Last month I pulled out of heavy traffic on 101 to make a late lunch/early dinner stop in Cotati. Sal's New Yorker Pizzeria stays open through the afternoon between lunch and dinner hour closing at 10pm daily so worked for me. It's kin to Petaluma's New Yorker Pizza and this was my first visit.
Two slices and a drink for $8 sounded good to me, plus a little extra for toppings. Since the pizzas used for slices were not on display, I did not anticipate that the slices would be as large as they turned out to be.
Toppings are added with a generous hand to the basic cheese slice. I particularly liked the housemade meatballs. Pepperoni was fine, but I guess I prefer a dedicated pepperoni pizza where the thin slices of spicy sausage get a little carmelized and render red grease that melds with the cheese.
The crust was not quite NY-thin to my eye. Pretty well-browned but not charry, the crust was crisp but not chewy. Tomato sauce was fine, and I'd consider this a good neighborhood place but not a destination.
When I spotted the Sicilian Trinacria symbol on the wall, I asked, "Do you have cannoli?" Yes, and they're FILLED TO ORDER.
This was the highlight: a crunchy shell with ricotta and mini-chocolate chip filling with some lemony notes but no actual citron that I could detect. I could do without the squiggle of chocolate sauce but I'd definitely get this again when I'm passing by.
Sal's New Yorker Pizzeria
8270 Old Redwood Hwy
Cotati, CA 94931
Phone: (707) 664-8460