The Portlanders who promote and write about the food scene may come down with a case of the eye rolls each time a new pizzeria is announced, but to the people who live in the neighborhoods where those new pizzerias sprout up, it's kind of a big deal.
This is especially true for those living in the Alphabet and Slabtown Districts, which is rich in pizza by the slice, but doesn't have a proper sit-down pizza-centric restaurant.
But it will, come this May, according to first-time restaurateur Brian Carrick.
This kitchen in his upcoming yet still-unnamed spot will make use of a deck oven that will burn as hot as 900 degrees to turn out between 6 and 10 seasonal ingredient-driven pies under the guidance of chef Brian Lamback (Tasty n Alder, Wildwood).
Carrick says the menu will be augmented with charcuterie, salads, and other vegetable-heavy small plates, and rounded out with a full bar, featuring eight beer and wine taps.
For the first month, Slabtown will be a dinner-only affair, but Carrick says he'd like to implement lunch within a month or two after opening. He will co-own the space with Lamback and Breakside Brewery's Scott Lawrence.
Unnamed Slabtown Pizza Bar: 1505 NW 21st Ave.