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“Papa "KNOWS"....”
Review of Papa Joe's

Papa Joe's
Ranked #30 of 427 Restaurants in Cape Coral
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Fayette City, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Papa "KNOWS"....”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Last night of a 9 day vacation we decided to visit Papa Joe's on the recommendation of the gentlemen working in the Cape Coral Visitor Center. WOW!!! He was so right!!! Papa Joe's KNOWS Italian food. Not only are the prices reseasonable, the portions are very large. The Chicken Parm is more than one person can handle. The rest of my party of 5 had other itailian dishes, pizza and a steak hoagie...ALL FANTASTIC!!! Also, the service was very good and the owner very hospitable. If you are in Cape Coral, you need to stop and visit Papa Joe's. Outstanding!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Waiting so long for to-go orders is irritating”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

The food is good here. We mostly order food to go from this restaurant. We place our order on the phone and then are told it will be 15 minutes or 20 or whatever. No matter what time we arrive to pick up the food, we must wait another 15 or 20 minutes. It is extremely irritating. I know they are trying to give us food that is hot, perhaps that is their thinking, but their food stays quite hot for a long time, and they could surely get this order ready 5 minutes or so before we arrive, so that we can walk in and pick up our food when we are told it will be ready. Otherwise, they should say, no phone in orders - come in and WAIT for your order. It is to the point, where we may want Papa's Joe's food some evening, but decide to go to another restaurant because we are sick of getting there and standing and WAITING while they THEN start to get it ready. Also, about 50% of the time, they forget the bread, or some other part of the order, so watch what they give you and check what is in the bag before you leave. Perhaps they will get their act together. It's too bad because we really enjoy their food.

  • Visited June 2013
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Florida City, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Bland”
Reviewed 24 May 2013

Waitress asked if I wanted it spicy...which is always a yes for me...and I had to request red pepper flakes.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Rupie6
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Sylva, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Real NY Style Pizza!”
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Lived in Cape Coral for 30+ years but moved away 3 years ago. This is one of the places we really miss. Was in town last weekend and it was number one on our priority list for places to eat. Had a large pie, the Papa Joe's salad, and some garlic bread. Everything is just as I remembered...awesome! If you are someone who admits to liking Dominos Pizza, this probably is out of your league. However, if you are picky about your pizza, and love a really good NY style pie, there is no where better to go while in CC. Enjoy!

  • Visited May 2013
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“Best Pizza in the Area”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

There is no shortage of pizza places from which to choose in SW FL, and many are very good, but the pies at Pappa Joes generally reach the peak of pizza perfection. The crust is thin without being crispy, has the right amount of gluten for chewiness, generally has a nice amount of air bubbles and char around the rim, and Pappa Joe's does not skimp on toppings. Because of these factors, the pizzas with fewer ingredients tend to be better than loaded pies because piles of peppers and vegetable toppings can render their juice into the crust turning it soggy.

The Pappa Joe's Salad, loaded with chopped cold cuts and tomatoes, is a treat for the meat lover and can be a meal in itself. Other Italian specialies are very good as well. The tomato sauce is flavorful and not too sweet and the vodka and alfredo sauces are very rich.

Pappa Joe's is a favorite with the locals and is a small space, so it is frequently noisy. There can be a long wait during the early part of dinner hours during "Season", so you may want to try it after 7:30 from January to April when the rush dies down. Service is usually speedy. Most servers are long-timers and are known to regulars by name. Prices are reasonable and portions are generous.

  • Visited February 2013
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