Day Trip: Mamaroneck, New York

This day trip wasn't about gourmet food shops, farm tours, or chic little restaurant finds. This day trip was about following in the footsteps of my larger-than-life Italian grandfather, who would occasionally pick up Sicilian pizzas from Sal's Pizzeria in Mamaroneck, NY on his way home to his family, including my mom, in Stamford, CT in the mid-60's.

My brother and I took the train out to Mamaroneck, met my aunt, and we went to experience the pizza our family loved. Sal's is known for their Sicilian slice but I'd go out again for a slice of salad pizza, covered in lightly dressed chopped lettuce.  Mamaroneck's main street is a throwback to the 60s itself, with old Italian bakeries, bookstores, and a classic movie theater. If I had grown up in Mamaroneck, I would gone on first dates at Sal's followed by a movie and dessert at the ice cream parlor.


Big with Tom Hanks is one of my all-time favorite movies so we continued on the nostalgia path and drove out to Rye Playland, a couple exits away, to see where the ending of the movie was filmed. It's where Tom Hanks' character finally finds the Zoltar machine that will turn him into a kid again.  I cry EVERY time I watch it.

Rye Playland Boardwalk