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Pizza John's

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Family-owned Pizza John's has been a favorite place to order pizza and pasta for the folks of eastern Baltimore County for just about 50 years now and it's easy to see why. Their operation is as heavily staffed and tightly run as a battleship kitchen or major hotel. You'll think you've stepped back in time with how clean and polite every one is!

The quality tops the chains for sure! They use fresh dough for pizza, freshly grated cheeses and slow-cooked homemade sauces. They also use fresh butcher-cut meat in their recipes. "The Works" is their famous pizza, with pepperoni, meat sauce (like their lasagna, opposed to traditional tomato sauce), sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and black olives. If you're looking for something not so meaty, their white pizzas and pastas with butter and mushroom sauce are also very tasty.


113 Back River Neck Road
Essex, MD 21221

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Expert Tips by Tamar Alexia Fleishman

Baltimore Local Expert

Italian: "On game day, call your order in ahead of time."

Best for Italian Because: Pizza John's is an anomaly these days, with their fantastic counter service. How refreshing!

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