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Pick Up a Locally Made Pie During Pizza Month
While Americans may not agree on everything, one thing is certain-everyone loves pizza. So much so that we dedicate the entire month of October to the delectable dish. While Portland once lagged behind many of its peers in the pizza department, these days there are plenty of places in town that would give New York or Chicago a run for their money. Celebrate National Pizza Month with a trip (or three) to your favorite neighborhood purveyor of pies. We have listed a few below to get you started.
- Beaumont: Amalfi’s is one of Portland’s oldest pizza restaurants and hosts live music under their outdoor tent several nights a week.
- Belmont Area: Baby Doll Pizza brings New York to SE Stark Street with house-made dough, sauces, and cheeses cooked to perfection.
- Foster Area: Assembly Brewing may be known for its namesake selection of house-brewed beers, but their Detroit-style pizza is most excellent and well worth a visit. Is it Neopolitan pizza you’re after? Pizzeria Otto has perfected the art and pairs it well with family-friendly vibes.
- Gateway: MOD Pizza has a great “build your own pizza” model and they also do a lot of fundraising for local schools and community organizations.
- Lents: Humdinger Pizza’s motto is “For pizza lovers,” so they are sure to satisfy the palates of the pickiest pizza critics.
- Lloyd: Pizza Schmizza has a variety of “meatza,” chicken, and veggie pizzas plus their H.E.L.P. charity provides grant funding to local schools.
- Midway: Family-owned Stumptown Cuisine has a passion for pizza! They bring authentic and delicious New York Italian flavor to Portland with pizzas, calzones, subs, and more. On top of serving up tasty pies, Pizza Baron is a Midway staple and a community hub. Book a “Baron Bonanza” in their party room and enjoy a 3-foot-long pizza!
- Mississippi Ave: For pizza AND ice cream, try Lovely’s Fifty Fifty. They use produce exclusively from Oregon farms and combine the West Coast farmers market tradition with whole-grain sourdough bread-making techniques.
- Montavilla: East Glisan Pizza Lounge dishes up both thin-crust and Detroit-style pies plus house-made vegan options, while Flying Pie Pizzeria has been serving their secret recipe to Portlanders since 1984.
- Multnomah Village: Tastebud began as a food cart but now serves wood-fired, rustic pizzas with heavy vegetable toppings out of a former antique shop in Southwest Portland.
- Northwest District: Escape From New York Pizza is about as close as you can get to a New York Pizza experience–a thin crust, a long, narrow space filled with photos and posters, and a friendly staff.
- Stadium District: Hot Lips Pizza has been serving Portland since 1984 and also has their own line of fruit sodas.
- St. Johns: You can’t miss Signal Station’s iconic building and, in addition to pizza, they also serve salads, subs, and calzones.
- Williams District: Life of Pie features a 6,900 pound wood-fire pizza oven and one of the best deals in town-their happy hour Margherita pizza is just $5. Rovente Pizzeria was founded by two PSU grads and has been serving New York-style pies since 1998.