The Best Pizza Places In Mount Vernon’s Fleetwood Neighborhood

Sicilian, plain—and toppings that rule.

Fleetwood, an enclave in the northern part of Mount Vernon, has its own train station (between Bronxville and Mount Vernon West) and a character all its own. If you hop on the express train you can make it to Grand Central in 28 minutes flat—but if you’re staying local, where’s the good pizza at? Read on to find out!

Star ratings are out of five

Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza has the plum location, just a stone’s throw from the train. Its two arcade games win points with kids, and its oversized plain slice wins points with parents. But the underwhelming flavor, excess of oil, and smaller-than-average Sicilian might have you considering that express train after all.

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Side Dish: Go here for the wackiest toppings. By the slice, they include chicken smothered with barbecue sauce, and bacon and chicken in a flood of ranch dressing; by the pie, bacon cheeseburger (beef, bacon, mozzarella, American cheese, and secret sauce), Philly cheesesteak, Hawaiian white (pineapples, cherries, and ham), BBQ spare rib, chicken cordon bleu, and a stuffed pizza with pepperoni, meatball, sausage, onions, mushrooms, and peppers. I’ll let you know how those are, if I can round up a small, iron-stomached, army.

Plain slice: ★★½
Sicilian slice: ★★½

708 Locust St
Mount Vernon
(914) 663-2200;

Scala Pizza

Scala, which is owned by a lovely couple, has been on its quiet corner for 30 years (currently quiet, that is, pending large-scale construction nearby). It’s quintessentially unassuming; the TV is a plus. The plain slice is fairly standard; likewise the Sicilian, whose bland, bready crust is offset with plenty of cheese.

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Side Dish: Scala’s shot at glory is the chicken Parmesan slice—if you see one, grab it!

Plain slice: ★★★
Sicilian slice: ★★★

41 West Grand St
Mount Vernon
(914) 667-9127;

Joe’s Fleetwood Pizzeria And Italian Restaurant

Joe’s has been around since 1972, on a quiet street close to the center of town. The plain slice has a nice thin crust, light sauce, and just enough oil. But people also come here especially for Sicilian—the fluffiest one around, satisfyingly cheesy, with a crisp bottom—one of Westchester’s top Sicilians.

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Side Dish: Unlike the other places mentioned here, Joe’s also has a traditional dining room and a menu that runs the full gamut of classic dishes. The pizzeria side can get jammed on a busy night, but the restaurant is a pleasant place for a low-key meetup.

Plain slice: ★★★½

Sicilian slice: ★★★★

9 West Broad St
Mount Vernon
(914) 664-0045;

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