Just because a pizza calls itself New York style doesn’t mean it’s actually New York style.

The Papa Johns pizza franchise recently introduced a new addition to their menu; New York Style.

While this seemingly sounds like a good thing, it really isn’t anything more than marketing fraud.

I used to think it wasn’t possible for me to get mad at pizza, but it happened.

I normally don’t care much for the “big 3” pizza companies (Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Papa Johns), but seeing as how there was a new pie in the world of pizza, I figured I’d give it a go. I ordered it online, then waited patiently for it to arrive.

When it showed up, it actually smelled like a New York style pizza. I thought to myself, “Hmm…could they have actually done this right?” I opened the box top and looked inside. I then said, “It looks like a Papa Johns pizza.” I didn’t notice anything special about it.

I took a bite of it and thought, “It tastes like a Papa Johns pizza.”

At this point, I was mildly confused, but I was also a little angry. I most certainly was not impressed. I should have known better, and I shouldn’t have actually had high hopes of a national corporate fast food pizza chain doing something right, because based on past experiences, they don’t. I had become an unfortunate victim of pizza fraud.

The press release put out by Papa Johns said, “The limited-time menu item has eight oversized, foldable slices with “the right balance of crust and toppings.” I spent a few minutes sampling the pizza piece by piece. I ate some of the crust by itself. I tasted the cheese individually, then the sauce. I was trying to figure out what exactly was different from a regular Papa Johns pizza.

To the best of my intensive scientific research, the answer was nothing.

It seems they took a regular large size pizza dough and stretched it a little further to call it extra large. Doing so makes the crust slightly thinner, which is more consistent with New York style, but the taste was still undoubtedly Papa Johns. It seems they added a little Parmesan cheese, which is what I smelled when it first arrived, but it wasn’t enough to convince any respectful pizza connoisseur.

In short, the genius marketers at Papa Johns are charging more for the same pizza under a different name…

Well played, but I won’t fall for it again.

At least I had a coupon. Had I paid full price, I would have been even more upset, but if you like Papa Johns pizza, have at it. You’ll probably enjoy it. But if you’re expecting to bite into a true taste of New York, you’re going to be sadly disappointed. There’s an old saying that goes like this; “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” As I mentioned, it’s still a Papa Johns pizza regardless of how it’s marketed.

While we’re talking about pizza fraud, the Pizza Hut Detroit style isn’t really Detroit style.

If you want New York style, don’t get a crappy fast food pizza substitute. Go to a real New York style pizza place (preferably in NY). If you can’t get to New York for the real thing, at least find some neighborhood mom and pop shop to support.

~ Marty ~

For the record, I only ordered the Papa Johns pizza for research purposes.

I allowed myself to become a victim so you won’t.

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