The Papa John’s BBQ Beef Brisket Pizza – American style pizza delivered
We’re all striving for authenticity now. It seems that a cheerful spag bol or chicken tikka masala can no longer be considered but has been consigned to the bin of wrong-ness. Likewise, a pizza has to closely resemble one straight from a Neapolitan or Sicilian pizzeria otherwise it’s just not worth considering. I, however, have a different opinion – one of the interesting things about food is how different cultures and cuisines interact, cross fertilize and inspire new taste combinations. As a quick and easy street food, pizza is one of those dishes that must have been subject to the widest range of changes from its original form.
Papa John’s pizza delivery service operate from more than 250 locations throughout the UK and pride themselves on using quality ingredients, including making their own fresh dough. We tried their BBQ Beef Brisket from our local store. On top of a standard pizza base are small pieces of burnt ends – slow cooked beef brisket from British and Irish beef – as well as crispy onions and back bacon, and the whole thing is topped with a drizzle of a sweet BBQ sauce made with Cola. It is most definitely not a pizza topping that could claim to be authentic in any way, but as Papa John’s is an American style pizza company anything goes.
It was actually really enjoyable; the savoury-ness umami of the beef working well with the sweetness of the sauce. The large 14″ thin crust pizza (£17.49) had a nice balance of toppings to the dough, which was nicely thin without any doughniess, and would have happily served 3, or 4 with plenty of salad on the side. Like when we tried the Papa John’s Hawaiian we appreciated the lack of salt, and again were not gasping for water an hour after eating, as is so often the case with delivery pizzas.
Ordering is easy, using website or by phone; payment on the web can even be made with PayPal. So the next time that we fancy something, and want to indulge in an American-inspired pizza, browsing the Papa John’s website is up there as a strong possibility. I quite like the look of the chargrilled chicken.
Our pizza was from the Papa John’s Hammersmith branch,
356 King Street
0208 748 0099
Review commissioned by Papa John’s, who also sent us a pizza for review. All opinions our own.