I very rarely order food in. Maybe once every few months and it’s not often that its pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza but I often find it a bit of a let down. The toppings aren’t generous enough or exciting enough for me and ahh don’t get me started on an overly doughy base.
When Papa John’s got in touch and asked me to try out their new Arabian Pulled Lamb pizza I thought ..why not? I love lamb although I have never considered having it on a pizza before. Living in Wales the lamb I normally eat is roasted and served with mint sauce but I am always excited to try new flavours. The Arabian lamb certainly did not disappoint, in fact it’s full of delicious spice combinations and more than a little fiery which luckily I really enjoy.
I have never actually had a pizza from Papa John’s before although I had heard a lot of good things about them. Here is a little bit of background to the brand:
“Bake a better pizza and the world will beat a path to your door.” That maxim has been at the heart of our thinking at Papa John’s since our founder, John Schnatter, baked his first pizzas back in 1972 for the customers in his father’s tavern in Indiana.
What’s the secret of Papa John’s success? Is it preparing a better dough? Using better ingredients? Employing better people? Being committed to delivering ‘a better pizza experience’? Truth is, it’s all of those elements. And together, they help us continue to make Papa John’s a consistently and reliably ‘Better Pizza’.
So what’s on it?
Lets start with the succulent pulled lamb shoulder, slow-cooked for eight hours and marinated in a blend of Middle Eastern spices, add to that sliced pepperoncini, red onions and a layer of pepper confit finished off with fresh tangy tomatoes – and it works. It really works.
It arrived with a tub of their garlic sauce which is pretty potent and so good, I also served it with an additional homemade sriracho mayo ( I do love a good dip ) and a green salad. Perfect Friday night food. Maybe I added a rum and coke too..maybe.
There is a very good chance I will be ordering in pizza more often now that I know how good it can be and I have just discovered that there is a Papa John’s around the corner from my office…which could be dangerous!
- My pizza was complimentary for the purpose of this review and I was compensated for my time.