The most defining style of Portland pizza is that there is no single defining style. The willingness to break the rules of styling pizza after the infamous New York or Naples pizzerias is what sets Portland apart. The goal? To make pizza that tastes good. Plenty of pizzerias play with local grains, seasonal produce, and year-round staples like Wisconsin brick cheese and Ezzo pepperoni. Whether you enjoy a slice of pizza round or square, thick-crusted or thin, pineapple or no pineapple, these are our favorite spots to grab a pie.
Continue to read to find the top 5 hot spots to grab a pizza in Portland, OR.
1. Hapa Pizza
12755 SW Broadway St,
Beaverton, OR 97005
This pizzeria's origins are humble; what started as a farmer's market stand flourished into Beaverton's most exciting restaurant openings. Hapa Pizza uses a foundation of soft, chewy, char-speckled crust for topping inspired by a collection of pan-Asian dishes.
We Recommend: We recommend a pizza with heavily reduced pho broth as a sauce base inspired by Vietnamese noodle soup, topped with fall-apart tender brisket, mozzarella, and a handful of bean sprouts. If you are a purist at heart, you can also find the standards such as pepperoni and Margherita here.
7783 SW Capitol Hwy,
Portland, OR 97219
This cart-turned-restaurant has set a blazing trail for the rest of the pizza scene in Portland. Tastebud is known best for its seasonal-produced toppings and wood-fired pizza space. Topping combinations at this restaurant are some of the most inventive in Portland. Tastebud remains takeout only, with the addition of online ordering.
We recommend investing in the restaurant's peach-topped pie during the summer months, and rutabagas or marinated dried tomatoes-topped pizza during the winter months.
3. The Star Portland
1309 NW Hoyt St,
Portland, OR 97209
This Bay Area transplant in a big, lofty Pearl District dining room specializes in deep-dish pizzas filled with artichoke heartland roasted zucchini. The overall balance of texture is what makes The Star Portland stand out. A blend of a saucy messy core, fluffy crust, and crispy at the base and edges is what The Star lives by.
We Recommend: We recommend The Star's deep-dish, a crunchy, buttery crust with a dry base filled with cheese and a sweet tomato sauce as a well-rounded pie.
4. Cafe Olli
3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
Portland, OR 97212
This pizzeria is set apart by all others for its morning-baked eggs to evening panna cotta, as Cafe Olli wears many hats in its home of Northeast Portland. The restaurant's wood-fired stationary oven crisps pizzas with a beautiful array of toppings.
We Recommend: We recommend tasting the pies topped with a slather of ricotta or petals of mortadella, or try the oyster mushrooms that cover the pie alongside dollops of grits.
5. Pizzeria Stellina
8000 SE 13th Ave,
Portland, OR 97202
Neighborhoods deserve pizzerias too, and when it comes to this neighborhood, Bellwood's Stellina uses a slow-fermented dough made with Pacific Northwestern flour to get a gentle stretch, resulting in an airy, sturdy crust upon completion of being cooked.
We Recommend: We recommend trying the 12-inch pies that come with toppings like herbed ricotta and ribbons of prosciutto, or poached pears with honey and gorgonzola. In the summertime, we recommend pies that show off seasonal bounties in Portland, from juicy cherry tomatoes or pearls of sweet corn.
Interested in the mouth-watering bounties of pizzerias in Portland, OR? From local neighborhood pizzas featuring poached pears atop bubbling ricotta cheeses to old-timey pizzerias around since the boom of other restaurants pizza lovers in Portland can explore. Explore the pizza scene in Portland, OR today.
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