6721 Quail Hill Parkway, off Sand Canyon/ Shady Canyon in Irvinewww.johnnysrealnypizza.com Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday – Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmJohnny’s Real New York Pizza, a favorite of Newport Beach residents and visitors since 2011, is expanding on its success with a new restaurant at Quail Hill Shopping Center in Irvine. The restaurant opened and is the third location for Johnny’s, which also has pizzerias in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar. A fourth Orange County location is expected to open next year.Founded by New York native Johnny Younesi, Johnny’s is known for its large slices of authentic New York-style pizza made with the highest quality and freshest ingredients. According to Younesi, what differentiates Johnny’s pizza is a special water filtration system that replicates New York’s soft water, helping to create the perfect dough. The pizzeria also uses original recipes from New York, which were being made in Sicily just two generations ago.The menu features signature pizzas, including the Solattzo (fresh mushrooms, olives, onions, bell peppers, artichokes, mozzarella and tomato sauce), the Andolini (housemade meatballs, Genoa salami, sweet Italian sausage, fresh herbs, mozzarella and tomato sauce), the Fontaine (pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce) and others, as well as an array of fresh toppings to create a customized New York-style pie.Johnny’s also has classic housemade Penne Bolognese, Spaghetti with housemade meatballs, and hearty sandwiches such as Meatball Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, and Johnny’s Authentic New York Sloppy Joe, made with its Bolognese. Meals can be accompanied by Johnny’s Famous House Salad (romaine, hearts of palm artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, mortadella, mozzarella, Genoa salami, Kalamata olives, baby corn and pepperoncinis), a Classic Caesar (romaine, housemade croutons, shaved parmesan and Johnny’s own Caesar dressing) and the new location will introduce a Chicken Caesar salad and real New York milkshakes to the menu.Appetizers include Johnny’s Hot Wings, Sicilian Style Fries (tossed with Italian spices, garlic, olive oil), New York Style Fries (thick-cut New York-style street fries), Garlic Knots and Authentic Italian Mozzarella Sticks. Cinnamon knots can complete a meal on a sweet note. Johnny’s serves select wine and beer, including Italian favorite, Peroni.Younesi is a Newport Beach resident and attorney who came to California as a teenager and yearned for the true New York style pizza that he enjoyed while growing up in Queens. Three years ago, he launched Johnny’s Real New York Pizza in a small storefront on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, followed by a second location at The Bluffs in Newport Beach last year.”We couldn’t be more excited to expand Johnny’s and introduce the concept to more pizza fans,” said Younesi. “We have truly created a slice of New York here in Orange County, from the authenticity of our pizza and pasta with family recipes, to the upbeat energy and friendly staff. We strive to treat every patron as part of our family, and when New Yorkers taste our pizza, the nostalgic smiles that cross their faces is all we need to see to know we’re doing it right.”In true New York Italian style, Johnny’s is a labor of love making every effort to bring an authentic New York pizzeria to California.
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