With a limitless number of varieties, pizza is the shape-shifter of the culinary world and one of the best comfort foods. Thin or thick, classic or modern, there’s a plethora of pizza choices nowadays.
Since the competition is fierce, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect slice. So, we’ve scoured every corner of Portland to curate the top spots that celebrate the flavor and the sheer joy of pizza in every bite.
#1 Apizza Scholls
4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
Apizza Scholls, home of the best pizza crust in Portland, is known for its no-nonsense perspective on the new Neapolitan-style pizza that uses electric ovens to provide consistent temperatures and even cooking. There are no frills on the menu, just solid classic pies and several creative combinations.
Crowds and lines during peak hours are quick evidence of why this pizzeria serves one of the best pizzas not just in the city but in the U.S. The most popular dishes include Bacon Bianca, Apizza Amore, and New York White Pie.
#2 Hapa Pizza
12755 SW Broadway St, Beaverton, OR 97005
This exciting new restaurant in Beaverton started as a farmer’s market stand. Hapa Pizza has an airy, chewy, soft crust and toppings inspired by a unique assemblage of pan-Asian dishes.
The execution of flavor profiles is spot on and it’s cooked very quickly too. The most popular dishes include Banh Mi Pizza, Pho Pizza, and Tonkotsu Ramen Pizza.
#3 Life of Pie
1765 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Life of Pie is a wood-fired oven pizzeria that offers the town’s best happy hours. The pizzas here are perfectly made with the ideal sauce-to-cheese-to-toppings ratios.
They also have indoor and outdoor seating. Moreover, watch out for their specials because they’re definitely a must-try. The most popular pizza dishes include Sausage and Mama Lil’s Peppers, Garlic Confit, and Margherita.
#4 Baby Doll Pizza
2835 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Baby Doll Pizza focuses on New York-style pizzas with soft, foldable, thin crust but still satisfyingly crispy. Their massive 18” pizzas can feed the whole family, so you might want to go with a slice.
Additionally, they even have unique and fun offerings like Sicilian pies. The most popular pizza dishes include #7 (White Pie), #10, and Nonna Pie.
#5 Ken’s Artisan Pizza
304 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Italian-inspired, wood-fired oven pizzas from Ken’s Artisan Pizza boast American accents. The crust is the perfect blend of the traditional Neapolitan yeasted dough and Pacific Northwest sourdough, evenly topped with their hand-stretched mozzarella.
This pizza spot has received both local and national acclaim and has been named one of the best pizzerias in the country by 50 Top Pizza. The most popular pizza dishes include New Yorker, Brooklyn, and Fennel Sausage & Onions.
#6 Red Sauce Pizza
4641 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Red Sauce Pizza serves up some of the best pizzas in town. The sourdough crust is delicious and cooked to perfection, the sauce is tasty, and the toppings are fresh.
It’s a big plus that they have vegan cheese options. The most popular pizza dishes include Elotes Special, The Georjean, Peach Pit Special, and Hot Nancy.
#7 Pizza Nostra
4831 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Pizza Nostra is a locally owned and operated pizzeria that has something for everyone. Their signature foldable, thin crust and sauce is made in-house and they also have many Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Vegan options.
For the price of $28 for a 26” Giant Cheese, they are undoubtedly Portland’s best value pizza to feed a crowd and it’s constantly delicious too. The most popular pizza dishes include The Fremont, Pizza Caprese’, and Maui Chicken.
#8 Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza
2443 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Rudy’s Gourmet Pizza is a family-operated and owned pizzeria that uses hand-tossed dough and fresh ingredients to create an airy and relatively thick-crusted pizza. They offer traditional, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
This pizzeria continues to reign supreme when it comes to Portland’s vegan pizza scene. The most popular pizza dishes include Ru’s Vegan Meatball Marinara, Vegan Ranch Supreme, and Big Kahuna Burger.
7783 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
Since way back, Tastebud has been a pioneer in perfecting wood-fired pizza topped with the finest seasonal produce. Their peach-topped pie is a summer bucket list.
With the plethora of pizzerias in town, this restaurant is still one of the most inventive in terms of topping combinations. The most popular summer pizza dishes include Peachzza, Dill with It, and Carnivore.
#10 Assembly Brewing
6112 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
Assembly Brewing serves the city’s best true-to-form Detroit-style pie. They deliver chewy, soft, crispy pizzas with tons of baked-on cheese, resulting in juicy pie smothered in tomato sauce and saucy cheese.
This brewery and pizzeria feature an industrial space with outdoor picnic tables. The most popular pizza dishes include The D, Pepperoni, Meat Lovers, and Veggie Gourmet.
#11 Ranch PDX
1760 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
Serving Detroit-Sicilian style hybrid pan pizza, Ranch PDX has swoon-worthy pies and house-made ranch. To get the full experience, pour their creamy, rich ranch dressing on top of the pie or use it as a dip.
The restaurant’s most popular pizza dishes include Pepperoni, The Number 4, Meat Tornado, and Special.
#12 Pizza Thief
2610 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210
Pizza Thief is for those who crave mouthwatering New York-style pizza. This pizzeria puts its own twist where the dough has a precise combination of whole grains and sourdough, giving it an excellent flavor, texture, and crumb.
It’s unfussy and classic elevated. The most popular pizza dishes include Hot Tony, Wildwood, and seasonal specials.
1401 SE Morrison St #101, Portland, OR 97214
Nostrana is known for its seasonality as it uses the freshest, best-quality local, seasonal bounty. The pizzas are steeped in Italian traditions and interpreted through a locavore lens.
The dough is naturally leavened and the mozzarella is hand-made daily. The most popular dishes include Margherita, Salumi, and Funghi Verde.
#14 Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Long before Sarah Minnick’s is known for the Chef’s Table: Pizza on Netflix, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty had already been established as one of the most iconic pizzerias in Portland. The sourdough is notably acidic, tart, and chewy.
Produce used in their pizzas is exclusively sourced from the farms in Oregon so you are guaranteed to taste the season’s best. The most popular pizza dishes include Fennel Sausage, Rainbow Chard, and Shishito.
#15 The Star
1309 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209
The list wouldn’t be complete without this famed pizzeria in the Pearl District. Equally revered by tourists and locals, The Star offers three types of pizza on the menu: deep dish, thin crust, and Detroit-style.
However, we think Chicago deep dish is where it shines. Its cornmeal-speckled crust is rich, buttery, and has a perfectly crispy edge. The pie is loaded with cheese and then topped with tangy tomato sauce. The most popular pizza dishes include the season’s special, Little Star, and Pesto Chicken.