A few summers ago, my friend Natalie and I embarked on a pizza tour of Portland while she and her husband were living here. We'd meet up every week and go somewhere new - yelp suggestions mostly - and went all over town in search of the perfect slice. And find the perfect slice we did*!
The restaurant is Dove Vivi on NE 28th & Glisan, and with its cornmeal crust and delightful concoctions of toppings, it was our hands down favorite stop. I think it is safe to say that every time Natalie and her little family come up North to visit her in-laws we have reunited for a meal at Dove Vivi, (except for that one time we went to The Cheesecake Factory, yuck - why do people like this place? Besides the cheesecake, they have nothing going for them,) and one of our little reunions occurred last Monday night. We got a half pepperoni & mushroom/half corn pizza. The corn is my favorite - corn, caramelized onions, and chives. My cousin says that the corn pizza is like crack, and I don't think she is wrong. It is such a great pizza, that even though I go to that neighborhood a lot, I am not allowed to go there without Natalie. I try not to even drive down Glisan, lest my car and I go in to auto-pilot and oops, I've accidentally ordered a par baked pizza to go. (This has never happened, but I'm very sure it is capable of happening, so I prefer to be safe rather than sorry.)
I think I am mostly dreaming/drooling over Dove Vivi because my naturopath and I have decided that dairy and I should not hang out for awhile** - which is cool, I think dairy is super weird anyway ... weird and delicious - and my last supper of sorts was my friend date with my delightful friend over an amazing pizza. If you're ever in the neighborhood and want the best pizza, do stop in to Dove Vivi, just don't tell me about it, lest I become spitefully jealous of you.
*Pizza Schmizza's rustic pie pizza came in second.
**Natalie's husband Michael ordered Dove Vivi's vegan cashew pizza on our first outing there. I'm sure that is a viable alternative, but knowing how great the non-vegan is, I'm not sure I could even begin to enjoy it.