Circus performers, known for storing raw pizzas in their stomachs, swallow fire for a crispy crust and swallow swords for manageable slicing. Fill up on flame-licked fare with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of brick-oven pizza and more at John's Pizzeria of Bleecker Street. The pizzeria received a Best of Citysearch award in 2008 for Family-Friendly Dining.
Standing in its original location since 1929, John's Pizzeria has won over the noses and stomachs of countless passing citizens. Using thin crusts and an 850-degree coal-fired oven, the hardworking chefs churn out pie-eyed creations with just enough crunch to please cap'ns around the world. Peruse the focused menu before landing on a small ($12) or large pizza ($14). Exterior decorators can dot the mozzarellascape with a variety of toppings ($2 each), including sliced meatball, ricotta, black olives, and more, while purveyors of semi-pizzas can grab a monstrous calzone ($16) that serves up to three. Or pirouette your fork amid the neat noodles of a plate of pasta ($8-$10.50).
Art is hung around the pizzeria, giving eyeballs something to do as mouths contentedly consume food. Reservations are unnecessary at this welcoming abode—just look to the skies for the beckoning smoke hand forged from the aromas radiating from each made-to-order pizza pie.
New York Magazine profiled John’s Pizzeria of Bleecker Street. Zagat rated the food “very good to excellent.” 86% of more than 280 Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant, and more than 430 Yelpers give it an average of four stars.