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Where to Find Portland’s Essential Pizzas

Here are Portland's go-to pizzerias

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gracie’s Apizza

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8737 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(971) 512-0007
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In a simple, counter-service space in St. Johns, East Coast transplant Craig Melillo is making some of the most exciting new pizza in Portland right now: On a tangy, naturally leavened crust, Melillo layers sweet tomato sauce and house-made mozzarella on chewy-but-light pies, with toppings like sumac onions or castelvetrano olives adding pops of salt or depth. If the weather is nice, it’s worth it to eat a pie out on the shared patio, perhaps with a cocktail from the neighboring Garrison bar. Otherwise, order online for takeout.

A picture of a country ham pizza with cherry tomatoes and aleppo pepper at Gracie’s Apizza in St. Johns
A country ham pie at Gracie’s Apizza
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2. Ranch PDX Woodlawn

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1760 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(971) 288-5187
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The rebellious pizzaiolos at Ranch aren’t interested in doing anything conventionally. With their cheesy edges and crispy bottoms, the restaurant’s pies aren’t traditional Sicilian squares, and the restaurant’s eponymous ranch is an essential part of the experience at this cute, Woodlawn neighborhood pizzeria. Still, these pies are hard to forget, with a pleasantly spongy crumb, thick slabs of pepperoni, and a garlicky dipping sauce best swabbed with a hunk of crust. Ranch appears on a number of delivery apps, and accepts takeout orders.

A person pours ranch over a slice of square pizza from Ranch Pizza
A slice of pepperoni at Ranch
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3. Handsome Pizza

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1603 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 247-7499
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Handsome’s pies are methodically constructed, starting with the flour: Using red wheat flours grown and milled in the Pacific Northwest, the crust is deeply flavorful but not too heavy, topped simply with a brush of tomato sauce, a light layer of cheese, and a handful of basil or Oregon grown produce. Pies are customizable, with plenty of add-ons, but the shop’s hyper-seasonal specials are often stunners. Call (503) 247-7499 to place a pickup order, or order delivery.

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4. Pizza Jerk

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5028 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 284-9333
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Designed by the team behind Bunk Sandwiches, Pizza Jerk is earning a reputation as one of the nation's most exciting pizzerias for its creatively topped pies (think: pepperoni and pineapple) as well as its respectfully made classics, like a Connecticut clam pie. The pizzeria’s gargantuan garden-side patio is open, but Pizza Jerk also offers takeout and delivery.

5. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

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4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 281-4060
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Sarah Minnick’s pizzas really live up to the name: Often garnished with flowers and seasonal vegetables, Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty’s pizza is just, well, lovely. Almost all of her ingredients come from Pacific Northwestern sources, with a heavy emphasis on seasonality, and the restaurant’s Oregon whole grain crust is becoming the model for Portland-style pizza. Minnick sells takeout pies on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but they often sell out; keep an eye on her Instagram for a menu and text 971-300-7215 after 11 a.m. to pre-order.

A picture of a whole pie covered in seasonal vegetables at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
A seasonal pie from Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
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6. Life of Pie Pizza

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3632 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 820-0083
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Life of Pie’s $7 pizza special has no business being as good as it is. Available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant’s margherita comes on a chewy, Neapolitan-adjacent crust the flavor of fresh ciabatta, with polka-dots of unbroken-but-melty mozzarella and the faintest hint of parmesan baked into the crust. The pizzeria has two Portland locations: The warm and homey North Williams locale, and the ritzy and modern Northwest 23rd space. Order takeout or delivery here.

A picture of a margherita pizza at Life of Pie
The $5 pizza special at Life of Pie
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7. Red Sauce Pizza

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4641 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 288-4899
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Not only has Red Sauce’s Shardell Dues developed a serious following for her killer menu of chewy, char-blistered pies topped with aged mozz, she’s donated a hunk of her proceeds to various humanitarian causes over the years, from Taking Ownership PDX, which helps renovate Black-owned homes to fight gentrification, to Rose Haven, a shelter that serves women and gender-non-conforming folks in need. Any pie with the restaurant’s house pickled peppers will win you over. Order takeout by calling (503) 288-4899.

8. Pizzeria Otto

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6708 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 373-8348
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The Neapolitan-style pizzas at Pizzeria Otto are outstanding, cooked in a rustic wood-fired oven in high heat, but the toppings are decidedly Pacific Northwestern. Ingredients run the gamut from foraged mushrooms to Tails & Trotters ham, all scattered on a thin, crispy dough lined with bubbly pockets of air. Pizzeria Otto is open for pickup orders and outdoor dining.

A picture of a whole margherita from Pizzeria Otto
A margherita pie from Pizzeria Otto
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9. Escape From New York Pizza

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622 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 227-5423
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For more than 30 years, EFNY has been doling out whole pies and slices that taste as close to a New York pizza as you can get in Portland. And unlike many other places in town, its aesthetic hasn’t changed a bit over the decades — the long, narrow space adorned with haphazardly arranged photos, posters, and stickers, and high, red-leather bar stools on a vintage tile floor remain untouched. Likewise, the nonchalant attitudes of the pizza workers remains rooted in the ‘90s. Plus, it’s one of the only pizzerias still offering slices right now. Call (503) 227-5423 to place a takeout order, or find EFNY on a delivery app.

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10. East Glisan Pizza Lounge

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8001 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 279-4273
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This Montavilla neighborhood pizzeria has cozy, old-school bar vibes, but its Detroit pan pizzas make it a pizza destination. The crust is sufficiently airy, not weighed down by its significant layer of cheese and super-herbaceous tomato sauce, with those crispy, cheesy edges almost blackened in the oven. Order takeout online or by calling (971) 279-4273.

A picture of the square special slices at East Glisan Pizza Lounge
A slice of Detroit-style pepperoni from East Glisan Pizza Lounge
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11. Ken's Artisan Pizza

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304 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 517-9951
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Long battling with Apizza Scholls for the Portland pizza crown, Ken’s Artisan Pizza helped shape the city’s scene in a huge way with its thin crust, wood-fire-baked pies. With flavors from soppressata to Hawaiian, all of Ken’s pies shine with an added pile of arugula. Call (503) 517-9951 to place an order for pickup.

A margherita pizza cooks in the oven at Ken’s Artisan Pizza
A margherita at Ken’s
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12. Baby Doll Pizza

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2835 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 459-4450
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For New York style pies with crispy bottoms and satisfying tomato sauce, Baby Doll delivers at its SE Stark pizzeria with punk vibes. The restaurant’s cheese is a classic New York slice — nice crunch and fold with just enough cheese. Still, going off the beaten path doesn’t hurt: A sweet date pie is grounded with thinly sliced mushrooms, and the Sicilian is airy with a satisfying crunch at its base. Call (503) 459-4450 to place a takeout order, or order delivery via Caviar.

A picture of a metal pan with two slices of pizza at Baby Doll
Slices of cheese and date pizzas at Baby Doll
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13. Apizza Scholls

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4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 233-1286
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Despite its many rules about substitutions, Apizza Scholls is often considered Portland’s best for its substantial, charred pizzas with textbook-ideal crumb. However, adorned with petals of capicola, roasted tomato pesto, or house-cured Canadian bacon, Apizza Scholls’ pies are just as much about the toppings as the crust. Call (503) 233-1286 to place takeout order, or just walk up to order.

A whole meat pizza from Apizza Scholls
A pizza from Apizza Scholls
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14. Scottie's Pizza Parlor

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2128 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 544-7878
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Scottie’s namesake Scottie cooked pizzas in both New York and New Haven before hitting Portland, and his Pacific Northwestern pies balance a touch of sourdough tang in the crust with the house-made ricotta and mozzarella on top. Nabbing a pie is a challenge; the move is to order one of the priority pizzas via the Instagram. Otherwise, call (971) 544-7878 after 1 p.m. to pre-order.

15. Assembly Brewing

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3739, 6112 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(971) 888-5973
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It came out of nowhere, but Foster-Powell’s brewery and pizzeria is likely serving the city’s best Detroit-style pie. Co-owner George Johnson learned to make his crispy pan pizzas at the award-winning  Detroit Style Pizza Company, and it shows: In an industrial brewery space with outdoor picnic tables, servers deliver crispy-chewy-soft pizzas with tons of crispy baked-on cheese to neighborhood locals and pizza nerds alike. The result: a perplexingly juicy pie smothered in dollops of tomato sauce and almost saucy cheese. Order a takeout pie by calling (971) 888-5973.

A Detroit-style pizza from Assembly Brewing, with dollops of brick-red tomato sauce
A pepperoni pie from Assembly Brewing
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16. Tastebud

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7783 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 234-0330
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Nestled in an old antique store in Multnomah Village, Tastebud may be overlooked by many Portlanders, but those in the know fill in on a regular basis for the wood-fired, rustic pizzas, with heavy vegetable toppings and just the right amount of char. Order online to pick up a pie at the shop — pre-orders are available.

A picture of the cherry tomato pizza at Tastebud, which includes whole cherry tomatoes, ricotta, basil, and lemon
The cherry tomato pizza at Tastebud
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1. Gracie’s Apizza

8737 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
A picture of a country ham pizza with cherry tomatoes and aleppo pepper at Gracie’s Apizza in St. Johns
A country ham pie at Gracie’s Apizza
Gracie’s Apizza/Official

In a simple, counter-service space in St. Johns, East Coast transplant Craig Melillo is making some of the most exciting new pizza in Portland right now: On a tangy, naturally leavened crust, Melillo layers sweet tomato sauce and house-made mozzarella on chewy-but-light pies, with toppings like sumac onions or castelvetrano olives adding pops of salt or depth. If the weather is nice, it’s worth it to eat a pie out on the shared patio, perhaps with a cocktail from the neighboring Garrison bar. Otherwise, order online for takeout.

8737 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. Ranch PDX Woodlawn

1760 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
A person pours ranch over a slice of square pizza from Ranch Pizza
A slice of pepperoni at Ranch
Ranch/Official

The rebellious pizzaiolos at Ranch aren’t interested in doing anything conventionally. With their cheesy edges and crispy bottoms, the restaurant’s pies aren’t traditional Sicilian squares, and the restaurant’s eponymous ranch is an essential part of the experience at this cute, Woodlawn neighborhood pizzeria. Still, these pies are hard to forget, with a pleasantly spongy crumb, thick slabs of pepperoni, and a garlicky dipping sauce best swabbed with a hunk of crust. Ranch appears on a number of delivery apps, and accepts takeout orders.

1760 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Handsome Pizza

1603 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

Handsome’s pies are methodically constructed, starting with the flour: Using red wheat flours grown and milled in the Pacific Northwest, the crust is deeply flavorful but not too heavy, topped simply with a brush of tomato sauce, a light layer of cheese, and a handful of basil or Oregon grown produce. Pies are customizable, with plenty of add-ons, but the shop’s hyper-seasonal specials are often stunners. Call (503) 247-7499 to place a pickup order, or order delivery.

1603 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Pizza Jerk

5028 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Designed by the team behind Bunk Sandwiches, Pizza Jerk is earning a reputation as one of the nation's most exciting pizzerias for its creatively topped pies (think: pepperoni and pineapple) as well as its respectfully made classics, like a Connecticut clam pie. The pizzeria’s gargantuan garden-side patio is open, but Pizza Jerk also offers takeout and delivery.

5028 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

5. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
A picture of a whole pie covered in seasonal vegetables at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
A seasonal pie from Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
Nick Woo/EPDX

Sarah Minnick’s pizzas really live up to the name: Often garnished with flowers and seasonal vegetables, Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty’s pizza is just, well, lovely. Almost all of her ingredients come from Pacific Northwestern sources, with a heavy emphasis on seasonality, and the restaurant’s Oregon whole grain crust is becoming the model for Portland-style pizza. Minnick sells takeout pies on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but they often sell out; keep an eye on her Instagram for a menu and text 971-300-7215 after 11 a.m. to pre-order.

4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

6. Life of Pie Pizza

3632 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
A picture of a margherita pizza at Life of Pie
The $5 pizza special at Life of Pie
Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

Life of Pie’s $7 pizza special has no business being as good as it is. Available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant’s margherita comes on a chewy, Neapolitan-adjacent crust the flavor of fresh ciabatta, with polka-dots of unbroken-but-melty mozzarella and the faintest hint of parmesan baked into the crust. The pizzeria has two Portland locations: The warm and homey North Williams locale, and the ritzy and modern Northwest 23rd space. Order takeout or delivery here.

3632 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Red Sauce Pizza

4641 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Not only has Red Sauce’s Shardell Dues developed a serious following for her killer menu of chewy, char-blistered pies topped with aged mozz, she’s donated a hunk of her proceeds to various humanitarian causes over the years, from Taking Ownership PDX, which helps renovate Black-owned homes to fight gentrification, to Rose Haven, a shelter that serves women and gender-non-conforming folks in need. Any pie with the restaurant’s house pickled peppers will win you over. Order takeout by calling (503) 288-4899.

4641 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

8. Pizzeria Otto

6708 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
A picture of a whole margherita from Pizzeria Otto
A margherita pie from Pizzeria Otto
Pizzeria Otto/Official

The Neapolitan-style pizzas at Pizzeria Otto are outstanding, cooked in a rustic wood-fired oven in high heat, but the toppings are decidedly Pacific Northwestern. Ingredients run the gamut from foraged mushrooms to Tails & Trotters ham, all scattered on a thin, crispy dough lined with bubbly pockets of air. Pizzeria Otto is open for pickup orders and outdoor dining.

6708 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

9. Escape From New York Pizza

622 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

For more than 30 years, EFNY has been doling out whole pies and slices that taste as close to a New York pizza as you can get in Portland. And unlike many other places in town, its aesthetic hasn’t changed a bit over the decades — the long, narrow space adorned with haphazardly arranged photos, posters, and stickers, and high, red-leather bar stools on a vintage tile floor remain untouched. Likewise, the nonchalant attitudes of the pizza workers remains rooted in the ‘90s. Plus, it’s one of the only pizzerias still offering slices right now. Call (503) 227-5423 to place a takeout order, or find EFNY on a delivery app.

622 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

10. East Glisan Pizza Lounge

8001 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213
A picture of the square special slices at East Glisan Pizza Lounge
A slice of Detroit-style pepperoni from East Glisan Pizza Lounge
Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

This Montavilla neighborhood pizzeria has cozy, old-school bar vibes, but its Detroit pan pizzas make it a pizza destination. The crust is sufficiently airy, not weighed down by its significant layer of cheese and super-herbaceous tomato sauce, with those crispy, cheesy edges almost blackened in the oven. Order takeout online or by calling (971) 279-4273.

8001 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213

11. Ken's Artisan Pizza

304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A margherita pizza cooks in the oven at Ken’s Artisan Pizza
A margherita at Ken’s
Ken’s Artisan Pizza/Official

Long battling with Apizza Scholls for the Portland pizza crown, Ken’s Artisan Pizza helped shape the city’s scene in a huge way with its thin crust, wood-fire-baked pies. With flavors from soppressata to Hawaiian, all of Ken’s pies shine with an added pile of arugula. Call (503) 517-9951 to place an order for pickup.

304 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

12. Baby Doll Pizza

2835 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
A picture of a metal pan with two slices of pizza at Baby Doll
Slices of cheese and date pizzas at Baby Doll
Brooke Jackson-Glidden / EPDX

For New York style pies with crispy bottoms and satisfying tomato sauce, Baby Doll delivers at its SE Stark pizzeria with punk vibes. The restaurant’s cheese is a classic New York slice — nice crunch and fold with just enough cheese. Still, going off the beaten path doesn’t hurt: A sweet date pie is grounded with thinly sliced mushrooms, and the Sicilian is airy with a satisfying crunch at its base. Call (503) 459-4450 to place a takeout order, or order delivery via Caviar.

2835 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

13. Apizza Scholls

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
A whole meat pizza from Apizza Scholls
A pizza from Apizza Scholls
Nick Woo/EPDX

Despite its many rules about substitutions, Apizza Scholls is often considered Portland’s best for its substantial, charred pizzas with textbook-ideal crumb. However, adorned with petals of capicola, roasted tomato pesto, or house-cured Canadian bacon, Apizza Scholls’ pies are just as much about the toppings as the crust. Call (503) 233-1286 to place takeout order, or just walk up to order.

4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

14. Scottie's Pizza Parlor

2128 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Scottie’s namesake Scottie cooked pizzas in both New York and New Haven before hitting Portland, and his Pacific Northwestern pies balance a touch of sourdough tang in the crust with the house-made ricotta and mozzarella on top. Nabbing a pie is a challenge; the move is to order one of the priority pizzas via the Instagram. Otherwise, call (971) 544-7878 after 1 p.m. to pre-order.

2128 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

15. Assembly Brewing

3739, 6112 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
A Detroit-style pizza from Assembly Brewing, with dollops of brick-red tomato sauce
A pepperoni pie from Assembly Brewing
Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

It came out of nowhere, but Foster-Powell’s brewery and pizzeria is likely serving the city’s best Detroit-style pie. Co-owner George Johnson learned to make his crispy pan pizzas at the award-winning  Detroit Style Pizza Company, and it shows: In an industrial brewery space with outdoor picnic tables, servers deliver crispy-chewy-soft pizzas with tons of crispy baked-on cheese to neighborhood locals and pizza nerds alike. The result: a perplexingly juicy pie smothered in dollops of tomato sauce and almost saucy cheese. Order a takeout pie by calling (971) 888-5973.

3739, 6112 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

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16. Tastebud

7783 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
A picture of the cherry tomato pizza at Tastebud, which includes whole cherry tomatoes, ricotta, basil, and lemon
The cherry tomato pizza at Tastebud
Tastebud/Official

Nestled in an old antique store in Multnomah Village, Tastebud may be overlooked by many Portlanders, but those in the know fill in on a regular basis for the wood-fired, rustic pizzas, with heavy vegetable toppings and just the right amount of char. Order online to pick up a pie at the shop — pre-orders are available.

7783 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

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