DeCicco’s Celebrates National Pizza Month with a Return to Homemade Pies

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Family-owned Armonk location now makes all pizzas on-premises and from scratch.

Chef Celestino Mazzotta – who has been making pizzas since 1975 – slides a pie out of DeCicco’s brick oven in Armonk.

The best sellers are the tomato caprese, margherita, and Florentine, which features breaded eggplant, Portobello mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.

On the heels of requests from customers across Northern Westchester, DeCicco’s Family Market in Armonk is once again preparing its pizzas completely in-house and from scratch, relying on the skills of long-time pizza chef Salvatore DiSenso.

The timing is serendipitous – DeCicco’s return to homemade pizza coincides with National Pizza Month this October. And their pies have already garnered a devoted following.

“We started off catering to the lunchtime slice crowd, but the pies took off,” said Andrew Mimran, a DeCicco’s spokesman. “We can sell over 100 pies each at our Armonk and Brewster locations in a single Friday night.”

Pizza guru DiSenso relies on flour imported from Italy and a wide selection of ingredients – from fresh mozzarella to Italian olives – when preparing his pies. DiSenso has been tossing pizzas for nearly 35 years, and previously operated pizzerias in the Bronx and Rye. He is joined by team of seasoned chefs, including 40-year pizza veteran Celestino Mazzotta.

“I have 50 different specialty pies,” DiSenso said. “The best sellers are the tomato caprese, margherita, and Florentine, which features breaded eggplant, Portobello mushrooms and sundried tomatoes.”

DiSenso’s pizza skills were on display earlier this year, when he nabbed the gold medal at the first-ever Hudson Valley Pizza Fest in Hopewell Junction. DiSenso competed against 20 other chefs and pizzerias at the April 29 event.

DeCicco’s pizza department offers fresh pies all day, all prepared in the store’s customer-facing brick oven. DeSenso and his team also prepare garlic knots, strombolis and calzones.

DeCicco’s Armonk store is located at 17 Maple Avenue, Armonk Square, in downtown Armonk. Its Brewster store is located near Exit 19 off Route 84 at 50 Independent Way, and its downtown Ardsley store is located at 21 Center St. Visit http://www.deciccos.com for more information.

About DeCicco’s
DeCicco Family Markets was founded in 1973 by John, Joe and Frank DeCicco. It began as a small storefront in the Bronx, offering a choice of high quality food to its growing array of customers. For 40 years, DeCicco Family Markets has had a proud history of bringing the largest selection of high quality food available to customers with a friendly, personal touch. It is this simple but unwavering mentality that has enabled the company to expand throughout Putnam, Rockland, Westchester, and Orange Counties. The family operates 10 stores in the following locations: Ardsley, Brewster, Chester Heights, Cornwall, Cross River, Harrison, Jefferson Valley, New City, Pelham and Scarsdale. The company is also involved in a number of civic and community-related events, regularly working with schools, town organizations, churches and Chamber of Commerce groups.

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