My apologies to Baby Doll. My comments are not directed at them, but to the Portland pizza scene in general. I find it hard to believe that people love eating reheated slices of pizza. It seems like something you settle for instead of craving. Just wish there were more options like pizza made by real Italians as opposed to New York style by 20 something hipsters.
If that's your thing than by all means give Baby Doll a try. If Chris says it's good then it's definitely worth a shot.
Ok, keep eating your reheated waxy cheese and cardboard. Like I said, this town will never know what truly great pizza is.
^ you are such a bogus fuck face. It's frightening.......
I would go for the Lori alone!
^^Disagree on the pizza but I witnessed what you described a few days ago and it was very funny. Said "hipsters" debated amongst themselves what he meant. Bonus laugh : the guy who said this (more or less) ...big frame glasses, "ironic" (or stupid ) facial hair and a sweater that bore an uncanny resemblance to waldo. For real. DO I have video? Of course not, which is why I will always be a poor nobody. Sigh
Apizza Scholls sucks! Just because it's hard to get doesn't mean it's better. A hipster walks into a bar full of hipsters and says: 'This bar sucks, it's full of hipsters!"
Go to Hogan's Goat or Sizzle Pie. Boycott Scholls! F that place.
This place is motherfucking delicious. Plus, the soda fountain has a Lori Laughlin trading card taped to it
Chris, please don't give full reviews for places like this in the future. Any of us can go and try a slice for ourselves with little risk. Save your reviews for eateries with more varied menus or that are likely to cause a person to pause before deciding wether or not to spend their hard earned dollars there. Pizza places like this are kind of a no-brainer.
Yay, another New York style pizza place. How exciting. Sorry if the sarcasm isn't coming through in print.
This town will never understand what truly great pizza is. Apizza Scholls is the only place that comes close. Thank god, I'll be back in Milwaukee next month where I can enjoy a decent pie. The new Pizza Man should be open by then. Might trek down to Chicago for a proper deep dish too.
Sorry, but a pizza with barely any sauce or cheese and scant, thinly-sliced toppings sounds very weak. It doesn't weep any oil because it lacks cheese, and hence, substance. Sure, they may eat neatly, but this is an inferior way to analyze New York style pizza, or any pizza for that matter. Seems like their just trying to keep their food costs down by skimping on ingredients. Little Caesars sounds better than this one.
Yeah, this place has become one of my favorite spots. I'm almost torn recommending it: on one hand, I want them to have the success they deserve. On the other, I've seen the late night weekend crowd at Montage and (sometimes) Robo Taco, and that's the last thing I need to deal with here. Oh, and believe me, once they learn about this place, they'll come.
So there you have it. A place too good to share. Try it. And make sure you don't miss the Specials board off to the side.
i recommend the wyat gi kum with pearl sauce and also the special fiery Woo hang nuts with exra long noodle. Its really good.
Great decor to you eyes and great favor to your tastebud. Recommended!!!!!!!
I agree with you. The food here is delicious and true to Northern Thai style, and the people working there are the best. I was there on a Friday evening recently, and got panicky because we were just about the only people eating there for most of our meal. This place is too good to drop off the map for lack of custom. Get in there, enjoy some great food, and make sure this place is a well-deserved success!
I only went to Via Chicago once, but every part of the experience was a disaster. From the order-taking, lost the order, gave me the wrong topping when I got my pizza etc... The cheese was good quality and they gave me a free glass of wine. But, I will never go back to there as long as there are three other better places on Alberta street alone.
I have not been to Via, so won't comment of whether this is accurate but I agree with another commenter in that it doesn't sound like this was Onstad's type of thing. The pizza does not sound that compelling to me
Onstad's writing has improved alot since he took this gig but he should really stick to reviewing cutesy clever "portland-y" food. He doesn't seem to know very much at all about real people food.
I believe the "store-bought" bread is actually from the local Grand Central Bakery, so it's basically as fresh as it gets without eating at the bakery.
I used to live a couple blocks from Lou Malnati's in River North: http://www.loumalnatis.com/
The basic structure of the pie you're describing sounds like anything you'd get at Malnati's, Giordanos, or Gino's East. At any of those places, eating the first slice of a pie is a tricky operation (cheese stays molten longer under all that sauce), but after a few minutes it settles down a little and then you can inhale.
I haven't tried the pie at Via Chicago yet (haven't been back to PDX in a year or so) but your experience as detailed in the review just sounds like someone eating deep dish for the first time after a life of thinner-crust pizza. You eat 2-3 slices max, wash it down with a pitcher of beer then go enjoy your coma.
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