Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately.

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

Slices at Pizzicato Pizza tend toward the inventive; the mostly Oregon-based chain serves sesame-marinated shrimp pizza with spicy peanut sauce and a white pie with gorgonzola, spinach, and walnuts. I sampled a daily special topped with tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto, and goat cheese. With so many strong flavors competing for attention, this was a gutsy slice. The salty chevre and the thicker-than-average slices of sweet tomato contrasted nicely, but the prosciutto was overcooked and chewy, which was a bit of a distraction.

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The cornicione had a brittle, crunchy exterior which yielded to a soft and fluffy interior, but the rest of the crust was thin and somewhat limp. The crust was cornmeal-encrusted and baked to a golden blonde, but so pliable that I was tempted to roll it up like a pizza cigar. Folding it in half was necessary to keep the toppings in place.

Pizzicato

2420 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (map) plus many locations in Oregon and Washington
619-232-9000; pizzicatopizza.com

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