If you want a tasty pizza jam-packed with fresh, wholesome ingredients, check out the new Papa Murphys on Route 173 in Machesney Park.
Papa Murphys opened here March 9 and has an unusual conceptthey make the pizza, but you bake it. Therefore, part of the quality is dependent on the consumerif you burn your own pizza, you cant blame Papa Murphy!
Papa Murphys heaps on a lot of tasty, high quality ingredientsall of which are prepped dailythat are fresh and not frozen. There is no freezer in Papa Murphys store. As franchise owner Scott Campbell put it, Freezers leave us cold.
One delicious component of Papa Murphys is they use three different cheesesmozzarella, cheddar, and provolonenot just mozzarella like most places. I ordered a sausage and mushroom pizza, and it was delicious. Ive never bought a pizza with so many mushroom slices!
Besides the traditional red pizza sauce, Papa Murphys offers a white creamy garlic sauce that is good and, according to Campbell, becomes a fast favorite of many customers. Along with the great cheeses and sauces, the daily-made crust is soft and chewy.
I should warn you…when baking your Papa Murphys pizza, shoot for the low end of the recommended baking time. The printed instructions you receive when you buy your pizza say to bake at 425º for 12-18 minutes. I checked mine at 11 minutes and it was perfect, although admittedly my oven may run hot. Be sure to set your oven timer for the short end, then check every couple minutes after that.
Im very pleased with the high quality of Papa Murphys pizzasultra-fresh, tasty ingredients and lots of them. For example, the 14-inch large pepperoni pizza has a whopping 60 slices of pepperoni! (The 16-inch family size has 80 slices!) Thats a lot of pepperoni! Papa Murphys pizza makers have actually been instructed to count the pepperoni slices as they precisely hand-build your pizza!
Papa Murphys is priced reasonably on the spectrum of pizza prices. A large one-ingredient pizza is $7.99, then add only $1 for each topping after that (no matter what size pizza.) (See accompanying coupon worth $2 off any family size pizza at the new Papa Murphys.)
Although its open, watch for the official grand opening of the new Papa Murphys on Route 173. Campbell plans to eventually open three or four more in the Rockford area. Incidentally, all the employees I dealt with at Papa Murphys were courteous, professional, helpful and friendly, so give them a call tonight!
Papa Murphys prices range from $2.49 for cheesy bread and cookie dough to $13.99 for family-size stuffed pizzas. They also offer gourmet pizzas, deep dish pizzas, calzones, and salads. Papa Murphys is at 1558 West Lane Rd., Machesney Park (Route 173 between Alpine and Forest Hills, in the new Gateway shopping center.) Theyre open 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Call (815) 654-7222.