Welcome to Johnnies Villa Pizza
Through the years we have employed hundreds of the area youth, many their first job. Together they have served thousands of pizzas and sub sandwiches to area families. Whether it was an area farmer grabbing a bag of subs during the harvest or a coach picking up a dozen pizzas for a post game celebration, Villa has been here for you. Many of our employees have worked with us for years and it is that stability that makes our family business a success and our relations with our employees and you that make it fun.
Where did our name come from?
In 1971 the Keesee family of New Albany entered the pizza business by obtaining Eagle’s Pizza in New Albany, Ohio. Eagle’s was founded by the Marna Seum family who named it New Albany Pizza in the early 1960s. The Eagle’s name originated with second owner Bob Dickendasher who named it after the New Albany High School mascot.
Two years later in 1973 when we opened our second store in Johnstown, Ohio we copied the mascot idea naming our new venture The Johnnie’s Villa Pizza, and at the same time added Villa to our Eagle’s name. Villa entered the picture because our new location at 105 West Coshocton Street was in an old house we had remodeled for the venture. It wasn’t long before we realized not all of our new customers or employees were Johnnies. The area was surrounded by Northridge Vikings and Villa Pizza soon became the recognized name in the area. We then tried to start calling Eagle’s Villa also but the name did not stick and here we are 50 years later with the two sister stores not identified together by many.