This is a decent option for people who haven't been raised on authentic NY-style pizza. I have three main issues with their pizzas:
- They put cheddar cheese on every pizza. Yeah, that's right - cheddar. I've never heard of such a thing in my life, although the cheese they use lacks "sharpness," so while this is a gross violation of pizza-making code, it's not a deal breaker.
- Their crust tastes like the kind of pizza crust that comes from one of those Pillsbury cans. It lacks taste and is greasy. It feels like it's there only because it has to be.
- I'll give them a lot of credit regarding topping quantity - they don't skimp. However, the quality of those toppings is suspect. Take the pepperoni for example. Remove a slice from your pizza and hold it up to the light. You can actually see through it, something that you should never be able to do. The taste isn't that much better - instead of getting a decent amount of meat in each slice of pepperoni, you get a lot of fat, which loads the pizza with grease. Back in New York only cheap places that sold large $5 "recessional" pies would get away with this.
Think about the name of this place - "Papa Murphy's." I've learned to avoid pizzerias named after Irishmen, and I'm Irish myself!