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[PDX] Pizza (Part 1): American Dream, Bella Faccia, Escape from NY, NY NY, Rovente, Stark Naked

extramsg | Nov 9, 200511:34 PM

Starting to survey pizza in Portland. Hopefully, I can maintain my sleek and sexy figure. (Sea lions are sleek, right?) Pictures, etc, via link.

American Dream: A crunchy crust, when cooked enough, with an almost pastry like texture and a terrible taste. They seem to be heart-conscious, perhaps because they're across from a hospital, and maybe this has something to do with the dull flavors.

Bella Faccia: One of the most consistent slices in Portland. Always seems to be about the same quality, which is adequate, though not especially good. The crust has a nice stiffness and chew, but a strong cracker flavor. Sauce and toppings are good.

Escape from New York: When they're on, one of the best slices in town. They keep it simple offering fewer choices than most places. Slices are greasy (as if that's bad), but all the parts have a nice flavor and intensity and the pieces come together well.

New York New York: They say the third times the charm. Well, it took me three trips until I finally got there before they sold out of slices. Thanks to Marshall and others for insisting I try it. Best slice I've tried yet. Crust is ultra-thin and slightly blistered. Cheese, sauce, and toppings all have an enjoyable flavor and the proportions are well-balanced. Huge slices, btw.

Rovente: Adequate slices downtown. Each slice's components are mediocre on their own, but somehow come together, perhaps because of their balance, to make a slice that is better than the sum of its parts.

Stark Naked: Not offensively bad, but each part is certainly not good and that adds up to an insipid slice of pizza. Chemical aftertaste and a sauce that tastes like it's out of a jar.



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