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Heeeere's Johnny! pizza.

Gusto pays tribute to Johnny Orr with Heeeere’s Johnny! pizza

Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Joe Lawler

Legendary Iowa State basketball coach Johnny Orr passed away on Tuesday, leaving fans to honor Orr in their own way. For the owners of Gusto Pizza Co, that involved making a pizza.

Today both locations of the restaurant started serving the Heeeere’s Johnny! pizza as the weekly special. It has barbecue ranch, fire-roasted pork shoulder, peppadew peppers, breaded onion and jalapeno strips, sweet corn, mozzarella and cheddar jack.

“We knew it had to represent Cyclone colors – cardinal and gold – so we started working backwards, I guess,” said Gusto owner Josh Holderness. “We began with the fire-roasted pork shoulder, because it reminds people of Iowa. The peppadew peppers have a great red color and then we added Iowa sweet corn for the gold. It actually turned out really good.”

The pizza will be served at both Gusto locations (1905 Ingersoll Ave. and 8950 University Ave.
West Des Moines) through Jan. 9. The pizza is $11 for a 10 inch and $18 for a 14 inch.

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