New pizzeria options available

Adm Payton prepares pizza for his new Topeka business, AJ’s NY Pizzeria.

Amanda Narverud / Washburn Review

AJ’s NY Pizzeria opened its doors Thursday, Sept. 20. Located in the former Frances O’Dooley’s Irish Pub & Grille spot near SW 21st and Westport Drive, AJ’s NY Pizzeria is a Manhattan-based restaurant that features authentic New York pizza inspired by the Mastandos of Brooklyn, a New York Pizzeria.

“My stores in Manhattan were doing well,” said Adam Payton, owner of AJ’s NY Pizzeria as well as two pizzerias in Manhattan. “I wanted to bring that to Topeka and offer NY style pizza that can’t be found anywhere else in town.”

The atmosphere is urban and gives the feel of being in New York, while still welcoming customers of all ages. The menu design is inspired by the New York subway system and a New York taxi is in front of the restaurant.

AJ’s has unique specialty pizzas as well as traditionally-topped pizzas. They also serve hot wings, garlic knots, hero sandwiches and a variety of specialty salads. Drink specials will soon be added as well.

“AJ’s is great for a group of college students, our pizza by the slice allows a variety of tastes and preferences to be satisfied,” said Payton.

AJ’s current hours are from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. throughout the week and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Payton said future hours of operation will be determined by what the customers want.  Those interested may “Like” their Facebook page, AJ’s NY Pizzeria of Topeka, for future announcements and specials.

Topeka will soon have another pizza eatery. The College Hill Pizza Pub is scheduled to open in October. Located across from Jerry’s Bike Shop in the College Hill development area, College Hill Pizza Pub will offer a variety of pizza options, beer, wine and cocktails. The owner of the Pizza Pub, Ryan Duncan, plans on having charging stations for phones and tablets as well as free WiFi. Those interested may view their Facebook page, College Hill Pizza Pub.