Local restaurateur John Avoletta, the owner of uptown eateries City Bistro and Lua, remembers that when he was a kid, his grandmother would steal his winter coat to cover her rising pizza dough. Now, after countless pies of his own and two decades in the restaurant business, he’s opened his first Italian kitchen and pizzeria, Johnny Pepperoni.

Johnny Pepperoni has the traditional round and square pies as well as sophisticated combinations like prosciutto and arugula, mushroom and fontina. Devised by Avoletta, the menu also has appetizers like bruschetta and fritto misto, an array of salads from antipasti to seafood, pasta dishes, and entrees covering classic italian dishes. “We want to sell a ton of pizza,” said Avoletta, “but we want to be known for everything.”