Oregon is home to a lot of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Portlanders aren't unearthing. But in this special Pizza Week edition of Dining Confidential, here's a look at a favorite neighborhood slice joint.
Dean Reiner's first food industry job was working in a bagel shop at age 16, but his resume got a boost after moving to Portland eight years ago: Reiner cooked at Portland institution Pok Pok, where under Andy Ricker, he says he learned an entirely new palette and indispensable techniques. While looking for a new creative outlet, Reiner began home-brewing and became familiar with Migration Brewing through the local craft beer scene, and when the opportunity presented itself to come on as new head chef at Migration, Reiner jumped on board. Reiner's vision for the new menu is a straightforward approach to pairing simple dishes with great craft beer, but after work, you might find him grabbing a slice at one of his favorite pizza joints.
Baby Doll Pizza is a bunch of awesome guys that came into the inner SE neighborhood and staked their claim with excellent New York-style pizza. I'd love to roll over their while I worked at Bonfire and grab a slice of their No. 4 with spicy sauce. It's got a great New York-style crust topped high with house made mozzarella, pepperjack, pepperoncini, and hot soppressata. Wash that down with any of the beers on their local tap list, and I was good to go. Baby Doll Pizza is a true example of a Portland small business that is doing the right things and growing under the radar.
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