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?
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
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.