A day in the life of a FOOD ADVENTURER may include using culinary skills from time to time. When Johnny’s Slice of NY Pizzeria in Centerville approached us about being “Guest Pizza Makers” for a day, we jumped at the chance. We have enjoyed Johnny’s food, from their pizza to their calzones, so we couldn’t wait to toss a few pies for fun.
Owners Johnny and Michelle Rivera asked us to develop our own special pizza that would be added to their menu. We came up with the “MANHATTAN SPLITSVILLE” pizza, which is any 3 toppings on each half of the pie. The event took place on Sunday, January 22nd. Friends, family and Johnny’s regular customers joined us for the festivities. That day only, the 18inch versions of the Manhattan Splitsville sold for the special price of $15.
We showed up an hour before the event, ready for training. We were greeted by the staff who had made us special t-shirts adorned with our names and the Johnny’s Slice of NY logo. We changed into our uniforms and the phones began to ring with orders an hour before they opened! Johnny took the orders and opened early, so we had to train on the fly!
Food Adventures helped both in the kitchen and bringing orders to the crowded tables. He also welcomed customers and explained the special of the day. We were at the front of the house, mingling with new and old customers.
Also, the Big Ragu was putting cheese and toppings on the pizzas and loading them into the oven. He even brushed the crusts with garlic butter, then sliced the pizza pies into those huge NY slices. It was a blast and we are very thankful for the people who came to visit and support the event. We got to serve up slices of love, Food Adventure Style.
Those who have not had a chance to visit Johnny’s Slice of NY Pizzeria, need to try this family-owned place. Johnny, who grew up in the boroughs of New York City, learned to develop his own pizza sauce, with a terrific flavor. Their dough is made fresh daily. They have many specials including two New York sized slices and a soft drink for 6 bucks which is popular with the high school students. Not in the mood for pizza? Let us suggest the calzone or stromboli, which are the best we have ever tasted. Another favorite is the stuffed pizza creation called the Brooklyn Brawler. This huge pizza is sold by the slice or whole. There is even a “Brooklyn Brawler Challenge” where if two people can eat the 18-inch, eight-pound pizza stuffed with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, mozzarella, and provolone in 30 minutes, they get it for free! Winning contestants also get a T-shirt and picture on the “Wall of Fame.” If the pie doesn’t get finished, the photo goes on the “Wall of Shame.”
Johnny’s also offers subs, salads, breadsticks and pasta dishes as well. Visit them at 57 W. Franklin Street in Centerville for authentic New York Style Pizza and more. Below are lots more photos from our “Guest Pizza Makers Event.” Maybe you will see yourself in the photo album. Please feel free to leave your comments below about the event or your experience with Johnny’s Slice of NY Pizzeria.
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