Pizza in Portland
These would be among the top of where I suggest for people to go. Well, at least for that neapolitan style, are there any other places that are similar to these?
Old Town Pizza
These are what I consider to be a cut above the chain like places, what else do you think merits mention?
Finally tried Dove Vivi last Thursday. I was missing Chicago deep dish pizza and this stuff is kind of close to that style. Tried both a classic sausage (house-made sausage, sauce and mozz.) and a pesto (spinach pesto, mozz, fontina, ricotta, basil and fresh tomato) and the zuccotta for dessert.
The sausage was really good, not fatty/greasy and very good flavor. The pesto was OK, but not as good as the sausage. Crust is cornmeal-based and on the thick side, but is a bit crisp. It held up cold from the fridge the next day, too. The zuccotta was decent (chocolate cream surrounded by lady fingers and chilled to a sliceable consistency) but I don't know that I would have it again.
Tastebud (across from the Aladdin theater). Just went there last night and found it by accident because we needed a place to eat dinner before a show. Pretty darn good pizza. When I looked them up on this board afterwards, the only thing I could find was references to the wood fired bread they sell at various farmers markets around town. I didn't know about Taste Bud Farm. Apparently their restaurant has only been open since early 2008.
I tried the one with pancetta, mascarpone and arugula. Nice chewy crust and the toppings gave it a good salty buttery flavor. Maybe a little too salty. I wasn't so sure about having salad on top of a pizza but the flavor complemented it. It seemed right to have a fresh bite of greens with the pizza crust. I also had a glass of the sweet Lambrusco which helped to balance the savory/salty. I'd definitely go back and try other pizzas.
Taste Bud Farm
3220 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202