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Frank Pepe's or Anthony's Coal Fired?

menton1 Mar 11, 2011 10:01 AM

Which one has the better pizza experience?

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    MRich Mar 11, 2011 10:05 AM

    I am a huge fan of Pepe's in New Haven. My lone visit to their Yonkers location was very disappointing.

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      rich51 Mar 11, 2011 03:44 PM

      when frank pepe gets it right it is far superior, but since they don't always it becomes more of a personal choice as they are somewhat different in style. personally i really wanted to like anthony's and it is good for what it is , a non ny type pizza. but i definitely prefer frank pepe's which i find more of a ny style and even when not great is usually very good. and unfortunately yonkers seems to be theone with the least consistency(the closest for me )

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        kdgchow Mar 12, 2011 07:21 AM

        Anthony's is good, but I have to go with Pepe's. The crust is the difference. People have said the pies at the Yonkers Pepe's are inconsistent - all I know is that in my three visits, the crust has been great every time. And it reheats really well, too, something Anthony's crust does not do.

        Plus, Pepe's is a little cheaper.

        To be fair, they are slightly different styles of pizza, and Anthony's does have other good things beyond pizza like chicken wings and pork ribs. But if you're judging it strictly on pizza terms, Pepe's is better.

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        1. re: kdgchow
          menton1 Mar 12, 2011 08:53 AM

          Yeah, I also see on Anthony's menu some chicken and sausage dishes cooked in the coal oven. Sounds terrific, but how good is it?

          Also, parking at Anthony's/White Plains is a bear, isn't it?

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            kdgchow Mar 12, 2011 11:10 AM

            The chicken wings are terrific, they're ten huge, meaty drumettes and wings marinated and garnished with caramelized onions. Could easily be an entree for one person. The pork ribs aren't quite at the same level, but still good.

            Yes, parking anywhere in White Plains is a pain and you've got to pay. I live in WP, so I can usually walk, but in bad weather, I park at the City Center lot. There's a free lot at Pepe's, but it's tiny. Last time I went on a Friday night, I ended up having to park on Central Park Avenue.

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              kaaaassss Mar 20, 2011 11:19 AM

              There is a parking lot on main street by the Citibank. $2.00 to park for Anthony;s.

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                wincountrygirl Mar 20, 2011 05:43 PM

                Have you tried the wood fired roast beef sandwich? That sounds really good to me.

          2. menton1 Mar 14, 2011 03:57 PM

            Is Totonno's in the mix of coal oven pizzas here?

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            Totonno's
            125 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10710

            1. menton1 Mar 20, 2011 11:03 AM

              Is there a wait for Pepe's/Yonkers at weekday lunch?

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                rich51 Mar 20, 2011 05:36 PM

                i've been there later 1 or 2 and no problem, but i think it may be a bit of hit or miss, so far i have not seen the really long waits like in new haven.

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                budinado Mar 20, 2011 06:58 PM

                I vote Totonno´s, but would really rather go to Zero Otto Nove.

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                Totonno's
                125 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10710

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                1. re: budinado
                  chowdom Mar 20, 2011 07:27 PM

                  Totonno's closed awhile back.

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                  Totonno's
                  125 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10710

                2. menton1 Mar 24, 2011 02:25 PM

                  So we made it to Pepe's in Yonkers today, and it delivered. Got a medium pie, enough for 2 people with a little bit leftover. Foxon soda is fabulous. Staff is very helpful and friendly. Great pizza experience, the dough was wonderful. A little bit too much cheese, I would have liked to have more of a taste of the tomato sauce. Next time I may try it without cheese, to get a feel for the sauce.

                  Folks have said Anthony's is a different style; it doesn't seem so, it's supposedly a NY thin-crust well done coal oven pizza-- How is Anthony's different?

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                    cubanat Mar 25, 2011 07:20 AM

                    Take a 5G burger and crumble it on top of a Pepe's pizza with grilled onions and now we're talkin' toppings! I can't wait to start the "5 Guys opening a Yonker's branch" thread!!

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                      chowdom Mar 25, 2011 07:23 AM

                      I just spit a mouthful of coffee across the room :-)

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                        cubanat Mar 25, 2011 07:35 AM

                        Classic! Seriously though I have heard that the other items at Anthony's are super and that the pizza is more like wanna-be pepe's. The meatballs and wings with their onions are supposed to be fantastic.

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                          menton1 Mar 25, 2011 07:45 AM

                          So this highly self-touted Pizza joint (lots of radio ads) has better wings and meatballs than pizza? Lol.

                          But some folks above said that the pizza is a "different style" than Pepe's...

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                      kdgchow Mar 25, 2011 03:50 PM

                      Well, Pepe's is New Haven-style - very thin, crispy crust - so that's a difference right there. IMO, the crust at Anthony's is a little thicker and breadier than Pepe's.

                      And of course, Pepe's has the clam pie, which was superb when I had it.

                    3. chowdom Mar 25, 2011 04:14 PM

                      pepe's spinach mushroom gorgonzola, anchovie, shrimp

                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
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                        cubanat Apr 2, 2011 10:13 AM

                        Went to Anthony's last night. Mediocre at best in terms of pizza. Wings were ok but not stellar. Pepe's wins this one by a long shot. Kdgchow is correct with description. The wings had more char then the crust of the pie so I don't know what they mean by there pizza is well done. We found it almost limp and quite greasy. Food in general was under-seasoned and under-whelming. I will go back once more to try the meatballs and the ribs. Other then that its another soul-less chain that may be great for kids and families that don't know any better.

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                        budinado Apr 3, 2011 09:07 AM

                        Pepe´s wins. Anthony´s Pizza is way too SALTY! Sauce does not have a hint of sweetness. Cheese is not fresh mozzarella. Wife could not finish one slice due to extreme saltiness. Anthony´s ¨large¨pie is also quite small. Can´t see this restaurant surviving.

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                          cubanat Apr 5, 2011 01:07 PM

                          Interesting I found it all to be under-seasoned. I can see it surviving as long as it stays price-driven. Kids shuold love it and the family style aspect may get it all the families coming from the mall. But no contest with really anything in the area.

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