The History of PizzaPapalis®
Back in the ‘80s, we had an idea. We wanted to create the best and freshest pizza known worldwide. So, we traveled worldwide in search of the finest ingredients the globe has to offer. And that was the foundation leading to the creation of PizzaPapalis®.
When big hair and leg warmers were in, we hit the road. Our first mission – the perfect crust. For that, we journeyed to a little flourmill in Kansas. There, we developed a formula exclusive for PizzaPapalis® which gives our pizzas that golden brown color, superior texture, delicious flavor, and the ability to rise evenly in order to sustain our generous toppings. Our flour uses only the best grains available. It whitens naturally. There are no chemical, bleaching agents or bromate.
But, not only does our crust taste good, it’s also good for you. PizzaPapalis’® special blend of premium wheat has more protein than other flours. Our dough is made fresh each morning and always the same. This means consistent, mouth watering baking results for you.
That done, then we headed for the land of all things dairy – Wisconsin. Cheese was on our minds. Hence, we went straight to the experts – Wisconsin Cheese Heads. The dairy state has the strictest standards for making cheese. All of PizzaPapalis’® pies are loaded with premium Wisconsin cheese – the best cows have to offer.
Next stop – Italy’s Agro Nocerine Sarnese region. The warm terrain of the slopes, rich soil, ample rainfall and hot summers make this area a true cradle for PizzaPapalis® tomatoes. These plump, pear-shaped fruits have only two skins, versus a round tomato’s five to seven skins. This gives our tomatoes a more delicate and less acidic taste. Like our crust, our tomatoes are also good for you because they’re packed full of vitamins.
Following our tomato victory, we remained in Italy and made our way to Naples. That’s where we found the world’s first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, which opened in 1830 and is still in business. Fittingly, Naples is where we discovered the PizzaPapalis® secret sauce recipe. This recipe dates back to 1830 and creates a sauce that’s tangy, but doesn’t bite, and definitely pleases the palette that we also use in our pasta dishes, appetizers and Papalis Pockets.
Of course, way before we even made our first pie, we vowed to use only the finest meats and vegetables, cut fresh daily to generously top a wide variety of pizzas. Make sure to indulge in our papalis Gourmet pizza that we offer as a deep dish and thin crust. Also make sure to enjoy our famous spinach Special, with a three cheese blend a definite “WOW” Factor.
Finally, after a long and successful journey, we returned to Michigan with the foundation for our soon-to-be pizza creation in hand. The first PizzaPapalis® opened in 1986 in Detroit, and we’ve been going strong ever since. There are now nine restaurants throughout Michigan offering full menus including superior soups, crispy salads, decadent desserts such as our “Deep Dish Chocolate Cookie”, and much more. There’s something for everyone, and we want everyone to fully enjoy his or her PizzaPapalis® experience.
Thanks for visiting PizzaPapalis® today. Eat hearty, have fun, and we hope to see you again soon.