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Dec 7, 2013 11:30 AM

(My personal) Best chain pizza rankings

#1: Numero Uno (not enough locations)
Round Table " " "
Papa John

#2 Pizza Hut
Domino (Best sauce)

#3 Costco (too dry and bland)

#4 Little Caesar (terrible)

Still much prefer real Italian non-chain pizza.

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  1. Papa Murphys and only PMs. The DeLite version. Take and bake.

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      1. re: mucho gordo

        "1360 stores in 41 states and Canada."

        At one point they were one of the most successful franchises in the US. Don't know about now.

        1. re: c oliver

          I don't think I had ever heard of them before. I just checked where I lived in CA and there was none anywhere near me however, I did find one near me here in Vegas. I'll have to look into it.

      2. re: c oliver

        I have to say I'm shocked by all the Papa Murphy's love here. Not to just drop into the topic to be negative, but we found it inedible - I'd rather have a frozen Red Baron. We had three open in our town a couple years ago and none lasted more than a year. Does it vary from location to location?

        1. re: NonnieMuss

          They ARE a franchise so results can vary. We used to live in smallish town that had two. One was really not good, to the point that the last time we got one the tomato sauce soaked all the way through the crust. So we drove a couple more miles to the one that continues, years later, to turn out good ones. But that was the only place that was subpar.

          1. re: c oliver

            I've had good results with one specific pie I've ordered. I took another to my parents. They said it was so-so. Do not know if they followed cooking directions but they seem to be reasonable people.
            For me, I live 30 miles from where I work out in the country. Picking one up isn't a horribly bad deal. I also have a mom and pop store in the city that will par bake a pie for me knowing I don't get off until 11 after their kitchen is closed. That's very nice as well, but about 2-3 times the price.

            1. re: Firegoat

              We only get the De-Lite (or however they spell it) and like it a lot.

      3. Mucho, do any of the numerous restaurants in the magnificent resort in Summerlin where you live, now a JW Marriott, serve pizza? I had wonderful experiences there when it was Swiss-owned.

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        1. re: Veggo

          There are some decent non-chain places around here but, unfortunately, Mrs G is content with the cheaper chains.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              Continue your perpetual training effort on Mr.G. Eventually he'll figure that saving a buck isn't worth eating cardboard, potentially frozen dough pizza, plus hell be helping a local business and owner of the pizza shop.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Oops, strategic gender error, very seldom the male is correct!

                  1. re: treb

                    So true, treb, although she does refer to me as "Mr. Right". Then adds that my 1st name is "Never".

          1. Not a pizza chain person but, if I had to choose:

            1. Bertucci's (MA)
            1a. Mozza, yes I consider this a chain
            2. California Pizza Kitchen
            3. Pizza Hut
            4. Pappa John's (better ingredients, really?)

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            1. re: treb

              Bertucci's has been down here in the DC area for over 20 years. Some locations have come and gone, but I think it's one of the better chains, not just pizza chains.

            2. I do like Papa Murphy's especially the meat stuffed pizza.
              After that in declining order of yum.
              Big Cheese
              Pizza Hut (only if it has beef bbq pizza - thin crust)
              Domino's (the new artisinal pan pizza or stuffed cheesy bread - and the delivery guys draw pictures in the boxes)
              Pizza Inn (bacon bit pizza)
              then the non edibles - Little Ceasar's (fake cheese, fake everything dough balls) Papa John's (horrid sauce)

              Of course I prefer the non-chain local joints, but this was a topic on chains.

              1. 1.) Papa Murphy's. Gourmet Vegetarian White Pizza
                2.) Pizza King Royal Feast