Dec 18, 2012

Review: Papa John's - Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Pizza

I decided to get something like an Italian beef pizza from Papa John's so I ordered a large original crust with sausage, green peppers, and onions for $10.

The crust was pretty bready and not very crusty. There's a nice bit of end crust for dipping into the provided buttery garlic sauce though. The cheese coverage was pretty good, but is never going to ooze like a good low-moisture whole milk mozzarella. The sauce was portioned judiciously.

Papa John's regular sausage is described as "made from 100% real pork with mild seasonings." It is really plain and kinda flavorless... No good for my attempt at an Italian beef pizza. They also offer a spicy Italian sausage. I probably should have went with that.

Basically, with such flavorless sausage, it was mostly like eating a green bell pepper and onion pizza, which is not so great. Consider this a failed pizza topping combination.

Papa John's really needs a better sausage for their pizzas.

Nutritional info not available for this specific combination of toppings.


  1. Try tweaking the order a bit and posting an update. The staple pizza I order from Papa Johns is essentially the one you did, with a few adjustments.

    Swap for Spicy Sausage and order it Well Done.

    PS, Papa Johns is what it is. It ain't great (especially here in Chicagoland with plentiful access to great pies). It the same as what a Mc Donalds hamburger is in the world of burgers. Cheap, available fast/local, and semi-edible.

  2. The regular sausage isn't great (bland taste, questionable quality) in Domino's and Pizza Hut either.

  3. Yeah, I always ask for it well done now, it adds a little bit of that crispness I want. I actually had the spicy sausage recently on the Five sausage pizza. It was much more flavorful and herby.

    I agree with you Papa John's and other big chains are what they are - cheap, convenient, and decent.

  4. Yeah. The most recent sausage from Domino's I had was slightly better. But I've mentioned before in another review how the plain sausage from each Big 3 Pizza Chain is almost the same.

  5. If I must eat any of the typical, chain type pizzas I always throw it in the oven on 350 for 6-8 minutes when I get home. I know it takes a little more effort but it makes a huge difference. I just put it directly on the rack, but I assume a pizza stone would do the same.

  6. This is exactly why I try to go for local pizza joints - but when you want cheap and fast, Papa John's is the best of the worst =)


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