A Conversation with Patrizia (Patty) & Umberto, owners of John’s Boy Pizzeria
John’s Boy Pizzeria was established by Patty’s father. He moved the pizzeria to Glen Rock in 1983 and soldit to Patty & Umberto in 2007. Patty’s parents hail from Calabria, Italy while Umberto is from Naples. Pattywas born and raised in the United States.
WHY GLEN ROCK
The pizzeria was originally called John’s Pizza and was located in Norwood. Patty’s father rented space in abuilding that was sold in the 1970’s. Every Sunday, Patty’s father would drive around, looking for a newlocation for his pizzeria. After driving through Glen Rock and seeing families walking around and kids playing, he fell in love with the town and decided to open the pizzeria here. The prior resident (in the space) was an antique coin shop. And downstairs, there was a bowling alley . . . that still exists to this day.
FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
“Good, fresh ingredients and making pizza with love”.
MOST CHALLENGING PARTS OF THE JOB
“Working long hours and with only one person making the pizza – Umberto”.
MOST FUN ASPECTS OF THE JOB
“Talking to people, meeting people. Listening to little kids that have stories to tell. We love to cook and create new recipes”. Editor’s note: I think the ‘free pizza’ aspect is also a major fun part of the job.
ADVICE FOR FUTURE, POTENTIAL PIZZA ENTREPRENEURS
“Be kind, use fresh ingredients, and be fair and honest”.
FUN FACT: WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT PATTY & UMBERTO
Patty is a shoe enthusiast and owns many pairs. Her shoes are kept in clear boxes, which are labeled with a photograph of the shoe for a quick reference.
Umberto relaxes on the soccer field. Enter the pizzeria at any time and you will find a soccer game on the TV set. Umberto is also an avid fisherman, fishing on many summer weekends. His choice of fish? Fluke and striped bass.
End note: According to northjersey.com, John’s Boy is one of the eight best old school pizza places in north Jersey.