With a Campari and soda in one hand, and the other tapping in time on a red-and-white tablecloth, you wait for a margherita pizza. You could be in Italy circa 1965, but the street’s too clean, the music too disco and the restaurant next door too Korean.
This is Johnny’s Pizzeria, tucked at the very back of a space previously occupied by Laruche Kiosk. The family-run Moubment Group transformed the hole-in-the-wall into a super-casual late-night pizzeria and bar.
The scene is set for classic thin and crispy hand-stretched pizza, courtesy of Italian pizza chefs. The menu’s “Classico” range offers five simple flavours (margherita, quattro formaggio, vegetariana, cotto e funghi, carne) for $12. An additional five gourmet pizza specialties – such as the tartufo with fior di latte, white truffle oil and prosciutto – go for $17. Gluten-free bases are available for an extra $5. Sides include a rocket salad, fries and antipasto boards. Every Friday the venue will be doing two-for-one pizzas.
Simple eats means simple drinks. The cocktail menu deals mostly in aperitifs – think Americanos and Campari and sodas. It’s backed by two beers on tap, eight more by the bottle and 11 wines.