Papa John’s

Written by on July 17, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – North Arlington, VA

How I heard of this place: I remember hearing of Papa John’s when the first franchise opened in Bellingham, WA at a time when I was still in school. Some friends ordered a pizza from Papa John’s for an afterschool club meeting, which became my first taste of their “Better” pizza.

Type of cuisine: A pizza joint at heart, Papa John’s has striven, since the doors of the first hole-in-the-wall opened in 1983 to offer “a quality pizza using Better ingredients“, such as fresh dough, fresh-cut vegetables, real meats and cheeses, and an all-natural sauce. Having grown to “more than 3,500 restaurants in all 50 states and 29 countries“, Papa John’s now offers sides, including breadsticks, buffalo wings and chicken strips, applepie and cinnapie.

Ambiance: Since we ordered two pizzas for the three of us, delivered, we lost – this time – our opportunity to see the inside of the store, let alone the exact location of this franchise.

What I ordered: We decided to try their special (two medium, two topping pizzas plus two 20-ounce beverages – Coca Cola Products – for $18.99, $22 after $2 delivery fee and tax), after having spent our first unsuccessful day of looking for our first apartment, together, and needing a bit of comfort food. We ordered medium pizza with my choice of pepperoni and mushroom, and one with his choice of spicy Italian sausage and bacon, on a normal crust with the normal amount of cheese and sauce. We washed down our orders with Coke Zero, never having tried it before and opting for something new.

What I loved: I loved that the bread and sauce did not overpower the flavor of the gooey, melted cheese, delicious, crispy pepperoni and thick-cut slices of crimini mushrooms. I loved that the pepperoni was spicy and the bacon crispy!

Why I loved it: I loved that the two finger-licking-good pizzas more than satisfied us. The addition of pepperoncinis and containers of garlic sauce added additional excitement for one of us, but double the joy of eating crust for both of us!

Cost: Average to high ($10-$25 per large pizza)

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