If it can’t be a classic Neapolitan pizza, then it should be the kind of pizza they serve at Hot Lips Pizza in Portland. Fresh, whole ingredients thoughtfully combined to create a nice, quality pie. It’s a great little place to stop in for a slice if you’re shopping at the Patagonia store.
It looks like there are only a couple of pies at a time to choose from if you want to order by the slice. That’s a good thing, if you ask me. That just means that you’re always going to get something fresh. While I was there, the selection was quite nicely balanced, too. Something meaty, something veggie, something classic.
I opted for the veggie pizza: asparagus, roasted red bells, mushrooms, feta and cilantro pesto. It was a great combination: fresh and flavorful. The crust was thin and a little crispy from having been re-warmed in the oven. It probably would have been even better straight from the oven, but hey, I’m not complainin’.
The men opted for the man pizza: smoked chicken, mushrooms, onions, spinach pesto and cheese. Ok, so I’ve seen a more manly pizza (most probably wouldn’t come up with spinach pesto on their own) but because of the smoky, meaty, heartiness, I’m calling it the man pizza. It was quite delicious and nicely balanced.
They also make their own beautiful natural sodas from locally grown fruit like strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, pears, apples and cranberries. I chose the pear soda (with no added sugar!) and it was wonderful. Light, refreshing with the flavor of real pears. And, the bottles are even made from locally recycled glass. Such a good little hippy town…
And speaking of a little bit hippy; they also offer gluten free dough (made from corn and almond flour) and vegan “cheese”. They’ll also let you purchase the raw dough if you want to take it home and make a pie yourself. There are a ton of other beautiful ingredients with which to concoct your own pie, too, like house-smoked ham, chorizo, seasonal squash and a variety of local nuts. Yep, it’s all available at this casual little counter.
I’m not sure what they do if they’re busy and it’s raining; there are only a few seats inside. We were lucky enough to score a table outside since the weather was decent enough.
Apparently, there are 5 locations and their delivery zones cover the entire city. These guys are not messin’ around. Where ever you are, you can get your Hot Lips fix!
The Short Version (Out of 10)…
Service: 9 (quick, no nonsense)
Ambiance: 6 (not much too it)
Overall impression: 8
Would I go back?
I ‘sbose so. Certainly if I lived in the area. I’d probably get a whole pie, though, in hopes of a fresher crust.