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aklores Apr 27, 2007 07:02 PM

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    Sambossanova RE: aklores Apr 27, 2007 11:19 PM

    Yes and its very very good. The service when I ahve gone has been awful and I had onehorrible experience where I waited 50 minutes. Its a sit down place and the crust are thin. The pizza is on par or slightly below the level of grimaldis, lomardi's, patsy's etc...Probably the best place in westchester to get real pizza.

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      aklores RE: Sambossanova Apr 28, 2007 04:42 AM

      thanks. what time were you there? going today around 3. not open sundays which is curious

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        Sambossanova RE: aklores Apr 28, 2007 10:11 AM

        you should be fine. I went around 7 on a thursday. Anyways, the place is defenitely worth a visit. I do not understand what the poster below didnt like about the pizza? Oh and the pizzas are big but veryt hin. I dont have a huge appetite but I could finish one by myself.

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          aklores RE: Sambossanova Apr 28, 2007 02:39 PM

          whole family loved -- and 3 was perfect time. did only pizza

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        AnneMarieD RE: Sambossanova Sep 14, 2009 03:03 PM

        Avoid this place, It is so not worth the visit!!! We waited almost an hour for a pizza. When it arrived the sauce was like dishwater and the toppings were sparse. It definitely was not the great pizza that people told us about. Two of the waitresses were rude and nasty. When my husband asked one waitress "how were things going in the kitchen?" she answered they were going good.

        At best, ordering desert was frustrating. The waitress informed me the coffee machine was already closed down and she was not going to start it up for one cup of coffee. Who asked her to? A simple I'm sorry we just closed down the machine would have sufficed. The desert was delicious despite the fact that it was served with one spoon and there were two of us.

        This was our first time there and so I asked to speak to the manager on the way out. However one of the women who appeared to be an owner said the manager was not there and the waitress piped in that she did nothing wrong. When I mentioned that she could have taken a different approach to informing me about the coffee and that I would have preferred two spoons with my desert she said "I am not a mind reader." At this point I don't care if they made the best pizza in the United States, I would not walk in there again. They are rude and unappreciative of their customers. I would much rather eat at Roma in Tuckahoe or take a drive to DaVinci's in Brooklyn where they truly have the best pizza.

      3. Cheese Boy RE: aklores Apr 28, 2007 09:38 AM

        So not worth a visit. Their pizza was a major disappointment as were their wedges (heros). Ugh. Never again. For Westchester pizza lovers, I guess you'll have to settle for JOHNNY'S
        if you want to stay close by. I would rather take my $ to New Haven or Brooklyn [gladly].

        Info: http://www.seriouseats.com/required_e...

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          dolores RE: Cheese Boy Apr 28, 2007 03:36 PM

          I have to agree. It is just too uncomfortable to enjoy eating there. Takeout might be okay, but it's not worth the schlep.
          I'm perfectly happy with Francesco's in White Plains or Michael's in Port Chester for pizza. If I want the real deal, I'll make the hike to New Haven, or Fairfield, wherever that is.

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            bac528 RE: dolores Apr 29, 2007 06:07 AM

            I was there once and that was enough...thin and saucy with hardly any cheese at all....best pizza at Colony Grill in Stamford, CT....if Johnny's was next door, they'd be out of business....go to Colony Grill.

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              Sambossanova RE: bac528 Apr 29, 2007 01:52 PM

              Maybe you have a different conception of what good pizza is but a thin crust is part of what makes a good "Neapolitan" style pizza. You can always order for extra cheese and the cheese is quality stuff unliek most places and the sauce isnt overly sweet and nauseating like your average pizza place. I dont understand why I am having to defend this place. It is obviously the best Italian style pizzeria around Westchester.

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                aklores RE: Sambossanova Apr 29, 2007 02:18 PM

                totally agree. not gonna like this if your style's thick and cheesy. but for thin and crunchy (better quality, frankly) this was great.

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                  JMF RE: aklores Apr 30, 2007 10:03 AM

                  Sometimes Johnny's isn't consistent. I have had great pies and ones that were ok. I definately agree that if you don't like super thin crust pies it won't be for you. I don't like to eat in there when it is crowded. But the pies need to be eaten hot. I usually eat half of one in my car before driving home with the rest. Because they are so thin I can eat a whole pie myself, when I normally eat three or so plain regular slices.

                  I keep going back and forth between Johhny's and Totonnos in Yonkers for best Westchester super thin crust pie.

                  For either, when they are good... they are very good.

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              LHorch RE: dolores Apr 29, 2007 10:37 AM

              Michael's in Port Chester--is that the place on Midland Ave near Pathmark & Coyote Flaco? I thought their's was pan pizza?

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                dolores RE: LHorch Apr 29, 2007 12:43 PM

                Yes, that's Michaels. I haven't been there in awhile, but no, it was definitely not pan pizza when I was there.

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                  momof3 RE: dolores Apr 30, 2007 06:01 PM

                  I just passed by there today, and for sure on the sign it said "Michael's Pan pizza"
                  Never tried it though, maybe I will now :)

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                    dolores RE: momof3 May 1, 2007 05:13 AM

                    Uh oh, that doesn't bode well. To me, at least. Thanks momof3.

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                      laylag RE: dolores May 1, 2007 06:23 AM

                      If we are talking about the pizza place at the corner of the shopping center with Pathmark in it - and I think we are - it's not pan pizza at all. It's regular pizza. Not as thin and neopolitan as a Grimaldi's or Totonno's (Never been to Johnny's) but it's a regular NY pizza place and while I've only been twice, it was quite good.

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                        momof3 RE: laylag May 1, 2007 06:39 AM

                        It is across the street fro, that shopping center. Right before Coyote Flaco.

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                          laylag RE: momof3 May 1, 2007 08:10 AM

                          Ah, then I've never been.

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                          Cheese Boy RE: laylag May 1, 2007 05:27 PM

                          Laylag, you're talking about Antonio's pizzeria in the Pathmark shopping center (next to the liquor store). They have very good pizza there if it's still the same owner. Michael's is across the street on Midland. Coyote Flaco had the best chimichangas on the planet when they first opened up. I hope they're still holding their own.

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                          shellyesq RE: dolores May 1, 2007 08:59 AM

                          As far as I know, nothing has changed at Michael's. I went there for the first time probably 5 or so years ago and they had pan pizza then. My husband has been going there longer than that, and it sounded like it had been there for a long time.

                          It's not the typical New York-style pizza, but it's delicious nonetheless.

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                rich51 RE: aklores Sep 14, 2009 05:40 PM

                johnny's does make a very good thin and not so filling pie, the downside is it is also very pricey, especially as each item is totally added,even if you try to have 1/2 on each side.in a pinch i would go but it is getting so i will hold out for pepe's on nov 2nd.Pepe's and new york water- maybe out do new haven (L)

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                  lollypop RE: rich51 Sep 15, 2009 08:21 AM

                  If you like thin crust pizza I would definitely recommend Johnny's in Mt Vernon. The staff is surly and dining there is a completely lackluster experience. You go for the pizza. Period. Forget about bringing it home -- it does not travel well.

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                    budinado RE: lollypop Sep 16, 2009 05:06 PM

                    Johnny's has superb pizza,no doubt about it. Probably the best in Westchester (yes, much better than Tarry Lodge or Antica). If you want Napoli style pizza that is truly world class, head for Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Ave.in the Bronx. It is worth the trip.

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                      chloe4ever RE: budinado Sep 16, 2009 09:48 PM

                      I never understood people complaining about the "decor" at Johnny's. It is a pizza place. They have chairs, tables, walls, ceilings and a floor. A kitchen for making pizza. And waitresses. Oh, and awesome pizza. No better of worse decor wise than most pizza places. I want pizza when I come to a pizza place. I don't care if I am stepping over bodies; just as long as the pizza is good.

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                        rolise RE: chloe4ever Sep 17, 2009 11:47 AM

                        I think the pizza is good not awesome and not worth the 45 minute wait. We shared salad for the table and pizza and left hungry. Salad overpriced, pizza not big enough for 2 adults and 1 7 yo. For the price we paid we should have been stuffed and enjoyed ourselves. Not the case at all. I live in Mount vernon and have been there once in 7 years.

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                          lollypop RE: rolise Sep 18, 2009 10:36 AM

                          FYI for those who plan to try it out: CASH only

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                            yngvai RE: rolise Sep 18, 2009 04:07 PM

                            I both read about and heard the hype on Johnny's.
                            Tried it a couple weekends ago.
                            Good, not awesome, is how I'd put it, too.
                            If I'm going to Mt. Vernon for a 'za I'll go to Salerno's Lincoln Lounge every time. Pricey like Johnny's, but a much better overall experience - food, for sure, but also the atmosphere and demeanor of the staff.
                            I got laughed at at work the first time I tried a Lincoln Lounge pie. The boss brought a couple back one day. I tasted a slice and my eyebrows shot up and I exclaimed, "Man, this is great!"
                            I took the GF there, and of the pizza places I've taken her to - including Modern and Zuppardi's - she liked Lincoln Lounge the best.

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                          SundaySauce RE: budinado Sep 18, 2009 01:08 PM

                          Johnny's is good for Westchester, but that's not saying much as the pizza in the Souther Tier of the County is pretty horrific. My wife and I went to Tarry Lodge and were thoroughly unimpressed, but we will try it again.

                          As Budinado wrote, head to Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Ave. for pizza alla Napoli, and if you want a slice, go to Joe's in Fleetwood.

                          Jonny
                          "Sunday Sauce - An Italian Food Blog"
                          http://www.SundaySauceNY.com

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