Papa Joe’s in Lake Mary Florida

6 8 slice rating

Posted By: MB on November 17th, 2008
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Description

Papa Joe’s is a local chain of Italian restaurants in the Central Florida area that used to be really popular. Their Altamonte Springs and Lake Mary Blvd locations almost always had a wait, and then they started to expand. As they opened up more and more restaurants in the area, their food and service became worse and worse. After a while I decided the restaurants weren’t worth eating at anymore. Eventually other people must have gotten the same feeling because the restaurants seemed to no longer have waits to eat, and Papa Joe’s closed all of their restaurants except for two in Lake Mary and one in Altamonte Springs.

After years of not eating at a Papa Joe’s, I decided to give them another try and went to the restaurant in the Colonial Town Center in Lake Mary, FL. Unlike in the past, there was no wait to eat and the service was good.  We ordered garlic bread and a cheese pizza. The garlic bread was disappointing and was nothing more than a roll topped with that garlic butter stuff and some parmesan cheese. I don’t think there was any actual garlic involved.

Papa Joe’s pizza seemed to go into a downward spiral back when I used to eat at the restaurants more often until it wasn’t worth ordering anymore. When my pizza on this visit came out, I was surprised with the result. The pizza was actually pretty good. My only complaint was about the sauce, which I found it to be way too sweet.  Other than that the pie was pretty good. It didn’t come close to King Umbertos standards (best pizza I’ve eaten), but was definitely a few steps above many other local pizzas.  I think I’ll be returning again!

6 out of 8 slices.

  • Phone
    (407) 936-3300

  • Address
    960 Colonial Grand Lane, Lake Mary, fl

5 Responses to “Papa Joe’s in Lake Mary Florida”

  • Paul Castello wrote:

    23 Jun 2009 at 1:36 pm

    This guy is out of his mind. Papa Joe's is the best . Sure they opened up a lot of places and the quality did go down a little bit, but I admire them for taking a shot at expansion. They are down to 3 stores now and they are at there best. I met Papa Joe himself. He still works his original Altamonte store after 21 years I believe. His son Michael runs both the lake Mary stores and is a pleasure doing business with. Keep doing what you are doing Papa Joes, and you will have a customer forever.

  • Rob wrote:

    11 Sep 2009 at 6:15 am

    Had a Large Cheese Pizza last night and the Crust was good but the Sauce is bland.
    Giovannis Pizza is much better as you can taste the italian seasonings and garlic much more in the sauce than Papa Joes.
    Do a taste test for yourself – Papa Joes vs. Giovannis.

  • Rob wrote:

    11 Sep 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Had a Large Cheese Pizza last night and the Crust was good but the Sauce is bland.
    Giovannis Pizza is much better as you can taste the italian seasonings and garlic much more in the sauce than Papa Joes.
    Do a taste test for yourself – Papa Joes vs. Giovannis.

  • Food Poisioning Victim wrote:

    19 May 2010 at 4:14 am

    I wish I had a different experience to share – After almost a full week, my family finally recovered from eating at the Papa Joes Pizza in Altamonte Springs. My husband ate a stromboli and my kids ate cheese pizza. That night my 5-yr-old started vomiting, an hour later, my husband got violently sick (vomiting and diarreaha), then my poor little 1-yr-old started vomiting as well. I had to call 9-1-1 at 1:30 a.m. when I found my husband on the bathroom floor, completely dehydrated and fatigued from being so terribly ill from the bad stromboli he ate. We were in the hospital ER for almost 10 hours where they had to rehydrate my husband with an IV, medicate him for the nauseousness and treat his diarreaha. This was our first and LAST meal at this establishment. Please learn from our devastating experience – do NOT ever eat at Papa Joes Pizza in Altamonte. No meal is worth the health risk or the havoc on your system.

  • MD. wrote:

    01 Jun 2010 at 1:20 am

    food poisioning takes a min. 6-10 hours, Why would you blame the food . You and your family should practice better cleaning your hands skills….sound like the you had the “stomach flu” aka cruise ship flu
    which half of florida has had or is going to have
    your chances are even greater if you have kids in school. Know your facts before you point fingers at people. I'll be surprised if Papa Joes Doesn't take legal action against you and your family. Learn how a bar of soap works

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