The rumors have been abound for years. Urban legends of trips to Shanghai and Shenzhen, dining on a pizza with flavors non conforming to the chinese pallet. A pizza that when eaten eyes closed, might evoke a sense of calm, of peace, of home.
The legend is true. Such a pizza does exist within the the walls of the middle kingdom, and now, also in Chongqing. Papa John's(棒约翰) opened their first CQ location last week at Wan Da plaza in Nan ping. And though the prices a bit high(130rmb for 14 inch), the pizza is GUUUUUUUUU. And for anyone who's rendezvoused with the big papa before will be happy to hear that, as always, your pizza comes accompanied with garlic sauce and peperoncinis. Now I don't know about y'all, but thats enough to make me want to throw my hand in the air regardless of the fact that i'm not a true player.
"Ohhh.. it big" and she is not the only one who said it, when i asked a patron before i entered the so called Big Pizza. As usual a skeptic i was, as i have seen, been and tasted what is supposed to be, but cant come close to being American style pizza. unlike most things CQ Big Pizza does it bigg, American style big! and its not the very authentic tasting American pizza that does it , but its variety and service. Boasting an all you can drink beer and wine, a good size salad bar and selection of meats, veggies and side dishes that cater to foreign and local tastes a like, it is not hard to see why it is an easy choice for one CQSCENE'S best of Chongqing. So if you find yourself in Shapingba's san xia guang chang around lunch [45 RMB] or dinner [45 RMB] drop in to capital retail on the 4th floor. Don't forget to bring an empty stomach and pick up a CQSCENE sticker while your at it.