Thin crust is OK. Stuffed is what you go here for. It's amazing!!!
Chicago style pizza! Amazing
Great deep dish pizza!
This was my 1st time visiting Papa Del's. And though the Meat Lasagna is some of the best that I've ever had. I got it to-go. It didn't come with bread. And the salad that I had..the lettuce was a little dirty. But..overall it was good. I don't think that will stop me from visiting again. More...
Brings back college memories
Really long wait for and at the table. Food is good.
Good service and good food.
Great pizza - a local institution. Really great for a quick lunch with pizza by the slice as well!
Best pizza in Champaign
William Van Cleave
Great, huge delicious!!! Our medium stuffed was yummy and I have 2 pieces left for today.
Generally good but needs more staff
We were notified how long the wait was going to be ahead of time so I knew what I was getting into. Enjoyed a beer, pizza came out eventually and it was delicious. Service was efficient. We didn't feel like she left us in the dust and would occasionally come by to ask if we needed anything. More...
Illinois vs. Iowa game pizza... not a great outcome on the game but a great outcome on the pizza!!!
Where else would I go for pizza when I am in Champaign? Got to talk to Pops himself the last time I was here.
Excellent pizza! We had a Sicilian & it was just how I remember it from 40 yrs ago! You can even buy frozen pizzas to bring home
Delicious every time!
Worth the wait for their pizza
Found this place thru Big Ten Eats as we were visiting U of IL. Loved the deep dish pizza. Also had the wings. They had a nice medium buffalo sauce.
Second time here. Great staff, really good pizza.
Very unique deep dish pizzas. Must try!
Good pizza good service
As their radio ad on WPGU once put it, Papa Del's pizza isn't Chicago Style or New York Style-- it's Champaign Style. It's good, and definitely unique, and the new location is excellent. That said (and I'll say this about Chicago deepdish too), I think the pizza is... heavy handed. If I wanted this much cheese-- well, I didn't. I didn't want this much cheese. If you do, go for it! But there's other, lighter, tastier pizza in town. More...
Pizza is just like I remembered from college. Wait is tough on game nights.
Excellent homemade food! My future brother in law's restaurant! Dine in, carry out pizza! The best!!
The stuffed crust is amazing! If you aren't into thick pizza, the thin crust is really good! The sauce and cheese are high quality and delicious! Also, the breadsticks are awesome!
Papa dels is always delicious. Deep crust so dense and heavy and thick and weighty and hearty, gotta love the cheese the ooey Gooey just right melted with the perfect amount of shine, sauce with some sweetness a ripeness straight off the vine so succulent I dip the edge of the crust in the left overs before I like my plate clean like a vile pig.
Very good. Great flavor and cooked just right.
The pizza is fantastic!!!
The deep dish has been my favorite since my college days in the late 70s. However the newer thin crust is awesome! They can handle the rush after a football game, and I have never been disappointed.
I worked out of town and my wife sent me a link of an episode of Chicago's best. I decided to try it. The pizza was great. Definitely try the silician pan pizza. Waitress was great. Checked in on me, always refilled my pop. There is a wait on pizza. 40 mins for thin crust and 50mins for silician pan. The food was great. Great place for a date night. More...
This is a family favorite place. The pizzas take a long time but they're worth the wait.
This is some of the best pizza anywhere and their deep dish pizza is the best I've ever tasted. The toppings are fresh and abundant and the cheese as thick as you'll find. I highly recommend this pizza..
Papa Del’s was a staple for me when I went to school there and now at their new location it’s easy to drive over and stop whenever I’m back in town. The additional seating was much needed. The pizza quality is always top notch and is on par with what you’d find in Chicago. More...
Great pizza and by the slice is a bargain! Come at 3pm and slices are half price for an even better deal!
No food and service was excellent. The place is fairly new modern and clean. I thought the many varieties of pizza we’re all very good so I had a chance to sample most of them.
Excellent! Pizza was amazing! Salad...incredible! Stuffed mushrooms...outstanding! Service! A+ all around! Just fix up outside entrance.
Great atmosphere! Excellent idea to offer the option to order pizza before being seated, it made the wait for food shorter.
Such a fun and unique location with historical value to the area. Great pizza and wonderful customer service. My dad used to go in the 90's at it's old location and says the quality has not wavered. Will definitely be going back again and again. More...
Pizza was delicious. Got the sicillian style party size. Had enough food for 2 adults and 3 teenagers with leftovers. Good amount of topping choices and appetizers. My only complaint is the time to cook (but good pizza takes time and its listed on the menu) and the service was not the best (they were pretty busy) Overall, I would go again. More...
Fantastic pizza, service was excellent. We had s carry out order. It was ready on time, and accurate to order. It was pretty quiet, so busier hours may effect times.
Delicious pizza with quality ingredients. There is a weight but well worth it.
First time to eat here. Good food and service. We are picky pizza people but we're very impressed!!
Great deep dish pizza and for a reasonable price too!
There is something about the familiarity of the taste of really good pizza. I don't go often but still love the thin crust sausage pizza, tastes the same as the first one I had forty years ago! The breadsticks are the best!
This place is a Champaign institution. My parents and family have been going to this place since they were in college. The pizza both thin and thick is fantastic. Sometimes I wish the wait were shorter and the pizza had more sauce, but if you want pizza in town this is by far the best. More...
My slice at lunch was cold.
The best Chicago style pizza ANYWHERE outside of Cook County
Nothing better in Champaign County.
Great pizza! I really enjoyed it.
Very tasty and you know it's being made fresh since it takes awhile to cook and then comes out piping hot
Great, but plan on long cook time for pizzas
Because I love to eat, and they let me do lots of that.....
Kelly is the best waitress. So funny and sweet!
GREAT pizza on every visit. Can't be beat in C-U
Great place to view the coach's show with Lovie Smith and Brad Underwood. The pizza is magnificent and service is sensational.
My family has been eating here for over 30 years. We regularly travel between Indiana and Wisconsin and stop in every time. Best pizza in the world.
Excellent Chicago style pizza. We drive over 45 minutes just to pick up a pizza.
Great Deep Dish!
Very good Chicago style pizza. It just takes a super long time!! But it’s worth it. Just don’t go there when your starving HAHA! love this place overall
Best stuffed pizza
I enjoyed the Forget Me Not Cafe on the first Tues of the month between 12 and 2. This is an event sponsored by Papa Dels, Willowbrook, and OSF. It is for those with dementia and their care partners. A nice pleasant outing with some live music, a simple menu, just a respectful dignified normal outing. More...
Good service and decent portioned slices with a good pour on my Jameson.
Great pizza and cold beer!
What a taste bud explosion! Highly recommend!
Love Papa Dels. Great food and beer.
The best Chicago style pizza in town.
Good was great , staff was friendly ! The bathroom on the other hand ,,,meh?!
Still the best deep dish pizza in C-U.
Great deep dish.
Stop stalking me google
The pizza was good, but the table was dirty and we even ordered ahead so they knew we were coming. The $7 toasted ravioli appetizer only came with six pieces of ravioli. The cheesy garlic bread only had cheese on about half of the pieces that we received. the garlic donut appetizer should probably be renamed, it's not a donut but that's what people think it is whenever they read the description in the menu. More...
First time visit and very much enjoyed food
Really good deep dish pizza. Its very convenient that they have pizza by the slice. And its all at a reasonable price
Be prepared to wait if you order a pizza! But this place is a historic downstate pizza place with tremendous pies. If you've never, you must.
Best sauce and sausage ever!! Gluten free is actually very good. Thick crust is Chicago style thick!! All pizzas are made to order and take a minimum of 45 minutes to cook, the stuffed and thick take an hour or more. Wait staff are usually friendly but can take some time getting your drinks out. PLEASE remember all DELIVERY DRIVERS are paid with tips only. More...
Best pizza in the CU area hands down!
Very good customer service and food was excellent..
Pizza today was great, service was a little slow because of crowd. (Friday July 26th)
Service was super great. It was a little slow, beyond what the time on the menu said it would be, but the waiter was nice. I was sort of bummed to learn that the vegan pizza option was on the gluten free crust. I'm glad that there's a gluten free crust option and that you take the time to cook it separately for those with celiac disease, but I couldn't tell from your online presence that there was only the vegan option for a very thin and crunchy crust, which isn't my preference for pizza. Totally understand that isn't a big market, but I hear so much about how great Papa Del's is and I was underwhelmed by the gf pizza crust. More...
3 word Garlic DONUT Bites!!
They're ridiculous charging for parmesan and chill peppers on the go but pizza is pretty aight
We have been visiting Papa Del's for over 40 years and now have to drive over 2 hours to get there. Love their pizza!
My husband loved this place in college. The pizza was great!
Haven't been in years since campus days...My waitress was the best and chef made me an amazing dish...will be back.
Everything was wonderful...we were informed about the time it takes to make the pizza ( friends told us and it's on the menu) so pay attention! Otherwise the experience could be less than expected. The garlic donuts were the best I have ever had anywhere. More...
Food quality is excellent, one meal didn't come out until we were done.
Garlic donuts, amazing sausage, best pizza around!
Absolutely phenomenal deep dish pizza! Excellent gluten free pizza, too.
This pizza place is a must have if you are traveling to Champaign-Urbana. Lunch has pizza by the slice and is some of the best pizza I have ever had!
Solid pizza joint. My pasta was a bit cold.
Classic Papa Dels ,great pizza.
It was a good place to eat. Big portions .
A local staple. The pizza is good, service is very friendly (though sometimes a tad slow). I'm somewhat nostalgic to the old Papa Del's on campus. .. It may be just me, but I remember the pizza tasting different. More...
OMG. I would be so fat if I lived here... So awesome. Get it by the slice over lunch.
the food is great but service could be better
u s male
Elena was AWESOME!! Pizza was great, but $14.00 for a pitcher of Miller light is a little steep!
Excellent food great atmosphere!
Great pizza. Great service. Great atmosphere.
Their classic stuffed pizza is great.
Great atmosphere and food was delicious!
It's hard to find deep dish pizza around here, but fortunately there is Papa Dell's. We all loved the pizza, and the price is reasonable. They have a great reputation for good reason. More...
Wedding rehearsal dinner was delish!
Loooovvvvveeeeee this place
Very good pizza service was great and drinks we're fab don't know how u make those garlic donuts but dam they are addicting
Love the people and the pizza!
Large, substantial portions for a gaggle of hungry gals! The pizzas were flavorful, stuffed, and satisfying (we ordered 2 medium pizzas- 1 with bell peppers and 1 with spinach). Loss of a star for an abysmal wait-time for our 2 medium pizza orders. They were quick to sit us down and ordering took us no time at all, but we then must've sat around waiting 1.5 hours for our food! The restaurant wasn't even full- every other table was empty at the time (I suppose they could be short-staffed).Payment has to be made with your particular server. After waiting around for her to come over and collect our check, we walked over to the front only to be told to find her again. Not a big deal, but rather inconvenient is all.All in all, flavors were fine, but service experience left something to be desired. More...
Private graduation party upstairs. Great food, service and atmosphere! Nice window views of the area.
We had 2 events here and the service was amazing. Highly recommend for parties and meetings. Food is awesome,too!
Every time the pizza is great
Not the fastest, but the quality of food is so high that's it's always worth the wait and then some.
Johna Von Behrens
This is delicious. The food comes fast as long as you don't order a deep dish, which is to be expected. I love coming here in large groups because the food and service are great. Just make sure you come here expecting to wait a while because they don't start the pizza until it's ordered and they have to cook it for a while. More...
Food was excellent so was the SERVICE
SO GOOD! Anytime I visit it is a must have. The ingredients are delicious and fresh. Also as someone with a pretty severe milk allergy I appreciate the vegan sauce and the good work they did on my pizza. (The pizzas with cheese is also pretty amazing so I was told) More...
Papa Del's may just be the best pizza in Illinois... Maybe the world? You will just have to try for yourself. They have been doing it for a very long time, which says something for a small business/restaurant. The restaurant is huge, capable of handling larger groups. The pizza is thick... think about the thickest deep dish you have previously had and double it. So, cook times/wait times are a bit longer for this, but totally worth it. They do have thin crust as well... But it is chunkier than most thin crust pizza. They also have a decent beer selection and the staff is helpful and friendly. More...
Marcus J Byrnes Byrnes
Excellent pizza. Good atmosphere to location in University of Illinois campus. As good as when student at U of I in late 80s. Worked at old Pizza Factory on Green Street. More...
Papa Del's has some really good deep dish pizzas. Tasty pepperoni and thick cheese.
Great pizza, spacious interior, a cool building with a history.
Great food...good service
There is long wait time but at the end it's worth it.
Absolutely mouthwatering pizza....i always get good service and great tasting pizza....papa Del's is and always will be 1 of the top 3 places to get good pizza in champaign. ....ive been going there all my life so for the last 35 years they have been serving fantastic tasting pizza and the prices are very competitive More...
Pizza was excellent service was very good
Italian salad, small was huge, it was also so fresh, loved all topping. Pizza was great, as always.
Love the super stuffed pizza!
Every time when are in Champaign we stop by and enjoy the flavor. Muy Rica pizza
Very good pizza order an appitizer because Thick pizza takes a long time to cook but great pizza
One of, if not the, best pizza I've ever consumed.
Best pizza in town. Authentic Chicago style
Stuffed pizza great meal
Best deep dish pizza in Champaign Urbana. Consistantly great since coming to U of I in the late 1970's!
Kevin M. Samborski
First time getting the thin crust and it was delicious!! Can’t go wrong with the pizza here.
The Cesar salad is the best
Nice restaurant, unfortunately we had a table full of super loud adults right next to us. Pizza was good, service was fair.
Our favorite all around local pizza place. Call ahead with your order for best results!!
Very busy but great food. Awesome atmosphere.
Great pizza. The atmoshere was a bit cafeteria feeling to me for such a nice building
Great deep dish pizza made with all fresh ingredients.
Great lunch special artichoke dip is amazing!
I was a little hesitant to go there to be honest. No question they have some of the best pizza south of Kankakee, but I've been avoiding carbs. I went along anyway and got a salad and it was excellent. All of their ingredients are just so good there's probably not a bad thing on the menu. Good prices for lunch too. More...
I cannot rave enough about this pizza. This deep dish will rock your world and, in my opinion, it blows out all the Chicago-based competition. Have had a few weird service mishaps here over my many visits but the pizza is absolutely worth any trouble. Love being able to call ahead to order and get seated to eat the pizza at the restaurant. Bottom line: when people ask me where to get the best deep dish in Chicago, I say "two hours south in Champaign at Papa Del's". More...
Outstanding food, huge portions, great value.
OMG some of the BEST pizza I have ever experienced.
Best pizza around
This place slaps
Took awhile for us to get our food, but the food was excellent and worth the wait. My friends who came said it takes them roughly 40 minutes to cook their pizzas.
Still my favorite pan pizza - anywhere at any time
awesome service. Kelly is the best waitress!
Ronnie E Randall
Local legend. The big pizzas take a long time to cook, but it's clean with a good atmosphere. Server was polite and did a good job with our group. Plenty of seating.
Classic Italian food
Great pizza but it takes awhile to cook so be prepared
My parents used to come to this pizza joint when they were in college in the mid-70s, and continue to frequent this pizzeria anytime we were in the Champaign area while I was growing up. We have never had a disappointing meal here, the staff is always friendly, and the restaurant is always clean. It has been a couple years since I have been to Champaign, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a new location. It's much easier to get in and out of than the old location, and there's plenty of room inside for their customers. The food was still excellent today. We will definitely be back sooner next time. More...
First time and I loved the thin crust sausage and pepperoni!!! Does take a long time to get your pizza so get an appetizer!
Killer deep dish pizza and local craft beer selections. A pizza of this mass takes time to prepare so consider calling ahead.
Great Chicago style pan pizza worth the hour cook time.
Best pizza around and outside of Chicago.
Had great spaghetti, great service.
Friendly staff. Great pizza
Was quoted 50 minutes and ended up waiting over an hour for the food. Food was fresh and delicious though.
The "White Castle" stop in champaign f the 1st place we go we get to town get a pizza--' Same cross for me sauces and pepperoni. I remember when they used to be a little bitty place behind another little busy place Simply the best More...
Probably the best pizza I've eaten
I'm not a deep dish fan however this is some of the best damn pizza I've had!
Very busy after a game let out but the staff was organized and accurate on the wait times. The food was well worth the wait.
It's not the best deep dish I've had but it was pretty good
Best pizza ever!
Pizza by the slice at lunch is an amazing deal. Service can be a bit slow at times but the food makes up for it. Slice of the week is usually pretty great.
A one of a kind deep dish pizza.
Great pizza, great atmosphere!
It was great!!!
Best deep dish pizza in town
Go BIG or Go Home! Party Pizza--OMG devine! Fresh made to order food. DO NOT EXPECT microwave reheat time, They cook here!
One of my favorite pizza places
Papa Del's pizza is legend. I recommend calling ahead of time as pizzas can take up to 2 hours to cook.
Definitely the best pizza in town, and excellent quality food in general, but what makes Papa Del's so great also causes them to be very busy. Expect a wait, though it's worth it! More...
We rented the upstairs for a group of 40 people. The service was excellent. We preordered and served buffet style. Plenty of TVs to watch the games and entertain the kids.
Thanks for hosting my 30th birthday party
Love their pizzas!
Very nice and friendly business. Great tasting pizza
Pizza was good! Def something different especially being from nj\ny.
Best Pizza in town!!
Always great pizza!
Go to place for deep dish pizza in Champaign area!
Great Chicago style pizza.
Great ambience, or party on the first floor was great fun with separate play area for the kids
The best pizza in Champaign since 1970. The thick pan is the specialty, love the Italian sausage, sauce, and pepperoni . The thin crust is also outstanding. Great family place!!!Love it!!! More...
Food was great! The service wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst either. Not the fastest service evee
Great lunch special for 12 to 2. Their newer risotto ball appetizers is fantastic, just a bit over priced for 6 of them.
Very delicious, stuffed mushrooms were awesome! Service is incredible!
Best pizza in Champaign.
This pizza is just so delicious! It takes a while because it's all very fresh. Everything else is pretty awesome, too.
This place is hands down the best place to get Chicago style pizza in Champaign
Great deep dish and even thin crust pizza
Great pizza. 3-4pm 1/2 price slices. Order some to take home
Try the amazing sausage
A Champaign classic; some of the best Chicago style pizza anywhere (yes, sorry, including even Chicago!). Come early for dinner and you might be lucky enough to run into Papa.
It is always good pizza this time the pizza was over cooked crust was hard difficult to eat
My favorite pizza in the known universe for over forty years. I love the move to the former bottling plant, easy parking, lots of seating space so less waiting, and sports on every screen. "It's Pop's for pizza or nowhere at all." More...
Had to wait for an hour for pizza, which they tell you up front but worth the wait. excellant quality and taste.
Great tasting pizza, the crust is to die for. Beware when they say 50 minutes or more to cook. They are not lying.
Always fantastic! This is the best pizza in Champaign. It's the closest thing to Chicago pizza(apart from Giordano's). I love it.
Had to wait for service but food tasted good
Great food and great service!
The pizza is really good, the dough is soft and the slices are really big. The inside is really clean and open. The biggest issue is that if you want anything other than basic slices you have to get a full pizza and if you want one the wait is easily a hour.
Ordered ahead for a nice dine-in lunch with my daughter. The pizzas tasted great and were ready right on time.
Best deep dish (Sicilian) pizza I've ever had. I wish there was one near our home.
Pizza is amazing! The customer service is not so good. I have one waitress I ask for when I go there and if shes not there... its hit or miss if i stay.
Haven't had since a kid
Some of my favorite Chicago style deep dish pizza anywhere.
A pizza lovers dream
Best deep dish pizza I've had. Sausage was well seasoned and balanced with the right amount of cheese and sauce. Service was great too.
Great food, and service
Great food friendly environment.
Food was excellent, and a really good value. Got the party size original pan and it fed 6 adult men with one slice to spare. Staff was a little standoffish, inattentive and didn't seem willing to go the extra mile, so one less star for that. More...
Use common sense and know that a 2 inch thick pizza takes a while to cook; their Deep Dish is worth the wait! Good appetizer selection as well, curbs your hunger while you wait.
Great pizza place. Get a booth and have a slow meal with friends. If only they had Coke instead of Pepsi, then this would be a dream. Get their thin crust, much better than their deep dish. More...
One of the best pizza spots in Illinois, even though it takes about an hour to get your pizza it is absolutely worth it.
Great pizza, nice staff. Takes a while to get served but the food is well worth the wait.
Delicious pizza! Highly recommend.
After too many years I finally get to cross Papa Del's off on my Champaign-Urbana bucket list!The pizza here is different than anything else I have had, but super awesome! I am definitely going back.
Great pizza, nice place to meet friends. I would highly recommend taking a Papa Del's pizza to your next tailgate, it was a big hit, huge!
Went here for a kids' team party. Nice private room, decent thin crust and deep dish pizza, good bar and draft selection.
Great Pizza, friendly servers!!
Great pizza and great for a group gathering.
I got 2 slices of their deep dish pizza for lunch, so delicious!
We have loved Papa Dels since our college days in the late 70's but the addition of thin crust has been awesome. The new location has more room and service seems quicker, so it is our favorite restaurant when we are in town.
We always loved Papa Del's we try going there weekly food is very filling prices for fair atmosphere is great and then there Sami or waitress what a hoot
Love it. We take frozen pizza home every chance we get. Just as good as eating at papa dells!
Half price pizza slices from 3pm to 4pm is totally worth it!
Love the pizza, but it took my wife and I 32 minutes to get a beer. Service needs addressed.
Best pizza in CU, hands down! We always have great service and enjoy our experience!
Had a very pleasant experience. Our server, Avalon, was excellent and so much fun. Wasn't very busy on a Friday afternoon. Sorry to see that. The Sicilian Deep Dish Pizza is as good as ever. More...
Had an original pan with sausage delivered. It was the heaviest pizza I’ve ever been handed! This pie was massive with no shortage of toppings. The sausage was meatball size, came plentiful and just the right amount of spice. Papa Del’s is so close to matching my favorite pizza; Leonardo’s in Peoria. Since Leonardo’s has changed in recent years, I might have to give Papa the crown as reigning champion of pizza. Maybe you could open on Bradley University’s campus?! Then I could get my fix all the time! :) More...
I first went to Papa Del’s in 1970 when I was a grad student and they had just opened on Wright Street. I loved it then. When my kids went to UIUC in the 1990s, we always went to Papa Del’s. Now my granddaughter is at UIUC and part of the tradition is Papa Del’s. The pizza is as awesome as ever. I now spend much of the year in Seattle, where good pizza is illegal. So, Papa Del’s is a real treat for me. Their Sicilian deep-dish pizza is wonderfully dripping in cheese and sauce and toppings. More...
First visit in a year. Still not up to the quality of the previous location, although I can taste the sauce/cheese/sausage are the same recipe.
Good, but wildly inconsistent. Also their chef salad is just a bunch of deli meat over a bed of iceberg lettuce. Thinking about it makes me want to vomit.
Delicious! I was the first person in the door when they opened, the service was great the good was delicious and the price was just as good! I would definitely go back
Deep dish pizza, a Chicago classic! The crust is thicker than many other places, but that is why I like it! This is a family treat for us.
Great deep dish pizza. Crust is buttery and flaky just as I remember it. Toppings were quality. A bit pricy from a few years ago. Got the 17” party size with everything but the kitchen sink. Ran me a cool $58. But that’s the price you pay for the best pie in the area. Highly recommend. More...
Shoot back to busy college days, Wednesday nite was Papa Del's deep dish pizza! Forward 40 years... Same quality pizza (albeit more expensive today! ) But a necessary treat whenever visiting Chambana. Best pizza anywhere! More...
Excellent thin crust pizza! And our waitress was the best!
Best pizza in town. Note that it doesn't say this on their website, but they charge you double for most topings.
Love it! Nice atmosphere great food.
Love the thin crust pizza. Dinner hours can be very busy, so just go when you're not in a hurry or get your order for pick up. The food is overall pretty good to great! Usually leave with a $30-50 bill for 2. More...
Service was great, and the food was even better!
Great service & amazing pizza! Got to meet Pops, himself, and he was so welcoming and genuine. Loved our waitress, and the new location at old Coca Cola Bottling Co is awesome...doing a great job of renovating!