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America’s 15 Best Pizzas

Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is, which makes determining the country’s best pizzas a truly challenging task. Yes, pizza is tough to rank responsibly. But once again, that’s just what The Daily Meal set out to do.

Check out their list HERE and see if you favorite made the cut.

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Apizza Scholls, Portland, Oregon

One of my all-time favorites made the list…Apizza Scholls. This Portland, Oregon institution has some of the best pizza in the Pacific Northwest — and that’s using an electric oven! But they do have some guidelines for patrons interested in composing their own topping combinations on their 18-inch pies: only three ingredients, and no more than two meats per pie. So choose wisely from a list of toppings that in addition to classics like anchovies, red onions, garlic, pepperoni, sausage and basil includes capicollo, house-cured Canadian bacon, cotto salami, arugula, jalapeño and pepperoncini. If you aren’t up to building your own pie, there are 10 classics to choose from, including the signature Apizza Amore ($25): margherita with capicollo (cured pork shoulder). The signature Amore features a spicy kick offset a bit by the somewhat sweet mozzarella and balanced sauce. That’s amore!

Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR
503-233-1286
Monday – Sunday 5pm – 9:30 pm

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Big-Ass Sandwiches In Portland, Oregon

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Big-Ass Sandwiches is exactly what it sounds like: Delicious, ample sandwiches filled with home roasted meats and homemade ingredients, sure to squash big hunger in its tracks. This new Portland food cart is owned and operated by husband and wife Brian and Lisa Wood. Located downtown on the corner of SW 3rd & Ash Street, they serve up one-of-a-kind sandwiches to the people of Portland, who are already delightfully in the midst of what can only be described as an outright sandwich revival.

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The signature offering leaves no hunger unfulfilled. Simply titled “The Big-Ass Sandwich,” ($7.50) this behemoth is a smooth blend of roast beef, grilled onions, bacon, fries, and cheddar béchamel sauce, all served on a fresh sourdough ciabatta roll.

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Diners first encounter the hearty roast beef, which is slow cooked for three hours and cooled for 24 before hitting the grill. Then there are the French fries: Made from scratch on the premises, they’re thinly sliced, then blanched, and finally deep-fried once the remaining ingredients are prepared. Atop the fries rests a creamy roux-based layer of cheddar sauce, and atop that – somehow – is a second layer of fries.

All of the cart’s sandwiches are variations on the Big-Ass, which chef-owner Brian Wood designed for reasons of pure practicality. “They’re built for people who are sweating their asses off on a kitchen line,” he says, “when you have nine minutes to cram as many calories down your gullet as possible.”

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Big Ass Sandwiches
304 SE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR
www.bigasssandwiches.com

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