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Apizza Scholls vs sizzle pie

Ok, I know which of these most of you would be leaning towards, as Apizza scholls is more well known, and have more presence in the culinary world of pizza. But between the two I prefer sizzle pie just a little more and its not just because the 1 hour wait that is inevitable at apizza scholls, nor is it the snappy service sometimes you get from the overworked hostess, nor is it because of my nature to always rude for the underdog.

Part of my life I grew up in jersey(close to NYC). I grew up with NY style pizza both from NY and from Jersey. I always preferred the Jersey style just a little more. The sauce seemed a bit sweeter, and the ratio between cheese, dough, and sauce seemed more balanced. Without getting myself off the topic, sizzle pie reminds me of the Jersey style pizza. This is purely my opinion, but I also prefer the crust at sizzle pies. The bitterness from the overly charred (but crispy) crust from apizza scholls can sometimes be overbearing, and overwhelm my taste buds.

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Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

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  1. I'm taking my friend here soon, so I'm looking forward to finding out how good it is!

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    1. re: WikiAdam

      let us know what you think. If you are a meat eater like myself, I highly recommend the pig destroyer. There are plenty of really good veggie toppings as well, but none I can recommend. Also if you are ordering a whole pie always order large. The medium size turns out funny. Im not sure if its to do with the dough consistency before baking, but the crust seems thicker when its the smaller pie.

    2. Thanks for the note FB. There is a Sizzle Pie opening up downtown and now I am looking forward to trying it. I have never been to AP (for the afore mentioned reasons) but love pizza at Ken's and Nostrana. It will be interesting to see the difference!

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      Nostrana
      1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

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      1. re: ekc

        cool. I love pizza at Ken's too, but something to keep in mind is that NY style pizza isnt the same as the pizza you'd get from Ken's or nostrana. Generally, thin crust pizza tend to be crispy and sometimes like a cracker. NY style pizza is crispy and chewy at the same time but still remains thin. Jersey style crust that I remember is thin, chewy, but not as crispy, and its like I said before, it's because jersey style dont burn the dough.

        1. re: frugalbass

          FB, I tried Sizzle Pie's slices a few months ago and was underwhelmed. Do you think I should order an entire pie to get better results? Admittedly, I'm nuts about Apizza Scholls and I personally think it is the best pizza in town...but they don't sell slices there, so I always order a whole pie. I like Ken's, but neither Ken's or Nostrana comes close to Apizza Scholls in my book. Pizza preference is really very subjective! Another pie that I really enjoy (for $7!!!) is Pyro Pizza, a food cart on SE 12th and Hawthorne. Amazing what great pies they can turn out of a food cart!

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          Nostrana
          1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

          Apizza Scholls
          4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

          Pyro Pizza
          SE Hawthorne Blvd SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

          1. re: pleen

            Cool, I will have to try pyro, but for sure get a whole pie. Go with a friend or 2 and ask them if you can split the pie with 2 topping choices. The slices they sell are old slices that they reheat. Depends on when you go, but some of those slices could have been laying around for half a day. You just cant compare it to fresh out of the oven pizzas.

            I went last night, I think they are getting ready to open a new location on hawthorne/belmont. The new chef in training forgot a couple of toppings on the pie we ordered, and the pie turned out to be rectangular shaped. Perhaps you should go there after the new location opens, cause the pie we got last night was not so spectacular.

          2. re: frugalbass

            Yeah, Kens and Nostrana, though tasty, are definitely not NY style. My husband converted me to NY pizza after taking me to John's Pizza on Bleeker in NYC, which is his favorite pizza place on the planet (he's from NY)!

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            Nostrana
            1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

            1. re: ekc

              I'll have to try john's next month when I visit NYC. Sorry didnt mean to sound preachy there, i just had guests who went to apizza scholls and didnt think too highly of the pizza, but they also didnt know what a NY style pizza was.

              If you like NY style pizza then you should try both. When Anthony Bourdain came to Portland, he ate at Apizza scholls and said it was amongst the best NY style pizza hes had (but he did not try sizzle pie). I think Apizza scholls is just going to become a tourist destination, for me 1 hour wait is just a bit too long for pizza.

        2. this thread seems like something out of 1997. Please keep hating on Apizza Scholls, it just makes it easier to get into a place that is not making Papa Murphy's style pizza and charging $25/pie.

          Seriously, Sizzle pie is horrendous. limp crust that has ZERO flavor, toppings that are incongruous, a clientele that is as abysmal as their juke box, prices to match even the rarest of the rare pizza joints....I am very thinly restraining my disdain for the notion of even attemping, no matter how tenuous, of equating Apizza Scholls with M.F.ing Sizzle Pie. Blasphemy.

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          Apizza Scholls
          4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

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          1. re: nkeane

            Did you even bother reading my posts? No one is hating on Apizza scholls. This isn't a competition to see who have better taste. Like pleen said, taste is very subjective. You can give the same dish to 2 different critics and one would love it and one would hate it. There's really no need to work yourself up and throw a fit over pizza, to say the least. I posted this thread to let people know of another option in case if they dont like to deal with the wait. I for one still goes back to apizza scholls when guests visit town, because I believe its an attraction they should experience.

            While I agree that the crust can be limp at a sizzle pie, I beg to differ that it has zero flavor. The crust at sizzle pie is more on the sweeter side than it is the bitterly charred. And I love the toppings at sizzle pie for the creative aspect. Pizza is party delicious and partly fun. The toppings at sizzle pie are not your standard affairs. Pig destroyer (sausage, bacon, pepperoni) , napalm breath (garlic, onion, jalapenos, pepperoni), lexicon devil (spicy aardvark blended red sauce, fresh jalapenos, crushed garlic, chopped green onions), exploding hearts (artichoke hearts, shaved almonds, mushrooms, italian provolone), just to name a few.

            1. re: frugalbass

              and Apizza is not bitterly charred. charred yes, but bitter balances the malt(bitter balances sweet, right?) and the yeast is punched up to remind you that it's actually bread....real bread!

              I bring up the bread point because pizza is simply flavored flat bread. once you start piling on 384, 443, 232 toppings, you lose the intrinsic beauty of the dish.

              also, like I said, if Sizzle Pie is what blows your hair back, have at it. I am only taking issue with the comparison of the two. it's much like comparing a Kia and a Bentley. yeah, sure they are both cars, but the comparisons should really stop there lest we start to sound ridiculous. If you want to compare Apizza with somewere try Ken's Artisan, Nostrana, Pyro, WyEast.

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              Nostrana
              1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

              1. re: nkeane

                Hey I said from the beginning that I knew where most of your loyalty would lie. It was to be expected. You claim that comparing sizzle pie and apizza scholls as Kia to a Benteley, but you have no problem comparing apples to oranges? Saying you can compare Nostrana, Ken's artisan to apizza scholls is like comparing apples to oranges.

                If you are such a puritan when it comes to ordering pizza, you should go with a cheese or a margarita. All the rest of the toppings were a break thru tradition once upon a time.

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                Nostrana
                1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

          2. Yeah, they're really not even worth comparing on quality. But the reality is that if you want a good pizze in this town, you have to wait a stupidly long time for it. If I've got a pizza hankering, Sizzle Pie is good enough to scratch that itch and it's open late when that craving usually hits. And it's a fun place to be in - you can't really say the same about Apizza or Ken's.