When I lived in Boston, finding a good bagel was about as likely as bumping into a Yankee fan at Cask ‘n Flagon. I love Boston to death, but jeez, we just can’t hack it when it comes to bagels. New York rules. Now that I’ve lived in Westchester for a few years, I’m starting to feel the same way about pizza. I’ve read about the “best pizza” in Westchester, but “best” seems relative — I’m still searching for a slice that blows my mind or matches up with the best Manhattan and Brooklyn have to offer.
For example, I love the coal-brick oven pies at places like Patsy’s or Grimaldi’s: thin, crispy crust that’s blistered and blackened on the bottom, a layer of tasty sauce, fresh mozzarella and a sprinkling of basil leaves. Simple and light. So light you could eat a whole pie all by yourself. Um, not that I’ve tried.
Sal’s in Mamaroneck gets a whole lotta press as one of the best pizza joints in Westchester. I’d eaten there a few years ago, and to be honest it didn’t make much of an impression. But since so many people rave about it, I figured I’d give it another shot.
Don’t expect much atmosphere at Sal’s; it’s a casual place with a bunch of gruff guys working the counter. Not that atmosphere matters if the pizza is good. I ordered two slices: mushroom and a plain Sicilian slice.
The verdict? Ehh (shrug). Decent, but I don’t see what the fuss is about. The crust on the mushroom slice was nicely crisp and thin, and it wasn’t overloaded with cheese. But the sauce was bland — could have used more salt. Also, the mushrooms were thrown on at the last minute before the slice was re-heated; since they weren’t baked into the pizza they didn’t add or absorb any flavor. An okay slice, but nothing to write home about.
The Sicilian? I guess I’m just not a huge fan of Sicilian pizza. Sal’s is thinner than others I’ve had, and that’s a good thing. But it’s still too doughy for my taste, and without flavorful sauce, well, that’s a whole lot of dough.
Then again, the line at Sal’s is consistently long, so what do I know. You could do far worse than Sal’s, but give me Patsy’s any day.
316 Mamaroneck Ave.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543