Hammy’s Pizza: Home of King Earl’s Deliverance


I was reminded of my good buddy, Earl, in the comment left by Lizzy last week about my post, “A Pizza Joint I Can Trust.” Her comment brought back a flood of memories. I’ll explain….

Ten years ago, Desmond, a best friend of mine from high school called with news that his Uncle Earl had moved to Aurora, Colorado. Aurora? I knew that Aurora, Colorado was no place for my bud, Earl Marson. That’s almost as bad as Hillsboro, I said to Desmond. Tell Earl to move to Portland!. A day later Earl called. A week later he was on a Greyhound bus.

Since then, Earl sang almost every weekend here in Portland. He became an icon of sorts. He started a band, Earl and the Reggae All-Stars. But Earl is a dreamer. And often he would say to me: “Alex, I want to move to Hawaii.” A few weeks back, Earl called with the news. He was moving to Maui. He left on the first of May. I miss him. My kids miss him. But we miss him with a smile in our hearts. Earl is swimming every day. He is playing at the Hard Rock in Maui. And he is as happy as can be.

But there are reminders. Earl lived across the street from Hammy’s. And they named a pizza after him. It’s called King Earl’s Deliverance. Order it and you’ll get a pie topped with pancetta, bacon, sausage and extra cheese. Earl says it is a top seller.

I am sure it is.

2 Comments so far

  1. TKrueg (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    I effin’ love Hammys. They’re much cheaper than Rovente, and they use better ingredients.

  2. Daaaaave (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    I’ve ordered the King Earl’s calzone twice from Hammy’s and each time there’s been a single strip of virtually uncooked bacon resting inside.

    The breakfast pizza with eggs and potatoes isn’t bad, but their crust is terrible. Still, nice to see someone trying to introduce some late-night options in this town.

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