March 12, 2009

Bonobo Pizza

Located at 46 Pine Street, in Portland's West End, Bonobo Pizza is super cute on the inside, and achieves a nice balance between casual eatery and take-out pizza place.

On our second visit to Bonobo, M. and I shared the Caesar salad ($6, and which disappeared before I could snap it!!). It was great, with the right amount of dressing, lots of fluffy, finely-shaved Parmesan, and croutons that weren't too hard, with plenty of flavor. I opted for the white anchovies, for an additional $1.

Our pizza was off the specials' menu, the name escapes me now...but it was a white sauce with brie cheese, thyme, chicken, mushrooms, and spinach. We subbed the chicken for prosciutto for no extra charge (since I have yet to meet a chicken on a pizza that I liked). Of course, the pizza was great, and this time around, I was more impressed with the place than the last.

Last time I felt like I was... bothering the staff? Between the hostess/take-out counter chica who wouldn't stop her conversation about art school with a waiting patron to greet us (for like 5 minutes!), and our waitress, who when asked how a meat pizza was, replied coolly, "I wouldn't know, I'm a vegetarian." But maybe it was just an off night, because on our second visit, everyone was warm and polite. I hope when you visit, you find the same, because the food is definitely worth a trip down to the West End.

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