John's originally opened on Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village and when it lost it's lease, John Sasso, the originator, dismantled the now famous brick oven and reassembled it at it's current Bleecker Street address where it continues to churn out incredible pizza. The original booths, neon sign, tin ceilings, and black and white checkered floor create an atmosphere reminiscent of days gone by.
It was not until1984 that John's decided to open a branch on the Upper East Side, where two decades latert continues to draw dedicated pizza fanatics. Its success sparked the idea to expand further. This time the search was on to find a location as unique as the pizza itself. Hence, the John's in Times Square, which opened in 1997 in what was once the Gospel Tabernacle Church. Built in 1888, this site was reconstructed to house the largest pizzeria in the country. In 2008, John's opened its newest location in Jersey City, New Jersey. Expanding outside of New York City, John's in Jersey City has become an ideal neighborhood location attracting pizza lovers throughout the state.
What separates John's Pizzeria from the rest is its crisp chewy crust, creamy mozzarella, fresh ingredients, and special sauce, all of which meld when baked in its 75 year old oven.This oven does not have thermostats or controls to regulate its temperatures and thus requires a trained eye to operate. It only takes minutes to bake a crisp pie which comes out sizzling with perfectly charred dark brown edges and burn spots scattered on the bottom.
It is a restaurant in which all the pizzas are hand-made, with no pre-set portion controls. No two pizzas are exactly alike. John's has always been a place where friends and family love to gather. The family's commitment to excellence and their love of the business make this venerable pizzeria withstand the test of time.