As divisive as it was when he first said it, former Roberta’s chef Anthony Falco once dubbed Portland the country’s greatest pizza city. And, as infuriating as it may be for New Yorkers and New Havenites, he kind of has a point: Portland’s influx of pizza capital ex-pats, access to heritage grains for naturally leavened dough, and thriving agricultural market make the city 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.
Now, when going to eat at a restaurant is a little scary, it’s hard to beat the benign nature of a pizza, still hot in the box. It feels right, a semblance of normalcy in a painfully abnormal year, as if the six months haven’t felt like a slow-motion car crash. “Let’s order a pizza!” you say, as if delivery or takeout haven’t been the only options for the majority of the 345,000 or so minutes that have dripped past. And the stretch of the cheese, the give of the crust, the sweetness of the tomato, let you say, “Oh no, this is totally normal. I’m having a good time.” Pizza will let you pretend, if only for a moment, that this year is fine. And it does so with cheese and carbs, like any true comfort should.
A note on methodology: This map sticks to the most immediately recognizable pizza options, which excludes the cracker-adjacent crusts of Dove Vivi and the cloud-like pinsa flatbreads of Montesacro. Because this map specifically covers pizzerias, Italian restaurants with good pizzas like Nostrana were also omitted. Finally, 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.
A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More