Johnny G’s Pizza
7315 Oxford Avenue.
Everyone’s heart belongs to local pizza shop that they call home; one that they can always rely on ordering the same quality and great tasting pie each and every time call. Johnny G’s is, without a doubt, our home away from home. When we’re not sampling what pies this city has to offer, you’ll surely find us hanging onto the front counter, anxiously awaiting our take out orders after a hard days work. We’ve already posted 2 seperate reviews of various Johnny G creations (one being a pizza that he even named after us, all hail the smokey doughboy.) This week he summoned the doughboys to stop in and sample a super secret pie that he invented solely for the holiday season, and strictly for us 2 morons to eat. It’s so newly birthed that it doesn’t even have a name yet. I’m talking about a pizza that screams deck the halls. Simply reciting the different toppings used on this pie is enough to make you want to run to the store for a freshly baked pumpkin pie.
It all starts with a base layer of stretchy provolone cheese followed by Mr. G’s homemade stuffing that he himself assembles from scratch. It’s the same stuffing that he would whip up for his own flesh and blood at the dinner table. Next the he tosses on the gorgeous, thinly sliced, slow roasted turkey. His turkey is literally a 25 pound plump bird that’s placed into an oven on super low temperatures and forgot about for half the day while it bastes in it’s own juices and spices. Next he adds a combination of American and Mozzarella cheeses to give it that “pizza texture”. Two dozen spoonfuls of cranberry sauce are strategically flung throughout until it’s finally finished off with a drizzling of chicken gravy. This pizza was unbelievably delicious.
My very first bite had a little of everything in it and it was a match made in heaven. The slow roasted turkey infused with his handcrafted stuffing was the meat and potatoes of this pie. The sweet and sugary taste of the cranberry sauce off set the homestyle gravy and blended extremely well. You would think a pizza with this many toppings, especially ones as heavy as these, would fall apart with the greatest of ease. This was not the case. In fact, this pizza held up better than most places could ever even dream of. I made my voice known that Johnny needed to add this to his menu ASAP, or at the very least, he needed to make it readily available on November 1st and run it through New Years. It really is the perfect holiday pizza. A pizza with balls this big can’t be strutting around the streets of Philly nameless. I’m leaning toward either “The Tryptophan” or “The Griswold”. Lastly, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from the bottom of our sauce filled hearts.
With the unique selection of items at Johnny G’s, I could probably eat there for the rest of my life with no problems. It’s no secret that he truly believes in the products he sells, unlike so many other pizzerias in the area who simply throw together a slice pie and try to make a few bucks. Everything there is delicately made with care, which is a rare trait in this day and age. So of course when I heard about this specialty “holiday pie” I knew we were in for a treat.
I can honestly say this pie was better than most turkey dinners I’ve had in my lifetime. What really stuck out for me was the three different kinds of cheese used, which brought a different taste with each bite. Aside from that, Johnny is a firm believer in making sure you get a taste of each topping in every bite, which applied to this pie as well. It was glorious to say the least, and I can only hope he makes it a regular menu item so the rest of you can enjoy it in the near future. I’ve got one slice left in my fridge, but I’m nervous to eat it because I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to again. Anyways, Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!