Taking an existing, delicious food and stuffing it with other delicious foods is never a bad idea. In that spirit, Via Chicago has taken a deep-dish, Chicago style “slice” of pizza and stuffed it to the gills with three kinds of cheese and fresh spinach. To create this gargantuan pizza, Via Chicago hand-presses their dough into a cake pan, and start with a layer of thick-sliced raw garlic. From there, asiago, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese are layered, with fresh spinach interspersed. A thin layer of dough caps things off, and the pizza is ready for the oven. Before the process is complete, it is removed from the oven, doused with a thick layer of sauce, and placed back in for a spell before being finished with a dusting of parmesan and a mixture of thyme, oregano, and rosemary. The result is a cheese lovers’ dream—a savory, vegetarian treat with simple yet classic flavors. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a quick snack or light meal, you might want to check out a different Pizza Week slice. But, if you want to eat a monstrous, knife-and-fork piece of pizza and slip into a glorious coma? Step right up.
Via Chicago, 2013 NE Alberta, viachicagopizza.com. Via Chicago's Pizza Week slice available April 18-24, Tues-Fri 11 am-11 pm, Sat noon-11 pm, Sun noon-10 pm, Mon 11 am-10 pm. Limit two per person, dine-in only, whole pies not available. For more about Pizza Week, see portlandpizzaweek.com.