Papa John's Pizza

★★★★☆
Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John's.

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Mon-Sun: 11am-9:40pm

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I had not tried Papa Johns' brand in many years. Back then, I was convinced that even though this is one of the chain pizza brands, just like Pizza Hut and Dominos, the quality depends on which one you go to. The Hut and the Big D have both made efforts to improve their product, and I think it's due to how fast Papa Johns had risen to take it's place among them. Just to compare, I had hit up both since I started back with PJs. Dominos has improved - I'm just still smarting from how bad it allowed itself to get. Pizza Hut is still mired in strict portion control and an overabundance of saltiness.

Now, get this straight, I am grading on the chain pizza level. Portion control is still of the utmost priority for the national brands. In the grand majority of cases, this still doesn't hold a candle to the little independent Mom and Pop shops - and yes, I do mean those with old world Italian roots. Dominos announced a major overhaul to its line, because man was it awful! Since the time I sampled PJs years ago, I believe Papa Johns also became more generous with it's toppings, and more quality driven overall.

This Queen Anne location just opened a few months ago (Spring of 2010) and I was drawn to it because I pass it everyday. I decided to give it a try based on the price breaks they were offering to raise attention to their presence. Let's face it, if you are going for more than one pizza, the 16-18 dollar beauty from the authentic Italian joints begin to hit the pockets kind of hard. I looked at it selfishly at first. I'm only going to get my couple slices anyway, and my 5 year olds, and cousin so and so couldn't care less about the subtleties of the sauce and cheese. I can practically get two for the price of one if I lower my nose to accept chain pizza.

What I got was a welcomed surprise! This was actually better than Dominos or Pizza Hut, by far! I haven't tried the specialty line, but I have made three trips at this writing, and sampled the original as well as the thin crust. I'll stay with the thin because the thicker crust only reminds me how it pales in comparison to ye olde pizza shop's lovingly caressed dough. The pepperoni topping was covering the entire pizza, a real first among the nationals. The Sausage topping was generous too, and did NOT have that kibbles and bits texture that ran me off years ago. I tried the online ordering the third time of the three times, and must say, I would rather just call, except that they slyly offer their deepest discounts if you order online. I also received recently a mailing for a limited time special pizza deal, now that they have my home address in their database. I guess this will be yet another ongoing tracking mechanism, like the host of plastic cards I need to go to the supermarket or drug store.

But the other chains are not going new business as aggressively as PJs. The whole owner personally doing the commercials gimmick has worked for places like Wendys and products like Perdue chicken and those baked beans. It does make you think they will be doing their best because he is fronting the ads making promises. I would not have been back the second time if it was anything like the product we had sworn off years ago. Especially my wife. It had been a running gag for years that I threaten to get Papa Johns just to see her grimace and give me the evil eye.

With two kids, this is fitting into our lifestyle as an occasional treat just fine, but when adult friends are over, the REAL pizzeria pizza, like that of Victors on Cedar Lane in Teaneck NJ, or by coincidence, a great joint just down the street called " Papa's Pizzeria" is worth the higher price.

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★★★★☆

I had not tried Papa Johns' brand in many years. Back then, I was convinced that even though this is one of the chain pizza brands, just like Pizza Hut and Dominos, the quality depends on which one you go to. The Hut and the Big D have both made efforts to improve their product, and I think it's due to how fast Papa Johns had risen to take it's place among them. Just to compare, I had hit up both since I started back with PJs. Dominos has improved - I'm just still smarting from how bad it allowed itself to get. Pizza Hut is still mired in strict portion control and an overabundance of saltiness.

Now, get this straight, I am grading on the chain pizza level. Portion control is still of the utmost priority for the national brands. In the grand majority of cases, this still doesn't hold a candle to the little independent Mom and Pop shops - and yes, I do mean those with old world Italian roots. Dominos announced a major overhaul to its line, because man was it awful! Since the time I sampled PJs years ago, I believe Papa Johns also became more generous with it's toppings, and more quality driven overall.

This Queen Anne location just opened a few months ago (Spring of 2010) and I was drawn to it because I pass it everyday. I decided to give it a try based on the price breaks they were offering to raise attention to their presence. Let's face it, if you are going for more than one pizza, the 16-18 dollar beauty from the authentic Italian joints begin to hit the pockets kind of hard. I looked at it selfishly at first. I'm only going to get my couple slices anyway, and my 5 year olds, and cousin so and so couldn't care less about the subtleties of the sauce and cheese. I can practically get two for the price of one if I lower my nose to accept chain pizza.

What I got was a welcomed surprise! This was actually better than Dominos or Pizza Hut, by far! I haven't tried the specialty line, but I have made three trips at this writing, and sampled the original as well as the thin crust. I'll stay with the thin because the thicker crust only reminds me how it pales in comparison to ye olde pizza shop's lovingly caressed dough. The pepperoni topping was covering the entire pizza, a real first among the nationals. The Sausage topping was generous too, and did NOT have that kibbles and bits texture that ran me off years ago. I tried the online ordering the third time of the three times, and must say, I would rather just call, except that they slyly offer their deepest discounts if you order online. I also received recently a mailing for a limited time special pizza deal, now that they have my home address in their database. I guess this will be yet another ongoing tracking mechanism, like the host of plastic cards I need to go to the supermarket or drug store.

But the other chains are not going new business as aggressively as PJs. The whole owner personally doing the commercials gimmick has worked for places like Wendys and products like Perdue chicken and those baked beans. It does make you think they will be doing their best because he is fronting the ads making promises. I would not have been back the second time if it was anything like the product we had sworn off years ago. Especially my wife. It had been a running gag for years that I threaten to get Papa Johns just to see her grimace and give me the evil eye.

With two kids, this is fitting into our lifestyle as an occasional treat just fine, but when adult friends are over, the REAL pizzeria pizza, like that of Victors on Cedar Lane in Teaneck NJ, or by coincidence, a great joint just down the street called " Papa's Pizzeria" is worth the higher price.

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