"The best things in life are unexpected- because there were no expectations." - Eli Khamarov
During one of Chris and I's wine tasting extravaganzas in the Rogue Valley we had an urge to escape the crackers, cheese and one-ounce pours and go straight for a slice of pizza and a cold beer. Kaleidoscope Pizzeria off Crater Lake Highway in Medford popped up first on the Google search and off we went.
We walked into a packed house, but the host eagerly squeezed us in at a booth in the bar section. As if in competition, Chris and I reached for the drinks menu and to our huge surprise it was full of wine. A pizzeria with 150 unique varietals and vintages including many from Southern Oregon? Shocking (pictured on the left)! I would expect such a list from a white linen restaurant. Kaleidoscope does have a large selection of regional beers on tap as well.
As quoted from Kaleidoscope's website, "Nothing complements a gourmet slice of pizza, a hearty bowl of homemade soup, or a fresh garden salad like a... perfectly paired glass of wine." With pizza selections like Thai Chicken, Chipotle Steak, and Mediterranean it is no wonder why they need such a variety of wines and to pair.
It didn't take long for Chris to pick out the pizza of his dreams. The Kaleidoscope Avalanche has pepperoni, blackened chicken, bacon, red onions, mozzarella, provolone, chedder cheese and homemade barbecue sauce (he subbed out the BBQ for marinara). Chris has the appetite of a competitive eater and even he could only polish off two pieces. We returned to Kaleidoscope last Thursday and he got much wiser by ordering the individual size (pictured)!
Pizza is the staple of Chris' diet and he has declared Kaleidoscope as the best pizza he has ever had, which I am in total agreement with. Sometimes it is tough to tell whether Chris is joking when he brings up the idea of a spontaneous three and a half hour road trip for pizza. Most days I say it would be worth it :)