OK, so maybe it's not a restaurant, but it's sure a good concept. You go to Papa Murphy's Take 'N Bake Pizza, you order one or more pizzas with the ingredients you like, and they put it together right in front of your eyes, while you wait (and yes, you can call ahead too, so you don't even have to wait). Then you take the pizzas home, cook them at home according to their directions, and you have fresh, home cooked, piping hot pizza just the way you like it--and no kitchen cleanup to attend to. Brilliant!
I'd received some coupons in the mail and so decided to give them a try. I'm a big fan of "garbage" pizzas, that is, pizza with a lot of toppings, many, many toppings. So we (my friend Tommy and I, after I convinced him a bit)--we decided to try the 5-meat stuffed pizza, regularly $14.99 but I had a coupon for $9.99. The pizza itself was huge and weighed in at almost 4 pounds! Not liking plain hamburger on a pizza, they gladly substitited mushrooms for it. Most of the topping were placed on the dough, then another layer of dough placed on top and the bottom dough crimped to it, then a bit or sauce and the mushrooms and more cheese were placed on top. It was huge.
We took it home and baked it for about 20 minutes according to the directions in my convection oven. It came on a special tray on which it could be baked, too. Sure enough, 20 minutes later it was nice and golden on the outside. I placed it on a big cutting board and cut it with my scimtar. OK, not really a scimtar, just a 12" chef's knife--a pizza wheel would have massacred it. I cut it in half, then the half into four slices. After we each had two, we ourselves were stuffed, and wrapped up the rest for another meal. And the taste? Well, it was very good, I loved it! Now in truth, next time I'd like to try something a bit more simple, but I know there will be a next time. This was so much better than delivery or take-out at Papa John's, and so much easier than making a pizza at home from scratch, and nearly as good. I'll be back!