Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bortolami's Pizzeria

Bortolami's Pizzeria is located at the corner of NE 7th Avenue and NE 99th Street in Vancouver, Washington.

They really love and celebrate the bicycle at Bortolami's. Lots of bikes and anything relating to cycling adorn the walls.

I stopped in for lunch last week, as I was craving pizza and it dawned on me that I had been in the area for 5+ years and never stopped here. Had to knock this one off the list.

Lots of pizza options here, and of course, Bortolami's makes their own dough. There are various Traditional and Specialty pizzas listed, but you can also make your own, with seemingly endless combinations. Sizes come in small (10"), medium (13"), and large (16"). All whole pies are made to order.

I went with the 10" Campionissimo for lunch ($14.25): pepperoni, salami, Canadian ham, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions with their mozzarella/provolone cheese blend. A pizza loaded with toppings came at me after about a 15-minute wait.

The crust had an awesome crunch on the outside and pleasing chew on the inside. Fresh ingredients. The edges of the crust appeared greasy, but perhaps that came from all the meats added to this pizza. I also liked the pizza sauce here, lovely sweetness from the tomatoes.

While I would have loved to stick around longer and have a beer or two, my lunch break neared an end and I had to get back to the office.

The Ciclismo ($15.25 for 10") is a specialty pizza I also eyed. It has basil pesto sauce, mushroom, diced organic tomato, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and a parmesan/romano cheese blend. Perhaps that will be ordered next time.

Calzones here are $9.95 and you can add up to three "toppings" thrown in.

At the end of the day, Bortolami's is a great pizza spot. Not sure why it took me so long to try this spot, but I'm glad I did. 7.5/10

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