April 18-24 is Pizza Week here in Portland. Many pizzerias create a special $2.00 pizza they only offer this week by the slice. We know that $2 is not a crazy good deal by us for a slice, but when you read the descriptions of the toppings of some of these and realize what you will get, it is not bad! Plus, for only $3 at some places, they also serve it with a Widmer Hefe.
April 20th: Our first stop, De Nicola’s “The Best of Italy” slice. This was an old Italian restaurant, here for 38 years as you can tell in the decor. There was a small wedding reception in the other room and of course, maps of Italy place mats under the glass (reminded me of a pizza place in Rutherford). They wrote that the crust was “foldable with just the right amount of crunch“, but we found it a little tougher and more like a frozen crust (they do have to crank out quite a few of these each night for a week). But the toppings were good- a house made marinara sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and basil pesto with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.
April 22: Next stop: Sizzle Pie Northeast, “Everybody Wants Some” slice. Being that this is Portland, this pie is made with Vegetarian friendly cheese, but the picture in the paper and description made us interested. “Made with fantastically creamy vodka sauce, nestled between Sizzle Pie’s soft, floppy in the best way crust and a layer of stretchy Asiago cheese. Savory garlic wafts from the surface and adds a touch to match the bold roasted red peppers, while fresh strips of basil add a blast of Italian flavor to the slice.” This was our favorite, it was delicious, as close to a NY/NJ pie as we will probably get out here. Great crust, had to fold it to eat it and Ron loved the amount of garlic on it! It also had strips of onion and check out the picture- a bubble on the crust, nice! However, at $17-28 for their pies, not sure how often we will go back! But, you have to check out their menu, the names alone will crack you up! http://sizzlepie.com/MENUS
April 24: SFNYP, or Straight from NY Pizza. The slice is called, “The Spanish Bomb.” This is a white slice with Romesco- a nuts and red pepper sauce and globs of caramelized onions. The spiral drizzle of the red sauce reminds us of the pizza at Grotto in Rehoboth. It’s good, but Sizzle Slice was better. After eating we head next door to a record shop. That’s right folks, they actually still do exist and Ron is determined to check them all out here, no matter how small. Inside they have a phone booth listening room.
April 23: Downtown Vancouver. There is craft beer outside of Portland, and if we are going to live here in Vancouver, we better check them out! First one is Heathen Brewing, at their Feral Public House. Ron orders cod tacos and I have the Caesar salad, we split their beer cheese soup- the best I’ve had since Old Forge Brewery in Danville, PA. It is made with their Arson Amber, cheddar, cream, and spices.