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Field Report: Sizzle Pie, Portland, Oregon

This could arguably be the best brick-and-mortar New York–ish slice in Stumptown. A crisp thin crust, a sauce that nicely balances sweet and savory, and a judiciously distributed blanket of dry-aged mozzarella. Its most glaring fault is the lack of life at the rim. Both slices I sampled—one plain ($3) and one pepperoni ($3.25)—catwalked an edge crust that was almost completely flat and relatively insubstantial in the flavor department. I visited on only their fifth day being open, so know that there's plenty of time for them to improve. That said, I definitely plan on returning. It's a quality greasy slice for a decent value and in a convenient location. More

Field Report: Hank's Bistro & Royal Palace

It's been a while since we've had someone file dispatch via the Slice Secret Agent system. Here's the latest! —The Mgmt. Hank's Bistro & Royal Palace 14406 S Hawthorne Boulevard, Lawndale CA 90260 (map);310-679-2222; hanksbistro.com Getting there: NotesForPublicTransportorQuirksReadersShouldKnow Pizza style: Hand tossed? It's pizza. Nothing flashy except the toppings Notes: Also serves pasta and Persian foods; I haven't found a thing on the menu that isn't tasty Price: $5 to $10, depending on size The crust at Hank's Bistro & Royal Palace has a nice balance of a crispy outside with the chewy inside, and even though I hate tomatoes... More

Madison, Wisconsin: Lazy Oaf Lounge

Here's another piece of community-submitted intel from the field from Guil Barros, who has previously reported on Madison's PIzza Brutta. Thanks again, Guil! ... And remember, if YOU want to submit your review, here's how. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Guil Barros] Lazy Oaf Lounge 1617 N Stoughton Road, Madison WI 53704 (map); 608-441-0370; lazyoaflounge.com Pizza style: American medium-rise Oven type: Wood-fired Notes: Mostly bar-like, there was a loud team trivia game going on while we were there which though amusing for those playing made it hard to hear the person sitting across the table from me. Price: $15 Service was excellent,... More

Madison, Wisconsin: Pizza Brutta [field report]

Here's another piece of community-submitted intel from the field from Guil Barros. Thanks, Guil! And remember, if YOU want to submit your review, here's how. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Guil Barros] Pizza Brutta 1805 Monroe Street, Madison WI 53711 (map); 608-257-2120; pizzabrutta.com Pizza style: Neapolitan Oven type: Wood-fired Notes: Possibly the only Neapolitan pizza in Madison? Price: $7 for 12-inch Margherita Walking into Pizza Brutta is like waking up to that wonderful day in Livorno, sitting on plastic chairs at the beach... but with nice wooden benches :) The oven and large marble prep slab are front and center, the staff... More

Field Report: Ken's Artisan Pizza

Here's another community-submitted bit of intel from the field from tomdorkey. Thanks, tomdorkey! And remember, if YOU want to submit your review, here's how. —The Mgmt. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Ken's Artisan Pizza 304 SE 28th Avenue, Portland OR 97214; map); 503-517-9951; kensartisan.com/pizza.html Pizza Style: Neapolitan-inspired Oven Type: Wood-fired Notes: Great starters, no reservations, reasonable corkage Consistently good, high quality ingredients, unbelievable crust that is flavorful, chewySeasonal, creative desserts (especially in summer when local fruit and berries are available)Terrific Caesar Salad dressed just right, flavorful croutons (from Ken's Bakery), shaved ParmesanKnowledgeable wait staff who enjoy their work, and are always helpful.... More

Field Report: Terroni, Los Angeles

Here's another community-submitted bit of intel from the field (again from L.A., what is this!?!) from Lara B. (aka "Leebo" in Slice/SeriousEats-land). Thanks, Lara! And remember, if YOU want to submit your review, here's how. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Lara "Leebo" B.] Terroni 7605 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036 (at Curson; map); 323-954-0300; terroni.ca Pizza style: Neapolitan Oven type: Electric Price: $12 to $17 for medium (the only size) Being a recent transplant to Los Angeles, I discovered that great pizza is actually hard to find here. Well, it wasn't that big of a surprise, but I was on a... More

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