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July 3, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Papa John's unlimited toppings

ToppingsA reader named Ittsi points out:

I was ordering pizza from Papa John's online and wanted to choose toppings. Note the third option: "Unlimited toppings"! Wow! Except that right under it, in parentheses, it says "Maximum five toppings per pizza." That's not so unlimited.


Limitedly Unlimited?! AWSOME

Posted by: Horatio at July 3, 2006 12:22 AM

Oh... FIRST!!

Posted by: Horatio at July 3, 2006 12:23 AM

for 22 seconds Horatio's post had dignity.

Posted by: gmangw at July 3, 2006 12:29 AM

how many toppings do you need? five is a lot. Two is enough for me. Maybe you're broken if you really really crave that sixth or seventh topping to round it out. end up with a freakin pile o' pizza

Posted by: La Trousse Rouge at July 3, 2006 12:34 AM

I have worked in a pizzaria for 12 years and you would be amazed at what some people order on their pizza, and how many different types of toppings they mix together. I don't blame Papa Johns for limiting their toppings(if you don't the pizza won't bake properly, although five is pretty limited) but they shouldn't adertise unlimited if it isn't.

Posted by: lefty-chef at July 3, 2006 01:27 AM

Off topic, but:

"for 22 seconds Horatio's post had dignity."

Someone should screenshot those 'first' posts and submit it back here. Though I don't know if it will ever get chosen.

I want anchovies on my breadsticks!

Posted by: Trent Chernecki at July 3, 2006 01:41 AM

Unlimited (limited to 5) is a lot more impressive looking than just five. It's very heartlessly marketing.

Posted by: Maurs at July 3, 2006 03:17 AM

_@_v - the worst thing is that two of the toppings counted in that "unilmited toppings" pizza are sauce and cheese...

_@_v - and the box the pizza comes in, counts as a third "topping"...

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at July 3, 2006 04:34 AM

This reminds me of the "unlimited" internet access you used to get from several dial-up ISPs. I went to broadband about six years ago, but I can only imagine that the situation has gotten worse since then.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at July 3, 2006 06:44 AM

That is so useless. Imagine that people were allowed to talk like these marketing gimmicks:

Papa John: I have unlimited IQ! (limit 100)

ha ha

Posted by: devin the artist at July 3, 2006 07:41 AM

If the 'unlimited' limit includes the cheese and tomato base, could you ask for the option of *no* toppings - meaning you'd just get a cooked pizza base?

Posted by: Robert at July 3, 2006 08:03 AM

This reminds me of a cartoon I saw when I was a kid. One of the characters had a lemonade stand and advertised "All you can drink lemonade for 5 cents". The protagonist and his friends buy some lemonade and when they empty their glasses they ask for more and the proprietor asks for another nickel each. When the protagonist points out the "all you can drink" advertisement, the proprietor says, "That's all you CAN drink for 5 cents."

This is definitely broken. Obviously, this was intended to be a marketing gimmick to get people to pay attention. The problem is that it is a bald-faced lie.

Posted by: eBob at July 3, 2006 09:20 AM

The policy should be changed to "unlimited toppings up to a total weight of xx ounces". Fill in xx with a reasonable number. The more toppings. the less of each. Order 25 toppings and you get 1 piece of each.

Posted by: Dennis at July 3, 2006 10:25 AM


"could you ask for the option of *no* toppings - meaning you'd just get a cooked pizza base?"

You can indeed. I had to order this in Pizza Hut once for a somewhat strange French exchange student who insisted she would only eat that. She referred to it as "pate" which took some understanding. I mean, pate isn't typical Pizza Hut fare...

Posted by: anon at July 3, 2006 02:52 PM

Lets see, a "The Works" Pizza at Papa Johns has: pepperoni, ham, onions, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and olives. That's _seven_ toppings. Why on earth would unlimited toppings have less toppings than one with "The Works"?

Posted by: figmentpez at July 3, 2006 05:58 PM

No, of course it's unlimited toppings. Buy however many 3-medium-pizza sets you want, each with up to 5 toppings.

Posted by: Fuzzy at July 3, 2006 06:25 PM

Reminds me of Domino's a few years ago.. I had ordered online and they called me up and told me that in the future Unlimited toppings didn't include double toppings.. unlimited unless you want extra cheese or extra sauce

Posted by: infinity306 at July 3, 2006 06:37 PM

dude -- what's broken is ordering pizza from papa john's. throw away the pizza and eat the box; it will taste better, never mind the toppings

Posted by: lk at July 4, 2006 06:16 PM

'All you can Eat' buffet. After stuffing down several plates of food, the manager tells you 'Thats ALL YOU CAN EAT' now get out!

Posted by: Fat Mat and Kit Kat band at July 5, 2006 03:31 PM

Definitely broken. Unlimited toppings with a limit (especially a limit lower than another pizza they offer) is broken.

And some of us do like piles and piles of toppings. Sometimes that's how I get my veggies for the day (though not from Papa Johns)

Posted by: SillyGirl at July 6, 2006 04:06 PM

Almost LAST!

ROFL that's rediculous! If it's not unlimited, don't call it unlimited! Jeez...


Posted by: Another guy named Alex B at July 6, 2006 07:15 PM


Posted by: Robert Paulson at July 9, 2006 09:58 PM


I hate to break it to you Bob, but no you're not.

Posted by: last times infinity at July 10, 2006 06:28 PM

I just checked their site and didn't see it. If true it is deceptive and should be reported to the BBB in their home town and the attorney general of their home state (I would try both state of HQ and incorporation).

Lawsuits aren't the answer - calling and complaining by ordering a 6 topping pizza and insisting on the unlimited price is. But, that gets old pretty fast. Lawsuits are forever.

Posted by: Jon at July 10, 2006 07:07 PM

That is the stupidest disclaimer ever.

Posted by: wafflecannon at July 31, 2006 08:19 PM

its 2 pizzas 10 topings

4 20

Posted by: me at August 18, 2006 09:37 PM

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