Papa John’s – Different Pizza Types

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Papa John’s is certainly one of my favorite pizza places that is famous for its variety of choices and delicious toppings. Today, I will be your guide guide through their sprawling menu of pizza types. We have a lot to cover, so let’s get straight to it!

Papa John's Types of Pizzas

You Can Build Your Own Pizza

It all starts with a blank canvas. It doesn’t matter if you’re a minimalist or a maximalist in your pizza preferences, creating your own pizza at Papa John’s means steering the ship yourself. You get to pick from their array of crusts which include:

Original Crust

The classic, made fresh with six simple ingredients, sporting a hand-tossed vibe.

Garlic Epic Stuffed Crust

For garlic lovers, this crust takes the cheesy experience up a notch with both stuffing and a drizzle of garlic.

Epic Stuffed Crust

It’s like the original, but with cheese stealthily tucked within. Very tasty and one of my favorites!

XL New York Style Crust

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Bigger, bolder, and perfect for folding, this one is meant for those who like their slices large and potent.

Thin Crust

A crispy, lighter option for everyone who’s calorie-conscious.

Gluten-Free Pizza

Made from a blend of sorghum, teff, amaranth, and quinoa—but a heads-up, not suitable for those with Celiac Disease due to cross-contamination risks.

A Flavor for Every Palate

Now, it doesn’t matter if you are a meat fanatic or a veggie lover, choosing toppings and sizes of your choice is the next step. You can choose from:

  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Cheese
  • And more, tailored to your taste.

Specialties Worth Mentioning

If customizing isn’t your thing, fear not—Papa John’s has a lineup of pre-curated pizzas dubbed the ‘Handcrafted Specialties.’ Here’s a peek:

NY Style Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni Pizza

You haven’t lived until you’ve had the NY Style Crispy Cuppy ‘Roni Pizza. This pie has slapped some crispy, curly pepperoni on an extra-large crust that is really, really big.

The sauce? As creamy as a dream, and the cheese? A three-way blend that’ll make you forget every other pizza you’ve ever had.

The Works Pizza

The Works Pizza is like someone dared Papa John’s chefs to find out how many toppings can possibly fit on a single slice. There’s a mountain of pepperoni, strips of Canadian bacon, sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, olives, and cheese.

When your stomach’s growling loud, this should be your go-to. It’s rich, potent, and super delicious.

The Meats Pizza

Now this one has a self-explenatory name. It has pepperoni sausage, beef, bacon smoked with the finest hickory a tree can offer, and Canadian bacon that’s been cut into fancy little strips.

And let’s not forget the pièce de résistance: it’s all gloriously smothered with cheese made from real mozzarella. Authentic, delicious, and rich.

Zesty Italian Trio Pizza

This is a little Italian escapade on a plate. Picture this: zesty Italian sausage, salami, pepperoni, and banana peppers. Yes, zesty is the appropriate name for this one. What’s really special about this pie is its three-cheese blend, topped with the real MVP, mozzarella.

All of this lounging luxuriously on Papa John’s signature sauce and original fresh dough. To finish it off, they sprinkle a bit of classic Italian seasoning for that extra spice.

Meatball Pepperoni Pizza

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Meatball Pepperoni Pizza has a nice setup of ingredients. There are juicy meatballs and zesty pepperoni laying on a bed of cheese – not one, not two, but a three-cheese blend.

To add more authenticity, they throw on some real cheese made from mozzarella and bake all the ingredients on Papa John’s original crust.

Super Hawaiian Pizza

Oh, the Super Hawaiian Pizza is super-rich. It has chunks of pineapple, Canadian bacon, and the hickory-smoked bacon.

They also toss in a trio of cheeses that melt together like a dream and top it all off with mozzarella. All of this rests with their signature sauce and a bed of fresh dough.

Ultimate Pepperoni

This one is like the standard pepperoni pizza went to the gym and bulked up. There’s a whooping 30% more pepperoni, so yes, it truly is the ultimate pepperoni pizza  The dough? Fresh as ever. The sauce? Papa John’s signature blend.

Aside from mozzarella they also sprinkle a little Parmesan and Romano on top. And let’s not forget the classic Italian seasoning that adds that special something to the whole experience.

BBQ Chicken Bacon Pizza

This isn’t your standard pizza. It’s a Southern-style smoky BBQ mixture that’ll take your breath away. The sauce alone is so tangy that it changes the whole dynamic of the flavor.

The toppings are something else. There’s perfectly grilled chicken, hickory-smoked bacon, some fresh-cut onions for a bit of crunch, and mozzarella.

Fiery Buffalo Chicken Pizza

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Papa John’s has taken the bold buffalo flavor and cranked it up a notch. Or ten. This pizza has their original crust drenched in a new buffalo sauce that’s really sharp.

But wait, there’s more! They’ve piled on the grilled chicken, and to add more balance, they threw in some hickory-smoked bacon. There’s also some fresh-cut onions and mozzarella.

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of Papa John’s finest creations, I can confidently say that this pie is by far my favorite. This pizza is like the ultimate fan tribute to the king of hot sandwiches.

It’s got all the meaty, cheesy ingredients you’d expect, but with a twist. Some even dare to call it one of the best Papa John’s pizza varieties out there. And I must agree on that one.

Pepperoni, Sausage & Six Cheese Pizza

This pizza has everything you need. There’s Mozzarella, the life of every pizza party and the sophisticated Italian duo of Romano and Parmesan. You’ll also taste Asiago, Provolone, and Fontina.

And let’s not forget about the pepperoni and sausagethat are bringing the extra heat and the flavor. To top it all off, they sprinkle Italian herb seasonings.

Meatless Options For the Veggie Lovers

Papa John's unique veggie pizza

Not to be overlooked, the vegetarians among us have some tantalizing options:

  • Extra Cheesy Alfredo Pizza
  • Fresh Spinach & Tomato Alfredo Pizza
  • Garden Fresh Pizza
  • Tuscan Six Cheese Pizza


So there you have it, a tour of Papa John’s pizza menu. There’s something for everyone. Whether you lean towards a classic cheese on a thin crust or feel adventurous with a stuffed garlic epic, you’re sure to find your favorite flavor.