questionshow good is papa john's pizza?

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It is OK. It does seem like the sauce is missing something, which makes the pizza sort of bland. IF getting one, personally I would recommend going for extra sauce.

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I worked for Papa Johns as a General Manager for several years. The pizza is OK, but not the best.
The Papa Johns deal postings always surprise me. All of the stores have "in store" deals that a much better, but are not advertized. The customer has to request them.
For example, 3 large 1 topping Pizzas for $19.99, or a large 1 topping for $6 (5 or more).
Another thing is that the managers will negotiate. The pizza business is very competitive, and they want your business.

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It's edible. If you've ever had good pizza, then you would never confuse Papa John's for good pizza. It's cheap and available. Unfortunately, around here there are limited options.

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I think it's the best of the big pizza chains. But, it's still chain pizza-if you want actually good pizza you gotta go for a smaller place.

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Not very good in my opinion, but I will give them credit for having some of the best cheesestix around.

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It will do for a quick option or feeding a group, but alot of the small places are better. Love a place here with a giant wood fired brick oven. Hmmm now hungry, may have to run there for lunch.

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Of the major chains, it's up there. Pizza Hut is my personal favorite, pretty much because of stuffed crust. It's been a running opinion of mine and some friends that if Papa John's ever did stuffed crust, they'd severely damage and/or run out of business Pizza Hut and Domino's.

It's far from the best pizza in the world, but of all the chain pizzerias, it's up there.

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We had it once as a houseguest was raving about how great it was. We haven't had it since. If we are getting pizza from a chain, we prefer Round Table (west coast chain). But if you are ever in a very small town in Pennsylvania called Jonestown, try the local pizza shop, I don't think you will regret it.

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Personally, I think of the chains, Papa Johns 'hand tossed' is tied for the best with Pizza Hut 'pan' pizza, although they really cannot be compared since they are not the same type of pizza.

There are other places locally that I would rather eat, but they don't carry out and are less pizza for the same price. Now for way less money my wife makes homemade pizza that is way better than anything else.

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i actually love Papa John's, but I live in Florida so my choices of quality pizza may be limited. They are better than other chains or local mom & pop's.

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I love Papa John's, it's my favorite of all the chains. It's obviously not the best pizza ever, but it's still good.

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@atd15: What is better then Papa Johns?

I like Papa Johns, but we do not have one in my location.

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Better than Pizza Hut and Dominos.
I prefer Sarpino's. They use sourdough crust and it's so good.

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Of the big chain, "fast food" pizzas, Papa Johns is my favorite. I used to eat it at least once a week when I was helping out with the youth at my church (either at church or eating leftovers I had brought home because we had forgotten to find a kid to give it to before they all left). It's a good middle of the road pizza. Not too thin, not too thick, not too sweet of a sauce or crust, reasonable amount of toppings, reasonable variety of toppings. And the leftovers do freeze well.

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@caffeine_dude: To be honest I tend to get pizza from local Ma and Pa places that have been around awhile. Once they get to know you they go out of their way to treat you right.

Again, Papa Johns is OK, but the ingredients are not as fresh as they claim. The pizza dough is made in a factory, and shipped out to stores once a week. The whole hand tossed thing is purely for looks.

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Papa John's went downhill when they switched up the way they made their pizzas. They used to put all of the toppings beneath a thick layer of mozzarella with some oregano on top. It kept the topping moist and the sauce hot, even after waiting 30 mins for delivery or picking it up and taking it home. Alas, now they make it like every other chain out there, and the taste just sucks.

If you want good pizza, find a local joint that isn't a chain and order from there. Local will almost always be better than chain, and 9/10 times cheaper.

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We like it, as far as the chains go. We like some of the local pizza shops better, but PJs sometimes has a better deal, and it's good for the value.

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Keeping in line with most of these comments, the pizza has been hit or miss for me. Sometimes it's great and sometime it leaves a lot to be desired. Never terrible. It's cheap, so just order one and find out.

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It is the best when you have been drinking and its the only place open that still delivers.

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Papa John's would be infinitely better if they would brush their garlic butter sauce ON the crust before they cooked it instead of giving you a vat of it to dip. Or offer it as an option. Their crust is dry, but I don't like it dripping in cold butter oil sauce.

Sometimes their cheese tastes gritty.

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I lived in a city with a papa johns for 1 year. During that year I got around a dozen free pizzas... They kept calling me informing me I won it. I kept picking them up... The pizza was better than papa Gino's, dominoes, pizza hut and the like. Doesn't compare to a real pizza, though... Just at the top of the fast food pizza list.

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For major chains I think Dominos is the best but Papa Johns is super close b/c of the super yummy garlic sauce. I do love their marinara though too.

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Of the national chains I rank them #2. In my area Dominos works hard to see how little they can give you and get away with it. They close all of the Pizza Huts and opened a few P.H. Express, and they bad with a capital B. I like Little Caesars for their stuffed crust the best. Of course the best is always home made, spend $10 for a stone and make it your way!