We mean no disrespect to our beloved wood-fired pizza places. These Neapolitan-style pies are the latest trend, and we couldn’t be happier with these puffy and charred crusts topped with melted fresh mozzarella and just about any topping you can think of. (Brussels sprouts, anyone?)
But sometimes, you just want an old-fashioned New York-style slice. The kind that comes out of a big 16-inch pie cooked in a regular-ol’ oven. The kind that spills over the sides of your paper plate. The kind that glistens with grease and smells like childhood.
Here are a few of our favorite spots for a slice of New York-style pizza, meaning it’s got a thin hand-tossed crust made from a high-gluten bread flour, with an even ratio of mozzarella to tomato sauce. And it folds perfectly in half, no cutlery necessary.
Sal’s, Mamaroneck. Local pizza lovers have long been singing the praises of Sal’s, a no-nonsense pizzeria that’s great for families or those rushing to catch a movie across the street at the Mamaroneck Playhouse. The salad pizza is a favorite, piled high with lettuce and tomatoes, but we love the classic cheese. 316 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-381-2022, www.salsmamaroneck.com
Amore, Scarsdale, and Pinocchio, Pound Ridge. Pizza connoisseur Bruno DiFabio owns both, and is a certified expert in the field of New York-style pizza. He’s even a six-time World Pizza Champion and co-founder of the International School of Pizza in San Francisco. Any important pizza-tasting research would be incomplete without sampling his pies. Amore, 1479 Weaver St., Scarsdale, 914-725-9000; Pinocchio Pizza, 69 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, 914-764-4500. worldsbestpizza.net.
Pizza Station, Katonah. It’s easy to dismiss this small pizza joint near Katonah’s train station as a place for those who need to kill time until the next train. But you’d be remiss not to slide up to the window-facing counter with a slice and an all-natural soda. 27 Parkway No. 1, Katonah, 914-232-6000, www.pizzastationny.com.
Dom and Vinnie’s, Yonkers. A restaurant with more than just pizza, but locals and regulars love it for their pies. Perfectly greasy and thin-crusted, this is the perfect Friday night dinner when all you want is a cold beer and take-out pizza. Orders can also be placed online. 351 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, www.domnvinnie.com.
Johnny’s, Mount Vernon. Open since 1947 and one of Westchester’s oldest and most beloved pizzerias. The place is definitely no-frills — a counter and pizza oven in front, simple wooden tables and chairs toward the back. Pizza is not sold by the slice (pies only), but it hits the mark every time. Piping hot, slightly charred thin crust and light enough to indulge in a few slices. Cash only. 30 W. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon. 914-668-1957.