Papa Tee’s Pizzeria
Kamloops is in the thick of a Pizza Papa War and the fans of a home grown contender have been making a lot of noise especially on my Facebook Page so we decided to check them out for ourselves. Papa Tee’s is located in the downtown core directly across from Memorial Arena.
A quick scan of their menu tells you that you can order pasta, lasagna, calzones and of course, pizza for lunch or dinner. We were here for the pizza even though I wish I had ordered one of their calzones as an appetizer, but maybe we will do that the next time we are there and I would also like to try their pasta as well.
We ordered two medium pizzas; the Mirage Pizza (mozzarella, parmesan, masala chicken, bell pepper, yellow curry sauce) and the Big Meat Pizza (mozzarella, provolone, tuscan ham, hot capocollo, genoa salami, pepperoni, tomato sauce).
Initially, I didn’t think I liked the crust but by the time I ate my second piece, I was getting quite fond of the crust. The crust was thin but what I liked most about it was that it was firm and crispy. Crust flavor was evident but not too flour-y, not too paste-y and definitely not punched up with herbs.
I was looking forward to the yellow curry sauce base on the Mirage Pizza and I managed to get a taste of it despite the cheese overpowering its flavour. I liked the taste of the curry sauce that I managed to separate from the cheese but I wanted MORE of the curry flavour, less cheese and as well as more pieces of chicken. This pizza has so much promise and can quickly become one of my favourite pizzas if the proportion of cheese, curry sauce and chicken can be adjusted.
Similar comments apply to the Big Meat Pizza. While there was plenty of meat toppings, it was a bit bland (need more sauce) and the cheese once again dominated the flavour of the pizza.
Customer service wise, we were very impressed with the waitress and the owner-cook. They were friendly, accommodating and eager to please. This restaurant does not sell french fries but on the request of a high maintenance customer, the owner declared that he had the oil, the pan and the potatoes to make fries. He had no ketchup to serve with it but instead, he whipped up a white sauce dip. Now that’s excellent customer service!!
Overall, we still enjoyed our meal and most likely will return to try their calzones and pasta. Their pizzas weren’t bad, it just came down to our personal preference for the amount of cheese that should be on a pizza. If you like a lot of cheese on your pizza, then you won’t have any issues with their pizza.