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."




Papa John's $5 Sides


  • Breadsticks
  • 10 inch Chesesticks
  • Garlic Knots
  • 6 piece Wings
  • 10 piece Chicken Poppers
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie

Greek Pizza

This limited time offer starts May 25 and lasts through June 28, 2015. The delicious Greek Pizza features Papa John’s fresh, never frozen, original hand tossed pizza dough and is layered with both its signature pizza sauce and rich basil pesto. Next, it’s topped with ripe black olives, fresh Roma tomatoes, premium pepperoni, feta cheese crumbles and mozzarella cheese, and garnished with banana peppers.

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 at Papa John's Pizza

Papa John’s New Items:

  • Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Cheesesticks: Bread sticks layered with hickory-smoked bacon, Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, and baked, $5 with the order of two large, two-topping pizzas
  • Wisconsin Cheese Stuffed Cheesesticks: Bread sticks topped with asiago, fontina, provolone and mozzarella cheeses, and baked, $5 with the order of two large, two-topping pizzas

Availability: Through Jan. 19, 2017


Papa John’s Pizza New Item: 

  • Pan Pizza, a deep-dish pizza with a caramelized cheese crust that’s crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a variation on Papa John’s pizza sauce and guests’ choice of other toppings, current introductory price is $10, will eventually rise to around $12, depending on location, compared to a large original cheese, which is around $13.

Availability: Permanent, starting Oct. 16, 2016


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.

Chipotle Chicken and Bacon Pizza

Reinforcing its customer happiness leadership position, Papa John’s today unveiled a new pizza that is sure to delight customers nationwide — the New Chipotle Chicken & Bacon pizza.

A savory combination of creamy chipotle sauce, sliced Chicken Poppers, smoky bacon, fresh sliced Roma tomatoes, and grated cheddar cheese along with 100% real cheese made from mozzarella, the New Chipotle Chicken & Bacon pizza is only $11 through Dec. 29, 2013

Five Sausage Pizza

New at Papa John’s, the Five Sausage Pizza featuring chorizo, pork sausage, mild and spicy Italian sausage and smoked sausage.  Available for $10 (large) for a limited time.


Papa John's Copycat Recipe

Pizza Dough
1 tablespoon of melted butter
lots of cinnamon
1/2 cup + 1/3 cup of flour
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of shortening
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
3 tablespoons of milk
3/4 teaspoon of vanilla

Roll out the pizza dough on a pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Perforate pizza dough with the dough. Brush melted butter over the pizza dough and completely cover the dough with cinnamon. (If you like less cinnamon you don't have to go as crazy with it). Prepare the topping by mixing all the ingredients using a fork. Sprinkle all over the cinnamon dough. Pop into the oven at 460 degrees for 10-12 minutes. While pizza is cooking, make the icing. Mix all the ingredients together. If the icing is too thick, add extra milk. When pizza is done, drizzle icing all over the pizza.