These kitchens’ universes revolve around big beautiful wood-fired ovens, so even if you aren’t into camping, you’ll still smell like you've roughed it after a hearty meal here. Which could probably score you some digits afterwards at the nearest dive bar/outdoor store.
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.
Possibly the most kid-friendly restaurant in Portland—watch weary parents toast each other with martinis over the heads of kids happily coloring as they wait for their pizzas. The half chicken grilled beneath an iron 'brick' is a standout.
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.
The wood-fired oven is the star of the show at this hip Northeast Portland gathering place for cool kids who like great cocktails and glowing coals. Don't skip dessert--seasonal fruit crisps and the warm chocolate chip cookies will have you drawing up plans for your own brick oven.
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.)
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.
The glorious smell of smoldering wood permeates this small but buzzy dining room, where you’ll get your fill of grilled short ribs, ribeye, pork loin and lamb chops. Vegans and vegetarians needn’t steer clear—there are delicious plant-based menu options as well. Don’t miss dessert—the hazelnut brown butter torte has a near-fanatical following.
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.