Papa John’s

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Updated 2017! Papa John’s is one of the largest U.S. pizza chains. They haven’t introduced dairy-free cheese alternative yet, so you’ll need to special order “no cheese” for a dairy-free pizza. Please excuse the cheesy photo below – I couldn’t find a cheeseless pizza picture from them!

Papa John's - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Crusts – Original Hand Tossed Dough, Pan Dough, Pan Oil
  • Sauces – Pizza Sauce, Pan Sauce, BBQ Sauce
  • Toppings – Pepperoni, Sausage, Italian Sausage, Beef, Canadian Bacon, Bacon, Grilled Chicken, Mushrooms, Pineapple, Onion, Green Peppers, Black Olives, Green Olives, Sliced Jalapenos, Banana Peppers, Tomatoes, Anchovies
  • Sides – Original Breadsticks, Roasted Wings
  • Dipping Sauces – Garlic, Pizza, BBQ, Buffalo
  • Seasonings Packets – Crushed Red Pepper, Special Seasoning

Other Allergen Notes: They do have a gluten-free crust, but it does contain dairy (and eggs). Because cheese is used in abundance, find out if they can accommodate a safe preparation zone to help prevent cross-contamination, if needed.

More Details from Papa John’s

Allergen Disclaimer from Papa John’s: The allergen information provided is based on Papa John’s standard product formulations and is for U.S. locations only. Product formulations, recipe changes, ingredient substitutions, and/or suppliers may change.

Restaurant Website: www.papajohns.com

Allergen Information: www.papajohns.com/allergens/papa-johns-allergen-guide.html

*The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information. Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation. For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products. Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant.

Last Updated: November 24, 2017

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14 Comments

  1. Just FYI, I have a dairy allergy, and two seperate times in two different states I ordered Papa John’s pizza without cheese and I have had an incredibly strong reaction (the second time I thought that maybe the first time I orsered was a fluke due to cross contamination with my order vs my husband’s cheese version).

    There may be some milk protein in the crust or the sauce perhaps? Either way, it is not listed correctly.

    I do not have any issues with most other pizza companies when I order similarly.

  2. on the website.. Papa John’s does have an option on custom pizzas where you can add NO CHEESE. 😀 Still no dairy free yet though.

  3. I just enjoyed a cheese-less veggie pizza from Papa John’s. It was delicious with BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce (just for a change). It was no problem to order it, though I did say “no dairy” a couple of times because I wanted to be sure it would not have cheese.

  4. I just noticed on papa john site, when I looked on the dessert menus on my phone.. I saw that the double chocolate chip brownies lists as no dairy. It only says “soy, wheat and egg”.. I wander if it’s an error or if it’s true because it would be awesome if it’s dairy-free.

  5. Stephanie Jensen on

    I had a decent experience with this restaurant. It often depends on location. They were able to make a cheeseless pizza for me. My husband made the order. He may have even said dairy free. While I am relatively concerned about trace allergens, good enough can be okay at a restaurant.

  6. Good info I appreciate that – I’ve been to some restaurants which are the same – refused to serve us for fear of being liable. I’m about to call Papa Johns and ask for a cheeseless pizza rather than dairy free – fingers crossed it’ll go ok!

  7. I called Papa Johns tonight to order a pizza. When I asked them to make it without cheese, he quickly asked me if it was for an allergy. When I said yes, he said they could not make the pizza without cheese because they didn’t want to be liable. He told me they weren’t allowed to made a cheese-less pizza and they “just didn’t do that”. They were pretty rude about it. I told him, Okay… I just don’t like cheese. He begrudgingly took my order. Very frustrating!

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