This pizza chain that doesn't even have ovens was just named best in America
A chain where business is all about moms was just named the best pizza restaurant in America.
Papa Murphy's ranks as America's favorite pizza chain, according to Market Force Information's annual quick-service-restaurant study.
This is the third year in a row that Papa Murphy's has snagged the top spot — despite the fact that its sales are nowhere near Papa John's, Domino's, or Pizza Hut's.
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Unlike the biggest names in the pizza business, Papa Murphy's doesn't sell pizza piping hot and ready to be eaten.
Instead, the pies are never baked — the restaurants don't even have ovens or freezers. Customers buy a raw pie, to be baked at home.
Papa Murphy's has more than 1,500 locations in 38 states, as well as restaurants in Canada and the United Arab Emirates, making it the fifth-largest pizza chain in the US. It is by far the largest take-and-bake pizza chain in the country — the nearest competitor, Figaro's Pizza, has fewer than 50 locations.
In an effort to appeal to families, Papa Murphy's markets its pizzas as healthier options than the delivery-centric competition. The chain has lower-calorie options on the "Gourmet Delite" menu, cutting calories by serving up pizzas with thin crusts.
Another much-loved aspect of the menu is the dessert selection, especially the chocolate-chip cookie dough and the S'Mores Pizza, which is a (cheese-less) pizza covered with chocolate chips and marshmallows.
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