For the past 23 years, John The Baker, the legendary family-style Italian restaurant in Pembroke Pines, has been a South Florida favorite. The restaurant is known for over-sized portions, delicious pizza and their “world-famous garlic rolls”.
On Monday, March 4 the beloved restaurant is opening a second location, its first ever franchise, in Coral Springs at 9709 W. Sample Road.
The new 2,200 square foot restaurant will seat 80 hungry customers. Similar to the Pembroke Pines location, the restaurant offers eat-in dining, take-out and catering.
Franchise owner, Jon Duchin, has spent the last year working side by side with John Scincariello, the company’s founder and his son, Johnny, learning the cherished recipes and how to make pizza, and of course, those garlic rolls.
“We’re expecting pizza and garlic roll devotees to be coming to the restaurant all day long for bragging rights and to say, “I was one of the first to eat there,” Duchin says.
The garlic rolls are what customers dream about. Customers are very passionate about John The Baker’s garlic rolls. “When people move away, they beg me to FedEx them to wherever they are in the country. When they come back to visit, the first place on their list to go is John The Baker,” said John Scinicariello. “I’m not exaggerating. Now they’ll have a second option.”
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JOHN THE BAKER GARLIC ROLL FACTS …
- Pounds of freshly peeled garlic used in 2018: 7,500
- Number of garlic rolls prepared in 2018: Over 4,000,000
- Approximately weight of each roll: 1.5 ounces (raw)
- Average number of garlic rolls eaten per customer: 2.3
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John The Baker was founded in 1960 by John Scinicariello, Sr. as a family-style Italian restaurant. With their 4th generation now working as part of the business, they have expanded their menu of services and outreach in the South Florida market. Focusing on “old family recipes” they have developed a loyal following among locals and tourists.
The restaurant’s long-term commitment to the community has resulted in walls lined with plaques from dozens of sports teams and charitable causes: Little League teams; church groups; charity events as well as academic and community service.
Over the years the restaurant has served as a distribution drop off location for food and supplies after major disasters. When law enforcement is working around the clock, John often delivers hot meals right to the scene- –his treat. John opened up his restaurant and his heart to showcase foster children waiting to be adopted on “Wednesday’s Child.”
John The Baker was selected “Corporate Partner of the Year” from Nova Southeastern University, CBS Miami Best Pizza In South Florida and a Reader’s Choice Dining Guide’s Best Fort Lauderdale Award.
In addition, John Scinicariello has received the Key to the City, The Businessman of the Year Award. February 17 is designated as John The Baker Day in Pembroke Pines.