Drew Tyson
Drew Tyson
Drew Tyson
Drew Tyson
DREW TYSON
Nostrana
firehouse restaurant, portland
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1. Old Town Pizza 226 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Townchina Town)

In addition to turning out gold medal winning beers on the regular and delivering said beers all over the city by bike, this pizzeria slash brewery makes its own pizza dough, ensuring the yeast is still alive when it’s baked. What results is a delicious fluffy, almost sourdough-like, crust. Oh, and they do it all in a building that's allegedly haunted. How very Portlandia.

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2. Escape From New York Pizza 622 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Despite the decor barely changing in the last three decades, the city's first slice spot is still going strong. The pizza hasn't changed much in those thirty years either: it's still thin, gloriously gooey, topped with high-quality but hardly exotic ingredients (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, etc.), and incredibly consistent.

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3. Lonesome's Pizza 350 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209 (Downtown)

It's hard to decide what's best about this brick-walled pizzeria. Maybe its that their delivery runs from 11am to at least three in the morning (4am Thursday through Saturday!) or maybe it's their always changing, whimsically named pies of the week. Friendly service and funky decor added bonuses when dining in.

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4. Baby Doll Pizza 2835 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214 (Lower Burnside)

Posted-up on a stretch of Stark St that's more popular for its dive bars than quality pizza, Baby Doll Pizza still manages to turn out a sweet slice with bubbly cheese and a thin, but foldable, crust that's chewy, but not bready. It offers gluten-free and vegan options, and grandma pizza overloaded with the kind of tiny pepperoni that curls up into crispy grease-Jacuzzis when hit with heat. And it’s perfect, as are all of grandma’s recipes.

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5. Nostrana 1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Nostrana is an Italian restaurant in residential South East Portland that features classic Italian food made with simple ingredients from long-standing recipes. It's also a quality spot for their wine list, dessert menu, and special happy hour deals. Plus, it's the birthplace of the Negroni Social, an industry costumed gala, which inspired the creation of Negroni Week, Nostrana is Portland’s capital of the negroni.

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6. firehouse restaurant, portland 711 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Much like Nostrana, Firehouse is a full service Italian restaurant that also happens to specialize in Neapolitan pizza. It’s tucked away into the nethers of northeast Portland, but don't worry: the trek will make what might be the city's best brick-oven baked pies taste even better.

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7. Life of Pie 3632 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Williamsvancouver)

Life of Pie could easily take the, uh, cake, for NoPo’s go-to pizza joint: the sauce is tangy and sweet, crust appropriately charred and chewy.

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8. Lovely's Fifty Fifty 4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Mississippi Ave)

This quirky pizza spot makes beautiful, artisan pies (purslane with calabrian chilies, garlic, capers & lemon, anyone?) with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

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9. Ken's Artisan Pizza 304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97124 (Buckman)

KAP in Southeast Portland serves thin-in-the-middle, thick-on-the-outside masterpieces topped with high-end meats (like soppressata, prosciutto, fennel sausage, etc.), tangy sauces, and the freshest cheeses imaginable. Ken Forkish wrote the book on pizza. (No, for real. It’s called Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza.) With locally sourced ingredients fired up in the rustic pizzeria’s centerpiece wood-powered oven, each pie packs an explosion of flavor. Whatever you order, drop an extra $2 for a pile of fresh arugula up top— the nutty, bitter, salt-sprinkled greens transport the simple pie into a complex flavor symphony.

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10. Apizza Scholls 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215 (Montavilla)

This Hawthorne pizza shop is so focused on making you the perfect pie that if they run out of dough, they'll close early if they have to, to preserve the quality of their ingredients. Serving up quality pies rooted in Neapolitan tradition, Apizza goes heavy on the cheese, generous with the sauce, and hearty on the toppings.

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