When was the last time you ordered a pizza that you had to bake yourself? In my opinion it sort of defeats the whole purpose of a pizza delivery. The expectation is you get hungry, you dial a number and should have your pizza arrive within 45 minutes or its free. As soon as you receive it, it’s yours to eat; you don’t want to have to worry about taking another 10-15 minutes to bake it. Or worry that your oven and its settings are not equivalent to the ones at a pizza pallor.
And yet here “Papa Murphy’s” exists. They claim they make their pizzas on the spot and you take it home to be baked to perfection. But don’t other pizza places make their pizzas upon request as well? And they take it one step further by taking the guess work out if baking. So that you will have it ready as soon as you open the door.
We were guests at our friend’s house and offered to buy dinner for everyone. He excitedly asked for “Papa Murphy’s”, claiming that theirs is the best pizza he has ever had. So off we went to pick it up, because they don’t deliver. Their slogan, “Take N’ Bake”.
The store is a counter top. Behind it stood 4 employees looking for something to do. Your pizza options are posted on signs behind them. You can choose from a predetermined “Papa Murphy’s” original or choose to have one with your own toppings. The varieties of pizzas classified as “deLITE”, “Signature & Gourmet”, and “Stuffed”. The “deLITEs” are artisan pizzas built atop their cracker thin crusts. Some include ingredients like artichoke hearts, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and grilled chicken. These seem to be pitched as the most health conscious of all the other options. The “Signature & Gourmet” pizzas boast the finest and freshest of ingredients to make these classics, and all on traditional crusts.
The “stuffed” pizzas are essentially two pizzas laid on top of one another, then braided together by their crusts to make one super pizza. Considering this was our first “Papa Murphy’s” experience, we didn’t want to get ahead of ourselves ordering the wild ones. And considering you can get a pepperoni or Hawaiian anywhere, we choose the “cheese burger pizza”. It was on special and was a limited time exclusive to the chain. We also got a classic that we know will be good in case: meat lovers. Two girls made our two pizza together. The glass divider separating us allowed us to watch as the dough was rolled, sauced, topped, and wrapped to go. Each pie came on a disposable, ready for the oven tray. And was heavily bound in plastic wrap so that no ingredients would fall and the pizza would survive the car ride, safely to your home. Though if all this required too much waiting, you can grab a pre made cheese and pepperoni pizza in their self server refrigeration unit. But doing so sort of feels lazy, and defeats the purpose of the made fresh before your eyes concept. There are also children sized pizzas in there as well, which can also use used for a grown adult’s individual serving.
You take your prize home and as the commercial says “love at 425 degrees”, our host swears it only needs 12 minutes. The cheese burger pizza tasted just like a cheese burger, but in a pizza platform with a chewy bready crust. This was thanks to its traditional cheese burger fixings: ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and of course tonnes of cheese. We opted out of the diced onions and were able to substitute it for sliced button mushrooms instead. My partner doesn’t like pickles so took the time to disperse it all over one half. And seeing as I was eating with French Canadians, their pizza was enjoyed with butter from tip to crust. I preferred my portions dunked into the cups of garlic and ranch dipping sauces that we got earlier at a $1 each. This pie was able to feed and fill four hungry adults.
On previous take out orders I have also enjoyed their pepperoni and hawaiian pizza split, and their garlic bread with marinara sauce for dipping.
Would I come back? – No. I live in the city and have my choice of any pizza pallor to take out or have deliver from. So why leave the comfort of your home when you can get your food brought right to your door? The pizzas were good, but truth is not so different that it is worth the drive to and pick up of.
Would I recommend it? – Yes. This is a great option for those who live in smaller towns, like our hosts did. If you are craving pizza and have no where that would deliver out to you, what are your options? If you purchase one in the city, by the time you got home to the country it would be cold. Clearly “Papa Murphy’s Take N’ Bake” is your best option for a freshness and taste that you can’t find in a frozen box. Hence all the locations on the outskirts of town. Don’t deny your cravings.