Portland >Food & Dining > Rocco's Pizza & Pasta
949 SW Oak St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522661 -122.680662
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
good pizza by the Slice – Great for lunch after an afternoon at Powell's Books!
I love their pizza – I dont know about all these other people, but I really enjoy their pizza! They also have killer beer prices. For a downtown pizza place, I wouldnt recommend anywhere else!
Okay food, fun place to hang. – My bf and I usually hang out there a lot. Their food is okay, although my favorite is their veggie pizza. The staffs are very nice, like once when they accidentally burned my ravioli, the guy said that he could make me a new one and he could give me free breadsticks if I wanted. But I said it was fine because the ravioli was pretty good a little burnt. Anyway, I like the loud music they play because it's my kind of music and I guess sometime it's not always for everyone.
Cheap beer, decent pizza – I wouldn't go out of my way for this place, but you can't beat a pitcher of beer for just $5. Great place for lunch if you're nearby or just want beer and pizza, but quality is not they're highest priority.
The pizza tastes OK, though it often times tastes like it has been sitting under the heat lamp too long. Beer is cold, breadsticks undercooked (the way i like them!).
I'll go back because I live nearby.
Incredible Pizza – Rocco's slices are always a welcome refuge for the very hungry temporal being who would like to consume nutrients in an earthy and cool non-corporate atmoshphere . . . and it is just accross the street from Powell's Books (how conveeeeenient).
Also, if you are ever looking for a big feed (for many peoples) to-go, I can highly recommend their 19 inch pie. It is generously topped with whatever you like (their pepperoni is thick and tasty, unlike the "razor-thin shavings" that you get in some places) and the huge pie is in a square shape in order to maximize the capacity of the box in which it is placed (who ever heard of this?).
For this gargantuan take-out pie, I would recommend asking to have it "double sliced" (to make for smaller pieces), so that you can have the pleasure of taking on just one more slice without having to make a huge committment.
The (vintage) Pinball Machines and Pac-Man are an amazing form of happy entertainment if you are hanging out (especially with kids). This place is an ethnographic experience for a 10-year-old.
Rocco's reminds me of those street-wise pizza joints in Buffalo, NY where I grew up, and where no one settles for second-rate pizza.
Worst Pizza Ever – Terrible pizza! Don't be fooled just because this place is next to Powell's books, the pizza is really not that good. Waaay too much cheese, sauce is very generic tasting (grade F quality?) and probably the greasiest meat I've ever had the displeasure of digesting. Although the slices are big, do you really want that much bad pizza? Not to mention the service is just as bad. After sitting at the outdoor tables for about half an hour, drinking beer and trying to digest all that greasy cheese, we were asked to leave! I couldn't believe it. There were plenty of outdoor seats available ( we were the only ones out there!) but we were told that we'd have to buy something more to continue sitting there. How rude! And possibly a bad liabilty move for a business that sells alcohol. If you're in the area and you're hungry, there are plenty of better places to eat nearby such as Pita Pit, Whole Foods, Thai Peacock, and many more. Pita Pit is very reasonably priced and much healthier. Not to mention the staff is much friendlier.
Ouch! – It's decent pizza in a decent location. Definitely not worth going out of your way for. But if you're really hungry and nearby go for it. At least try it. On second thought, don't waste your time or money.
Cheap and Chill – Rocco's may not be the highest quality pizza in town, but it makes up for this with a great atmosphere and very reasonable prices. $3.00 for a slice of pizza may seem like an average price....but these things are HUGE! Being the big eater I am I can manage two slices of these bad boys, but I like to save room for beer...and being able to move is also a plus...so I stick with one piece. The people that work there are friendly enough, the place itself has a great feel with art all over the walls, and good music playing all the time. From inside you have a great view of the 12th and Burnside intersection which can be a spectacular place for people watching....one of the best in town. The people that frequent Rocco's are diverse, and mostly all friendly. It is much more friendly that many a pizza place....no bad vibes. Oh!...and there is pinball! BONUS!
Good eats. – I love going to Rocco's Pizza. it's pretty inexpensive and tastes delicious. I would recommend it to any of my friends or family. a great place to hang out. they play great music!
At least they have cheap pitchers! – The pizza and sodas are cheap, but Pizza Schmizza is better if you're looking to save money and/or time. Pizza is always reheated and the crust tastes stale and hard after sitting out under the lamp for too long. It is a fun location (across from Powell's on Burnside) so if you're not picky about your 'za and want some pocket-pleasing pitchers, Rocco's is a good hang out.
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