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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 for years 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. Here is just a few 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, while Pizzacato is celebrating October with a special autumnal sausage and apple pie.
- Belmont Area: Baby Doll Pizza brings New York to SE Stark Street with house-made dough, sauces and cheeses cooked to perfection.
- Division/Clinton: Virtuous Pie specializes in vegan pizza and ice cream, while Scottie’s Pizza Parlor donates to local causes like Liberation Literacy and Sisters of the Road.
- Foster Area: Assembly Brewing is Foster’s first craft brewery and specializes in Detroit-style pizza, while CHAR dishes up rustic baked pizza with regional ingredients and locally made beer, wine and cocktails.
- Lloyd: Sizzle Pie is a heavy metal-themed Portland institution and their vegan options are touted as some of the best in the city.
- Midway: Pizza Baron has been dishing up fresh-made pies to East Portland since 1983.
- Montavilla: East Glisan Pizza Lounge serves 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 even has their own line of fruit sodas.
- St. Johns: Gracie’s is known for their New Haven-style pizza – coal fired, charred bottom, with a slight chew and large oblong shape.
- Williams District: Life of Pie’s Lunch Special can’t be beat – $7 for a personal margherita pizza from 11am-6pm.