Johnny Pepperoni Reviewed

A real Hoboken neighborhood Italian Restaurant – Johnny Pepperoni

After sitting in Johnny Pepperoni’s at 11th & Park during a busy dinner service, it became immediately clear: this restaurant is here to stay for a very long time.

Great food, BYOB, and a healthy mix of customers ranging from chatty groups of friends to happy families & kids, Johnny Pepperoni is one of the most ideal restaurants to open up in Hoboken in a very long time.

You have to also consider that it’s a risky proposition to open up a new dining establishment when economic times look unsteady. But “JP’s” (my nickname for editorial purposes), fits the bill. While they feature delicious pizza pies, JP’s is a full-service Italian restaurant that focuses on much more than God’s food-gift to mankind. You’ll have to try it to truly understand.

Enough with the accolades – let’s now briefly review what dishes were sampled, as well as other first-time observations:

So was Johnny Pepperoni any good?

  • Appetizers: Bruschetta. We tried them all, from the traditional tomato, basil & ricotta cheese (my favorite), to the broccoli rabe and eggplant. $3 for a large piece (two servings). Bread was light, crispy and easy to eat. Simple, yet far from unfulfilling. A great appetizer to whet your appetite for what’s to come.
  • Pizza: Square pie. We opted for the thicker, Sicilian-style pie for whatever reason, and got 1/2 pepperoni (why not? it’s in the name!) A very good choice. Not many pizza places can pull off Sicilian well, and JP’s knocked it out of the park. Excellent dough, extraordinary pepperoni (only a handful of places have “real” pepperoni that crisps like bacon in the oven), and perfectly seasoned sauce with enough oomph and tang to push you over the edge for that extra slice. A+++
  • Entree: Chicken Diablo. One word, three letters: WOW. Owner Gina said this dish was the chef’s creation, and while it’s just a simple sliced piece of chicken on the bone, with caramelized onions, peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette – it may very well have been the highlight of the meal. Tender meat, exemplary kick, and flavor-bursting veggies and seasonings. Even a day later my mouth still waters. Also highly recommended.
  • Bonus: We were treated for a little dessert, despite being stuffed to the gills. Some zeppoles (like Pennsylvania Dutch treats in Venice), and a Nutella Pizza. While I’m not a fan of Nutella personally, others at the table gave that “roll your eyes back and nod of approval” look. ‘Nuff said.

Johnny Pepperoni Verdict: #Winning!

Going out to eat these days is somewhat of a luxury for this reviewer – due to the time constraints I’ve voluntarily imposed on my life. But if and when I’m in need of a sit-down meal at a Hoboken restaurant, Johnny Pepperoni will certainly be at the top of the list. Excellent across the board.

The BYOB factor also helps, as everyone knows that it lessens the damage in the pocket book if alcohol consumption is involved.

Johnny Pepperoni takes their last table at 10pm, seven days a week (for now), and will begin delivery sometime in September. I also suggested that they consider opening up early at least a few days a week, so that customers can have a nice cafe to enjoy a cup of espresso and read the paper in a friendly atmosphere. Perhaps some nice pastries too? You never know, it could be the social hot spot that re-invents how restaurants can extend their sustainability!

Overall, it’s thrilling to have a great place like this in Hoboken. Kudos!

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20 Comments on "Johnny Pepperoni Reviewed"

HobokenNJNY
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HobokenNJNY

Very confused why you are the worst restaurant in Hoboken?…
• On 3x occasions you took the order wrong!
• You contacted me to apologize and offer to correct the situation.
• You asked for my contact info.
• You said John the owner will make it right.
• After no word, I followed up twice without an answer.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
REALLY?!?!
You decided to take 3x bad situations and made it worse.
FOR SHAME. SERIOUSLY NOW YOU’RE INTENTIONALLY SCREWING WITH CUSTOMERS

NorthKrissy
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NorthKrissy

Did you visit in person? That often gets a better response.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

New Italian eatery opening soon… They serve 38’s dipped in garlic for an entree..The name of the place will be called( Never sit in the passenger side of a car when your called to a meeting) Or Clamenzas cannolli hut…Always sit with your back to the wall. 😉

hudson
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hudson

I will definitely try both Delfino’s and Biggies. I have driven by Biggie’s but really couldn’t figure out what their deal was. I thought it was closed! I do love Fiore’s. Their saturday special is delicious! And I agree with you, most of the meatballs I have tried in town I do not care for. They are just loaded down with bread crumbs.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

hudson biiggies is an icon for over 60 years..times change prices change..they change the oil every 20,000 miles but mmmm love them peppers and onions.Parking is a kinda problem..stop by 11am..Delfinios is great..tooooo.not to take away from biggies but you get a cheese stake onions for 9.00 .No stakeems but real stake like biggies gives i amd tje pasta fajoula is WOW. Your call .Pkg is the problem. btw biggies closed on sundays as well as delfinos.[quote comment=”212110″]I will definitely try both Delfino’s and Biggies. I have driven by Biggie’s but really couldn’t figure out what their deal was. I thought it was closed! I do love Fiore’s. Their saturday special is delicious! And I agree with you, most of the meatballs I have tried in town I do not care for. They are just loaded down with bread crumbs.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Watched interview on YES channel,Michael kay is the host,,he interviewed Frankie valli his favorate restuarant to dine at is named Patsys in mind town Nyc..Now a guy from newark knew all the rubber noses ,great restuarants on the coast and of course newark brooklyn,perfers Patsys…Proberly to pricey for the blue collar family..It’s just that so many Jonny come latelys open eaterys and the logos are funny…Sounds like the paper gangster crew…Again what ever your choice and what pleases you. 💡

hudson
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hudson

I am not sure that I care if there are Italian chefs in the back at Leo’s. What I do care about is that they give you decent food at a very decent price. I am not a huge fan of the marinara at Leo’s nor am I a new comer. I have lived in Hoboken for 16 plus years. BUT I will tell you their marinara is far superior to Johnny Pepperoni’s. The sauce on the side of pasta my husband had tasted like a can of hunt tomato sauce. My prolem with these restaurants (City Bistro, Johnny Pepperoni and Lua) is mediocre food at jacked up prices. Lua had the best food of them all but again if I am going to pay $38 bucks for my entree I can think of 100’s of places I’d rather go to.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
HUDSON..16+ years is not a long time…If you notice none of the italian places use hand squeezed tomatos..All from a can hunts/ redpack if your lucky. Im aluding to years ago when we went for a dollar pie in leos after a football game..Leo had two sons nat and reno who supervised in the kitchen and were great cooks..One has since passed.One of these boys could have went pro in sports but stood by his dad Leo. Don’t be fooled by the wise guy names sammy squngulli ,or luca broccoli,rubber nose pasta house. Leos has changed and now into it’s third generation preparing food..Leo was closed down three times for alleged bookmaking..KItchen open but bar closed. It was more of a familly pllace in the late 50’s and 60’s..Never had to worry about parking or a mugging..The real wise guys thet frequented there never allowed that.. It’s your call where and what your choice is..Leos is still an icon after 60+ years..[quote comment=”212082″]I am not sure that I care if there are Italian chefs in the back at Leo’s. What I do care about is that they give you decent food at a very decent price. I am not a huge fan of the marinara at Leo’s nor am I a new comer. I have lived in Hoboken for 16 plus years. BUT I will tell you their marinara is far superior to Johnny Pepperoni’s. The sauce on the side of pasta my husband had tasted like a can of… Read more »
hudson
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hudson
I understand what you are saying, that you were here in the 50’s and 60’s and the Leo’s of that day doesn’t resemble the Leo’s of today. Unfortunately in regards to old school Italian restaurants here in Hoboken they no longer exist. Of what does exist I’d say Augustino’s and Leo’s does the best job. Augustino’s being the best if you can get in and Leo’s the best bang for your buck. It’s a shame there aren’t more with Hoboken’s Italian roots. Having said that Leo’s may not be as good as it was but it sure beats the alternative, the Johnny Pepperoni’s of the world. [quote comment=”212083″]HUDSON..16+ years is not a long time…If you notice none of the italian places use hand squeezed tomatos..All from a can hunts/ redpack if your lucky. Im aluding to years ago when we went for a dollar pie in leos after a football game..Leo had two sons nat and reno who supervised in the kitchen and were great cooks..One has since passed.One of these boys could have went pro in sports but stood by his dad Leo.Don’t be fooled by the wise guy names sammy squngulli ,or luca broccoli,rubber nose pasta house. Leos has changed and now into it’s third generation preparing food..Leo was closed down three times for alleged bookmaking..KItchen open but bar closed. It was more of a familly pllace in the late 50′s and 60′s..Never had to worry about parking or a mugging..The real wise guys thet frequented there never… Read more »
wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

TO RENERATE..Its what is best for you..The proof of the pudding is in the taste.don’t let these rubber nose names fool you. You have to watch cooks put meatballs together..Don’t trust or eat the stuff..bread balls bread crumbs etc..this is no reflection on Leos or buddys place..70% of the italian take outs are from the mid east or croation..benny is ok Albiania is close to italy…other than that try delfinos..If actor danny aiello eats there he knows italian food..Jar sause is loaded with sugar,as well as joey pants new venture..If you knew how much salt is used in all the places,.Love the names of these new places..Your call .Its what you feel is best for you..enjoy.[quote comment=”212087″]I understand what you are saying, that you were here in the 50′s and 60′s and the Leo’s of that day doesn’t resemble the Leo’s of today. Unfortunately in regards to old school Italian restaurants here in Hoboken they no longer exist. Of what does exist I’d say Augustino’s and Leo’s does the best job. Augustino’s being the best if you can get in and Leo’s the best bang for your buck. It’s a shame there aren’t more with Hoboken’s Italian roots. Having said that Leo’s may not be as good as it was but it sure beats the alternative, the Johnny Pepperoni’s of the world.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1
hudson..your on the money..i know the owner of agustinos aka buddy for years..As for leos it’s your call ..Not the same regardless of price. Leo was a nice guy but liked to wager on the sports..When his bride came down how quick he switched stations before there were remotes .funny. The best chefs were leos sons nat and reno..sis martha was the waitress along with a few other girls.We were high school kids at that time…Leos is an Icon but don’t let the other jerk offs fool you with their wise guy names. The only icons left are biggies and delfiinos which is great try it..actor danny ailello frequents there..Don’t know about tutta pasta for Danny may own a piece of it and he use to have a show on thursday night..great guy ..Pizza is pizza but don’t tell anyone shh..we have egyptians albaians,croations,making your pizza pies..I found that the best tasting crusty pizza is the uptown pizza on 14th st..shhh egyptians make many of the dishes there..a bit pricey but not a bunch of dough..your call 🙄 [quote comment=”212087″]I understand what you are saying, that you were here in the 50′s and 60′s and the Leo’s of that day doesn’t resemble the Leo’s of today. Unfortunately in regards to old school Italian restaurants here in Hoboken they no longer exist. Of what does exist I’d say Augustino’s and Leo’s does the best job. Augustino’s being the best if you can get in and Leo’s the best bang for your… Read more »
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