Portland Real Estate Guide: The Best Pizza in Portland

Are you a pizza lover? If so you’ll have plenty of options in Portland, as it seems new pizza joints are popping up in town every other week. The debate over what makes a truly great slice of pizza is as vibrant in Portland as it is in any other great American city – we’ve got proponents of thin crust vs. deep dish, wood-fire oven vs.  traditional ovens, plain cheese vs. exotic toppings… But no matter what kind of pizza you prefer, you’re bound to find a place that pleases your palate. We’ve selected some of the best pizza spots in each part of town, so get ready for a tour of the area’s best pies. No matter where you choose to buy a home in Portland, you’ll be steps away from a great pizza joint (and most of them deliver!)… Are you hungry yet?

SOUTHEAST PORTLAND PIZZA

Wy’east Pizza: 3131 SE 50th Ave. – This is hands-down one of the best pizza spots in town, and it’s a food cart, or, more spefically, a 1974 camper trailer! Cranking out great pies with crispy, charred crust, great toppings, and little to no wait, this is a must-try for any serious Pizza lover. Fun fact:  ”Wy’east” is the original name of the mountain we now know as Mt. Hood.

Gladstone Coffee and Pizza: 3813 SE Gladstone St – This cute spot on SE Gladstone was once a humble coffee shop with big dreams. While they still serve great java in the mornings, by night the place transforms into an amazing pizza place, serving up a thin-crust pie with great toppings. Try their Caesar salad – it’s amazing!

Apizza Scholls: 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd – This is the granddaddy of great Portland pizza. Be prepared to wait for this famous Portland pie, and go early as the tables fill up and the dough runs out. The restaurant is only open from 4pm to 9pm, and when you sign in for your table, you have to tell them how many people you have, as well as how many whole pies you intend to order. But it’s so worth it – Apizza Scholls is known all around as having THE BEST pizza in town.

Ken’s Artisan Pizza: 304 SE 28th Ave – The modern, sleek design of light wood tables and a great bar warmly welcome you as you arrive at this Restaurant Row classic.  The wood-fire oven is in full view, and the stacked wood can be seen as you enter the restaurant. Ken’s serves up some very light, crispy pizzas with truly local toppings – including butternut squash and lamb sausage.

Tastebud: 3220 SE Milwaukie Ave -This great pizza place started out as a food cart, and has since become one of the best wood-fired pizzas in town. Sunday nights are all you can eat pizza and salad from 5-9! Try their amazing toppings, including Peach & Pancetta or Roasted Chilies & Goat Cheese. Tastebud is also known for their amazing wood-fired bagels that they serve up at the Portland Farmers’ Market, and their restaurant’s Ceaser comes with bagel croutons!

NORTHEAST PORTLAND PIZZA

Old Town Pizza: 5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd – This neighborhood favorite is known for its environmentally friendly approach to great pizza. They offer bike delivery if you live close-by, and a lot of the material used to build the place was salvaged or re-used from old buildings in the area. Try their happy hour specials: $1.50 slices, $2 tall boys, $3 micros, $3 wells.  It is awesome, and it starts at 9:30, even on the weekends.

Blind Onion: 3345 NE Broadway St – This place is known for serving the opposite of thin crust – the dough is braided and comes out thick and fluffy like bread sticks. They know how to use their pizza ovens to let the crust set to a crisp, lightly charred finish, and they are always generous with their cheese!

Rocket Pizza: 4935 NE 42nd Ave – This Northeast spot is a great place for an affordable pizza with thin crusts and plenty of toppings. Their fast delivery is perfect for game or movie night, and the staff is some of the friendliest in town.

Dove Vivi: 2727 NE Glisan St – These guys a bit of an oddball in the Portland pizza scene due to their signature butter cornmeal crust and deep-dish pizza. Their combination of corn and caramelized onions shouldn’t be missed! For the vegans out there, Dove Vivi offers 2 types of vegan pizza, the Della Salute (roasted eggplant, marinated green peppers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, tomato sauce) and Corn Cashew (vegan roasted red pepper & cashew cheese, fresh sweet corn, caramelized onions, chives).

American Dream Pizza: 4620 NE Glisan St – The crust at American Dream is thin crust on the bottom with braided, thick crust on the edges, and they are very liberal with their toppings. Pizza here is usually cut “east-coast style” into squares, not triangles. They make their own sauces in house, and feature some pretty great combos, including the Marilyn Monroe (Pepperoni, Bacon, Green pepper, Tomato), Home on the Range (Salami, Beef, Canadian bacon, Sausage), and the Glisan (Fresh basil, Parmesan, Roasted garlic).

NORTHWEST PORTLAND PIZZA

Escape from New York Pizza: 622 NW 23rd Ave – If you’re a fan of New York style pizza, this place comes closer than anywhere else in Portland. Thin and crispy with the right amount of sauce. Beware, it’s a cash only spot!

Silver Dollar Pizza Company: 501 NW 21st Avenue – These guys specialize in a greasy slice, which tops the bill for a certain kind of pizza lover. Try the Longhorn, their version of ‘meat lovers,’ with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and generous layers of cheese and sauce. This is a great place to go to catch the big game and grab dinner and a drink!

SOUTHWEST PORTLAND PIZZA

Give Pizza A Chance: SW 5th St & Stark St – The second food cart on our list, Give Pizza a Chance serves up great pizza on the go. There is always plenty to choose from on their menu including vegan options, and you can get a great deal with their special that comes with a slice, a salad and a soda for $6! A local favorite is the Pepper Bacon & Red Onion Pizza, always a good bet.

Bellagios Pizza: 9055 SW Barbur Blvd – Bellagios has the perfect balance of crisp and chewy crust. They also now offer gluten-free dough, and you can buy the regular and gluten-free dough to take home and use for your own pizza creations. You can even get Gorgonzola cheese on your pizza!

Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza: 705 SW Alder St Thin crust, hand tossed, Pizzicato may be a chain but they offer some pretty great choices: pepperoni and sausage, cheese, fresca, puttanesca, and more! The pizza fresca topped with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, kosher salt, drizzled with balsamic and extra virgin olive oil, on a garlic and olive oil base with Parmesan and basil is one of our favorite pies in town.

New York New York Steaks and Pizza: 7737 SW Barbur Blvd – This little place has simple pizzas and sandwiches, but what it lacks in variety it makes up for in charm. The staff is super friendly, and you always feel like you’re walking into you favorite corner Italian deli. The toasty subs are enormous and delicious.

NORTH PORTLAND PIZZA

Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty: 4039 Mississippi Ave N – This newer spot serves up very tasty crust with fresh toppings and homemade ice cream. They have incredible pizza creations like sage, brown butter, winter squash and ricotta. The wood fire makes an excellent light and crispy, yet chewy crust. You must try the salted caramel ice cream – trust us, it’ll change the way you think of dessert!

Eddie’s Flat Iron Pizza: 1218 N Killingsworth St – One of our favorite things about Eddie’s is that they offer a spicy hot for those that like a tasty burn. Wonderful! The wait can be a bit longer than some fast-food pizza joints, but you can relax, get a great local beer, and enjoy the evening before your perfect pizza gets to the table. Try the pinwheels: Fresh made dough stuffed with mozzarella cheese and huge chunks of roasted garlic for just $3!

Pizza Depokos: 2730 N Killingsworth – Lovely pizza cooked in a wood fired brick and earthen oven.The menu is simple: $12-14 pizzas and a small portion of Greek food. One of the best things about Depokos is that you get to watch the pizzas in the wood fire oven bubble and brown as it cooks. Fun for kids and adults alike!

The Mississippi Pizza Pub: 3552 N Mississippi Ave – This is one of the only pizza shops in Portland that sells vegan pie by the slice, all day every day. They serve up airy, thin crust, simple sauce that’s never too sweet, and a variety of fresh toppings. With gluten free, veggie, and meat options, it’s a great place for groups of people with varied dietary needs!

Signal Station Pizza: 8302 N Lombard St – Thin homemade crust, delicious sauce, not too much cheese, this place is a winner. The owners bought and remodeled an old 50′s era gas station, so the place has a fun, retro feel. It has an indoor/ outdoor setting, full with the gas pumps still remaining outside! The staff is more than friendly, you’ll be sure to make this one of your go-to spots.

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