Papa John's International, Inc. ranks as the third largest pizza chain in the United States, trailing only Pizza Hut (a division of YUM! Brands, Inc.) and Domino's, Inc. The company has built a chain of more than 2,800 pizza delivery and carry-out restaurants operating under the trademark "Papa John's" in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 international markets. Approximately 570 of the outlets are company owned, with the remainder being franchised. The firm also franchises about 115 Perfect Pizza restaurants in the United Kingdom. After the opening of its first store in 1985, Papa John's grew rapidly through the late 1990s before settling in as a more mature company in the following decade. In a highly competitive segment of the restaurant industry, Papa John's has managed to carve out a highly profitable niche by offering a very limited menu consisting of pizza, breadsticks, cheese sticks, chicken strips, chicken wings, and canned or bottled soft drinks; and by using high-quality ingredients and touting them in its trademark slogan "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza."



Fritos Chili Pizza

The Fritos pie traces back to the 1930s when Fritos were originally created, and is simply Fritos topped with chili and cheese, according to Papa John’s. The chain is essentially just taking that and putting it on the crust. The Fritos Chili Pizza has beef, chili, Roma tomatoes, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, and of course Fritos corn chips on Papa John's pizza dough.  In addition there's an extra handful of mozzarella.

Garlic Knots

Papa John's Copycat Recipe

Makes 16

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (16 oz.) tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, Parmesan, garlic powder, oregano, parsley and salt; set aside.

Halve each of the 8 biscuits, making 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 5 inch rope, about 1/2 inch thick, and tie into a knot, tucking the ends. Place knots onto the prepared baking sheet and brush each knot with half of the butter mixture. Place into oven and bake until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately, brushed with remaining butter mixture.

New Menu Items

Papa John's New Menu Items

  • Ultimate Meats Pizza features five types of meat, Papa John’s signature hand tossed crust, layered with all natural pizza sauce, a hearty helping of premium pepperoni, salami, sausage, center cut Canadian bacon and hickory smoked bacon. To top off this awe inspiring meal, the pizza is covered with mozzarella cheese, baked fresh and then sprinkled with bacon seasoning for an extra bacon flavor kick.
Availability though October 26, 2014

Italian Meats and Three Cheese Pizza


The Hearty Italian Meats has the 3-cheese blend (mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano), Italian salami, spicy Italian sausage, prosciutto and pepperoni.

Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie

Papa Johns Copycat Recipe

To sweeten the deal, customers can add Papa John’s New 8” Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie to their order. Filled with rich chocolate chips, baked fresh and cut into eight slices, the New 8” Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie is just $5.

How at make a giant chocolate chip cookie

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated chocolate chip cookies

Heat oven to 350. In ungreased 12 inch pizza pan, break up cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.