So I was in Portland on Monday /Tues for business and I got a request to bring home pizza for my Boy's Birthday. My Tuesday morning meeting ended at 11:00 so I walked over to Otto Pizza and ordered a cheese pizza to go. Twenty minutes later I was sitting in my car destroying a hot slice. It was great, crispy bubbled edge, excellent fresh tasting tomato sauce, perfect amount of crust to topping. I felt bad though, I can't show up at home with a slice missing, so I called Otto's other location just up Congress Street and ordered a sausage pizza and a potato bacon pizza to-go. 20 minutes later after circling the block 10 times a space opened up. I walked in, grabbed my pies and got back to the car. "DON'T Eat any" I said to myself but the smell was killing me so I gave in and had a slice of each. Soooo good! I decided to put all 3 partially eaten pies in the trunk so I wouldn't be tempted any further. Now I'm cruising 95 south and you know what? I can smell those pies even from my trunk, so I pull over at the N.H. liquor store and grab just one slice of the white pie. Slam goes the trunk. Wife calls and says some neighbors are coming over could I grab a couple extra pizzas. I'm feeling guilty about bringing home partial pizzas so I called Santarpio's new location on Route 1. I figured heck it's right on the way home no harm no foul. "Twenty Minutes" she says, perfect I'm almost exactly 20 minutes away. Pull in, wait 1 minute, grab my Tomato-cheese and sausage pies and moments later I'm eating a slice of cheese in their parking lot. It's terrible! No crust, absolutely soggy center. Boring sauce. Maybe the sausage one is better? Nope, that one sucked too. I put the 2 Santarpio's pies on the back seat as they will be no temptation. Hmmm, now I'm determined to bring home some good pizza so while I'm in the Santarpio's parking lot I call Regina's (on Thatcher St. only) and order 2 "well done" pizza's. 1 cheese, 1 roni. "25 minutes" he says, perfect timing. I circle Thatcher 5 times and knowing this will be useless I asked two teens if they'll run in and bring out my pizzas. Problem solved, $5 tip. A half a block later while illegally parked in front of an alleyway I sink into my first slice of Regina's. Not bad. Way too much uncooked flour on the cornichon made the pie bone dry, sauce and cheese are good, well done as requested. Roni was also heavy on the flour crust.
Now I'm on my way home with 7 partially eaten pizzas. I reflected on my pizza day and all I wanted was another slice of Otto's. Their crust is delicious, you don't want to stop eating it.