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Portland, OR – Pizzicato (local chain)

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Pizzicato Portland Mixed Greens Salad

Pizzicato Portland Mixed Greens Salad

I often wonder what a food entrepreneur is thinking when he/she puts the word “Gourmet” in their name?  What does it mean to most people, anyway?  According to the Wikidictionary, “gourmet” means “fine”, which is pretty far afield from its etymological root. The dictionary goes on to say “Gourmet has become somewhat debased by marketing usage, and is considered by some a pretentious middlebrow term. Such users tend to prefer terms such as artisanal (emphasizing the craft) for fine food.”  That latter explanation makes more sense these days, I would guess.

In any case, the local chain “Pizzicato” is fond of the word ‘gourmet’, and in their case, I suspect they believe it refers to both the ‘artisanal’ making and the ingredients used.   They tout their crust as one special aspect, buying flour only from the Pendleton Flour Mill in Eastern Oregon.  Mrs. BDB was in a mood to order in last night, and usually pizza is not on her ordering radar, any more than burgers are, but I suspect her choice was motivated at least partially because it’s my birthday this week, and she likes to make me especially happy during the anniversary of my entry into humankind. (Mostly because she believes when I was born, pizza hadn’t been invented yet).

After a bit of online investigation, Pizzicato got the nod, and after a failed attempt to persuade the Hillsdale branch to deliver to us, we called the Lake O outlet (which is actually farther away), and they said “sure, why not.”

Off the menu, Mrs. BDB chose a small salad, with pear slices, candied walnuts, mixed greens, balsamic dressing and Gorgonzola.   Although walnuts and Gorgonzola also do not top her list of favorite things, they are on mine, so we got a pretty fair distribution out of the salad.   She loved the mixed greens, I did not.  The roughage was a little too rough for my delicate ingestion apparati.

She also ordered the 3 cheese stuffed mushrooms, baked crimini filled with feta, provolone & Parmesan.   We both panned these,  while the mushrooms were crisp and tasty, the stuffing was kind of “gloppy” (translation:  wet) so they were difficult to pick up, and I suspect these would be much better at the restaurant, when they are hot and just out of the oven.

Pizzicato Portland Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Pizzicato Portland Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

For a pie, I chose the 12″ (medium) “Sausage combo”, which the menu describes as fennel sausage, mushrooms, black olives, and smoked mozzarella.    The joint likes to crow about their crust, which is a “New York thin” (my definition) meaning thicker than cracker, chewy throughout, with only slight crisping, and some definite hang when you are picking up a slice.  The hang and composition is not so severe the toppings end up flying nilly-willy off the crust, but that’s more a condition of assembly than the actually crust.  The crust is flavorful, and ‘breadstick chewy’, if that’s your preference.

The fennel sausage has very good flavor, but is doled out in microscopic bits, smaller than a Sysco type pre-crumble.  On a pie of this price and description, I’d prefer to see amply-sized hand-pulled chunks of the pork.    Mushrooms and olives were from a can or jar, nothing at all to make them distinguishable or exceptional.  Again, I’d prefer a more “artisanal” approach to these ingredients, as well.   Finally, whether or not the mozzarella was actually ‘smoked’, I can’t say.  Didn’t seem to enhance the experience for me.

Would I order again?  Why not?  Would I go out of my way to order or eat there?  Nah.    The appy, salad, and pie, delivered, produced a tab of $30, and for the same amount, if I dared, I could have gotten two mediums and three pounds of pasta from Pizza Hut on a Tuesday nite special.  Point being, the Hut choice would have lasted several days, but Pizzicato’s delivery was a single meal for us.

Portland's Pizzicato  Sausage Combo Pizza

Portland's Pizzicato Sausage Combo Pizza


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Portland, OR – Bellagios Pizza

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I’ve generally been unsatisfied with delivery pizzas in Portland. Well,for that matter, pizzas in general. I’ve found a few I like, like the one at the Silver Dollar Bar on Broadway in down town, and the slices at the take away outlet for Pazzo {Pazzoria), on Washington near Broadway.

Tonight I ordered delivery from a local chain, Bellagios. They started in 1969, and have grown to 14 locations in the metro area.

Their “mantra” is to provide “the very best”, and that starts with freshly made dough and sauce daily.

Why had I been reluctant to try them? A silly reason. I like to order online, not on the phone. I don’t want to hear “…..pizza, hold please….”, and have my call forgotten, or have some guy’s scribble turn my olives into onion because the pie maker can read the order. I think online ordering eliminates some portions of human error, and Bellagios started their online ordering recently. (Start your online order here).

I ordered a large “Butcher Block” pizza, a large spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette, and an order of cheese sticks, with pizza dipping sauce. The Butcher Block toppings include Mozzarella, Salami, Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, Italian Sausage. The cheese sticks, like most places, is pizza dough with cheese, sliced lengthwise.

The total was about $30. The arrival time, noted in a confirmation email, was about 45 minutes out. The driver arrived earlier than the appointed time, and was courtesy, and the order was complete.

The pizza crust was a little thicker than my preference, but very good, nonetheless. The edges were bubbled crispy, and the middle was chewy. The crust had a buttery flavor. The meat toppings were of higher than expected quality, with a special note about the Italian sausage, which actually WAS Italian sausage, and not something like “Sysco Meat Crumbles #3). The pepperoni and salamis were grand, and the Canadian bacon very thin sliced. The sauce on the pizza itself was fine, rather non-descript, but the pizza sauce that came with the cheese sticks was firm, tomato-y and flavorful. I couldn’t tell it it and the sauce on the pizza were the same.

The topping ingredients were atop the cheese, so with slices having a nominal amount of “hang”, an occasional meat slice ended up in my lap. Minimal, tho.  They were more than generous with the quantity of meat toppings.

The salad ingredients were crisp and fresh. I especially like the cherry tomatoes. (May have been grape tomatoes, they looked like tiny Romas). The kitchen had followed my orders exactly as to what salad ingredients to leave out, and the dressing was on the side in a plastic cup.

The cheese stick crust was considerably thinner than the pizza crust, and awash with a very strong garlic flavor, with was fine with Mrs. BDB and I. I might challenge them next time to make my pizza (yes, there will be a next time) with the cheese stick crust.

My personal ultimate pizza test is how good a slice is after sitting in the box on the counter overnight, and Bellagios passed that test with flying colors. Munching one now at 5AM, it is more than fine.

Bellagios offers a gluten-free crust option, made with rice flour, that might be interesting and should be very crisp, at least other fried rice flour products I have consumed locally have been. The gluten-free pies only come in 10″, must have something to do with the dough’s stretchability.

Bellagios menu is online here. In addition to pizza, cheese sticks, and salads, they offer calzones, and grinders (subs).

My only complaint folks is no green olives on the menu! Other than that, it’s a damned fine pie, folks. You’re my new standard for home delivery!


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