Apizza Scholls, Portland, 10/14/17

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building

Apizza Scholls is a medium-sized place with bare wood tables and walls.  Tables are well spaced with one wall having a bench seat spanning several tables.  They also have some bar stools facing the kitchen.  It is expectedly casual with friendly helpful service.  Various pieces of art decorate the walls, some for sale.  This is pizza only spot at lunch and pies have a limit of 3 toppings overall and a 2 meat limit.  All pies are 11″ and are not available as a half and half.  There are a couple of salads available and one dessert, an ice cream sandwich.   The crusts are nicely raised on the edge with a good chew to the dough and while thin in the middle, they are able to stay crisp throughout.  

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entry
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interior
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interior
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interior
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art for sale
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Frankie posed with the art
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menu
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wine list
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other beverages

 

We tried the Caesar Salad which was made with whole leaf romaine, Parmigiano-Reggiano and house croutons all tossed in a house Caesar dressing.  Anchovies are optional.  The salad is whole leaves which makes a little more difficult to share and the cheese is in large slivers which also is difficult to distribute.   Croutons are nicely crunchy but on the large side.  It is not heavily dressed.  The anchovies were amazingly mild, not adding much saltiness or briny flavor, which I actually liked.  It was okay, not wonderful.

Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad
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closer
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other side
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wine

 

We tried several pies, knowing we couldn’t eat them all but it would give us a chance to have a good sample of what they  could do.  The Margherita pizza with fresh garlic and basil was surprisingly dull.  The basil didn’t have a strong enough taste to carry it.

Margherita pizza with fresh garlic and basil
Margherita pizza with fresh garlic and basil
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Frankie liked the window art

 

The Sausage & Mama with house sausage and Mama Lil’s goat horn peppers was similarly dull.  The sausage didn’t have near enough seasoning for my tastes, nor did the peppers.

Sausage and Mama: House sausage and Mama Lil's goat horn peppers
Sausage and Mama: House sausage and Mama Lil’s goat horn peppers
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Frankie thought they had a lot of extra TP

 

The pepperoni and mushroom was a custom mix and was better.  The pepperoni did have some flavor and the fresh mushrooms did too.

Pepperoni and mushroom pizza
Pepperoni and mushroom pizza
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Did Frankie want wine?

 

The Tartufo pt. 2, the Electric Boogaloo with ricotta, mushrooms, black pepper and truffle oil, “A White Pie”, was probably my favorite.  The truffle oil had a nice strong flavor and blended well with the cheese.  Here the savoriness of the toppings made a fun bite with each bit of doughy crust.

Tartufo pt. 2, the Electric Boogaloo: ricotta, mushrooms, black pepper and truffle oil
Tartufo pt. 2, the Electric Boogaloo: ricotta, mushrooms, black pepper and truffle oil
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Frankie couldn’t decide

 

The dessert ice cream sandwich had received lots of  raves on various internet reviews but fell way short in my book.  First it was not a house made product but instead a pre-packaged sandwich.  It was frozen solid and virtually tasteless.  It was a real disappointment, so if you go enjoy the pie and skip anything else but beverage.

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It’s it ice cream sandwich
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Frankie checked it out
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ice cream sandwich
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peek in the kitchen
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Frankie found are on both sides of the entry

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