Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote?

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2011/09/26 15:10:51 (permalink)

Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote?

Since his upset win in the Florida Republican straw poll, former Godfather's CEO Herman Cain has been getting buzz and media attention.  There are no Godfather's Pizza anywhere near me.  I've never had it.  Is Herman's pizza any good?  When he argued with Bill Clinton over health care reform, it sounded like Clinton was a regular customer (and I always considered Bill a Roadfood kind of guy). 
 
What is Godfather's pizza like?  How does it compare to the other chains (Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Little Caesar...)?  If people vote for him, will Herman deliver?
 
 
 
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 16:24:19 (permalink)
    I once had a pie at a Godfather's in the mid-'70s. It lived down to the name.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 17:34:28 (permalink)
    Never had one, but I sure like Herman Cain!
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 18:05:32 (permalink)
    We have a pizza place called Godfathers. Not sure if it's part of the chain. I thought it was an independent. Pizza was OK but not worth a special trip.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 18:24:35 (permalink)
    Politics!  
     
    What religion is he?  
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 20:02:29 (permalink)
    I think the fact that our Godfather's Pizza went out of business over 20 years ago probably speaks toward its quality.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 20:25:27 (permalink)
    Godfather's Pizza does the once trendy but really bad idea of using raw vegetables on top of pizza. It was some kind of pseudo-yuppie thing; any pizza aficionado knows that you have to saute vegetables that you put on pizza.
     
    Apparently, Herman Cain had a rep as a "fix-it" guy; you bring him in, he fixes your chain, he then resigns to go on to the next thing. He left Godfather's almost 10 years ago.
     
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 22:09:28 (permalink)
    bartl

    Godfather's Pizza does the once trendy but really bad idea of using raw vegetables on top of pizza. It was some kind of pseudo-yuppie thing; any pizza aficionado knows that you have to saute vegetables that you put on pizza.

    Apparently, Herman Cain had a rep as a "fix-it" guy; you bring him in, he fixes your chain, he then resigns to go on to the next thing. He left Godfather's almost 10 years ago.

    Bart

     
    Besides the fact that Godfathers is nasty, gross and disgusting just like any other chain that sells something that they have the audacity to label as "pizza"  our own Adjudicator LOVES raw veggies on pizza.  
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/26 22:20:06 (permalink)
    The picture of the "Godfather" on their web site made me think of this...
     
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/27 10:19:43 (permalink)
    Without comment on Cain's politics, it really does strike me as odd that either his PR or the media keep touting his time with the Godfather's chain.  It's a chain that leaves markets, not joins them. 
     
    I've had a taste for their pizza since I was a kid, and was pleased to see a Godfather's logo along I-20 on a blue gas/food/lodging sign last year.  I thought the last remaining Godfather's anywhere near me was in Knoxville.  There was a franchise in Canton from about 2004-06, but it lost the license, rebranded as "Da Works Pizza," and closed shortly afterwards.
     
    So we pulled over and it was a reheated-personal-pizza thing at a small truck stop, like those Hunt Brothers Pizzas you see at rural gas stations.
     
    A properly cooked Godfather's pie is considerably better than a Papa John's pie, but, knowing nothing of Papa John's politics, I think his experience, for illustrative example, speaks more for running a successful business than Cain's.  Papa John's is a huge success.  Godfather's is pretty pathetic.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/27 10:59:26 (permalink)
    chewingthefat

    Never had one, but I sure like Herman Cain!
    I'm hoping for an Obama-Cain matchup.
    As far as his pizza went, Milwaukee has many more locally owned pizzerias that most cities; I tried one once and it was very forgettable.

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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/27 11:56:59 (permalink)
    How was the pizza?,you ask,Well--if he wins-expect to see cardboard join catsup on the school lunch program list of accepted "Foods".
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/27 17:02:50 (permalink)
    It was good pizza at one time.  Then in the mid-80's, Godfather's sold out to Pillsbury and ended up using their ingredients for the pizzas instead of their previous ingredients, which made the pizza take a nose dive in quality, in my opinion.  They have not been the same since.  We used to have about 10 locations in the Kansas City metro area when they were at their height around 1984.  Now I think there are only 2-3 left.
     
    So, no, Cain did not make a great pizza restaurant chain when he presided over Godfather's, which is why he probably moved on.  He did, however, wrest ownership from Pillsbury, but sadly I don't think he/they did anything to return the product to its former glory.
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfather%27s_Pizza
    post edited by collinf - 2011/09/27 22:54:16
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/09/27 18:19:41 (permalink)
    Wow. I don't know if the chain regressed or we're talking about some other chain then I remembered. We had a few down here during the early 80's. There wasn't any advertising to speak of until later and they were usually found in out of the way strip malls and attracted a college pitcher crowd with mostly a word of mouth following. At some point Pillsbury took over without any noticeable changes to the menu except for corny TV advertising and some new locations in higher profile areas with an unmistakable Burger King like decor. They didn't last very long afterwards and I don't think any were left open by the late 80's. I don't know what happened, if they tampered with the formula or the prices, but they were regarded as an excellent pizza. We quit going there around '84 when the girls started school, so if there was any drop in quality, it must have been after that.
     
    One thing about the place was excess. Their pizzas cost more, but there was no sense of skimping on anything. As I remember, it wasn't a conventional pizza back then. The crust were sort of a pre-made crispy shell in a deep pan that was about 2" deep  that you'd see the kids scooping container loads of ingredients into and then covering with cheese. What struck you was the unrestrained abundance that was stacked on. The finished pizza weighed very heavy by any local standard. The toppings were unlike most places at the time, every ingredient was diced or processed in small pieces or slices. One slice was a meal.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/09 18:55:06 (permalink)
    When the late, lamented Gifford's Ice Cream Shoppe on Lee Hwy. in Arlington, VA went out of business in the late 1970's the building was converted into a Godfather's Pizza.  Basically, it was an upscale Pizza Hut with the same quality-level food.  It only remained open for a year or so into the 1980's before it went out of business and became the second location of a local joint:  Joe's Pizza & Pasta which we patronized often and is still thriving today:  http://www.joesplacepizzaandpasta.com/
     
    From what I gather, Godfather's was one of Pillsbury's "restaurant brands" (which then included Burger King) and, years later,  Mr. Cain - a V.P. of Pillsbury - took the assignment of rescuing the brand from bankruptcy.  Evidently, he succeeded because much to my surprise they are still operating today: http://godfathers.com/ .
     
    To me, being a V.P. of a huge multinational like Pillsbury and being the former President of the National Restaurant Association are far more impressive credentials than being the "CEO of Godfather's".
     
     
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/09 19:03:41 (permalink)
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    Politics!  

    What religion is he?  


    I believe that Mr. Cain is a Baptist and a Christian Gentleman.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/11 13:10:57 (permalink)
    I liked Godfather's when it was in LEX in the late  70's and early 80's.  I thought the cheese was good.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 00:08:45 (permalink)
    Does Godfather's pizza get my vote? Nein, nein, nein.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 18:55:47 (permalink)
    According to the new NBC poll, he's now the Republican front-runner.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 19:44:34 (permalink)
    felix4067

    According to the new NBC poll, he's now the Republican front-runner.

     
    He is ???
     


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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 20:32:05 (permalink)
    I couldn't believe it, either. But yes.
     
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44881446/ns/politics-decision_2012/
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 20:53:11 (permalink)
    felix4067

    I couldn't believe it, either. But yes.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44881446/ns/politics-decision_2012/

     
    Oh, that's old news
     
    I thought you were referring to The Godfather 
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 21:03:50 (permalink)
    Godfadders pizza......DO IT
     
    http://www.youtube.com/wa...mw&feature=related
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 21:39:08 (permalink)
    TJ Jackson

    Godfadders pizza......DO IT

    http://www.youtube.com/wa...mw&feature=related

     
    I have a tough time taking " a Godfather" seriously when he has what sounds to me like a Nebraska accent.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/12 22:13:59 (permalink)
    *laff*
     
    I used to love those old commercials, so over-the top, especially when the old guy leans into the camera and threatens in his deep gravelly voice  "DO IT!"
     
    I couldn't find any of the ones I used to see locally, but the one I linked in gives the gist of the feel/tone/content.  
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/13 00:44:47 (permalink)
    I preferred the guy that pilsburry had in the white fedora. He was as un-NY/Italian as you could get and the total antithesis of what you'd expect. This is a pretty good parody with a good sentiment that more restaurants should adopt.
     
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/15 11:32:55 (permalink)
    chewingthefat

    Never had one, but I sure like Herman Cain!


    Amen & amen to that!!!
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/15 17:44:26 (permalink)
    I remember eating at Godfathers once in the Memphis area, back while Elvis was still alive and I lived down there. It was nothing special (Pizza Hut's Thick and Chewy Supreme was vastly better) and we never made it back for a 2nd visit. Not sure I'd give one that second chance, even now, given the number of good pizza joints out there.
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/17 01:18:07 (permalink)
    Here in Dayton two Godfather's locations have opened in the last five years, one in Huber Heights at 4628 Brandt Pike (OH 201) north of Needmore and the Kroger, and more recently the other at 5800 Wilmington Pike off of I-675 Exit 7.  I've only eaten at the former.  The latter was a Popeye's restaurant for a couple of years prior to becoming Godfather's, and I don't know if it will last.  Having eaten at said Popeye's it's pretty small.
     
    Interestingly, when I visited a Godfather's location in Marshall, Minnesota, four years ago I thanked Mr. Cain on the comment card!  I know I mentioned his name on it and wanted to support him for his conservative values!
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    Re:Does Godfather's Pizza Get Your Vote? 2011/10/23 19:03:13 (permalink)
    michaelcarraher Since his upset win in the Florida Republican straw poll, former Godfather's CEO Herman Cain has been getting buzz and media attention.  There are no Godfather's Pizza anywhere near me.  I've never had it.

    If you ever fly through Minneapolis, you can try them at the airport.
    Is Herman's pizza any good?

    He hasn't been associated with the restaurant in years.
    When he argued with Bill Clinton over health care reform, it sounded like Clinton was a regular customer (and I always considered Bill a Roadfood kind of guy).

    Why would you consider someone who regularly stopped at McDonald's a Roadfood kind of guy? Clinton was nothing if not a FF kinda guy. I'm actually kinda surprised he never had a McD's put in the White House kitchen.

    What is Godfather's pizza like?

    It's a little like Pizza Hut's Personal Pan Pizza used to be in the 80's--at first. The sauce is different, the toppings are different, the spices are different.
    How does it compare to the other chains (Domino's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Little Caesar...)?

    It really doesn't. Although I haven't had Domino's since they reformulated, and if you call Little Caesar's pizza, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale. I would guess it's closest to Papa John's? For me it's a MN thing. If I get a good report at the kidney doc @ Mayo Clinic, we stop for a Godfather's Humble Pie. They sell it half-baked, then we finish cooking it at home, cut that sucker up & freeze half for later. It's exotic to me because we don't have them here.

    If people vote for him, will Herman deliver?

    No comment.
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