Johnny’s serves New York-style pies in Cov­ing­ton

Cony­ers restau­rant ex­pands to Cov­ing­ton

The Covington News - - Business - By Rachel Oswald

Fans of Johnny’s New York Style Pizza in Cony­ers will be de­lighted to know that a new fran­chise was re­cently opened in Cov­ing­ton.

Pizze­ria own­ers Mike and Suzanne McClean said it was a nat­u­ral de­ci­sion to ex­pand into Cov­ing­ton af­ter the suc­cess of their Cony­ers lo­ca­tion.

“The Cony­ers store has been so suc­cess­ful [that] we wanted to ex­pand,” Suzanne said. “Cov­ing­ton seemed like the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion.”

Char­ac­ter­ized by large slices with a thin crust, the pizza served at Johnny’s is au­then­ti­cally New York in style.

Ac­cord­ing to Suzanne, all of the in­gre­di­ents used in the pizza are fresh. The dough is made and hand-tossed daily. All of the recipes come from New York.

Dark wood pan­el­ing and brick col­umns give the in­te­rior of the pizze­ria, lo­cated be­hind New­ton Fed­eral Bank at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ga. High­way 36 and the By­pass, a New York-feel though the sports jer­seys dec­o­rat­ing the walls are from Ge­or­gia teams.

“The con­cept is your neigh­bor­hood pizze­ria, so it’s a fam­ily restau­rant,” Suzanne said.

Three large tele­vi­sions mounted on the wall com­plete the dé­cor. Like their Cony­ers lo­ca­tion, Suzanne said they plan to hold Fifth Quar­ter Nights where the restau­rant will re­main open past nor­mal clos­ing hours for sports teams and their fam­i­lies and friends, to come and en­joy a meal while they watch a re­cap of their game. Suzanne said the events have been very pop­u­lar fundrais­ers with sports teams in Cony­ers, as Johnny’s will share a per­cent­age of the night’s pro­ceeds with the team.

Spe­cialty piz­zas at Johnny’s in­clude a Greek pizza, a Chicken Floren­tine pizza, Pesto Pie and Buf­falo Chicken pizza among oth­ers. Slices, medium pies and large pies are all avail­able.

Other Ital­ian cui­sine in­cludes cal­zones, which are folded pizza dough with sea­soned ri­cotta, moz­zarella and fresh top­pings; stromboli, which is pizza dough stuffed with moz­zarella and served with mari­nara sauce; lasagna; egg­plant parmi­giana; baked ziti and spaghetti with meat­balls. Ital­ian din­ners range in price from $7.45 to $8.45.

All subs are un­der $6 and in­clude Johnny’s Ital­ian Spe­cial, a tuna melt, a buf­falo chicken sub and a veg­gie sub.

Lunch specials are served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cus­tomers can or­der two large pizza slices and a soft drink or one slice with a side salad and drink for the same price of $5.95. Other op­tions are also avail­able.

Johnny’s fea­tures low-carb items in­clud­ing a range of sal­ads and tor­tilla wraps. The restau­rant

Slice of heaven: also of­fers a kid’s menu. Cater­ing is avail­able

Beer and wine can be or­dered with your meal.

“It’s not that we’re a bar, but if mom and dad are go­ing out with the fam­ily and dad wants a beer, dad can or­der a beer,” said Suzanne.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza Owner Suzanne McLean, left, joins Man­ager Fay­lene Wor­ley and staff mem­ber Tommy Cook around a ta­ble at the new Cov­ing­ton lo­ca­tion.

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