Portland may not have as many pizza hot spots as NYC, but it still has some pretty damn good ones! Having a pizza date night is one of my favorite things to do on a Friday or Saturday night. It’s low key, and who doesn’t love pizza?! I love a good classic red sauce pizza with sausage or pepperoni on top, but I am also a sucker for anything a little non-traditional (with a honey drizzle of course).
There’s still a few places that I need to tick-off my list, but here are my favorite spots to grab a slice of pizza in Portland!
Please Louise – This is a new one I just added to our list, but I am love! Their crust is super airy and crisp. The sausage fennel and the wild mushroom with gorgonzola is amazing. This in is NW PDX, and they have the cutest outside seating so you can enjoy the nice weather – Before you get your pizza, order the steak tartare and an aperol spritz!
Oven and Shaker – This is a Pearl District staple and definitely a must. The spicy salami pizza with honey might be my favorite combination of all-time. Oven and Shaker has a great cocktail-bar meets pizza place vibe and they have so many great options to choose from. Go for the spicy salami or the classic margherita. For appetizers, the Nostrana salad is a raddichio caesar and you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t order it. They also make one of the best Old Fashioned’s in Portland in my opinion!
Escape from New York Pizza – If you’re looking for an old school pizza joint, come here. They have been slinging pies for over 30 years and the place is definitely still rooted in the 90’s. It’s aesthetic is filled with old pictures and red leather bar stools in a long, narrow space, much like you would imagine an alley NYC pizza shop to look like. The pizza’s are huge and they taste as close to a New York slice as you’re going to get.
Sizzle Pie – It’s shameful to say this, but I have probably eaten at Sizzle Pie more times than I remember, literally. One of their locations is next to a popular outdoor bar in Portland and Sizzle Pie is always the first stop after you leave! But don’t be fooled, those large greasy slices taste incredible anytime! If you’re looking for a more punk-rocky vibe with band poster adorned walls than this is your place. Go with the Don Caballero or the Pig Destroyer, or you can try one of their many vegetarian pies!
Ken’s Artisan Pizza – One of the best thin crust, wood fire baked pizzas you’ll have. We live on the same block as Ken’s Bakery which has pizza once a week, but if you visit the open-aired dining room on the SE side you won’t regret it! Go for a classic like prosciutto or margherita.
Pizza Jerk – If you’re looking for something a little more off-the-wall, than Pizza Jerk is your place! From a clam pizza, to bbq chicken, to the occasional Bahn Mi, they have it all!
Some other notable pizza places that I haven’t tried but are on my list are:
– Baby Doll Pizza
– Virtuous Pie
– Lovely’s Fifty Fifty