Forgive the rhyme, but big-city tap water is the secret to a pizza pie capable of making a full-grown New Yorker cry, says the co-owner of Johnny's Real New York Pizza in Corona del Mar.
John Younesi, a Queens native who moved to Newport in 2000, and his business partner Jan Yoss opened the pizzeria at 2756 E. Coast Hwy. in July.
They promptly sold out of pies the first few days.
Featuring a high-tech filtration system to emulate the soft-water properties of real New York City tap water — the "critical ingredient to real New York pizza" — the 900-square-foot pizzeria has seen a constant flow of customers chowing down on its 12- and 20-inch thin-crust pies.
The filtered water — combined with protein-rich dough and New York-style ovens — is what gives the slices that "New York City crunch," Younesi said.
Free slices, other treats and prizes will be given out from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for Johnny's official grand-opening party.