Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sizzle Pie

Sizzle Pie, located on E Burnside St. in Portland, Oregon, serves up many versions of their thin-crust pizza.

Whether you are a vegetarian, omnivore, or even a vegan, Sizzle Pie has you covered. They have about 40 pizzas to choose from, including two different sizes for each one. You can also make your own pie, allowing for over a million combinations.

Sizzle Pie also offers a limited selection of beer, cider, champagne, and wine
After much deliberation, a friend and I split a regular-sized Slaughter of the Soil ($16). This pie has fresh spinach, fresh tomato, and artichoke hearts. While whole-wheat crust was advertised, the pizza maker informed us that they had just stopped selling their whole wheat dough. What a shame...I would have loved to try it.

Anyway, our pizza was baked to order, and about 15-20 minutes later, our pie arrived.

Regular-sized "Slaughter of the Soil"
The pizza was delicious. My friend and I each had our death struggles with the melted cheese (a special house blend) -- in a good way. The cooked spinach and tomato did not lose its flavor and actually enhanced our pizza experience.

I'm not sure if Sizzle Pie puts the cheese on before the sauce, but the way the tomato sauce is visible on the pizza's surface, I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. I love it like that because the crust is not as likely to get soggy. And here, the crust was nice and crispy.

The pizza crust ends were still a little big for me; I prefer as thin a pizza as possible to get that cracker-like crunch. So far, JJ Dolan's still has the better pie in that regard.

Sizzle Pie also scores points for having chili pepper flakes, sriracha, Aardvark habanero sauce, and this lovely hot sauce:

Thai and True hot sauce is just plain awesome. After putting a bunch of it on our pizza, we were breaking a noticeable sweat. I love when that happens!

In a similar critique of JJ Dolan's, I also did not care for the loud music played at Sizzle Pie. If I wanted to loud music to play, I'll go to a club instead. When I am eating a meal with friends, I want to be able to carry on a nice conversation instead of being required to raise my voice over the blaring rock music.

We liked the waferboard and plywood decor, and the chairs, as simple as they look, were quite comfortable.

I would definitely get another pizza from Sizzle Pie. They do a great job with their product and they have a lot of options to choose from. 7.75/10

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