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Daily Slice: Delicata Squash and Brie at Hot Lips Pizza in Portland, Oregon

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[Photographs: Jim Bonomo]

These days, Portland's Hot Lips Pizza may be more famous for their natural fruit sodas than their pizza. But the specialty slices at this local chain are worthy of attention. I tried out the Delicata Squash and Brie slice ($3.75) that's offered on Thursdays at their Killingsworth location.

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The subtly sweet squash is puréed, but added lightly, so its flavor is dominated by the onions and cheese. The brie is added last over a more mellow base cheese. Only the rinds were still visible, and the creamy white brie melted smoothly amongst the other dairy.

If I hadn't known the squash was present, I would have pegged this as a white pizza with a bit of funky brie and aggressive onion. I'd suggest they add a little more squash and tone down the brie and onion a bit. The slice was well-seasoned and the crust-to-cheese-to-topping ratio was perfect for lovers of a thin crust pie. The crust lip brought crunch, chew, and a nice color, and the undercrust is pleasantly crisp and sturdy.

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It seems that Hot Lips flavors their vegetarian slices aggressively, perhaps to compensate for the lack of meat. Imbalances aside, Hot Lips is a local pizza option we shouldn't forget about.

Hot Lips Pizza
5320 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon (map) and various other locations;
www.hotlipspizza.com

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