Johnny's is a new venture by Mallozzi in Schenectady across from Proctors. They are known for their daily homemade pastas and upscale dining experience for a reasonable price. I'm happy to say that Johnny's does not disappoint.
As we walked up to the door, someone was there to open the door and greet us. The hostess was standing ready to seat us, and our waitress (Jennifer) was prompt and friendly - Actually that isn't fair to say, she was far, far better than prompt and friendly, she was amazing. I would say I am quite experienced at eating at various restaurants, and Jennifer provided the best service and dining experience I have ever had. She was knowledgeable, professional, and truly passionate about the food and restaurant.
On our server's recommendation, we ordered the Italian Nachos ($10) and the Arancini Sicilliani ($10). The Italian Nachos were homemade tortilla chips with sausage, onions, tomatoes, olives, peppers, mozzarella, and an alfredo sauce. It was huge, and absolutely amazing. The chips stayed crispy, the sausage was flavorful and cooked perfectly, and the alfredo sauce made everything blend together. We were arguing about what the star of the dish was, and decided everything made the dish perfect. The Arancini Sicilliano is risotto balls with ground beef and peas in a cocktail sauce. The risotto was cooked great, and the flavors worked well together. I think the homemade marinara sauce stole the show on this dish, it was flavorful but not overpowering. The risotto could have used a little more flavor on it's own.
For the entrees, we ordered Pink Sauce alla Olivia with shrimp ($18) and Lobster Mondello ($22). The Pink Sauce all Olivia with shrimp came with tagliatelle. The homemade pasta was absolutely perfectly cooked, the shrimp was fresh and had a light grilled taste to it. The sauce was a little mild, but it just made the pasta and shrimp stand out even more. The Lobster Mondello was also served with tagliatelle. The lobster was butter poached, with an amazing butter flavor. Again the pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauce was seasoned enough to compliment the dish but not overwhelm it.
There are two things I need to stress again. Their homemade pasta is a must, and Jennifer is an amazing waitress. When (not even if) you go to Johnny's try the Italian Nachos, a pasta dish and ask to sit in Jennifer's section (I'm not sure they can do that, but never hurts to ask). This is a great dining experience for a reasonable price.
|Pink Sauce alla Olivia with Shrimp