Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Apizza Pizza

Pizza is a passionate subject among most folks we know, and whether they like a particular pizzeria's pies depends on the type of pizza they prefer. New York style? Deep dish? Crisp crust? Wood oven?

When Apizza Scholls came on the scene a few years ago, it was hailed as bringing a new level of pizza excellence to Portland's east side. Their pies are old-fashioned crisp crusts with lots of bubbly cheese and various meaty toppings, served simply in a small storefront cafe with staff running back and forth from the ovens, balancing pizzas as they squeeze between the crowded tables.

Everything on the menu is made fresh and to order, and their two house salads are very good. The pizzas come in one size and one size only and prices run from the plain tomato pie for $17 to the Clam Casino for $25. Get there early for a table or be prepared to wait awhile on the sidewalk outside. As mentioned, this place is small and very popular, but if you're craving a hearty old-fashioned pizza, this is the place.

Details: Apizza Scholls, 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; Phone 503-233-1286.

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