With so many fine Italian eateries in the Pearl, you’re never far from stellar pizza. Fans adore the creatively topped pies at Oven and Shaker (1134 NW Everett St, 503-241-1600, ovenandshaker.com). San Francisco’s noted Star (thestarpizza.com) chainlet is bringing its cornmeal-crust, deep-dish pizza to the former Paragon space in June. And you’ll find enticing options at some spots you might not usually associate with pizza, such as 10 Barrel Brewing (1411 NW Flanders St, 503-224-1700, 10barrel.com) and Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St, 503-943-5995, brixtavern.com).
But when it’s just a slice or two you crave, look no further than these two classic neighborhood pizzerias: Hotlips Pizza (725 NW 10th Ave, 503-595-2342, hotlipspizza.com) loves to play around with intriguing ingredients, such as their slightly spicy version layered with carne asada–style beef and Hatch, New Mexico–roasted chiles, and the Waldorf white pie, crowned with locally grown apples, walnuts, and blue cheese. At Pizzicato (1265 NW 10th Ave, 503-224-9505, pizzicatopizza.com), favorite pies include the puttanesca (with tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, feta, and a garlic–olive oil base), and the meaty molto carne, which arrives heaped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, fennel sausage, mushrooms, and olives.
– Andrew Collins // Pizzicato Pizza Photo by Matthew Ryan Thornton