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John's Italian Food, on Baldwin

I've heard great things, anyone been? Good for pizza?

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  1. i have a bizarre addiction to their penne illa vodka. i don't know how accurate it is to it's name but perhaps it's the incredible saltiness of the proscuitto that wins me over each time.

    i can't speak for the pizza although they do like to have a bit of fun and serve it up on the platter.

    not bad, but not completely rave worthy.

    1. I had a bad experience with their pasta with Italian sausage & tomato sauce which was the special the day I ate there. Haven't been back since. But I haven't tried their pizza.

      1. Decent but not great pizza. I would probably wait until the summer and enjoy the patio, that's the main draw of the place for me.

        1. very uninspired food, lackadaisical service, but a great patio for a drink in summer.

          1. You might want to consider trying Cafe La Gaffe, also on Baldwin. They seem to serve mainly Italian, and have good pizza. My visits there have been great and I've heard others say the same, although I've always sat on the patio in the past, so I can't speak for the interior experience. http://www.dine.to/cafelagaffe

            1. Not a great restaurant at all.

              1. FYI...This is not Italian food! The name should be 'John's Mulberry Street Tomato Gravy Diner'!

                1. Oh, if only John's was as good as those Mulberry Street fauxni boloni joints!

                  1. They use to sell pizza by the slice for $3.50-$5 that was pretty tasty. For $6 I could have lunch on a pretty patio on Baldwin Street in the summer.

                    Since they stopped serving pizza by the slice (2 or 3 years ago) I've stopped going. The pastas and sandwiches are passable but you can get better at 2 or 3 other places on Baldwin at a comparable price.

                    1. Cheap cheap wine and a passable anitpasto platter.

                      Good for a girl's night out on the cheap -- NOT fine dining.

                      1. New ownership in the last few years has seen this place slide considerably. Calling Restaurant Makeover!

                        1. Good place to have a few glasses of wine. Avoid the food, I've been unimpressed a few times.

                          1. This place is horrifically bad. I ordered a veal sandwich once and they put horseradish on it... Ick!

                            1. Baldwin street is a very good street for food options in that neighbourhood but, I would not rank John's as one of the destination points.

                              1. No, I'm not kidding. It was disgusting.

                                I'm italian and I have never seen that done.

                                1. it used to be good a few years ago but i believe it's a new owner - not italian.