Bellagio’s Pizza (Goose Hollow location)
1742 SW Jefferson Street
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Most of us have been there, that day when you really just struggle to get out of bed because maybe you stayed out a little too late the night before and, just maybe, had a few more cocktails than you had originally planned to imbibe.
Well, Bellagio’s is one of my favorite hangover-curing lunch spots. Not only is the pizza completely flavorful and stomach-filling, but they offer a unique variety of combination pizzas or you can create your own pie. So, even if you don’t have a hangover to cure, Bellagio’s is a great place for Portland-style pizza.
My favorite create-your-own pizza of all time is salami, garlic and fresh tomatoes, which seems to be hard to find in Stumptown, but they can do it at Bellagio’s. They offer a large selection of very fresh ingredients, but the best part is that you can choose your base sauce from basic tomato, creamy garlic, BBQ sauce or garlic and olive oil. You can’t do that at Domino’s or Pizza Hut!
As for their own combination pizzas, I am a sucker for the Bellagio Combo (salami, pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives and green peppers), the Oasis (spinach, garlic, feta, mozzarella, artichokes, and fresh tomatoes on the garlic and olive oil base) and the Mother Earth (spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, gorgonzola, garlic, and artichokes on the creamy garlic base), but they all sound pretty mouth-watering, and I am sure they are worth a try.
If you are looking for lunch and can’t stomach an entire pizza pie (or the price), head into one of Bellagio’s 10-plus locations around town for their $5.50 special, which includes a large slice, a salad and a drink. Or you can get it by the slice for $2.50 or $3 for the slice of the day. Honestly, it’s a lot tastier, healthier and cheaper than a combo meal at one of those fast-food drive-thru joints!
Beyond pizza, Bellagio’s offers some pretty tasty extras. My favorite is the cheese sticks. They are so good; it’s basically a small cheese-smothered pizza served with ranch dressing or marinara sauce. They also offer hot wings, salads, regular bread sticks, desserts and drinks.
Aside from the lunch special and by-the-slice options, everything on the menu can be delivered, and if you are ordering more than one pizza, they offer a discount on the second pizza of the same size of equal or lesser value-pretty good deal, especially if you are ordering as a group or if you just love cold pizza leftovers!
There is a $2 delivery charge, but Bellagio’s delivers all over the metro area.
Cons: Can be on the spendy side for lunch unless you are sharing or going in to get the lunch special