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Located in the Willamette Valley, Springfield is a lovely community that may have been the inspiration for the town in The Simpsons, there is even an unofficial Simpson’s tour. But this small city has many other things to offer, from outdoor adventures to a growing art and culture scene, plus, of course, a variety of interesting places to eat. Here are 10 of the tastiest spots to be found in Springfield, Oregon.
Established in 2007 by Maurizio Paparo, a native of Italy, Ciao Pizza is an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. In this warm, modern environment, guests can feast upon a host of pizzas, made in a traditional wood and gas-fire oven, salads, and fresh pasta dishes, all made from scratch using the best ingredients available. Notable pizzas, which include gluten-free varieties, are the Funghi, topped with sautéed wild mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella, and the Toscana, with roasted chicken and smoked bacon. As for the pasta, the artichoke ravioli in a roasted red pepper cream sauce is a tempting choice.
Ciao Pizza, 3342 Gateway St., Springfield, OR, USA, +1 541 505 8487
Owned and operated by Marcella and Derrick ‘Mr. Happy’ Pruitt, Happy’s Java and Soul Food Shack is a wonderful little establishment specializing in mouthwatering BBQ, soul food, and other delightful things, as well as tea and coffee, which is roasted on-site. Primarily a takeaway place and drive-through with some tables outside, Happy’s offers diners Alabama-style smoked meats, including the St. Louis smoked ribs, Cajun smoked-chicken sandwich, and the Louisiana hot link sandwich, along with sides such as mac and cheese, yams and black-eyed peas. For dessert, they even offer a sweet potato Belgian waffle, a great ending to a delicious meal.
Hop Valley Brewing Company is an award-winning establishment serving beer alongside tasty cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the venue’s casual, comfortable atmosphere is perfect for a fun, relaxing night out with friends and family. From sandwiches to burgers and more, there is something for everyone. Guests can share a sausage sampler, which features house-made beer brats, before moving on to meatloaf topped with a bacon-tomato glaze, served with carrots and garlic mashed potatoes, or the grilled portobello-mushroom sandwich with smoked gouda and artichoke spread.
Hop Valley Brewing Company, 980 Kruse Way, Springfield, OR, USA, +1 541 744 3330