It’s no surprise that Rich Pugh, co-owner of Johnny Rad’s (2108 Eastern Ave., 443-759-6464), used to manage a skate shop. The pizzeria/tavern on the upper edge of Fells Point has skateboards on its walls, skate videos on TV, wheels acting as doorknobs, and a steady soundtrack of punk blaring from the speakers. But take a quick look at the menu, and you realize it’s all about the pizza. The restaurant offers 12 specialty pizzas, along with make-your-own options with toppings like bell peppers, prosciutto, and vegetarian meats. You won’t go wrong with the Trainwreck, pictured, ($10, 11 inches; $15, 15 inches), a pie with zesty tomato sauce, sliced mushrooms, baby spinach, black olives, and fresh mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. We also love the Primo, the restaurant’s version of a Margherita pizza. There’s an impressive local beer selection, as well as hearty bar fare, including chili that Pugh makes from his own personal recipe.
Johnny Rad’s pizzeria skates into Fells Point.
Issue date: October, 2010