|Bob's Burgers character|
|Occupation||Owner of Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria|
|Relatives||(see Pesto Family)|
|Behind the scenes|
|First||"Sheesh! Cab, Bob?"|
|Voiced by||Jay Johnston|
— Jimmy Pesto
James "Jimmy" Poplopovich, Sr, better known as Jimmy Pesto, is the owner of Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria and is Bob's primary business rival. Jimmy is the father of Jimmy Pesto, Jr., Tina's primary love interest, and twin boys, Andy & Ollie Pesto. In "The Belchies", it’s implied he‘s divorced from his sons' mother, stating, "I thought you guys were with your mother," to the twins. In the episode "Bad Tina", one of the twins reaches into his backpack and says, "Cool! Mom packed me tampons for lunch!", but her name or appearance have yet to be heard or seen. Andy & Ollie have mentioned having an aunt, but it’s unclear whether it's his sister or their mother's. He is voiced by Jay Johnston.
In "The Fresh Princ-ipal", it’s revealed that he wears underpants with an Italian flag design. He wears a white dress shirt with rolled up sleeves, brown pants and black shoes. He has a cleft chin, thick eyebrows and a dark brown pompadour. He’s 6'2.
Jimmy serves as a foil to Bob; whereas Bob is slovenly with a struggling business, Jimmy is handsome and highly successful. However, while Bob is good man, husband and father whose restaurant produces good food, Jimmy is shown to be a deceitful (he changed his name to Pesto in order to sell an "authentic" Pizzeria), negligent father and sexual deviant (it‘s implied he repeatedly uses prostitutes and visits a fetish club regularly), whose restaurant produces sub-par, even downright disgusting food.
In the episode "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?", Glitter, Marbles & Cha-Cha reveal to Bob that Jimmy Pesto is a regular at a fetish club called the Desire Dungeon. His nickname is "Baby Num-Num" and he is a 'Diaper Lover.'
Jimmy Pesto has seen less prominence in Season 2 as a major character to the plot, but appears in "Burgerboss" when Bob tries to beat Jimmy's high score on a video game after he leaves the initials to say "BOBSUX." In "Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks", Jimmy appears when he calls Bob to tell him that it was his parked car that Bob hit in the parking lot. While Bob doesn't want to sound irresponsible as a parent, he doesn't tell him that it was Tina driving the car, due to Jimmy interrupting him before he could even explain what happened.
In "Full Bars", Jimmy Pesto gives the trick-or-treating Belcher kids oyster crackers. In "The Deepening", he is seen attending the block meeting in Bob's Burgers. Another non-speaking appearance for Jimmy Pesto is in the final moments of "Nude Beach" where we see a shot of Jimmy inside his restaurant.
Unlike Bob, who sells good food, Jimmy Pesto's food and restaurant have been described as subpar at best, as seen in multiple episodes such as "Bob Day Afternoon", where Mickey describes Jimmy Pesto's pizza as the worst pizza he has ever had, and "Best Burger" where Jimmy's Oregano Burger is received very poorly, and Bob's black garlic burger is incredibly well received.
Jimmy Pesto has also been shown to not be above instigating Bob for the sole purpose of harassing him, as seen in episodes like "Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks" where he refuses to let Bob pay the cost of the damage done to his car because he's "poor" and tells him to "tell it to his insurance" when in reality he knew full well that Bob could cover the damage and continues to harass Bob about it at the end of the episode. Another example is "Burgerboss" when Jimmy Pesto decides to spy on Bob from outside, and torment Bob with the old-school arcade game Burgerboss by writing the initials "BOBSUX" on the leader scoreboard to humiliate and torment Bob after scoring 317,000 points.
Linda claims that Bob and Jimmy should "both grow up" when in reality the biggest reason for Bob's rivalry with Jimmy is because Jimmy won't stick to his own restaurant and business - whenever Bob tries to come up with a strategy to try to get more customers, Jimmy is always quick to spy on Bob and torment him about it just as soon after, as seen in "Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial" when Jimmy torments Bob for "not having a TV" and that it will only show the football game with players "that have British accents" and steals Bob's commercial and then tries to blame Bob for stealing his commercial.
Jimmy Jr. is Jimmy's oldest son. Throughout the series, it is shown that Jimmy Pesto disapproves of Jimmy Pesto Jr.'s desire to dance, preferring that his son runs the restaurant with Junior often saying quotes similar to, "Don't tell me not to dance, dad!" and "I'm not you! I'm me, dad!"
Andy and Ollie are Jimmy's youngest sons. Along with the rest of the characters, Jimmy Pesto seems to be somewhat put off by the twins' relationship as well.
- It’s implied in "Bye Bye Boo Boo" that he‘s not even Italian.
- Jimmy Pesto's first appearance was in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?", although this is going by broadcast order. In production order, he was given a proper introduction, along with his kids and Mr. Fischoeder in "Burger War".
- It’s revealed in the episode "Burger War" that Jimmy's real last name is Poplopovich. In "Bye Bye Boo Boo", it’s confirmed that Pesto is not Italian by birth and that he was inspired to become Italian after seeing Joe Piscopo in the movie Johnny Dangerously. It’s also likely that he legally changed his name before his kids were born. This would explain why Pesto has only ever been used as the family's last name. However, Pesto's Kid Robot mini figure comes with a lifetime membership card for Desire Dungeon that lists his real name, along with his "Baby Num-Nums" nickname and Diaper Lover at the bottom. No such card has appeared in any episode of the show.
- The name Poplopovich is a nod to Gregg Popovich, the coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
- Jimmy Pesto appears in the reflection of the extermination van window in the opening for Season 3 onwards.
- In some episodes, his name is just credited as "Jimmy" on the end credits.
- In "Ex MachTina", Jimmy, Jr. sings, "My mom's new friend Allen, he's okay," which again implies that Jimmy Pesto is divorced and his wife has moved on and is dating a man named Allen.
- His last name 'Poplopovich' implies Russian heritage in Jimmy.
- Linda and Hugo think Jimmy is handsome.
- Jimmy constantly claims that he hates Bob and is totally superior to him, but indirectly claims that he is envious of his tasty burgers and masculine mustache.
- Sheesh! Cab, Bob? (first appearance in broadcast order)
- Spaghetti Western & Meatballs (non speaking cameo)
- Burger Wars (first appearance in production order)
- Weekend at Mort's
- Lobsterfest (non speaking cameo)
- Full Bars
- The Deepening
- Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks
- Nude Beach (non speaking cameo)
- Family Fracas
- The Unnatural
- Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial
- Wharf Horse (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part I) (non speaking cameo)
- World Wharf II: The Wharfening (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part II) (non speaking cameo)
- The Bleakening, Part 1
- The Bleakening, Part 2 (end credits sequence)
- V for Valentine-detta (non speaking cameo)
- Are You There Bob? It's Me, Birthday
- Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street
- UFO No You Didn't
- The Fresh Princ-ipal
- What About Blob?
- If You Love It So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?
- Bob Belcher and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Kids
- Yachty or Nice
- Romancing the Beef
- Fingers-loose (non-speaking cameo)
- Some Kind of Fender Benderful
- Bridge Over Troubled Rudy