As divisive as it is when anyone says it, multiple national pizza aficionados have called Portland the country’s greatest pizza city. And, although many of Portland’s top pizzaiolos aren’t looking for superlatives, there’s a reason the world’s pizza nerds are paying attention to Portland: This city’s influx of pizza capital ex-pats, access to heritage grains for naturally leavened dough, and thriving agricultural market make Portland a natural hotbed for an eclectic mix of noteworthy pizzerias.
Like many of Portland’s dish-specific restaurants, the city’s pizzerias slice an astounding range of pies, from the thick and cheesy Detroit squares to the soft and thin Neapolitan-style, and the market has gotten even more crowded in the last two years: Home cooks and restaurant vets have started offering even more regional styles, ranging from Chicago tavern-style to New-Haven-adjacent. Almost all of these variants aren’t looking to be “authentic” (what does that word even mean, anyway?); they’re all influenced by the city they’re in, creating some hodge-podge of styles that defines our city’s scene. This map attempts to capture that variance, that culinary diversity, that makes Portland one of the country’s great pizza cities.
A note on methodology: This map covers Portland proper exclusively, so Vancouverites should venture to pizzerias like Rally and Nonavo. Still have some fist-shaking to do over a missing favorite? Feel free to grouse and grumble in the comments. Per usual, these map points aren’t ranked; they’re organized geographically.
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