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Mar 9, 2022

Review: Papa John's - Italian Parmesan Crusted Papadia

Papa John's Italian Parmesan Crusted Papadia features a fresh-baked folded flatbread with a toasty parmesan crust, filled with Alfredo sauce, Italian sausage, salami, cheese made from mozzarella, and banana peppers. It comes with a pizza sauce dipping cup.

It goes for $7.49 (a buck more than a regular Papadia), but I received this courtesy of Papa John's.

A Papadia is essentially a folded thin-crust pizza but turns out pretty well with a crisped crust that's made even crispier by the nutty, salty layer of toasted parmesan cheese.

The fillings aren't abundant but there was a decent amount of salty meatiness from the Italian sausage and salami paired with creamy, melty, mild cheese. The salami was very thin and slightly chewy but offered a fatty, salty flavor while the Italian sausage had a seasoned flavor and a moist, springy, coarsely-ground texture.

There were a bit too many pickled banana peppers, however, as it pushed a very insistent tangy note throughout that I found a bit unpleasant and made the pizza sauce dipping cup feel largely unnecessary.

Overall, I mostly enjoyed the form and flavor of Papa John's Italian Parmesan Crusted Papadia. I found the additional flavor and texture of the parmesan crust worth the extra dollar but would forgo the banana peppers if I got it again or would just opt for one of the other varieties.

Nutritional Info - Papa John's Italian Parmesan Crusted Papadia (382g)
Calories - 1070 (from Fat - 560)
Fat - 62g (Saturated Fat - 26g)
Sodium - 3010mg
Carbs - 76g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 49g