Expand your tastebuds’ horizons at Pizza Week in Portland

Featured image: A slice of Curry On My Wayward Son by Old Town Pizza (photo credit: Portland Mercury’s Pizza Week)

Tantalize your tastebuds and immerse them in some unusual combos of pie during Pizza Week in Portland April 15-20. This year, 45 restaurants are featuring their own special editions to tempt and delight you at $2 a slice.

At that price, pizza fans have an excuse to graze through Portland for a week.

Here are some descriptions of a few featured slices to make your mouth water.

There’s the M.A.D. Cat, a twist on a Reuben sandwich made with “lots of love” at Char. The olive oil base is topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, provolone and drizzled with Thousand Island dressing.

The Curry On My Wayward Son, by Old Town Pizza, is an Asian culinary experience on a crust. It’s a medley of bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, onions, and broccoli tossed in a masala curry sauce, topped with cilantro, and drizzled in sriracha. The feta is optional but highly recommended.

Or you can go all the way with garlic and onions in a slice of Fearless Vampire Killer/Date Night Special at Straight from New York Pizza. It has a garlic and olive oil base, topped with shredded mozzarella, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, sliced shallots, chopped green onion, and dollops of garlic oil-infused ricotta.

If you’re more into comfort food, try the Mac ‘n’ Cheese slice from Handsome Pizza. This one was inspired by a request from a Handsome Pizza customer. The crust is topped with macaroni, cheese, white sauce, bread crumbs, and herbs.

For the not-so-adventurous, Virtuous Pie has a delicious Classic Pepperoni slice.

And vegetarian and vegan options are available at some locations.

Most restaurants are limiting the Pizza Week specials to one or two slices per customer. Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant is an exception. They’re featuring a mini pizza called the Bey-L-T with a house red sauce base, mozzarella, and crispy American bacon topped with iceberg lettuce, tomato, and a drizzle of its house Thousand Island dressing. These mini pizzas are $2 each, and there’s a limit of two per person.

For a complete list of the restaurants participating in Pizza Week and their featured combos, visit Portland Mercury’s Pizza Week page.

Portland’s Pizza Week is sponsored by Portland Mercury, Oregon’s Finest, Jim Beam, and the SPLIFF Film Festival.

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