Wednesday, August 6, 2008

An Article About Food in Sunset Park - NOT Mexican or Asian

Johnny's has long been my choice for baked ziti and eggplant and the occasional slice, although I still venture out to Cafe Europa or Il Colosseo if I really want a whole pizza.

The Papa John's that opened next door to Johnny's apparently helped Johnny's step more fully into the modern ages by encouraging a website and on-line ordering. While Johnny's prices have gone up, the dinners are still a great deal...always enough for lunch the next day.

Here's an article about the "turf war" in Sunset Park - Pizza Style: NY Times Article.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, it's about friggin' time, ya goomba! Johnnys has been rockin' the nabe for three generations, and the pizza can't be beat. When that Poppa Johns moved in next door, Johnny Jr. held a protest supporting mom and pop businesses. I could write a book on that; highlights including Johnny having the brainstroke of giving his 12 year old niece a megaphone and instructions to yell. She proceeded to drag about 50 people up and down 5th ave, hollering about the goodness of locally owned businesses. People were making signage out of Johnnys boxes. Two brooklyn 'youtes' stood at the corner exhorting passersby to honk for pizza. Then, the police showed up! There was some back and forth with the crowd, and the 12 year old girl was peppering them with questions like "so where exactly am I allowed to march?" Finally, they threw up their hands and retreated to the patrol car. The two boys pointed at the honk sign, and then the cop. Yes Mr. Cop, we've seen you at Johnnys in the PM hours!

All in all, it was a heady mix of immigrant cusine, the 1st amendment, locally owned business, Generosos pastries, and dare I say it, the American Dream alive and kicking? And yeah, I got pics...

V. said...

I've tried giving Johnny's a chance and ordered from johnny's several times and have been bitterly disappointed time and time again. Whether it be pizza, pasta or anything off the menu, their food was unremarkable at best.

Anonymous said...

Are you really suggesting there is better pizza in Sunset Park than Johnnys? Or that ( inconcievably ) Papa Johns is better? I used to think Scottys was good, until a local steered me down the block. Now if you've got long legs, and you're willing to walk all the way down 5th ave until you hit the mid 60's, there is a sit down Italian joint that serves up a mighty good meal and excellent slices. Name escapes me, but you'll know it from the crowd. I never did the dinners at Johnnys, just the pizza, but having five different cultivars of basil in my backyard I'm not entirely ignorant of the style of cooking in question. Ask for the Sophia Loren pie, you'll get a chuckle from Jr. And do go there, so you can see what's being made fresh.

Andrea Janes said...

Me and my husband love Johnny's! We always get fantastic pies and incredible service. Once we ordered a combo that was supposed to come with a soda but they forgot the soda and our delivery guy literally ran to the deli to pick it up. (He actually ran! I saw him out the window!) We swear out undying loyalty to Johnny's forever.

Plus we're only two coupons away from a free pie :)

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

Andrea,

Their delivery is always the most friendly and conscientious I've ever experienced. Suki Sushi comes close.

We love Johnny's, too. In fact, it's about time to order some baked ziti with eggplant (meatballs on the side for the man).

V. said...

For the best slices- Original’s Pizzeria on Bayridge Avenue, they deliver to Sunset. One slice and you'll see why I say Johnny's suck. The best squares and heros are from Elegante’s on 72nd and 5th however they don’t deliver here. Take it from a LIFE LONG Sunset resident.

Anonymous said...

fair enough, V. Brooklyn is teeming with great pizza joints. Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Sunset Park Autonomous Zone said...

Does anyone know where you can get whole wheat pizza with soy cheese in Brooklyn?

Anonymous said...

- - Does anyone know where you can get whole wheat pizza with soy cheese in Brooklyn? - -

Pizza Plus on 7th ave in Park Slope. It's good too!