Where to Eat in Portland, Maine Right Now
The gist: Husband and wife Randy and Ally Forrester ran Osteria Radici in Allentown, New Jersey, where they were recognized with two James Beard nominations, before moving to Portland to open this pizzeria in July 2020.
The food: Randy forms his naturally fermented dough (read: yeast-free) into thin-crust rounds that, once baked, offer a pleasing subtle tang and nicely charred chewy edge. Go basic with a classic margherita or try a more complex pie. The Maialino—house-made pork sausage, Taleggio, radicchio, and caper honey—is a local favorite. The Sunday-only Al Ragù, features a slow-simmered Napoletana meat sauce made with Radici’s own pork sausage, plus pork cheeks, bone-in cuts of lamb, and lotsa fresh garlic. A salad of mixed lettuces and pickled peppadews, dressed with a 12-year Tondo balsamico and single-estate Sicilian olive oil, will offset your carb load, and Perugina chocolates and espresso make for a lovely simple dessert.
The cost: Salad and pizzas are $9-20, non-alcoholic drinks and coffees go for $2.50-6, beer and wine (both by the bottle) run $4-33. Pantry items, like caper honey and lemon salsetta (a tangy sauce for dressing everything from salads and pasta to roast chicken or fish), along with merch like pocket tees, hoodies, and wine totes, are also available.
How to order: Takeout orders on Toast open up a day ahead at 9 pm (with pre-orders suggested to secure quantity and desired pick-up time)