This Week in Pizza — October 19

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Customers have been clamoring for a pan pizza from Papa John’s for years, and, at long last, the megachain has delivered, so to speak. The megachain last week touted the pan’s debut as its biggest launch in more than a decade, according to BusinessInsider.com. “We used to get questions all the time, from consumers to operators to franchisees…‘Why don’t you have a pan?’” Sean Muldoon, the company’s chief ingredient officer, told the website. “With our launch, we think we’re going to bring in new consumers who are heavy pan lovers.”

See how food reviewers are reacting to Papa John’s new pan pizza at PMQ.com.

 
 

Cash In on the “Boo!” Business

The business of “boo!” should be booming for pizzerias on Halloween night, but you can always do better. Don’t just count on delivery orders to raise your sales from the dead. Go all-out this year for your dine-in and carryout customers with seasonal decorations, a costume contest, candy for the kids and even a spooky menu featuring Halloween-themed entrees, desserts and cocktails for the next two weeks.

From promotions to décor and drinks, here’s everything you need for Halloween 2016.

 
 

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Spooky Pies: A Terrifyingly Tasty Halloween Promo

A UK pizza chain is trying to scare up new business in October with four “spooky” pizzas designed by food artist Prudence Staite. The company released photos of the terrifyingly tasty pies, which include the image of a scary clown topped with mozzarella, asparagus, peppers and a bright, red cherry tomato for the nose. Other macabre masterpieces include a flesh-eating zombie, a death skull and, perhaps most disturbingly, a woman with a spider crawling out of her mouth.

Check out pictures of all these culinary creep-outs at PMQ.com.

 
 
 
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