Portland >Dove Vivi Pizza Deli
Deep dish pizza at its absolute best, these cornmeal-crusted beauties come in interesting seasonal combinations like mozzarella with bavette steak, fire-roasted red peppers and chimichurri sauce, and my personal favorite, the sweet corn with balsamic-marinated roasted onions and smoked mozzarella. Get the superb kale salad, and homemade zuccotto for dessert.
Buena comida-MALA Onda.
I love the food at Dove Vivi. We have been getting their takeout for a couple years. But whenever we go in to eat there it is a 50/50 chance that we will get a helpful and polite server or if we will get an angry and un-patient one.
We went in the other hight and were waiting for a while. We waited 3 times the time we were told which was OK but then they seated 2 tables that had come in after us, before us. The unfortunate part about it was that when we asked them about what had happened they were completely unwilling to say sorry at all. They acted with a "we were lucky to be there" attitude.
All of us who were waiting for the table have worked in the restaurant industry for years. So we understand the difficulty of estimating a waiting time and frustration level of the job- but any and everyone should be ready to apologize when it is necessary.
I really hope Dove Vivi can transfer some of the goodness of their pizza to the attitude of their servers/ hosts.
No Olives! What?.
It's true! No olives...they don't use them,, or carry them!
And unless you specify, no sauce! No sauce!
But let's backup....
It was my first time there (a Dove Vivi virgin).
When I ordered a pepperoni, mushroom and olive pizza, I was informed, "we don't carry olives".
Not in a nice way, but in a, "how dare he even ask for them!".
And no, I wasn't told that my pizza wouldn't have sauce (how dare I even think that?...a Mushroom and Pepperoni pizza with sauce?).
And then there's the crust.
It's not rolled in cornmeal....it IS cornmeal.
Hard, strange, odd.
Oh, and when I left, I asked if I could have a little sauce (how dare I?) for the leftovers.
The server said, "no problem, that will be $2"...and I passed.
I spent $20 on a pizza with no olives, and no sauce.
They got all the money they would get out of me.
I should have just asked for my money back, but I didn't.
Ps. It actually tasted much better cold!
Moonwalking. This is the most scrumptious crust I have ever had in my life! The incredible house made bacon, sausage, chocolate chip cookies are divine!!!! We LOVE this restaurant.
I'll bet money that you work for Dove Vivi!
Yummy pizza!. I had a half wild mushroom and my husband had a half pepperoni. Both pizzas were delicious. I'm not sure if they claim to be Chicago-style or if people just say it's Chicago-style because of the "deep dish" but this is NOT Chicago-style (we're from the CHI); however, this is as deep-dish are you're going to get in Portland and I'm pretty satisfied. When I have deep dish actual Gino's East, LouMalnati's or Giordano's, I end up feeling fat/bloated/greasy/nasty because all the loaded cheese; however at Dove ViVi's I left feeling full and still pretty healthy. We waited maybe 10 minutes at the "bar," had a drink, seated outside. It rained briefly before being seated so we were able to enjoy the fresh rain aroma (um.. only Portlanders can enjoy this, huh?). Unfortunately, a couple of random guys started pestering us while we were waiting for food- but I won't get into that. Food was great!
Excellent. The cornmeal crust is fantastic, hands down. For two people, a half pie and salad is plenty. The beet salad was delicious, generously portioned with purple goodness, blue cheese and texture-adding walnuts. The corn pizza with homemade sausage was some of the best pizza I've had in a long, long time. I left feeling satisfied minus that post delicious meal heaviness - as if I ate a healthy meal - which I did. How often does that happen with pizza? Finally, the service is warm and efficient (you can tell that this is place is a labor of love). So do yourself a favor, get a few friends together and go.
unique flavor. I ordered the Coppa special: ham, provolone-I think, green olives and a garlic/spicy seasoning. It was very yummy, but too salty also the crust was a bit too hard for my little one. I liked that it was harder than most crusts, but wish it had been a little softer,, for both of our sakes. The flavors were all delicious. Thought it would've been good with some fresh tomato to cut the salt lick effect, it was yummy that way. A bummer to be charged for a tiny dish of diced tomato, but these days I guess a restaurant needs to be tight with these kinds of things.... Would be great if they offered a kids menu with a couple of food options and milk/juice or something like that. Lots of hungry families out there!
Best Damned Pizza I've had in years!. I don't know if I was especially hungry or not but this pizza was the best damned pizza I've had in years. Wonderful crust, numerous topping choices and oh-so-tasty. My slice had delicious, smoky ham, mozarella, garlic, carmelized onions and greens. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The prices are reasonable and the service fine. I will definitely be back.
Heaven. The most delicious pizza on the planet. I take everyone here when they come visit me, especially if I am trying to entice them to move here. Yum!
Love that cornmeal crust pizza!. Remember the scene in When Harry met Sally and Sally had a fake "O" in the restaurant? Well, the first time I ate at Dovi Vivi I almost had one for real. I couldn't contain my enthusiasm or surprise by how incredibly delicious the food was. All of my friends that have experienced Dovi Vivi for the first time either went back for seconds in the same weekend, or once, in the same day! I also have a friend who has a pretty high wheat/gluten intolerance and we ate there because we thought it would be better for her stomach (it turns out that cornmeal crust still contains a high amount of wheat) but she still sacrifices it all for a little slice of cornmeal crust heaven. The vegetarian and vegan options are delicious! My favorite: the corn pizza.
I can still eat there. ... despite the crushing economic climate. They are so reasonably priced! And delicious! And although they don't tout it the corn was from sauvie island, and that the crust is made with olive oil (couldn't figure out why it was so remarkably buttery and sweet, so I had to ask our server yet another question about the ingredients- but she didn't even mind! Probably because she was proud of the answers.) I am always impressed by the quality. The ladies there are always so nice, the food is always so good, and I always leave in disbelief at how little our bill was. SO refreshing.
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