Pizza Week Preview: DeNicola’s “The Best of Italy”

Apr 12, 2016 422

Thirty-eight years. That's how long DeNicola's Italian Restaurant has been a part of Portland, and every inch of the place glows with a comfortable, heartwarming authenticity that New Portland can't hope to equal. That same trusty charm carries over in their Pizza Week pie: While the DeNicola family experimented with more exotic concoctions for Pizza Week, they eventually settled on what they've always done best—the basics.

Their vegetarian slice starts with a foldable crust that has just the right amount of crunch, then builds with the DeNicolas' house-made marinara, mozzarella, ricotta, and basil pesto, with all of it topped with a careful drizzle of reduced balsamic vinaigrette. The balanced result is just about perfect.

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