Pizza is many things to many people. But there is one thing it is often NOT — healthy. Imagine thick, doughy crusts and greasy cheese with processed meat like pepperoni, sausage and ham. As much as I enjoy Italian thin crust pizzas, I love eating American pizzas, and so does rif (probably more than I do) — despite the alarming amount of calories they come with. With the tagline “better ingredients, better pizzas”, we tried Papa John Pizza, with some anticipation. I said ‘some’ because I didn’t want to be terribly disappointed. A set meal for 2 (RM26.90) comes with 2 glasses of coke, breadsticks and a 9-inch pizza.I found the breadsticks a bit dense and chewy; I like them lighter. I hope they didn’t microwave the breadsticks before serving, as that tends to make the bread rubbery. The pizza sauce was alright– it was a bit bland for my liking. However, I thought the special garlic dipping sauce was interesting. Despite being slightly diluted than I like them to be, the garlicky sauce paired well with the breadsticks. I asked for two more helpings to dip my pizza crust in. The pepperonici peppers tasted like a tangy version of our pickled green chillies. I didn’t care much for them, as they didn’t really have much kick. Topped with mozzarella cheese, beef pepperoni, Italian beef sausage, chicken rolls, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives, the Super Papa’s pizza was quite good. Not fantastic, but it tasted better than Pizza Hut, Dominos and the bland blob of bread Canadian Pizza calls ‘pizza’. The thick crust was soft and chewy, and crisply done on the outside. I enjoyed the crust more than I did for the toppings; they tasted delicious with the garlic sauce.Being greedy, we ordered another 9-inch Hawaiian Papa (RM21.90). I didn’t like this as much as I liked the Super Papa’s. It tasted very ordinary – we should have gone for the Mexican Ole of Texas Heat instead.
Service was disjointed. The staff didn’t know how to handle the crowd, and mind you, we were there at 3.30pm. I cannot imagine how they would fare during peak hours. In general, the pizzas were quite decent, but not good enough for me to brave the traffic jam and increase my blood pressure JUST for that.
Food: 6/10 (halal)
Verdict: Pretty good pizzas and decent prices. I wouldn’t mind going there again if I’m within the area.
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