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[PDX] Apizza Scholls Report...

extramsg | Jan 25, 200501:37 AM

Went to Apizza Scholls for dinner. Interestingly, folks kept filing in. I got there at about 5:20 or so and there ended up being 9 of us there (and I know 2 more are going tomorrow) without any real coordination. The place was essentially full the entire time. It's a smaller spot without the huge patio open than the Public House and I imagine they'll be busy a lot.

Since I'm on a low-carb diet, I got a Caesar ($7) with anchovies ($2) and split a meat plate ($8) with a couple Chowhounders/PortlandFooders.

The Caesar was quite tasty, with very fresh and crisp whole leaves of romaine. The lettuce was nicely dressed, though I like a slightly more bold Caesar dressing. But it was good. Over the top were croutons and shavings of decent quality parmeggiano. They forgot the anchovies at first, which is why my pictures don't have them, but I was very happy when they arrived. Normally I like anchovies as an accent only and will often only eat about half the anchovies given with a Caesar. But these were quite good and I could almost eat them solo.

The meat plate was also quite tasty consisting of prosciutto, capicollo, finnochiona salame, and abruzzo sopressatta. Plus olives and cheese. I enjoyed them all, especially the sopressatta with its complex flavor. Maybe Brian or Rodney can pop up and give a source on these.

Of course, I didn't stop there as you can tell from the pics. I also ate off of some of my fellow Portlandfooders' pies, both the margherita ($18) and a sausage and basil ($21). I just had a sliver of each, but they were both excellent as always. Thin and crisp but foldable bread, charred, but not burnt tasting edges and speckled bottoms. A balance of cheese, basil, and bright sauce on top.

Service could be improved and I expect it will. (The servers were a bit pissy and failed to fill my water glass for long intervals.) I imagine they're not happy having not had incomes for a month. But the food is hard to improve on and now that its in Portland proper I expect a lot of you will become regulars.



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