Portland Pizza Crawl // Part 1

I was recently hanging out with a few of my friends and we had the greatest idea ever and that was to get together and do a Portland Pizza Crawl. Now, don't be jealous, because it's a pretty fantastic idea. The objective is to obviously eat amazing pizza, but to also be on the quest to find the very best pizza in all of Portland or at least try as much pizza as possible. You could say, I am a bit of a pizza connoisseur, and I think if I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would for sure be pizza. So this won't be the first installment in this series.

First Stop was Pizza Jerk, and I have heard a few good things about it, but I am skeptical because you won't know until you actually taste it. We walked in and it has a neighborhood classic pizza atmosphere with checkered table cloths and the bearded owner greeting us. We ordered the half Cully which is pepperoni, pineapple, bunk hot peppers, basil, and bee local honey. On the other half was Jimmy Pesto Jr with pesto potato, green beans and truffle ricotta. Pizza Jerk definitely won the best crust of the day. It was a thin crust, but it was thin all through even to the rounded edges and it wasn't doughy. They used fresh local ingredients and it was freaking delicious. The Cully was spicy and sweet and I am still thinking about it. It's a neighborhood pizza joint, but my only complaint is that it needs to move closer to my house. 

Second stop was the delicious Red Sauce. It is literally right across the street from Pizza Jerk. We initially planned our crawl based on location, so that we could optimize the most pizza eating. The layout is a little funky because they have two entrances; a take out counter and a restaurant entrance.  Aesthetics aside, let's get to the pizza. We ordered a half Porklandia kale, red onion, goat cheese, house pepper bacon, chili flake and half of the Ruthless - ricotta, mushroom, truffle oil, sea salt. We also ordered the home made ding dong- and it was the perfect sweet treat to go along side a big juicy pie. 

The third and final stop was Lovely's Fifty Fifty. We ordered the black trumpet with spigarello, fiore sardo and gremolata. The pizza place puts in a lot of thought and care into making delicious pizza. The crust is thin, but at the ends of the crust it is doughy. They sprinkle a dusting of cheese which makes it a delicious, cheesy bread stick. The pizza, despite having ingredients I had to look up on Google, was complex and had a delicious depth. It's in the heart of the Mississippi district and also has fresh ice cream. 

It was pretty much the most fun evening ever and we are already planning the next one.  

Pizza Crawling Friends.  
@rosemarried  @foodie.passport @sweetrevengepdx

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