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John's Italian Food, on Baldwin

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kasey j miller Dec 28, 2006 08:16 PM

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

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  1. pinstripeprincess RE: kasey j miller Dec 29, 2006 01:58 AM

    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. spaetzle RE: kasey j miller Dec 29, 2006 02:02 AM

      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.

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        childofthestorm RE: kasey j miller Dec 29, 2006 02:23 AM

        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. tuqueboy RE: kasey j miller Dec 29, 2006 03:18 AM

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

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            Gary RE: kasey j miller Dec 29, 2006 06:47 PM

            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. Fwagra RE: kasey j miller Dec 29, 2006 07:20 PM

              Not a great restaurant at all.

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                The Macallan 18 RE: kasey j miller Dec 30, 2006 12:18 AM

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

                1. Fwagra RE: kasey j miller Dec 30, 2006 12:57 AM

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

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                    cookiebaker RE: kasey j miller Dec 31, 2006 03:23 AM

                    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.

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                      Ice Queen RE: kasey j miller Jan 2, 2007 01:42 PM

                      Cheap cheap wine and a passable anitpasto platter.

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

                      1. dlw88 RE: kasey j miller Jan 2, 2007 01:58 PM

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

                        1. xtal RE: kasey j miller Jan 2, 2007 03:28 PM

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

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                            paper_bag_princess RE: kasey j miller Jan 2, 2007 04:39 PM

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

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                              88GK RE: kasey j miller Jan 2, 2007 07:10 PM

                              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.

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                                paper_bag_princess RE: kasey j miller Jan 3, 2007 11:34 AM

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

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

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                                  highlyunlikely RE: kasey j miller Jan 4, 2007 03:36 PM

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

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