Joey’s Pizza in Woodbury: New Name, Same Recipes

Joe Cocchiarella and his wife have owned the pizzeria for the past four years.

The pizza will remain the same.

“Nothing’s changed but the name,” said Joe Cocchiarella, owner of Joey’s Pizza.

Formerly Classic Pizza, the Woodbury shop officially went with the new name Jan. 2.

Cocchiarella and his wife Jean purchased Classic Pizza about four years ago, when it was a “somewhat struggling” establishment, he said.

He said he changed some of the recipes and got involved with the community when he took over, and “it was just time” to make the name change to Joey’s Pizza.

“It’s a part of me,” Cocchiarella said.

Cocchiarella—jointly raised by his grandparents, who came to the U.S. from Palermo, Italy—said he does everything at the pizzeria, including delivery.

“But they yell at me when I do the dishes,” he said.

The pizza shop originally opened in August 2005, Cocchiarella said, and it had been a childhood dream of his to own his own restaurant.

He said customer service is a hallmark of Joey’s Pizza, and he’s gotten to know many of the customers by name.

“They know me. I know them,” said Cocchiarella, who has lived in Woodbury for the past 21 years.

Joey’s Pizza serves hoagies, wings, salads, ribs and pasta, along with other items.

Cocchiarella said the shop’s catering business has been growing by “leaps and bounds,” and Joey’s Pizza has developed a loyal following.

A grand opening is planned for spring. For more information visit its website.


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Jeff Goss January 16, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Great Pizza from Great people! Keep up th good work,Joe!
nicole robbins January 17, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Joey's catering is exceptional and a great value as well! We recently had them cater an employee "after Holiday party" and the food was by far the star of the show! He did a chicken taco buffet that was amazing! If you haven't tried something other than pizza from Joey's you are missing out!
Kris Janisch January 17, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Thanks Jeff and Nikki!
Paul Schmitz January 17, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Awesome food, kids love the pizza, I do too, but I need the extra protein with a little bit of carb. Go with the ribs, wings, and a hoagie after your "heavy" day at the gym. You'll be amazed at your recovery time.
Kris Janisch January 17, 2013 at 08:08 PM
That's my general process for post-workout meals Paul. But maybe that's why I need to head to the gym more often...


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