Aug 1, 2012

Review: Papa John's - Pepperoni Pizza

Papa John's Pepperoni Pizza is a fairly run-of-the-mill hand-tossed pizza with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Peppercinis and a cup of Papa John's special garlic sauce come free of charge.

They have a long-running special where you can pick up a large for $7.99 carryout only.

Beside red pepper and parmesan cheese, you can also request "special seasoning" packets. Special seasoning contains a mix of Italian seasonings including garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, and more. I just learned that from the Papa John website and shall have to give it a try sometime.

The cheese and pepperoni at Papa John's are pretty average; the pepperoni coverage was decent, if a bit lacking in the middle, and it wasn't overcooked to dryness. The cheese could do with a bit more stretch.

The crust is soft and chewy all around; there's little to no crispness to it. Papa John's offers an option to have your pizza baked "well done." I wonder if it would have made a difference. Maybe next time. Toasting at home didn't help the crust crisp up much though.

Papa John's pizza's most notable feature is the special garlic dipping sauce. The sauce is pretty much a garlicky melted margarine, but tastes great!

Overall, Papa John's Pepperoni Pizza is pretty average, but it gets the job done when you feel like pizza and compares well to similar offerings from rival pizza chains.

Nutritional Info - Papa John's Large Pepperoni Pizza - per slice (130g)
Calories - 330 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 870mg
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 13g