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Papa Johns pizza "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza." is the simple message that Papa John's Pizza delivers.

Setting itself apart by focusing on quality, the fast food pizza operation with the old fashioned name is cashing in on its mission to best the competition by using fresher ingredients and authentic flavors.

The gamble seems to be paying off, as the chain has grown to become the largest take-out and delivery pizza restaurant in the US behind Pizza Hut and Domino's. From a basic recipe that helped lure customers to a local tavern owned by his father, Papa John's owner John Schnatter has taken his quest for "the Perfect Pizza" to produce more than $280 million in revenues (2009) at 3,000 Papa John's locations across the nation, 200 in the UK, and 50 worldwide.

Papa John's history

Early on, John Schnatter realized the value and popularity of pizza while working part-time as a pizza delivery boy during his high school and college days.

Upon graduating, he began working for his father, who was co-owner of the tavern Mick's Lounge in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In 1983, he sold his car (a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28) for $2800 to buy out the bar's co-owner and began serving pizza to customers under the Papa John's banner.

His pizza proved so popular that three years later Schnatter had his first franchise, as he embarked on a series of innovations that got the fast food pizza industry buzzing.

Papa John's firsts

Today, Papa John's is recognized as the first major pizza chains to deliver fresh (not frozen) dough to its franchises, and were the first to include immensely popular dipping sauces.

By 2002, the chain also became the first to offer online ordering which now accounts for almost half of all Papa John's orders nationwide. (Online ordering is also now available in Canada, the UK and Ireland, and South Korea.) In addition to delivery, Papa John's also focuses on party catering with complete packages of pizza, drinks and dessert, or a custom menu for specific catering choices order in person, by phone or online.

By 2009, after more than two decades in operation, John Schnatter had realized his dream by taking his pizza from a neighborhood bar to a wildly successful chain operation, and made his fortune. But there was another happy ending in store...

Schnatter gets his Camaro back

Having sold his beloved Chevrolet Camaro back in 1983, Schnatter later spent years trying to get it back when he hit upon the idea of creating a Web site to publicize his search with a $250,000 reward to whoever found it. Hearing about the search, Kentucky owner Jeffery Robinson delivered the car to a grateful Schnatter and collected the "finder's fee".

Looking much as it did when he first sold it in 1983, the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is now on display at Papa John's headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky as a monument to personal sacrifice, ingenuity, and reward.

Papa John's menu

Small Original Crust Pizza, Large Original Crust Pizza, Big Papa Original Crust Pizza,
Small Thin Crust Pizza, Large Thin Crust Pizza, Big Papa Thin Crust Pizza, The Works, The Meats, Spicy Italian, Garden Fresh, Tuscan Six Cheese, Spinach Alfredo, BBQ Chicken & Bacon, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

Toppings - Pepperoni, sausage, spicy Italian sausage, ham, hickory-smoked bacon, grilled chicken, onions and peppers, baby portabella mushrooms, roma tomatoes, black olives, sweet pineapple, extra cheese

Sides & Extras - BBQ sauce, garlic sauce, Ranch sauce, pizza sauce, cheese sauce, nacho cheese sauce, Buffalo sauce, breadsticks, cheesesticks, red pepper shakers, parmesan shakers, spice shakers, jalapeno shakers, pepperoncinis

More about Papa John's around the Web:

Papa John' - The official site with information on special offers, menu and nutrition information, locations finder, online ordering and catering, company history and background, and a guide to franchise ownership.

Papa John's Pizza - Wikipedia - The complete history including biographical details on its founder, corporate earnings and company stats, photos, related references and resources.

Papa John's Franchise Information - Overview from with information on franchise growth and rankings, costs and startup fees, and what to expect in terms of corporate help and support.

Papa John's Pizza Sauce Recipe - Claiming to be the original recipe with complete ingredients and instructions.


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