If you squint, it feels like Brooklyn circa 1985. Corrugated metal walls are covered in graffiti. The small dining room is separated from the entryway with a chain link fence. Rustic wood beams stretch overhead with exposed wires snaking throughout. The funk music is loud (some may say a little too loud), and there’s a large screen hanging above the wood-fired pizza oven playing movies like Top Gun.
Eating is an experience at The Parlor, a new woodfired pizza place in Dobbs Ferry. Chef Dave DiBari, the owner of the popular The Cookery restaurant around the corner, has been pulling his pizza ovens to Westchester farmers markets over the last year. The DoughNation pizza truck has become so popular that he opened The Parlor, a brick and mortar location for his creations on Cedar Street last Tuesday. The cozy, fully stocked bar features wine (yes, wine!) on tap, while the main dining room is schoolhouse chic with wooden school chairs and a large Bavarian-style cafeteria table at the center. All of it makes you want to sit and eat awhile. (Sorry the pictures are so dark — it’s very dimly lit!)
If you’ve had DiBari’s pizza truck, the Parlor’s menu will be familiar. There are about a dozen specialty pizzas to choose from. Think: brussel sprouts and bacon, white pizza, fig pizza, all of which were served hot out of the oven, cheese bubbling, crust crisp on the outside and perfectly doughy on the inside. We loved the meatball pizza best, which is topped with red sauce, tender meatballs (from the Cookery!) and ricotta; there wasn’t a slice left. There are a handful of sides on the menu too, like salty green olives (yum!), broccoli rabe and eggplant.
The pizza is served unsliced. You’re given a pair of scissors to cut it up with, which was harder than I thought it would be, but kind of fun too. In the summer, the Parlor’s floor to ceiling glass doors will open the dining room up to the outside, making this a lovely spot to wile away a warm summer evening.
There were lots of kids, and I would definitely bring mine, but many of my dining compatriots would rather leave the kids at home for this one. Why not sip wine and nibble pizza on date night?
The Parlor, 14 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry; no phone number and no reservations