Johnny’s Pizza was originally started in 1965 by Johnny Pace in Manlius N.Y.Bruce Jackson went to work at the pizzeria at the age of sixteen. In 1971 at the age of nineteen Jackson went into business with Johnny’s younger brother Rosario in a small pizzeria just off the Syracuse University campus also named Johnny's Pizza. Jackson and Pace enjoyed great success at this location for six years. This location is still in operation today. In 1977 Bruce Jackson and new partner Scott Allen moved to Atlanta Georgia to start a Johnny's Pizza location there.