Have you ever heard of a salad pizza?
Well, if this sounds tempting, it and other unique options are available at Jersey Johnny’s Pizzeria, which opened last September at 1313 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Owner John Mula moved to Florida in July and immediately began looking for businesses in Boynton Beach.
“I graduated from culinary school in 1992 and began working as chef,” he said. “I also had my own catering business.”
Mula, a New Jersey native, said his father Jack got him a job when he was 14 at an Italian restaurant, a move that peaked his interest to pursue a culinary career.
“My mom was also an amazing cook,” he said.
Options like salad, bacon cheeseburger and ziti pizzas, which Mula said are the biggest draw, are followed by his meatballs.
“With the salad pizza, basically we take dough and put cheese, and bake it like a white pie, then top it with lettuce, onions, peppers, tomatoes and olives. We serve it with a balsamic vinaigrette on the side. Everything is homemade and fresh, that’s the difference,” he said. “We try to keep it affordable and a better experience.”
He said the entrees are more like what customers would find at an upscale restaurant without the upscale prices.
“Pasta hasn’t changed in 50 years, so why should the price?” he said.
Daily specials include two slices of pizza and a soda for $5, and a 16-inch pizza for $6.95 on select days.
Manager Rick Hunt also moved to Florida from Jersey last summer and began looking for a job here.
“A guy a couple complexes down told me about the store and said the owner was from Jersey, a town nearby me,” he said.
It turns out Hunt said Mula had grown up only 20 minutes away from him.
“My grandfather and dad worked at restaurants,” Hunt said of getting into the business. “My brother Andrew worked in a pizzeria when he was younger and I used to hang out and help him a little.”
He said with so many people from up north, the pizzeria is like having a little taste of home.
“A lot of people say they can’t find a good slice down here,” he said. “Everything is so franchised and it is hard to find the mom-and-pop taste from home.”
Call 561-364-3464 or visit jerseyjohnnyspizza.com.