REVIEW: Papa John’s Papadias

Update: We tried the Parmesan Crusted Papadia! Click here to read our review.

Update: We also reviewed the Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia.

Update: We also reviewed the Double Cheeseburger Papadia.

If you’re tired of pizza chains adding more toppings to their crust, then you’ll be delighted to know that Papa John’s has taken a different approach with their new Papadias. Inspired by the Italian flatbread sandwich known as piadina, these portable delights have been launched nationwide after a successful testing phase. Finally, a pizza chain that understands what we really want!

The Papadias come in four delicious varieties: Italian, Philly Cheesesteak, Grilled BBQ Chicken & Bacon, and Meatball Pepperoni. However, I have a feeling that the Philly Cheesesteak was the crowd favorite, as it’s the hero image on all the posters and the website. But let’s dive into the details of each flavor and see why these part-pizza, part-sandwich creations are such a hit.

Double Cheeseburger

Zesty burger sauce, seasoned beef, dill pickles, and signature cheese. Served with a zesty burger dipping sauce.

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with cheeseburger pizzas. And Papa John’s new Double Cheeseburger Papadia is not helping my cause! This limited-time offering comes with a zesty burger sauce, a quarter pound of seasoned beef, dill pickles, and signature cheese. If you’re a fan of pickles, you’ll love this one, as it has a strong pickle flavor. The meatiness could have been more pronounced, but overall, it’s a tasty option.

Grilled Buffalo Chicken

Grilled chicken, onions, signature cheese, three-cheese blend, buttermilk ranch buffalo sauce. Served with a ranch dipping cup.

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If you’re a fan of Buffalo wings, you might be a bit disappointed with the Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia. While it’s inspired by the classic flavor, it lacks the tangy heat that you would expect. The sparse dabs of Buffalo sauce don’t deliver the same punch. However, if you’re looking for a reliably tasty option, this one won’t disappoint.

Meatball Pepperoni

Spicy meatballs, pepperoni, pizza sauce, mozzarella, and classic Italian seasoning. Served with a pizza sauce dipping cup.

The Meatball Pepperoni Papadia is a winner in my book. The combination of spicy meatballs, pepperoni, pizza sauce, mozzarella, and classic Italian seasoning creates a mouthwatering flavor profile. The meatballs are cut in half, ensuring every bite has a good amount of meatball and/or pepperoni. This Papadia is like a meatball sub without the mess. Truly delicious!

Grilled BBQ Chicken & Bacon

Grilled chicken, bacon, fresh-cut onions, mozzarella, and sweet and smoky BBQ sauce. Served with a BBQ sauce dipping cup.

The smell of the Grilled BBQ Chicken & Bacon Papadia is enough to make your mouth water. The generous drizzle of sweet and smoky BBQ sauce complements the mild mozzarella, savory bacon, and sharp onion strips perfectly. It’s like a Carl’s Jr Western Bacon Cheeseburger but easier to eat. Who doesn’t love a version of their favorite with less mess?


Alfredo sauce, spicy Italian sausage, salami, mozzarella, and banana peppers. Served with a pizza sauce dipping cup.

The Italian Papadia aims to capture the flavors of a classic Italian sandwich. However, the warm/cooked interpretation doesn’t quite live up to the cold cut meat flavors and the crunch of banana peppers. The Alfredo sauce gets lost in the blend of salami and spicy Italian sausage, and the lack of heat is a letdown. Nevertheless, it’s still a decent option for those craving familiar Italian flavors.

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Philly Cheesesteak

Sliced Philly steak, fresh-cut onions, green peppers, mozzarella, and the chain’s Philly sauce. Served with a garlic sauce dipping cup.

The Philly Cheesesteak Papadia has all the flavors you would expect from a Philly cheesesteak, with the dominant taste of green bell peppers and onions. However, the texture of the “sliced” Philly steak falls short, feeling more like ground beef than the traditional thin slices. If you’re a texture enthusiast like me, this might be a deal-breaker. But if you can look past that, it’s still a decent option.

Besides personal preferences for flavors and textures, all the Papadias were well-sauced and didn’t need any extra love. From the tastiness and viability of this innovation, it wouldn’t be surprising to see other pizza chains coming out with their own versions soon.

Purchased Price: $6 each