Johnny Brown Bag
Johnny Brown Bag came to life when Jen Scalzo found a photo
of her husband, Giovanni, when he was a young boy in Calabria,
Italy. He was sitting at his classroom desk in 4th grade with his
brown bag lunch. Jen & “Johnny” realized that the brown bag is
everywhere and about everyday life. Johnny was first introduced
to the pleasures of food through his mother’s delicious recipes. He
came to America in 1971 at the age of 15 while in high school.
He began working part-time in Vito’s Pizzeria, where his passion
for food continued to grow. While attending his 2nd year at UIC,
Johnny decided to pursue a restaurant of his very own.
Johnny Brown Bag will be the 3rd restaurant for Johnny & Jen
Scalzo. They opened their first restaurant Via Carducci in Lincoln
Park in 1996 and their second restaurant Via Carducci La Sorella
in Bucktown in 2007. Now, they are very excited to have Johnny
Brown Bag join the Andersonville neighborhood!
Here at Johnny Brown Bag, Johnny & Jen want their customers to
feel like a part of the family. They look forward to bringing quality
food, unique dishes, and affordable pricing to their customers, in
a casual and family friendly atmosphere.
Come visit us soon…we promise one “Brown Bag”
won’t be enough!