The people at Apizza Scholls know that great pizza is made from making simple combinations of the finest ingredients. Expect a wait at this southeast Portland institution, as the Apizza Scholls space is small, and limited to about 20 of Portland’s luckiest pizza lovers. Try the Apizza amore, a margherita pizza with cured pork shoulder, or the bacon bianca with mozzarella, pecorino-romano, fresh garlic, herbs, black pepper, olive oil, and their house-cured bacon.
Apizza Scholls, 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR, USA,+1 503-233-1286
Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
The cozy environment and freshly modern decor at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty provide the perfect place to enjoy the most American of comfort foods: ice cream and pizza. There are six intriguing varieties of home-made ice cream, like the fig sambuca and the salted caramel, the complete yearning for salty and sweet can be obtained under one, small roof.
Mississippi Pizza has carved out a unique niche in Portland since its conception in the late 90s, as a local, neighborhood-minded pizza pub offering live music and entertainment for a family-orientated clientele. Boasting some of the best vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free pizza by the slice, Mississippi Pizza also entertains a nightly crowd at their Atlantis Lounge; a martini bar and venue separate from the restaurant. Come here for a fun night out with pizza, local music, karaoke, or even trivia.
Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland OR, USA, +1 503-288-3231
Dove Vivi may be a small, low-key location in the Kerns neighborhood of Portland but its pizza tells another story. The thick cornmeal crust here is enough to support all the locally sourced veggies and in house cured pancetta, hams, bacon, and sausages, and crunchy enough to remain distinctive on its own. Owners Delane and Gavin Blackstock continue to craft legendary local flavors, like the della salute, with roasted eggplant, green peppers, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Dove Vivi’s distinctive tomato sauce.
Dove Vivi, 2727 NE Glisan St, Portland OR, USA, +1 503-239-4444
Nothing quite parallels the pizza truck experience of Pyro Pizza, Portland’s best producer of the famous Neopolitan-style pizza. With a fully operating wood-fire oven in his truck, John Eads has produced some of the chariest, chewiest crust city wide, using in-house meats and fresh produce to top off his perfect dough. Grab a home-made soda and enjoy the fresh air and a reduced waiting-time for a coveted Pyro Pizza.
Pyro Pizza, 1204 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR, USA, +1 503-929-1404
Oven & Shaker
Oven & Shaker pairs expertly mixed cocktails with tremendous pizza. With its cool grey tones and motif of stained wood, Oven & Shaker has an ambiance receptive to its lively cocktail list and farm-to-table style pies. Offering outdoor seating, try the famous pineapple train wreck, one of mixologist and native Portland Ryan Magarian’s most famous creations, and order the spicy salami, with tomato, provolone, mozzarella, and drizzled honey to finish.
Oven & Shaker, 1134 NW Everett St, Portland OR, USA, +1 503-241-1600
Deservedly named after what was once a twentieth century Italian renaissance styled firehouse, Firehouse pairs a legacy of fire with the best locally sourced ingredients to create this Portland mainstay. With the constant scent of smoking wood and dough filling up the spacious bar below its exposed ventilation, patrons enjoy a variety of pizzas and main courses, with an adventurous drink and wine list. The pizza with house-made fennel sausage, onions, and fresh mozzarella is very popular with Portlanders.
Firehouse, 711 NE Dekum St, Portland OR, USA, +1 503-954-1702