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Nsarcane 20 days ago

Large Cheese Pizza

To specify, I ordered a large cheese pizza but had pepperoni added. A few months back I had also tried the Hawaiian pizza. Both are highly recommended. Regardless of Papa Joe's chosen price ranges for any pizza, the hard truth is that the price brackets provide vast space for countless competitors. This is perhaps doubly true for a place that's not even dedicated solely to pizza. For the city of Moreno Valley in particular, however, choosing this as your go-to for pizza is a simpler choice than it may seem, and for even simpler reasons. Overall quality: There isn't a single facet of their pizza that I could be critical of so far (I've ordered from here at least five times over the past few months). If you want consistency and no compromise on the ingredients or how they're implemented, this is a no-brainer choice as a go-to. The quality is high enough that the average pizza shop's best day can't match or surpass Papa Joe's worst, local shops and franchises alike. Flavor: One of the more prevalent elements setting Papa Joe's pizza apart. The cheese, the sauce and the toppings have prominent flavors that coalesce to harmonize, yet remain remarkably discrete at all times. It's more like you're exploring the flavors and their nuances instead of the pizza being mere boring triangles that're nebulously pizza-flavored. The crust is always the distinct flavor of fresh dough that manages to stand out well despite the clearly more potent flavors of the sauce and toppings. The sauce is attention-grabbing with its savory leading edge and trailing tinge of sweetness that I catch myself looking for and still finding no matter what toppings I order. The cheese, besides its texture and uniform distribution, surprisingly doesn't come off as muted or subdued despite the strength of the sauce and sharp savory notes from the pepperoni which pleasantly offset the richness of the dough and cheese. I know of very few pizza places that managed to find such chemistry in their ingredients (more on this later). Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes never cross my mind when I order here; this pizza needs absolutely no help. Texture: Perhaps an odd topic for something as straightforward as pizza, but I'm of the opinion that if there are people who index for texture more than flavor, this is the one aspect where Papa Joe's clearly outclasses everyone else I've tried. I suspect texture may be the deciding factor to make someone switch from their previous go-to and be hard-pressed to choose anyone else again. For my preferences, they seriously have it perfected. The crust is beautifully airy, light, and flaky with a supple yet crisp exterior. The interior is a moist, chewy affair of I'd say substantial volume. Thin crust fans will need to adjust their order if this isn't your preference, but in terms of texture quality alone, this crust has established its own class. The cheese pulls away in threads when hot enough, but I've not had any occasion where I pulled away and entire sheet's worth of cheese in one bite. The pepperoni is thin-sliced and crisp around the edges with a more tender center, but there will also be slices that are fully crisped. The textures all around are as distinct and nuanced as the range of flavors; it's certainly not a bore to eat. Who competes: For my tastes and preferences there are, or were, only two or three. I'll get the first one out of the way as it's permanently closed: Lorenzo's Pizza on Ironwood and Heacock Avenue. It was a sports bar located five minutes or less away from Papa Joe's. They made good pizza, comparable for the prices they charged. Of course I'm going by memory here, but I found Papa Joe's to be marginally better for flavor and markedly better for texture. If for some reason Papa Joe's wasn't an option, Lorenzo's was the best nearby alternative that was consistently quality in every respect. The second is Red Maple Pizza on Perris Boulevard and Red Maple Lane. Red Maple closes the gap a bit more than Lorenzo's did, but while they do make great pizza, expect to pay more. In fact, for the price factor alone I would have to give the edge to Papa Joe's--they accomplish just as much but charge less. It's the same as before: I find Papa Joe's to be marginally better for flavor and markedly better for texture. If you're craving pepperoni pizza or Hawaiian pizza specifically, Papa Joe's wins on both fronts decisively (more flavorful pepperoni on the former, more flavorful sauce and ham on the latter). For other specialty pizzas that they both happen to offer, that'll be up to you to compare, but I've not yet encountered a case where they trade blows--Papa Joe's was always slightly better in every category at minimum. Third is Antonio's Pizza on East Alessandro. Having ordered from here several times, the results are similar: Papa Joe's marginally wins on flavor but wins conclusively on texture. Unlike Red Maple Pizza, Antonio's pizza closes the pricing gap more, but certain people may find that, well, the money you save on food is spent on the ride to pick up the food (assuming you're doing pickup). Red Maple and Antonio's are much farther away from me than Papa Joe's is, but that's also how far I had to search to find anyone who competes. Hopefully anyone reading now sees why I bothered including texture as a category. It's no exaggeration to say that the superior texture arguably sets them apart even more than the flavor does. It's one of the most prominent differences there is. But again, if for any reason Papa Joe's is not an option, Red Maple and Antonio's are very capable shops that're able to get you 85% to 90% of the way there to the kind of quality Papa Joe's offers. It's only a matter of deciding how much that last 10 to 15 percent matters to you, relative to your flavor and texture preferences. Bottom line: If you live in MoVal or you're passing through, don't be surprised if this ends up being your go-to for pizza. As convoluted as this review is, the actual decision really is *that* easy.

Joe 6 months ago

Pastrami Pizza

Great pizza and great place to watch sports. Kaitlyn is always my favorite waitress and bartender. She's always so friendly, and goes above and beyond to make our experience the best. We never have to wait for food or drinks when she is working

Joe 7 months ago

Cheese Deluxe

Was the best pizza I have ever had in my life thank you Papajoes keep the good work

Elizabeth 4 months ago

Ex-Large Cheese Pizza

This is the best pizza i have had in a long time. Since discovering this place about 4 months ago, it is the only place i go for pizza. The bread is baked to perfection. The sauce and cheese are delicious.

Joe 6 months ago

Hawaiian Special

Great pizza at a great price! I've only been able to take advantage of the carry out service but I stumbled across this place while getting poor service over at Farmer Boys. They have a great deal for pizza between 12-5pm. The smell alone is inviting when you open the box. The pepperoni crispy and the cheese and sauce very good. The crust is just right as it is a little crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. It's a much better deal than Little Caesar's who's sauce to me has a metallic taste and the crust like cardboard. It's now my go to pizza and good to support a local business during these tough times. I've gone back at least 3 times in two weeks since my initial order. The photo included is of my order during their special between 12-5pm - it's a medium cheese with pepperoni for $6.50 - it's definitely worth a try for that price.


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