Petroni: When I was a kid, I could scramble up $1.50 and walk to Peppino’s on 241st Street and White Plains Road in the Bronx. With, like, two bucks, I could get my cream soda and my slice.
DiBari: I think Westchester is hot on Neapolitan pizza [right now], but there are so many versions. Franny’s in Brooklyn changed my life when it came to Neapolitan pizza. You can have technique, but they made it okay for us to put our twist on what Neapolitan pizza should be.
Petroni: That’s why we’re so lucky; we get to be that creative.
DiBari: One of my favorites in Westchester is Coals: It’s so different and obscure and so brilliant at the same time. I don’t really know where pizza is going, but I think we are getting people’s minds opened up to whatever it can be and should be.
Petroni: We got into the pizza game when this whole pop-culture pizza phenomenon started to happen. Like five years ago, did you ever see a girl wear a shirt at the bar that says “Pizza Is Bae”?
DiBari: I mean, what would Instagram be without pizza?
Petroni: I think the best thing about Westchester is the clientele. They are very knowledgeable, and they want more. There are a lot of young guys coming up in the business who are going to be pushing the envelope and doing great things. I just think pizza is never going to go out of style.