COVINGTON, Ga. — In the case of meals, pizza can appear fairly easy however most will inform you there isn’t a meals in your entire world that may examine to it.
Skinny and crispy or thick with tons of toppings, pizza could be dressed up or dressed down and folks will nonetheless adore it. Actually, I feel that’s why I adore it a lot. Having spent the later years of my childhood in Sicily, I do know pizza! That’s why I used to be pleasantly shocked with receiving nice tasting pizza from a neighborhood franchise pizza store, Johnny’s New York Model Pizza.
Open since 2008 — now with new house owners and workers since July — 21-year outdated basic supervisor, Noah Keasler has issues in full swing at this location. Don’t let the age idiot you, although. Keasler isn’t any rookie to the restaurant trade, having been it for the reason that age of 15. It was then that he started by washing dishes, then progressing to line prepare dinner for varied locations.
The right alternative that will put his enterprise savvy expertise to the take a look at fell into his lap when new proprietor, Matthew Potts requested him if he was as much as the problem of turning into basic supervisor.
“At first it was a tough ‘no,’ however after occupied with it I modified my thoughts,” Keasler mentioned.
“It’s been an uphill battle, however it’s been enjoyable. That’s the entire restaurant trade normally.”
With the phrases “New York Model” within the model title, I shouldn’t have anticipated something small.
New York type is simply that, Large! And that’s what Johnny’s, underneath Keasler’s management, gives.
Large slices of hand-tossed, thin-crust dough that’s crispy on the skin, smooth and chewy on the within, and all the time brick-oven baked.
Throughout my go to filming for Bree’s Bites, my restaurant evaluation present, I acquired simply that! Enormous pizza pies coming from behind an open kitchen with their huge pizza oven in plain view. It was superior to see so many common prospects coming in putting their orders and crews gathering for lunch.
It gave me a lot hope for this enterprise seeing a close-to-normal restaurant ambiance with the world nonetheless making an attempt to determine itself out, submit pandemic.
Topped with pleasant and useful workers, it was the proper expertise.
I began with the traditional Margarita Pizza, mild sauce topped with sliced tomatoes, recent basil & recent mozzarella, and man, was it good — mild and crispy, simply the way in which pizza ought to be. The tomato sauce was vibrant with taste, not bitter or sugary, and the recent mozzarella introduced all of it collectively.
The whole lot on Johnny’s menu is made recent, from salad and sandwiches to calzones and stromboli. There are limitless pairings.
Johnny’s additionally gives “Take and Bake” kits with individually packaged dough, sauce and cheese you can make within the consolation of your personal kitchen. That is nice for households like mine who love do-it-yourself pizza.
Johnny’s is the proper place for lunch with coworkers, pizza evening with the household, or a spot to observe the massive recreation with buddies. Actually, it’s all the time a very good day if it entails pizza. To place it plainly, the pizza is sweet, and that’s why their prospects hold coming again, week after week and 12 months after 12 months.
Hopefully once I return, I’ll be capable of spotlight one other nice menu merchandise to evaluation at this neighborhood pizzeria.
Breonna Oliphant is the creator of “Bree’s Bites,” a video sequence that highlights varied eateries within the Covington/Newton County space. She offers weekly commentary on native eating places for our meals part. She could be reached at [email protected].