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An Ancestor of Pizza Is Coming to NW Portland

San Francisco-based Montesacro Pinseria Romana is opening a Portland shop this winter

Pinsa from Montesacro
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

A San Francisco restaurant specializing in an old-school Italian flatbread is opening in Portland. Montesacro Pinseria Romana is planning to open its second location in the former Nicoletta + Beppe’s space, according to the NW Examiner. Pinsa, which falls into the focaccia and pizza family, is a Roman-style flatbread with a particularly airy crust, topped with things like guanciale and mozzarella. It’s particularly hard to find in the United States; Montesacro’s San Francisco location claims to be the first pinseria in the country, making its dough with an imported blend of rice, soy, and wheat flour.

According to the restaurant’s newly minted Portland website, Montesacro should open in Portland on December 18, serving a wide variety of pinsas and vegetable dishes. The topping combinations are particularly eye-catching, ranging from tuna belly to ‘nduja. Beyond the pinsas, Montesacro will also offer customizable antipasti, with a long list of cheeses, cured meats, and marinated vegetables available a la carte. Montesacro will be located at 1230 NW Hoyt Street; stay tuned for more details.

Montesacro Pinseria Romana [Official]
Food News [NW Examiner]
Montesacro Opens Today Off Sixth Street [Eater SF]