John Milone is finally making his ‘hole in the wall’ Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria a daytime thing
Pizza is like middle school gossip: When you get hold of a hot piece, you can’t stop talking to people about it. And that’s been the plan for John Milone, the affable, barrel-chested Johnny Jo of Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria (1209 West 47th Street).
“There was no really good, hole-in-the-wall pizzeria in Kansas City,” he says. “The pizza is the story here. I wanted to specialize in one thing and do it right.”
The buzz has been growing since Milone, 31, opened his pizza shop on the West Plaza in January, dishing up slices and strombolis — he calls them “Italian burritos,” and they come out of the oven a little more than a foot long. The pizzas are big, too: 16- and 18-inch pies centered on a thin, dinner-roll-puffy crust.