After last week I may just do beach related pizza posts into September. I shall see where the wind takes me.
Johnny’s is a pizzeria that is one of the newer pizza parlors to surface. When one pizza place opened up, it seems so many followed. If it wasn’t for the to go box pictured below, I wouldn’t have known they set up shop in 2010. But 5-10 years would have been my hypothesis. Now I’m willing to bet the amount of places in OC to get a slice or a pie are in at least in the 100+ range.
Like many of these other comfort food locations, they’re open into the wee hours of the morning. So if a quick slice or two to go is what you’re looking for, they will oblige and with pleasure.
I’ve had slices from here in the past and did not care for them. They were adequate. For after a night of going out they were purposeful but I didn’t like the feeling in the morning. I guess that’s the point.
They have quite the expansive menu and many specialty pies to choose from. For purposes of this visit, I ordered a pie for friends and I to try. I got really adventurous here.
The Thai Chicken Pizza was something else. I had no expectations. It turned out better than I thought. If it seems like it’s just a bunch of items thrown together, then you would be correct. That doesn’t mean it can’t be good. The peanut and ginger sauce was a bit aggressive that it was a bit hard to eat in spots. It was spread randomly all over.
Aside from that I was pleasantly surprised. The mix of mozzarella and cheddar really came together well. And I love onions. They threw a lot of whole pieces on there as you can see. But not only white onions (which are not listed as part of the pie but were included anyways) but the green ones as well. Which are always great. If there were carrots I barely noticed them. Maybe the white onions were the substitute. The peanuts were a nice touch too. It really tasted like a Thai dish or salad.
What really makes this pie however, is the chicken. It tasted a lot fresher than I thought it would. Kudos to that. The crust was a nice mix of crispy and soft that it didn’t detract in any way from the pie.
So in hindsight this was a better pie than I realized. It wasn’t the greatest. But this was a solid indluging that will make me want to come back and try something else.
The bar and restaurant, along with the carry out area, is usually always packed in the peak months. This means getting there at the right time can be a challenge.
Till the next visit to the beach.