Some people have stars in their eyes, some people have the light, the heat, and the doorway to a thousand churches (according to Peter Gabriel), and some have soppressata pies in their peepers. Obviously, the latter is the most practical. And so, here are a few of Portland's finest pizza purveyors.
Sometimes, you’re just sitting there watching Apizza’s Twitter feed, staring, waiting, wishing, sometimes for days, and then finally, voila! Up pop those precious three little words—Meatball Pizza Tonight. And life is good.
Girls’ night, date night, weeknight, bad day at work night…somehow this stylish, lofty-ceilinged Italian restaurant meets any going-out criteria, and don’t even get me started on the late night happy hour--$6 wood-fired thin crust pizzas and $5 Campari & sodas? Yes, please!
Queue up before they open or possess extraordinary patience—rain, shine, Tuesday, Saturday, early, late, nothing seems to influence the line that snakes from the wood-fired oven to the door and beyond at this super popular pizzeria. Calamari + soppressata pizza + bottle of wine = perfection.
Great neighborhood Italian spot in the heart of Kenton, with fresh, well-made pizzas and pastas (I always get the spaghetti and meatballs). Go for happy hour, daily from 4-6pm...you'll get $3 well drinks, a $4 Caesar, and a sizeable cheese pizza for only $8.
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.
This magnificent renovated city firehouse sits proudly in the center of the Woodlawn ‘hood, and strains at the seams nightly with devoted locals. The wood-fired pizzas fly through the dining room, but if you’re in the mood for meat, get the roast chicken, it’s the best in the city.
This secret spot on SE Milwaukie Ave is the perfect dinner destination before a concert at the Aladdin Theater (right across the street). Feast on beautiful seasonal salads, wood-fired pizzas and fruit crisps, and get a sack of fresh bagels to go.
If you're in the neighborhood and craving a thin crust pie, give this super relaxed pizzeria a try. I like the Verdura stromboli, with fresh greens, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet onions, fire roasted peppers and sheeps milk feta. Housemade Oregon hazelnut cannoli for dessert!
One of the most loveable dinner dens in Portland, and serving some of the best wood-fired pies and fiercely seasonal ice creams, there’s a reason this sweet little restaurant is filled to the brim nightly with everyone and their mother. (Really—there are lots of kids here, so bring the whole family.)
Firstly, Lonesome's should have your loyalty for their pizza names alone--each pie is an epic face-off, like say, "Burt Reynolds & the girl that stole my cd collection vs. a pride of badgers." Secondly, for gluing awesome random reading material inside each box. Thirdly, for fresh tasty pies that they will deliver until at least 3am. So the next time you need a "John Stamos vs. the entire Comanche nation" post-last call, they're there for you.
This hotspot lives up to its name in every way--it’s constantly shaking with posh Pearlites chatting, noshing and checking each other out over hot thin crust pies and craft cocktails. Come 10pm, the music kicks up a notch, the buzz gets louder, and the awesome late night happy hour menu (Sun-Thu) appears. And on weekends, a flatbread-centric brunch is now served, with signature brunch cocktails of course.
This quiet Division Italian joint is perfect for a mellow weeknight dinner—it’s not that crowded, you can commandeer a cozy booth for privacy, and the tasty wood-fired pizzas are affordable enough to make you consider coming here nightly. Try the sauteed pea tendrils, a steal at $5.
Whether you've got a weeknight takeout pizza need or its Saturday night and last call has come and gone and you're absolutely obsessed with getting some pie action, this cute wood cart at 12th & SE Hawthorne has your back, churning out fresh wood-fired margheritas and puttanescas in mere minutes thanks to the oven built right into their wagon. Try the housemade sarsaparilla!
Maybe you're too busy to wait for a table at Apizza Scholls, maybe you just want to broaden your pie horizons...either way, zip down the road to this relaxed Gladstone pizzeria for an outstanding pepperoni pizza, a Caesar salad and a Salty Dog from adjoining Saint Pizza Lounge's full bar. When the sun's out, take advantage of the charming backyard patio.
Geographically, this is probably the farthest pizza point from my home, but I still make the trek without complaint, because it's delicious and I like eating in garages. Try the garlicky herb flatbread with za'atar and the kale salad with roasted fennel too.