Taste of New York pizzeria finds second home teaming up with Health House Foods in Johnston
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A local favorite pizza joint and a fast-casual restaurant that focuses on healthier foods have combined forces into one Johnston location.
Health House Foods, located at 8481 Birchwood Court in Johnston, has remodeled to welcome in Taste of New York, the second Des Moines metro location for the pizzeria.
The combined menu will feature Health House Foods' healthy and keto-friendly wraps, bowls and salads, as well as Taste of New York's hand-thrown artisan slices, 18" pizzas and pastas.
Both will feature desserts, and the location will serve craft beer from West Des Moines' Twisted Vine Brewery.
Health House Foods started in 2019 in the 6,000-square-foot building that formerly housed an Okoboji Grill. Working with dietitians, owner Rick Davis wanted to bring healthy food that also tasted good.
His build-your-own wraps, bowls and salads are made with ingredients cooked in a rational oven, which provides for a juicier product.
Along with the fast-casual restaurant, Health House Foods also has a meal prep service, where customers can purchase pre-made, healthy meals for the week.
While the business had been successful, Davis said he needed more customers in the door. At the same time, Joy Savelli had been looking for a second location for Taste of New York Pizza, which started in 2014 in West Des Moines.
The two decided to combine their efforts into one location, where customers can pick and choose which menu items they'd like to order. Davis said it's ideal for families who have different tastes or diets but want to eat together.
"They needed more space and I needed more people in seats," he said. "I think it's a home run, I really do."
Along with Monday's grand reopening, Davis remodeled the location with New York City-themed art, including Times Square and Broadway.
"It looks like you’re in New York City when you walk in the door," Davis said.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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