'Papa John's' on Serious Eats

Chain Reaction: We Try Papa John's Double Cheeseburger Pizza

When I first saw the commercial for the Papa John's Double Cheeseburger Pizza ($12), I wasn't sure what to think. The first thing you see is John Schnatter himself (he loves being in his commercials) flipping a magical burger patty on a grill, turning it into a pizza that he proudly serves up on the counter to a very, very excited crowd of patrons. And as a good consumer and devoted serious eater, my insatiable curiosity about this pizza-burger mashup got the best of me. I set out to give it a test drive. More

March Madness Pizza Discounts: Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Vasectomies, and More!

March Madness may not be quite as good for business as super bowl season, but pizza chains around the country are definitely milking it for all it's worth. So if you're watching the game—or, in my case, resentfully watching your boyfriend watch the game—now's the prime time to sweeten the deal with a big ol' cheesy pizza pie. Here's how to get the maximum bang for your buck. More

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Chicken Parmesan Pizza

Serious pizza people scoff at most national chains, and for good reason. I didn't come here to bash the big boys, and there's no need to list their many spongy, undercooked, and overprocessed shortcomings. I mention it simply to establish up front that I agree with the general Slice consensus that chain pizza tends not to be good pizza. But it's a category that can't be ignored by anyone with a TV, a lazy streak, and a love of online ordering. More

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Sausage Sensation

Papa John's has a way of being convenient and consistent but nothing remarkable. And so it didn't come as a surprise that their newest specialty pizza, the Sausage Sensation, wasn't anything remarkable, either. It's a regular pizza with three kinds of sausage (spicy Italian, sweet, and smoked sausage), red and green peppers, onions and Italian herb seasoning. And when they say herb seasoning, they mean garlic. More

Video: The William & Kate Pizza

'Even their faces are made out of chicken'

I'm sure you caught this pizza when we posted a still shot of it a couple weeks ago, but now, on the heels of the actual wedding, here's video. The Duke of Cambridge's hair is made of sausage, sliced sausage. Cheers, mates!

On a more serious note, I caught some of the wedding yesterday morning on TV (Girl Slice is a huge fan of the royals), and I have to say I was not unmoved by the whole affair. Best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Papa John's Founder Finally Orders Pizza Online

Pizza chain Papa John's has offered online ordering since 2001. But Restaurantnews.com reports that John Schnatter, the founder of the company, had never tried it for himself. Until now, that is. He survived to tell the tale: When I started Papa John's 26 years ago, I never dreamed customers would one day be ordering pizza by computer...I decided that it was time to try it for myself, but I made sure I had an Internet expert on-hand: my [12-year-old] son Beau. It was easy." Welcome to the future, PJ! But I'm guessing there's an easier way for the founder of... More

Chain Reaction: Judging in Papa John's Specialty Pizza Contest

Note: I will add pictures to this later. I started writing and time slipped away from me. Right now I have to jump out the door and take the Serious Eats interns to Di Fara. It's Slice intern Aaron Mattis's last day, and it will be his farewell meal. —The Mgmt. First the pizzas were paraded before us so we could judge overall appearance. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] I don't know if you watch or read a lot of science fiction, but there's a term often used in the genre: planetside. It's when a space jockey lands his bird or an... More

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Heart-Shaped Valentine's Pizza

UPDATE (2/11/2011): YES, Papa John's is making the heart-shape pizzas again this year. You know it's from PJ's because the little pepper is hanging out in the box. [Photographs: Robyn Lee] And there it is. Papa John's is once again offering its heart-shaped Valentine's Day pizza. When Slice ordered it online earlier this afternoon it was part of a special: $14.99 for a one-topping, thin-crust heart-shaped pizza and a Cinnapie (prices may vary in your area). Note that the heart-shaped pizza is only available with PJ's thin crust.... More

Taste Test: Delivery Pepperoni Pizza

"There were definitely two winners, and two that would require a lot more beer-drinking." Clockwise from top left: Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Domino's, Little Caesars. [Photographs: Robyn Lee] Since pizza is right up there with wings and guacamole as far as Super Bowl cuisine goes, we ordered pepperoni pizzas from the four big nationwide chains (Little Caesars, Pizza Hut, Papa John's and Domino's) to find the tastiest. Why pepperoni? Because most people order pizza with at least one topping and pepperoni is the most popular one in the U.S.... More

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