Papa John’s

Written by on May 18, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Norfolk, VA

How I heard of this place: After a day of work and preparations for little Becca’s second birthday party, we ordered in and enjoyed a meal at home with our good friends.

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: A typical pick-up pizza joint, the store front with windows, no seating, large Pepsi-Cola refrigerators for bottled beverages, and an extensive kitchen area with stacks of pizza boxes. A simple cash register and a handful of employees in Papa John’s uniform, and you have the fluorescent lit interior.

What I ordered: Feeding a hungry crew, we selected the family meal with three large pizzas, 30 Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings (with bleu cheese & garlic sauces) and two 2-litre sodas: Pepsi and Sierra Mist. Our three pizzas included: one large pie with bacon and pineapple (on tomato sauce, topped with cheese), a second large Spinach Alfredo (a rich and creamy blend of spinach and garlic Parmesan Alfredo sauce, topped with cheese) and finally, a large John’s Favorite (pepperoni, sausage and a six-cheese blend of Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Provolone and Fontina, with a special blend of Italian herb seasoning).

What I loved: My favorite: bacon & pineapple. Next time, I think we should take Stef’s advice and go with the Hawai’ian BBQ Chicken.

Why I loved it: Enough to completely and sufficiently satisfy six hungry adults and the cutest two-year-old with the biggest appetite I’ve seen!

Cost: Average to high ($55 for the family meal)

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