Review: Philly Cheesesteak Pizza from Papa John’s

Last year Papa John’s came out with the Steak & Cheese Pizza and it wasn’t exactly a great cheesesteak/pizza experience.  What was missing from the Steak & Cheese Pizza is now available in the new Philly Cheesesteak Pizza.

Papa Johns PhillyPapa John’s describes their new Philly Cheesesteak Pizza like this:

Introducing our NEW Philly Cheesesteak Pizza on hand-tossed pizza crust layered with creamy garlic sauce, steak from the Original Philly Cheesesteak Company, fresh onions and green peppers, then covered with mozzarella and provolone cheese.

The Philly Cheesesteak Pizza managed to get most everything right… according to my tastes.  Onions and green peppers, some provolone in the mix.  Things were looking pretty good.

Papa Johns Philly PizzaWhere the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza had a slight misstep for me was the creamy garlic sauce that makes up the base of the pizza.  Taste-wise there were some bites that seemed to lack garlicky flavor and its place just the cream.  The texture also stood out to me, especially around the part where the cheese ends and the end-crust begins.  I kind of wish the garlic cream sauce was more of a brush on that adhered to the base crust.  The sauce was by no means a deal breaker and the pizza is still pretty solid, it’s just that I think I would’ve liked either no sauce or less sauce.  This is a thick pizza and there’s plenty of cheese to go around… one of my favorite parts.  I liked the addition of provolone mixed in with the mozzarella and that heartier flavor made the whole “Philly” experience come through.  It could’ve used some more steak, but I think that might have more to do with the uneven disbursement rather than too little steak.  There were nice, meaty clusters of steak in some spots and some full slices barely had any.  The mix of green peppers and onions worked well to round out the vibe of a cheesesteak.  Those looking for mushrooms will have to make them an add-on as they don’t come standard here. The fat bones, end crust of the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza make good use of the standard garlic butter dipping cup.

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza Papa JohnsPriced at $12 for a large under a promo option, the Philly Cheesesteak Pizza is an average value.  I’m getting to the point where I might give bonus points to value when I actually finish a pizza (sad to say this didn’t happen with the last two pizza reviews… I’m looking at you Pizza Hut’s BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza and Papa John’s Fritos Chili Pizza).  Overall, I prefer the Domino’s version over Papa John’s, yet they aren’t too far apart.  The Papa John’s Philly Cheesesteak Pizza has a mix of good and not so good, but manages to have enough positives to make it a decent representation of a cheesesteak pizza.

Pros: Thick and cheesy... provolone included. Nice mix of cheesesteak ingredients. Meaty morsels of steak.

Cons: Ingredient distribution was uneven. Not a big fan of the garlic cream sauce base.

Taste: 6.75/10
Value: 6.25/10
Price: $12 for a large

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

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12 comments on “Review: Philly Cheesesteak Pizza from Papa John’s

  1. BBuzzer says:

    That second picture… The cheeseporn… mmmmmm. Unfh.

  2. Mike S says:

    I actually really enjoyed this pizza, thou I like dominos better. It really tasted good!

  3. Alex K. says:

    Mind is blown. Papa John’s? Disappointing? Again? Man, they’re always just so consistently awesome that I just couldn’t see this one coming.

  4. bigMOMA says:

    That looks uber cheesey!

  5. Jason says:

    I really like Domino’s philly cheesesteak. Thought I would give Papa Johns a try. Unless you like gargling mayonnaise, don’t get this Pizza. It’s pretty gross.

  6. AmosTrask says:

    Philly Cheese Steaks don’t have green peppers on them.

  7. Dale says:

    Worst pizza I ever had in my 63 years. It was basically a cheese/ creamy garlic sauce pizza with green peppers and just a slight hint of steak. Some slices had no steak at all. VERY disappointing.

  8. Deb says:

    The reason the sauce didn’t taste very garlic like is because it wasn’t garlic sauce – Ranch is what they are using.

  9. Joe. K. says:

    I have done this pizza before the last time they promoted it:

    1) You always have to order double beef.
    2) You always have to order double bell peppers.
    3) You always have to order extra sauce.
    4) Adding extra onions and probably mushrooms are a must.
    5) Add the extra cheese option (parm./rom.) mixture.
    6) Specify that you want the crust extra-baked (but not double-baked). It really doesn’t matter because their crust sucks anyway.
    7). Don’t bitch when they tell you your pizza is $20+.
    Just say no and then go order a decent pizza from Uncle Maddio’s or Marco’s. Note: Mellow Mushroom works well also.

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