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May 27, 2009 06:39 PM

Papa John's Pizza

I feel silly posting this, but has anyone here tried Papa John's pizza? We've all seen the commercials on US networks. I have American friends that say it is by far the best chain pizza. I decided to hop on to their website and see if i'd be able to find a location near Buffalo. Low and behold, I discovered a few locations in Ontario! There are a couple in London and one in Kitchener. Has anyone tried any of these Canadian Papa John's locations?

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  1. I'm not sure if the pizza chains vary by location, but there are a lot in the Midwest (Cincinnati, OH). Not bad pizza for a chain, but that really isn't saying much. You should be able to find better pizza in New York than Papa John's!

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    1. re: serottajoe

      In my experience, they do vary a lot by location. At the one nearest my home, they always seem surprised to learn a special's being advertised and half the time they say they're not honoring it. The pies are skimpily topped and not worth the price.

      On the other hand, I picked up one of the four-cheese pies they had on special a few weeks ago from a location in an upscale part of town. It was every bit as good as anything I can get from an independent in the part of the midwest where I live.

    2. I really don't like Papa John's. I find the sauce to be much too sweet for my taste. I think their pork sausage tastes strange as well.

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      1. re: pollymerase

        I agree the sauce is much too sweet.

        1. re: smartie

          Me three. The sauce is sickly sweet. I wonder if this is to offset the saltiness of the meat-centric pizzas?

        2. re: pollymerase

          When I was back in school a few years ago the school had pizza Wednesdays. I got my two slices (veggie) and soda and took my first bite. My instant reaction was "Why would anyone put ketchup on a pizza?" It was repulsive.

          My friend who attended the same school told me that I'd probably like the pan pizza much better as they use "zesty robusto" sauce on the pan 'zzas. I'd just moved to new digs and didn't know the neighborhood pizza situation and had a coupon for Papa Johns. I ordered the pan pizza and, golly what a difference!

          I don't know if they allow substitution of sauces but stay away from the ketchup sauce and see if you can order pizza with "zesty robusto sauce" or just order a pan pizza instead.

        3. When we ate delivery pizza Papa's was my favorite. The branch near our old home was very good. generous toppings, prompt delivery. :)

          1. Chain-wise, Papa Johns isn't bad but their pizza is horrid (as is any other chain pizza) compared to the independent joints you can find in the neighborhood. Papa John's is probably one of the better ones chain-wise but in the overall scheme of things that just means they are in the upper part of the lowest 10% of all pizzas you can buy.

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            1. re: monkuboy

              "Chain-wise, Papa Johns isn't bad but their pizza is horrid"

              Huh??? Explain??


              1. re: Davwud

                You missed the second half of the sentence.

                "Chain-wise, Papa Johns isn't bad but their pizza is horrid (as is any other chain pizza) compared to the independent joints you can find in the neighborhood."

            2. Havent had Papa Johns in a long time but I do remember it is much better cold. Dont know why but if you leave it in refrgrator overnight it is the best leftover pizza ever.

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              1. re: eddie59

                omg. that is SO true! I'd forgotten completely. :)

                1. re: jujuthomas

                  Thanks for the replies, guys. This was originally posted in my regional Ontario, Canada board. I guess the mods moved it here where I'm sure most of my fellow Canadians WON'T see it. :-\

                  1. re: ultimate4g63

                    I don't think there is a Papa John's in Ontario Canada.