        1. re: dhammer53

                          I did that. And I stand by it, Racanelli was very good.

                          Thanks, momof3, I'll have to try out Sal's again. Perhaps his Sicilian dough just didn't rise the day I was there.

                          1. re: dolores

                            I agree with momof3 -- you have to give it another try. Every time I have been there, it's been great -- especially the Sicilian, which is my favorite there.

                        2. re: momof3

                          To me that's not good news. I actually much prefer Sal's sicilian when the dough is not too think and has some crisp around the edges.

                  2. There are better regular slices out there. But I have not found a pizza joint anywhere that can make a slice of Sicilian that approaches the quality of Sal's.

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                    1. re: rubygreta

                      had two sicilian slices from sals last nite. excellent!

                      1. re: raider

                        raider, were they thin, or were they thick?