You may never be able to shatter a backboard like 15-time NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal, but with the introduction of Papa John’s new Shaq-a-Roni pizza, you can eat lunch like him. It’s Papa John’s biggest, cheesiest, most pepperoni-packed pizza to date — and it’s available nationwide for a limited time only.
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When you think “best lunch near me,” you may not think of pizza, but you should. If you work in an office, it’s an inexpensive crowd-pleaser. If you get the job done solo, it’s an endlessly customizable meal with leftovers that hold up. The Shaq-a-Roni is the latest in a long line of Papa John’s lunch options designed to feed everyone from executives to stay-at-home parents at a wallet-friendly price.
Featuring the veteran pizza chain’s most enormous slices ever, every Shaq-a-Roni is loaded with extra cheese and a whopping 66 pieces of oversized pepperoni. Unlike the standard extra-large Papa John’s pizza, which is typically cut into 10 pieces, the Shaq-a-Roni is divided into only eight. These colossal slices are similar to New York-style pizza. They’re thin. They’re chewy but not soggy. And much like the L.A. Clippers in the 1980s, they’re ready to fold.
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The Shaq-a-Roni is just the latest in an ever-expanding line of quick and convenient pizza specials available at Papa John’s. From Papadias to the brand’s classic cheese sticks, each item on the menu presents an affordable option for takeout or delivery.
For Snapchat users, the Shaq-a-Roni’s box also provides an exclusive AR experience with every order. Point your phone at your pizza box while using Snapchat to “reveal a 3-D surprise,” according to a statement released by the company. While some locations have reported a shortage of AR boxes, Papa John’s plans to release additional AR perks for Shaq-a-Roni fans via social media in the brand’s ongoing effort to create the best pizza delivery experience on the planet.
How Shaq Created His Signature Pizza
O’Neal is more than just a Papa John’s brand ambassador. In 2019, the NBA Hall of Famer joined the company as a board member and franchise owner, investing money in nine Atlanta-area restaurants. The Shaq-a-Roni is his own pizza design.
In addition to incorporating more cheese, more pepperoni, and larger slices, it was imperative that the Shaq-a-Roni also be more than just a really, really big pizza. As such, all summer long, Papa John’s donated $1 to the Papa John’s Foundation for Building Community for every Shaq-a-Roni sold. The foundation allocates funds to a variety of organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the United Negro College Fund, and various COVID-19 relief efforts. O’Neal also surprised several Atlanta families with a year’s worth of free pizza and a $4,000 education stipend for each child involved in the launch of his special edition pie.
No matter the industry, hardworking staff deserve an affordable meal that satisfies their mid-day hunger pangs without denting their paychecks. Take the hassle out of lunch tomorrow and order your office all-stars a Shaq-a-Roni before, just like the four-time NBA Champ himself, it’s retired.