Ah pizza, glorious pizza! As somewhat of a self-proclaimed food connoisseur, I have had the experience of trying and savoring a number of pizzas in restaurants throughout the local area. I will be the first to admit that it is often difficult to differentiate between the pizza at different restaurants and determine which place truly serves the best food in the area. Nonetheless, I have taken up the task of trying to rank the “best of the best”. I hope that the following reviews help you as much as possible in enjoying the best pizza around.
Although it may be somewhat out of the way, Jerry’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Pleasantville, New York is truly worth the trek. It boasts some of the more unique flavors I have seen on a menu such as lasagna and buffalo chicken, a personal favorite. Furthermore, the slices are immense! On a normal day, I can only eat one. Although primarily a pizza place, Jerry’s also has the typical Italian entrees such as Chicken Parmigiana and Penne alla Vodka. To top off your meal, Jerry’s has a fabulous dessert menu with aptly titled “dessert pizzas” and assorted gelati which, like the entrees, are above average. If you want something out of the ordinary and want a new Italian experience, Jerry’s is the place for you!
Address: 475 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570
Phone: (914) 495-3222
Pizza Beat, in its statement, says that “[they] hope to continue to serve [their] customers the best way [they] can”. While I wish I could say that they did a good job of this, I find Pizza Beat to be not much more than an average pizza restaurant. As a teenager on somewhat of a tight budget, I find the prices to be rather high for food that in my opinion, doesn’t always make the cut. Also, there is nothing special about their menu, which contains the basic Italian cuisine and not much more. Additionally, the somewhat slow service is a turnoff and on quite a few occasions, my orders have been messed up (who knew that ordering a Pepperoni Calzone would result in my receiving a Cheese Calzone?). If you want exceptional pizza that doesn’t take too much of a toll on the wallet, I would recommend elsewhere.
Address: 2575 Central Park Ave
Phone: (914) 961-4456
Scarsdale Pizza Station
Scarsdale Pizza Station, is a small, well kept secret along Scarsdale Avenue and one of the better pizza places in the area. One of the best features of this sit-down restaurant is that in all my times of eating here, I have never had to wait for a table. In addition, Scarsdale Pizza Station offers takeout as well as delivery to Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe. Among my favorite foods at this restaurant are the fried ravioli to start and the Scarsdale Special Pizza, which consists of chicken, mushrooms, and mozzarella in a Marsala wine sauce. I found the prices here to be fairly reasonable, with a typical large pizza going for around $15 and individual dishes priced at around $10. In addition, the dessert menu contains typical Italian favorites such as Tiramisu, Zeppoles and other, more unique desserts, such as the red velvet cake. This place is perfect for any weekend/family night and has yet to disappoint.
Address: 844 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: (914) 723- 4700
Italian Village Pizza
As a little kid, I had a tradition with my parents where they would take me shoe shopping at the Heathcote Bootery, and then we would go straight to Italian Village Pizza. I distinctly remember that I always ordered a slice of cheese pizza. However, as I have grown older and my tastes have matured, I realize that there are times where I don’t always want to settle for just one plain slice. Fortunately, Italian Pizza Village can satisfy my cravings. What is interesting about this restaurant, as compared to the others I have been to, is the abundant menu options. Here, the menu boasts an impressive nine different types of calzones and 19 types of wedges. In my opinion, the only downside to this enjoyable restaurant is some of the prices. Unless the food is out of this world, I feel that no casual restaurant should sell $11 salads or pasta dishes that nearly hit $20. Prices aside, this restaurant has left me with some good memories and I still enjoy going back every so often.
Address: 1084 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: (914) 472-4400
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This article was contributed by Peter Berman, a recent graduate of Edgemont High School who will be attending college in the fall.