Earlier this week I was in a hurry to accomplish two things during my lunch hour. 1) walk 8 blocks into Chinatown to feed my friend Morgan's cat, and 2) eat pizza for lunch. All day, all I wanted was pizza, and it didn't help that a couple of my coworkers came back from lunch talking about the delicious pizza they had just eaten.
Before setting out to Chinatown, I walked two blocks in the opposite direction and ended up at Sizzle Pie. If you're looking for a down-homey pizza place with cushy booths and a traditional pizza place kinda atmosphere, then Sizzle Pie is NOT for you. But if you're looking for somewhere to grab a slice that is quintessentially Portland - from the metal music selection on the jukebox, to the employee uniform of excessive tattoos, piercings and facial hair, then this is the place for you. Sizzle Pie is on a corner and has a fabulous wall of windows looking out over the intersection of 10th Ave and Burnside, which affords an excellent view of the tourists pouring in and out of Powell's Books.
|This is NOT your grandma's jukebox
Sizzle Pie has a selection of nine pies available by the slice every day. With so much to choose from, committing to a slice can be rough. Fortunately they offer "cuts". A cut is a half of a slice - and is bargain priced at $1.75.
After much deliberation, I ordered a cut of Sons of Huns and a cut of The Ol' Dirty. I then sat down to people watch while the slices were being heated up. I cannot stress how great the people watching is at Sizzle Pie.
On the left we have Sons of Huns - Vodka cream sauce, artichoke hearts, peppadews, smoked mozzarella and almonds. It was a great idea, but the vodka cream sauce was way too rich for me. Thankfully Sizzle Pie offers cuts - and I didn't get a whole slice of this one. On the right is The Ol' Dirty - Tomato base, salami, ricotta, olive oil and pepperoncini. I really liked The Ol' Dirty, if it had been pepperoni instead of salami it might be my new favorite pizza. The pepperoncinis gave just the right amount of vinegary-bite to keep the pizza interesting.
I'll definitely be back at a later time to try more cuts. You can't beat a $3.50 lunch.
I ate - 2 cuts of pizza. $3.50
If you'd like to check out Sizzle Pie for yourself, they're located at 926 W Burnside Street in Portland and are open from 11:00am - 3:00am Sunday through Thursday and 11:00am - 4:00am Friday and Saturday.