Dec 20, 2019

Review: Papa John's - Garlic Parmesan Crust

Papa John's Garlic Parmesan Crust features signature Garlic Sauce and Parmesan-Romano cheese baked into the crust of their hand-tossed, original pizza.

It cost $10 to get a large 1-topping pizza with Garlic Parmesan Crust (it's basically an extra charge of $1 over regular crust).

Compared to similar crusts from Domino's (their regular crust has a buttery garlic seasoning) and Pizza Hut (they offer a Toasted Parmesan crust flavor as well as a Garlic Buttery Blend flavor), Papa John's version seems drier at the surface. That being said, the end crust is definitely crispier than Papa John's plain hand-tossed and is more enjoyable. It seems like the oil from the Garlic Sauce and the cheese toasting give it that added crunch.

Flavor-wise, the garlic flavor is light (there's always the included Garlic Sauce for dipping) but the parmesan flavor is fairly pronounced.

The rest of the crust is the standard Papa John's crust. Despite an even browning on the bottom, there's not a hint of crispness down there. It broke through cleanly enough when I bit into it but was quite chewy after that.

When it comes down to it, Papa John's Garlic Parmesan is definitely an improvement to their hand-tossed pizza crust. It adds a nice amount of flavor and a crispiness that is otherwise missing from the pizza.

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