HOME > Chowhound > Southern New England >

Discussion

Papa Ginos

Just wondering what NE chowhounds thought of this local chain. How does it compare to other chains ie Dominos, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns etc? Any of the food worth trying (or staying away from)? There is one by my new job and it seems busy at lunchtime, and the prices seem right online, but as we all know can be misleading.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. I wouldn't touch Dominos, Pizza Hut or Papa John's with a ten foot pole. Gummy crust, fake cheese, ketchupy tomato sauce... yuck. Papa Gino's actually tastes like pizza. Papa Gino's isn't as good as say... a good local place, but most of them have pretty consistently tasty pizza. Every once and a while you'll find one that makes bad stuff (the PG's in Waltham, for example, burns everything,) but give it a try.

    1. i love good old papa gino's! it's like pizzeria regina but not quite as awesome def cheaper. they also happen to make IMHO the BEST chicken parm pocket ever. it's a dense pocket so it can handle the sauce. my mouth is watering...

      1. I haven't been in a while since I found a place right down the street that makes great pizza, its a restaurant, not just a pizza place, so can add a nice cold draft with it too.

        But do think of all those other chains mentioned it is way better. The only thing is, it is horrible if you have anything left over and bring it home, it just dosen't reheat well at all. I used to just stop in and get the lunch 2 slice with soda deal.

        1 Reply
        1. re: hummingbird

          I agree. Papa's is best for satisfying the quick hankerin' with 2 slices and a soda.

        2. With 163 locations this is better served on the "Chains" Board.

          3 Replies
          1. re: jfood

            "Gummy crust, fake cheese, ketchupy tomato sauce... yuck. "

            LOL! This is it in a nutshell! Appetizing, huh?

            1. re: OOliver

              Im not following you..... are you referring to papa ginos or the other chains per the quote?

            2. re: jfood

              When a Chain restaurant is purely a regional one, it's fine to discuss on the local board. We understand this chain spans both Southern and Northern New England, but we're fine with it being discussed here as opposed to the Chains board, which covers franchised operations across the United States.

            3. Papa Gino's is far better than the other chains mentioned. Best for 2 slices and a soda, but the pepperoni is not very good, all spice and salt. The pasta dishes and subs are not very good.
              Right now they are featuring hamburgers which are good.
              During the winter they had Papa Rolls which were meatball or or other fillings rolled in pizza dough and baked.
              Papa Ginos uses a traditional thin crust hand tossed style dough.

              I spend half my week in northern Mass, and Papa Gino's has become a once a week quick lunch solution.

              FYI> They are owned by D'Angelo's the sub/sandwich chain prevalent in Mass.

              3 Replies
              1. re: bagelman01

                So are Papa Ginos and D'Angelos New England chains only?

                1. re: OOliver

                  papa Ginos pizza is like eating sauce on a wallboard!

                2. re: bagelman01

                  Actually, I think Papa Gino's owns D'angeo's.

                3. I grew up with Papa Gino's as our local chain (we used to go to the one by the bowling alley on Newport Ave in East Providence -- is it still there?) and will never say anything bad about it. And further, in comparison with Domino's, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's, as long as Papa hasn't changed his recipe, his pizza blows those national chains away.

                  Papa's is solid, dependable, thin crust, chain pizza. Good for a cheap lunch, joe.

                  5 Replies
                  1. re: Bob W

                    Papa Gino's was always a welcome stop on our family vacations. Everybody liked something. I liked the steak and cheese subs with grilled onions. And I could get a beer! I haven't been in years, but always knew what to expect, and they always delivered.
                    Anyone remember Lum's?

                    1. re: jkuhlen

                      Yes I remember Lum's, as a matter of fact I still have the huge chalice that my first legal beer was served in on my birthday. I think we were at the Lum's out by the old Jolly Charlie's in Attleboro. I"m from RI and I can't remember if the age then was 18 or had already changed to 21. I was born in 1950. oh well, haven't forgotten all the memories.

                      1. re: jkuhlen

                        LOL sure do, the Lum's near the Six Bridges Chelo's (can't remember the name of that street) was one of our primary high school hangouts. Cold beer and greasy food!

                        I was going to complain about feeling really old but hummingbird has me by ten years so I'll just shut up. 8>D

                        -----
                        Chelo's Restaurant
                        45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

                        1. re: Bob W

                          Bob - Silver Spring Street is where LUMS was located, on the corner of Ledge Street (which runs between Charles St and SS St) near Chelo's. That LUMS closed in the early 1980s, and it's been an auto body shop ever since.

                          -----
                          Chelo's Restaurant
                          45 Newport Ave Ste D, Rumford, RI 02916

                          1. re: OOliver

                            Thanks OOliver -- given the massive improvement in the Prov dining scene over the past 30 years, and the poor driving skills of many RIers, an auto body shop is probably a better use of that space than a Lum's. 8<D

                    2. Well I gave it a try today and it was actually rather good. They had some new bbq chicken flatbread pizza for $6.99 and it was very good - and just enough for lunch. I will have to try one of their lunch combos next time I think 2 slices and a drink was like $6 - cant beat that.

                      3 Replies
                      1. re: joe777cool

                        Joe, they also offer an add on of a 3rd slice or a side salad for 99 cents.

                        1. re: bagelman01

                          wow....I guess you cant beat that! I wish more places did the same!

                          1. re: joe777cool

                            Speaking of local pizza chains, is anyone else repulsed by just the thought of macaroni and cheese as a pizza topping? Every time I see that commercial (for Domino's I think) I want to throw up. Has anyone here dared to get it ???(Please be honest and don't worry, we won't canecle your membership to this forum, LOL! We'll still consider you an exceptional "foodie" : ) )

                      2. Glad you liked it, joe777cool! I grew up in the same town as the Papa Gino headquarters. I thoroughly enjoy their pizza (and cheese breadsticks)! Domino's and Papa John’s are inedible. Pizza Hut is eh. I now live in West Hartford, CT, and there isn’t a PG anywhere in the vicinity… except for Windsor Locks. I dropped my boyfriend off at the airport yesterday, and was thrilled to pick-up a cheese pizza and breadsticks on my way back home! Typically, I get pizza from Harry’s, Luna, Barb’s, etc. in CT (or Regina’s, Upper Crust, etc. in MA).

                        1 Reply
                        1. re: OrangeSquirrel

                          After reading about Papa Gino's, I have not been into one of his places in a few years but tonight they reopened the one in Cranston so I ordered 2 pizzas on line. I do have to say they were not bad, actually quite good against Dominos, Papa John,Pizza Hut. and even some of the more well known places in R.I. they are to MO Papa is good. The crust was slightly chewy, crisp and not like cardboard.

                        2. this thread has given me a serious jones for some papa g love, so in attempt to drool over a menu i just went to google it..i typed "papa" and winced slightly and much to my happy surprise the first suggestion listed was "papa gino's"! followed sadly but predictably by (eecchh..) papa john's. yay new england!