Portland Pizza Week 2018

I really wasn't excited by many of the 34 available slices for this Pizza Week. It seemed like they were all either too boring, too crazy, or too vegan. But you know what? I'm often surprised by pizza. Unfortunately, I awoke on Pizza Week morning with a terrible cold. Sick. Too sick even to eat pizza. (Except for the leftover pizza I had from when I ate pizza on Sunday night which doesn't count.)

Anyways, I was sick Monday and Tuesday, but by day 3, I was ready to pizza.

THE PILF @ BELLA PIZZA

THE PILF @ BELLA PIZZA


Environment: While waiting in line to order, I overheard a child ask their parent "But why do they call it PILF?" I was looking forward to the answer, but my head was still pretty congested and I couldn't hear very well. Disappointing, but definitely not Bella's fault.

The Slice: This was one of the slices that sounded like a bit much to me, but I was willing to try it because their slice last year didn't sound very appealing and yet it worked, so Bella had earned my trust. It's basically a cheeseburger on a pizza. Ground beef, American and mozzarella cheese, pickles, tomato, onion, iceburg lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing. It sounds like a lot, but it really wasn't.

Verdict: Once again, Bella EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS.

THE SMOKEY KERNEL @ATLAS PIZZA

THE SMOKEY KERNEL @ATLAS PIZZA

Wardrobe: To be perfectly honest, the pizza here was overshadowed by my embarrassment of accidentally wearing my Atlas Pizza t-shirt to Atlas Pizza. Totally my bad.

The Location: I generally really like Atlas Pizza. (Hence, the shirt.) There's actually one closer to where I live, on Killingsworth, but that location was serving one of the many vegan slices. So I ventured to SE Portland with my friend Ava for their meat & cheesy slice. 

The Slice: The Smokey Kernel had "smoked chicken thighs, sweet corn sauce, fire-roasted poblano peppers, roasted red bell peppers, red onion, Hatch chili crema, and scallion garnish." Ava and I discussed the issue of chicken on pizza. I'm not usually a fan and Ava was skeptical, but I had a good feeling about this one.

The Verdict: I really like their crust, but, flavor-wise, it was kind of like eating a quesadilla. Which I like so I don't really know what my problem is. ACCEPTABLE.

CHEVRE, ‘SHROOMS + WHIPS @ HOT LIPS PIZZA

CHEVRE, ‘SHROOMS + WHIPS @ HOT LIPS PIZZA

Ava and I were neither full nor satisfied after that one meager slice of quesadilla pizza (and a large chocolate chip cookie for me), so we hit up the Hot Lips on Sandy. 

The Slice: For me, this pizza fell into the "sort of boring" category. It was about what I expected. "Portland Creamery chévre, mushrooms, garlic whips, red peppers, and an olive oil base." I've had all of these things on pizza before. (Except for garlic whips, I guess? ) And I like them just fine, but, meh. And what are garlic whips? We may never know. 

Verdict: ACCEPTABLE.

And in case you're wondering, I didn't intend to use Hogwarts' Ordinary Wizarding Level system of grading for pizza week. It just happened.