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John's Of 12th Street: Famously Authentic Italian Dining

John's Of 12th Street: Famously Authentic Italian Dining

Famously Authentic Italian Dining

So I'm at John's Of 12th Street, one of my favorite red-sauce Italian spots established in 1908, with my daughter. The pork braciole was tender like "butta." Then I asked for meatball parmigiana even though it wasn't on the menu. The waiter tells me and my daughter that the chef is in a particularly foul mood and would not take kindly to "special orders." I request the chef to come out. When he does, I jump up, grab him by the scruff of the neck, pistol whip him, make him “bite the curb” at the base of the bar, and stomp the back of his head until all of his teeth go flying... and then my daughter tugs on my shirt and I snap out of my daydream. Just as I'm returning to reality, the waiter brings me three meatballs, each the size of my head, covered in melty mozzarella and mama’s red gravy.

The garlic bread is insanely garlicky. The veal and chicken rollatini combo never disappoints. The spiedini alla Romana — fried, breaded mozzarella drowned in a buttery anchovy sauce — is so rich that I defy anyone (except maybe me) to finish a whole order. John’s is the red-sauce place of Hollywood’s imagination. Besides a very similar scene to my daydream, which was filmed at John’s and featured in The Sopranos, the TV series Boardwalk Empire also portrayed Lucky Luciano, who lived in the neighborhood, dining at John’s.

The eternally growing mass of candle wax in the back room of John’s also recently played host to a yet to be aired episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (I guess John’s is the latter). The maître d' tipped me off that the air date is Jan. 23, and features other local favorites like Mama’s Food Shop, DeFonte’s of Brooklyn and The Redhead. Looks like Guy did his homework.

Shrimp de Jonghe

According to some sources, Shrimp de Jonghe was invented at the turn of the 20th century by the De Jonge brothers, Belgian immigrants and owners of De Jonghe&rsquos Hotel and Restaurant in Chicago. This garlicky, herbed casserole is one of the earliest Windy City specialties. This dish can be served as an appetizer or main course.


  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chervil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shallots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of mace
  • 2 pounds shrimp
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry


Gradually work the garlic and other seasonings into the butter. Add the bread crumbs and sherry and mix well. Set aside. Alternatively, place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until incorporated.

Shell and clean the shrimp and cook in boiling salted water for 3 minutes until they are pink. Butter 6 to 8 ramekins, individual baking dishes, or a single baking dish. Arrange layers of shrimp and the herbed crumb mixture alternately in the ramekins. Top with remaining buttered crumbs and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the dish is barely bubbling and the crumbs are lightly browned.

Where To Find The Best Roast Pork Sandwiches In Philadelphia

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Philadelphia knows great sandwiches. We love them. We eat them. It’s what we do.

From the world-famous cheesesteak to its less famous (but equally delicious) brother, the hoagie, the City of Brotherly Love is a sandwich lover’s dream. But there’s another Philly sandwich that deserves just as much praise and attention: the roast pork sandwich.

Born from Italian-American cookery, a classic roast pork sandwich typically contains tender, slow-roasted pork, usually shaved or chopped, layered with melting sharp provolone cheese and garlicky sautéed broccoli rabe or spinach. All of this is assembled on a long Italian roll that comes either seeded or unseeded.

The 15 Best Italian Restaurants in Kansas City

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Exclusive: New owners of John's of 12th Street look to carry on the restaurant's tradition

There are plans for new owners to take over John's of 12th Street, the venerable Italian restaurant that opened here between First Avenue and Second Avenue in 1908.

Judy Anderson, whose late husband, Mike Alpert became a co-owner of John's in 1973 along with Nick Sitnycky, confirmed the news.

"Our accountant, Paul Dauber, a long-time friend and customer of John’s for about 30 years, along with his good friend from childhood days on the Lower East Side, Jan Siegel, are purchasing the restaurant," Anderson said.

Anderson emphasized the importance of new owners keeping the spirit of John's alive.

"Nick and I feel strongly about continuing the legacy of John’s of 12th Street and also ensuring that our long-time employees, some of whom have been with us 30-40 years, remain part of the continuing story of John’s," Anderson said. "There is great mutual affection and respect between Paul and our employees, and we are thrilled that Paul and Jan are enthusiastic about maintaining the character of the restaurant. They assure us that nothing will change, and Nick and I will assist in whatever way we can to be sure that the transition will be seamless."

Dauber and Siegel will appear before the CB3 SLA committee on Aug. 22 for a new liquor license.

"Nick and I plan to be at the Community Board meeting in their support," Anderson said.

In August 2014, a deal to sell John's to a team led by Brett Rasinski, who reopened the revamped Beatrice Inn, ended up not materializing.

Sitnycky and Alpert bought John's from the founding Pucciatti family in 1972. Sitnysky, who grow up on Avenue B, owns the building at 302 E. 12th St. Alpert died on July 13, 2013, at age 71.

Originally opened a century ago, Palizzi was designed as a members-only joint, serving cocktails and food in a South Philly row home to immigrants from Vasto, Italy, and their families. Last year, chef Joey Baldino — of local favorite Zeppoli in Collingswood — inherited the club from his uncle. Palizzi is still members-only, but Baldino broadened the criteria to allow more diners to enjoy spaghetti with crabs, calamari with peas, and escarole and beans in a charmingly retro space.

One of South Philly's best-known and most-beloved bakeries, Termini was established by two brothers in the 1920s. It’s all about the cannoli here. The shells are handmade and filled to order with vanilla cream, chocolate cream, or — the real deal — ricotta with chocolate chips.

On the Map: The Most Authentic Ethnic Food in the U.S.

In Brooklyn's deep south, there's a wealth of restaurants, cafés, and stores that pride themselves on purveying flavors of the East &mdash eastern Europe, that is. Known as "Little Odessa," Brighton Beach is home to immigrants from Russia and Ukraine, and their influences are present on the menus and store shelves throughout the area. Look for authentic borscht, syrniki (Russian-style pan-fried cheese cake), Russian dumplings, and other must-try eats at Café Glechik, Primorski Restaurant (pictured) and the other establishments that line Brighton Beach Avenue and its environs.

Location: U Street, Washington, D.C.
Cuisine: Ethiopian

Want Ethiopian food, but can't make it to Africa? Just take a trip to D.C. The district has more Ethiopian restaurants than any city outside of Africa, according to Places like Etete, Queen Makeda, and Dukem serve traditional Ethiopian eats, such as wat (meat or legume stew), tibs (sautéed, grilled, or fried cubes of lamb or beef with onion, jalapeños, and seasoning), and kitfo (ground, seasoned beef served raw or cooked), all intended to be eaten traditionally, sans utensils. Instead, small bites of food are scooped up using the fermented-grain flatbread, injera.

Location: Miami, FL
Cuisine: West Indian

The big, bold flavors of West Indian cuisine have a home in Miami. That's where populations of Haitians, Jamaicans, and other immigrants from the West Indies serve dishes like perfectly seasoned steamed fresh fish, griyo (fried pork), and roti (flatbread) to appreciative Miami residents and tourists. Craving Haitian? Try Chez Madame John's. Want to try Jamaican? Start the day at Ventura Restaurant.

Location: Polish Hill and Bloomfield
Cuisine: Polish

There's a good reason Pittsburgh has a neighborhood dubbed Polish Hill &mdash a large number of Polish immigrants settled there in the late nineteenth century, bringing their customs and recipes with them. Today Polish Hill is home to many ethnicities, but authentic Polish pierogis, kielbasa (pictured), and sweets are still available at local delis, such as S&D Polish Deli and Alfred's Deli Plus. Yet some of the best Polish dining may just be in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh's "Little Italy." That's where Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, a self-proclaimed "Polish Party House," resides.

Location: The Hill, St. Louis, MO
Cuisine: Italian

South of the River des Peres and Interstate 44 lies The Hill, an area of St. Louis that witnessed an influx of Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth century. Commercial businesses serving Italian needs and tastes soon followed. Today authentic dishes made for contemporary tastes &mdash including meaty sandwiches and perfect pastas &mdash are still served in the area's famed Italian stores and restaurants, such as Zia's, Giovanni's, and Amighetti's (pictured).

Location: New Orleans East, Louisiana
Cuisine: Vietnamese

New Orleans' Vietnamese community took shape in the 1970s, when many Vietnamese came to the U.S. to escape an incoming Communist regime in Vietnam. Today there are more than 25,000 Vietnamese people in the city, with many sharing their favorite Vietnamese classics (such as bánh mì, pictured, and pho). Check out Ba Mien's extensive menu or Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery.

Location: Astoria, Queens, NY
Cuisine: Greek

You will find a lot of fantastic ethnic cuisine in Astoria, but some of the best eats are Greek. The area had a fairly Italian-heavy population following World War II, but Greeks began planting roots in the Astoria around 1965. Greek culture thrives today in Astoria's churches and commercial establishments, including restaurants and cafés that serve wonderful koupepia (stuffed grape leaves, pictured), souzoukakia, tigania, and other authentic dishes. Local favorites include Zenon Taverna, Agnanti, and Taverna Kyclades.

Location: Ironbound District, Newark, NJ
Cuisine: Portuguese

The Ironbound District is New Jersey's unofficial "Little Portugal." Portuguese immigrants began settling in the industrial area in the early twentieth century. Restaurants there use recipes that have been perfected over generations. Check out the roasted suckling pig at Coimbra Bar & Restaurante, the extensive menu of Portguese-style meats at Iberia Tavern and Restaurant (pictured), or one of the fine-dining dishes and Portuguese wine options at Adega Grill.

Location: Westwood, Los Angeles, CA
Cuisine: Persian

Los Angeles has a strong Persian community. Many authentic Persian shops and restaurants call the Westwood area, also know as "Little Persia," home. Well-known stops include Canary, Shamshiri Grill, and Attari Sandwich Shop. If you're looking for something you probably don't eat everyday, go for a traditional maghz (brain) sandwich, or dizl (tongue sandwich, pictured).

Location: Northeast Ohio
Cuisine: Eastern European

When Czech and Polish immigrants arrived in the Broadway area of Cleveland in the late nineteenth century, they built a neighborhood that celebrated their cultures. Today the area, called Slavic Village, is home to some craveable Eastern European cuisine. (Check out Red Chimney Restaurant or Seven Roses.) South of Cleveland, in Parma, you can visit Ukranian Village, where Perla Homemade Delights and other stores serve up authentic Eastern European fare, including pierogies and stuffed cabbage (pictured).

Location: Miami, FL
Cuisine: Brazilian

Rodizio isn't a dish it's a popular style of Brazilian restaurant service. Each patron gets a card with a green side and red side. Green-side-up indicates that the waiter can keep bringing various cooked meats (such as barbecued leg of lamb, pictured). Red signals "no more." As Miami's Brazilian population grows, rodizio establishments are popping up and gaining popularity. Want to give it a try? Check out Fogovivo Churrascaria or Grimpa Steakhouse, and others in the city.

Location: Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C.
Cuisine: South and Cental American

Latin American cuisine isn't difficult to find in D.C. Authentic recipes passed down from generation to generation are showcased in restaurants throughout the District's neighborhoods. Want to try South American cuisine? Check out the Chilean-style empanadas at Julia's Empanadas in Adams Morgan. For Central American flavors, check out El Paraiso Restaurant and other eateries in Columbia Heights.

Location: Westside, Kansas City, MO
Cuisine: Mexican

Westside's Hispanic community celebrates a proud heritage that includes mouthwatering Mexican eats. Traditional burritos, flautas, enchiladas, tacos, and more are served at Manny's Restaurante Mexicano and other establishments. At Teocali, the founders fill the menu with Mexican recipes handed down through generations.

Location: North End, Boston, MA
Cuisine: Italian

Boston's North End is one of the most famous Little Italy's in the U.S. Whether you're craving sweet cannolis like your Italian grandmother used to make or a steaming plate of hot pasta with perfect Italian sauce, there's a place to get it in the North End. Check out Caffé Vittoria, Boston's first Italian caffé, or Pomodoro, an eight-table restaurant that won Boston Magazine's 2010 Award for the Best Neighborhood Restaurant in the North End. Or shop for your own cheeses, pastas, and breads at Monica's Mercato (pictured).

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Worcester may be named after a town in England, but it's got plenty of places serving flavors from the Middle East. El Basha's menu is filled with Middle Eastern tastes, including traditional hommus, lentil soup, kabobs, and kibee. Bahnan's International Market Bakery and Cafe is a one-stop shop for grocery shopping and ordering pre-made dishes. The store imports foods from all over the Middle East.

Patsy's Pizzeria

Although Patsy’s has a few Manhattan locations, hit up the original East Harlem branch for the most authenticity. A true neighborhood institution, politicians, celebrities and neighborhood residents alike can often be found dining and socializing at Patsy's, which has been open here since 1933. Serving up delicious paper-thin pies and slices from its hard-to-come-by coal-fired oven, visitors have the option of either grabbing a quick slice from the to-go ​area or sitting down to order pizza pies (and other menu items) in the simple dining room.

The Uncle John

"Uncle John is my pop's big brother. He had it all, from cars to houses&mdashhe had cars he couldn't even fit in, just to have them. The Uncle John is the most expensive bread, piled with everything we have. The roasted peppers were just an add-on to flip the traditional Italian sandwich, because he didn't do anything 100 percent traditional. So this one's for him."

Semolina bread

"Semolina is a bit sweeter and holds up well to the weight of the cold cuts. We get ours from Parisi Bakery."

"We like one that's a bit sweet."

"We use a hot sopressata cause if you have stepped into Regina's, everything can be spicy."

"This helps to elevate the flavor profile."

"It's got to have pistachio or it's not mortadella. Sliced thin, paper thin&mdashit adds texture to the sandwich."

Sharp provolone cheese

"This adds the salt and melts everything together."

Black pepper

Iceberg lettuce

"Personally, lettuce helps soften the bread, and it&rsquos pretty beautiful."

Red wine vinegar

"This adds the acid. Also, it helps break down the bread a bit."

Roasted red peppers

"Most people use tomato, but this is how we were raised. The roasted element gives the sandwich a good twist."

And lastly, don't overstuff.

"There&rsquos a fine line in everything. Is it just a photo for Instagram, or a better-tasting sandwich?"

Make it a magical night with Italian carryout from your nearby Maggiano's at 12th & Filbert. Our Chefs have been cooking up classic Italian fare with American flare since our first restaurant opened its doors in 1991. We haven't stopped since! Even when you can't gather everyone around a table at Maggiano's, you can still enjoy the rich flavors of Little Italy at your own table. Check out our full selection of delicious Italian carryout options for lunch, dinner, and dessert, and call to place your carryout order today! You deserve to enjoy the best Italian-American cuisine whenever, wherever.

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Known as one of Park Slope’s finest restaurants, stalwart Al Di La is known for its northern Italian food and its petit and perpetually-packed space. Pasta standouts include the tagliatelle with ragu and the spaghetti neri alla chitarra, a squid-ink pasta with octopus confit.

Aita Trattoria Photo via Aita Trattoria

Aita Trattoria, a spinoff of Clinton Hill’s Aita, is a cozy little neighborhood restaurant in Crown Heights with a reliable menu of pastas that are traditional but far from basic, with lots of shapes and sauces represented, like a bucatini with pancetta and a scialatielli with a seafood ragout. Aita also has a strong selection of aperitifs and digestifs to pair with those pastas.

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