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The Most Popular Papadia Flavors at Papa John’s

If you are a fan of Papa John’s, you might have heard of the chain’s signature menu item – Papadias.

Papadia is a flatbread sandwich inspired by the Northern Italy piadina, a crepe-like sandwich usually filled with cheese and ham.

Unlike the crepe-like piadina, Papa John’s Papadias are made with a thicker and crunchier focaccia-style flatbread infused with a hefty dose of Parmesan cheese.

The result is Parmesan-crusted goodness that oozes with flavor.

Depending on your preferences, you can create your own Papadia with your choice of sauce, cheese, meat, and veggies.

When it comes to sauces, Papa John’s offers BBQ, Ranch, Buffalo, Alfredo, Special Garlic, Blue Cheese, Pizza Sauce, Cheese, and Honey Mustard.

You can choose between Parmesan Romano or Papa John’s 3-cheese blend for your cheese option.

As for the meats, you can choose from spicy Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, meatballs, bacon strips, sausage, anchovies, salami, Philly steak, grilled chicken, bacon, beef, and pepperoni.

If you want to skip customizing and order from the menu, here are the 10 best Papa John’s Papadias to try.

10. Italian Papadia

I would say this is my least favorite out of all papadia flavors. It has a blend of Italian sausage, salami, onions, and green peppers wrapped in their signature flatbread.

It’s all right by any means, but the Alfredo sauce and banana pepper combination can be too overwhelming for some people.

This papadia can do better with a spicy garlic sauce or pizza sauce to bring out all the flavors.

Nutritional Information:

350 calories, 38g protein, 76g carbohydrates, 53g fat

9. Parmesan Crusted Italian Papadia

The Parmesan Crusted Italian Papadia uses an interesting combination of ingredients that make you love or hate it.

It features a thick, pillowy flatbread crust made with shredded Parmesan cheese and filled with Italian sausage, salami, and banana peppers topped with Alfredo sauce and Papa John’s 3-cheese blend.

As much as I am a fan of banana peppers, the combination of the peppers and Alfredo sauce is a little strange to me.

I would swap out the Alfredo sauce for the pizza sauce to play off the acidity in the peppers.

However, I love the parmesan-crusted flatbread, which rounds out the flavor better than the original version.

That said, if you are looking for an interesting flavor profile, the Parmesan Crusted Italian Papadia may be right up your alley.

Nutritional Information:

382 calories, 49g protein, 76g carbohydrates, 62g fat

8. BBQ Chicken & Bacon Papadia

If you’re in the mood for something with a little more kick, then this papadia is just what you need.

It’s loaded with tender chicken strips, smoked bacon pieces, mozzarella cheese, and BBQ sauce – all sandwiched between a lightly toasted flatbread.

For those who love a heavy dose of BBQ sauce slathered over their chicken, you can always ask for an extra side order of BBQ sauce for dipping.

However, the BBQ sauce can be overwhelming. Instead, I love pairing this papadia with a side of honey mustard or cheese sauce for a slightly different flavor profile.

Nutritional Information:

369 calories, 60g protein, 83g carbohydrates, 28g fat

7. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia

The Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia is an excellent choice for those who like things a little spicy.

It features grilled chicken strips, onions tossed in Buffalo sauce, ranch sauce, and Papa John’s 3-cheese blend for a melty deluxe sandwich.

The crisp flatbread adds an extra layer of texture to this classic, and the ranch sauce cools down the spice, making it a tasty sandwich.

This is also a healthier option than its parmesan-crusted counterpart, as it contains fewer calories and fat.

Nutritional Information:

396 calories, 63g protein, 80g carbohydrates, 39g fat

6. Philly Cheesesteak Papadia

Philly Cheesesteak is one of the classics that never go out of style.

If you love Philly cheesesteaks, then this papadia is a must-try.

It features steak strips, sautéed onions, green peppers, and melted cheese sauce.

As if that wasn’t enough, it also has a special garlic sauce to intensify the flavors.

Nutritional Information:

395 calories, 40g protein, 77g carbohydrates, 35g fat

5. Meatball Pepperoni Papadia

The Meatball Pepperoni Papadia is a great way to get two of your favorite Italian foods in one meal.

The Italian-style meatballs are topped with hearty slices of pepperoni and melted mozzarella cheese, all wrapped in a warm, crispy flatbread.

It’s the perfect combination of savory flavors and textures, making it an instant hit with many Papa John’s fans.

Although it comes with a pizza dipping sauce, I find that it pairs best with a side of cheese sauce to give it some more of that gooey goodness.

Nutritional Information:

379 calories, 50g protein, 80g carbohydrates, 51g fat

4. Parmesan Crusted BBQ Chicken & Bacon Papadia

Papa John’s Parmesan Crusted BBQ Chicken & Bacon Papadia is made with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, grilled chicken, bacon bits, onions, and zesty BBQ sauce sandwiched between a warm and delicious flatbread.

It is then baked until golden brown and served hot.

The cheesy parmesan crust gives way to tender chicken, savory bacon bits, and zesty BBQ sauce, creating an explosion of flavors in every bite.

And when paired with one of Papa John’s signature dipping sauces, such as ranch or garlic butter sauce, your taste buds won’t know what hit them!

Although I like good BBQ chicken, the sauce is too tangy for my taste.

As a result, I usually ask to go light with the sauce so it doesn’t overpower the other flavors.

Another way I dilute the BBQ sauce is to order the cheesy dipping sauce.

The gooey cheese helps balance the tanginess of the BBQ sauce and makes for a more enjoyable experience.

Nutritional Information:

401 calories, 71g protein, 83g carbohydrates, 38g fat

3. Parmesan Crusted Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia

The Parmesan Crusted Grilled Buffalo Chicken Papadia is a thick, pillowy flatbread crust stuffed with grilled chicken strips, Buffalo sauce, onions, and Papa John’s 3-cheese blend.

The toppings are then finished with a drizzle of ranch dressing to give this papadia a little extra flavor.

The first bite reveals the crunch of the golden brown parmesan crust, followed by a smooth mix of savory chicken, tangy Buffalo sauce, and creamy melted cheese combination.

I love the juiciness of the chicken, and the ranch dressing adds an unexpected twist to this dish.

The combination of these flavors on a Parmesan-crusted flatbread is a great match.

Nutritional Information:

428 calories, 74g protein, 80g carbohydrates, 48g fat

2. Parmesan Crusted Philly Cheesesteak Papadia

The Philly Cheesesteak Papadia is one of the most beloved items on Papa John’s menu.

This delectable dish features premium steak strips, onions, green peppers, and melted cheese, all wrapped in a Parmesan-crusted flatbread.

The combination of steak and melted cheese is sure to satisfy any craving.

Plus, this papadia comes with a side of Special Garlic Sauce.

As a Philly cheesesteak fan, I love the combination of a traditional cheesesteak and the Parmesan crust’s crunchy texture.

And since it’s served hot out of the oven, each bite is always rich with melted cheese and juicy steak pieces.

Nutritional Information:

392 calories, 51g protein, 78g carbohydrates, 45g fat

1. Parmesan Crusted Meatball Pepperoni Papadia

If you are looking for a papadia that satisfies your Italian food cravings, look no further than the Parmesan Crusted Meatball Pepperoni.

In my opinion, this is hands down the best papadia at Papa John’s.

The crust is made with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, filled with juicy meatballs, pepperoni slices, and Papa John’s 3-cheese blend.

The combination of melted cheese and savory meats creates a unique flavor profile that will tantalize your taste buds.

The garlic Parmesan aioli dipping sauce perfectly accompanies this delicious papadia.

Nutritional Information:

384 calories, 53g protein, 79g carbohydrates, 59g fat


Papadias provide the perfect vehicle for your favorite pizza toppings at Papa John’s and transform them into a grab-and-go sandwich.

Whether you create your own or choose one from the Papa John’s Papadias menu, you will surely find something that satisfies your cravings.

So next time you’re in the mood for a personal pizza, I recommend giving one of Papa John’s Papadias a try!

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About the Author

Lianne Fachetti is a content writer who adores food from all cultures. When she’s not working, she’s busy creating new recipes, trying out new restaurants, playing with her German Shepherd Max, and tending to her vegetable garden.


January 13, 2023