Today was the grand opening for Papa Keno's, a pizza place from Lawrence. I don't usually review restaurants on the day of the grand opening, but this place impressed me so I thought I would share.
|Two slices of pepperoni pizza.|
What I enjoyed was the thin slices that were baked alone, not as a whole pie. Cooking it this way gives the edges a slightly crisp texture and some of the cheese seemed to bake like a crust, which I enjoyed. It wasn't burnt, but cooked just right. (You can kind of see what I am talking about on the left side of the left slice of pepperoni).
They cut the slices into squares, and I thought that some of the sections were as big as normal slices of pizza at other places.
The thin crust was welcome. It was chewy but crisp at the same time -- I didn't feel like I was eating a cracker with pizza toppings.
I found out via Twitter that Papa Keno's uses whole milk mozzarella on all their pizzas and make their dough from scratch every day. Yum.
|Two hamburger, two It. sausage|
The wait was worth the pizza and I plan to go back soon. I look forward to trying their various pizzas, salads and sides. Tonight they were only doing single slices because their ovens aren't big enough to hold all the slices and whole pizzas. The line was long the entire time I was there, from about 7 p.m. until 7:45 and the staff was working hard the whole time. For a grand opening, everyone seemed to be on top of everything, as I waited 40 minutes and they told me the wait would be that long, and the pizza tasted amazing.
I Went Back For Round Two
|House salad with ranch dressing|
|One slice with tomatoes and pepperoni|
The breadsticks were good, but nothing too special. I liked them dipped in marinara but I would say alone, they are a little plain. But still good.
The meal is a good deal. You get a huge slice of pizza, a good amount of whichever side you choose and a refillable soda all for $7.50 plus tax.
Both times I went to Papa Keno's I enjoyed my visit. The pizza is good, the service is friendly and the price is right.
To check out their menu, click here.