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In 1995, Madeline Castellotti had a vision. Where frightened visitors saw adult shops and violence, Madeline saw potential. It was then she decided Times Square would be home to the world famous John’s of Times Square. As she walked the Crossroads of the World, she was looking for a location that was as unique as her pizza. After stumbling upon an abandoned church on West 44th Street, where the homeless squatted and spray painted gang signs were apart of the décor, Madeline instantly saw the beauty of this old Gospel Tabernacle Church. During her initial tour of this location, the perfectly intact stained glass ceiling caught her attention. It was made up of 8 parts, all equal in size, just like a pizza. Madeline Castellotti knew this would be home to her dream, the most unique pizzeria in the world.

As a hardworking single mother, Madeline waited until her children were grown to go after her own dreams. Madeline quit her job in Human Resources for a large law firm and put her heart and soul into converting this old church with authentic structure into what she had visualized. After two years of being hands on in this major construction, Madeline’s vision came to light. She had not only constructed the most unique pizzeria, but also the largest pizzeria in the United States.

In June of 1997, John’s of Times Square opened its doors while Times Square was still recreating its image to be what it has become today. Since John’s of Times Square’s grand opening, Times Square has come along way. Our unique location has hosted Broadway play openings, award ceremonies, album release parties, and a wedding, just to name a few.

Sadly, Madeline passed away in 2004, and left John’s of Times Square to her daughter, Lisa Castellotti, and she was determined to finish what her mother started and carry out her vision of creating a pizza empire.

John’s of Times Square has been voted one of New York’s best pizzas because of its unique characteristics. All pizzas are made to order in one of our four coal-fired brick ovens and like a cast iron pan, our ovens season with age, making no two pizzas the same. The 800 degree coal fired ovens have no thermostats to control heat and are operated by our pizza men who have gone through months of extensive training. We pride ourselves on our fresh ingredients and incomparable recipes, making our pizzas second to none.



Reservation Information

We are accepting reservations for parties of 15 guests or more for 2023. If you are interested in a reservation, please use the Contact Us button below or call 212-391-7560 for reservation availability.

Please note, we do not take any reservations between December 13th and January 2nd. We are open for walk ins only during this time.

Thursday, December 14th we are open from 11:30AM to 3PM. We are closed at night for a private party.

If you are interested in booking a party above 25 guests, we require your group to use one of our party menus. Please use the Contact Us button below to learn about our different party options.



260 West 44th Street

Between 7th and 8th Avenue

New York, New York 10036

Sunday - Saturday 11:30AM - 11:30PM

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Close at 3PM: Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

Monday, December 4th: 11:30AM - 3:00PM

Thursday, December 14th: 11:30AM - 3:00PM


Tel: 212.391.7560

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