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“Delicious deep dish in Champaign”
Review of Papa Del's Pizza - CLOSED

Papa Del's Pizza
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious deep dish in Champaign”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

A staple in the CU area, this is THE place to go for deep dish pizza. Love the call ahead availability to order your pizza. Wish the new location at Village at the Crossing had dine-in capabilities, but their accommodation to call the Campustown restaurant was very helpful.

Visited October 2012
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Thank JDixson
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Champaign, Illinois
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Price is bad, but would be okay if food tasted good”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The food is okay. It is like eating at a pizza hut in the middle of nowhere. The waiters take forever. The pizza came out cold and tasted terrible. The bottom of it was crispy black. Do not waste your time

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Jason T
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Champaign, Illinois
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Can't be beat”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Their signature is the deep dish Sicilian / Chicago style pizza. They also have a stuffed pizza that is similar but has a crust on top. If you don't like that kind of deep dish pizza then you won't understand the appeal. But if you do, then there's nowhere better. Every UofI alumnus who comes back to town insists on eating Papa Dels. The pizza is expensive, but its so filling that you don't need a lot of it. We often order for the Super Bowl, but to do so you have to book it way in advance. The campus location is traditional, and you can't beat the atmosphere in the front (the backroom is the worst noisy din you'll find outside of a construction site.) But there's a new location on the far West end of town, basically pick up and delivery only, that's far easier, faster, and more courteous service. I would drive 800 miles for this pizza, but luckily I don't have to.

Visited February 2012
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Thank JymmH
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Durand, Michigan
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The BEST Deep-dish Pizza!”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

This is, by far, the best deep dish pizza I've ever had. The crust is golden and buttery, the cheese and toppings are ample, and the tomato sauce dollped on top is rich and flavorful. Be prepared to wait, as it take about 40-50 minutes to bake your pizzas, but the delay is definitely worth it. Be careful about over-ordering, unless you want leftovers. Most adults with healthy appetites would eat no more than 2 slices at a time.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank 21LR
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Om-nom-nom-nom-nom”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

So tasty! All of it was amazing. If you are planning to eat in, plan on a bit of a wait (longer if at peak dinner time), but it is SOOOOOOO worth it!

Visited July 2012
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Thank Compsolut
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