Johnny’s Pizzeria brings a slice of Italo-disco heaven to Bakery Lane
When the Moubment Group announces a new venue, the people of Brisbane tend to sit up and take notice. The creative minds of the Moubarak family have delivered a lot of good vibes to our fine city, through venues such as Gerard’s Bistro and Bar, Laruche and The Apo. For their latest project, those vibes are being delivered in a disco-themed pizza box.
The name of that disco-themed pizza box is Johnny’s Pizzeria, which has taken over the hole-in-the-wall Bakery Lane space previously occupied by kiosk. Good times are a priority here – imagine a rowdy laneway in the backstreets of Milan circa 1978, filled with Italo-disco music, red-and-white chequered tablecloths, crispy pizzas, flowing Campari and lots of dancing, and you’ll have pretty great idea of what to expect at Johnny’s. The petite service space is complete with stacks custom tomato cans (with labels offering helpful reminders such as ‘celery is 95 percent water and 100 percent not pizza’), bottles of Campari and Aperol lining the shelves, and kitsch bunches of garlic and chilli hanging from the ceiling. Tables – just like that discoteca-meets-laneway scene you just imagined – are peppered throughout Bakery Lane, dressed appropriately in their red-and-white chequered glory.
The Italian vibes continue through to the kitchen, of course, with Johnny’s pizzas stretched and created by hands of Nicola Robertiello and Luca Jonathan Ferrentino. Both hailing from Italy, the guys certainly know a thing or two about creating pizzas, as evidenced in the mouth-watering menu. Classico selections include margherita, vegetarian and quattro formaggio, but if your taste is a little more Sophia Loren, go for something like the Rustica, topped with mozzarella, fior di latte, Italian pork sausage, roasted potatoes, gorgonzola and black pepper, or the Tartufo (because you’re not an idiot) with mozzarella, fior di latte, parmigiano-reggiano, white truffle oil and prosciutto. Pair that with a couple of Campari and sodas, an Aperol Spritz or Johnny’s own Vino Shiraz, and you’ll be dancing on tables in no time. Johnny’s Pizzeria will be serving up delicious eats and killer beats until late into the evening, so ditch that street-side grease and opt for late-night pizza (that you would actually eat sober) with a side of disco instead.
If you’re ready to slice up your life, head to our Stumble Guide for opening hours and contact details.
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