The New Wave of Portland Pizza
...or something like that... There was a spate of new, small pizza joints that seemed to spring up all about the same time, mostly carts, that I feel the need to check out soon.
Here's the ones I remember:
- Pizza Depokos
- Pyro Pizza
Any others? I've already hit Wy'East, which falls into the same bucket, and Al Forno Ferruzza, which sort of does. I seem to recall a couple that were located downtown but the names are escaping me...
Those places all opened different years, so I don't know if they qualify as a "spate". Pizza places open all the time pretty consistently. There have been quite a few that have opened since those ones.
The only pizza downtown is the Give Pizza a Chance cart (which is same people as Pyro, but by the slice), a Pizzicato, a Schmizza or two, Pazzo, Rovente, Hot Lips, and uh, late night at Dante's.
Downtownish will also soon be Sizzle Pie in the old Rocco's space across from Powell's. they have a place on E. Burnside, this will be their second location.
There is also Lonesome's, which is pick-up and delivery only. haven't had it myself but I like their concept of pizza and art.
Since you chose to nitpick my use of the word "spate":
Girasole's blog documents their opening weekend in May 2010.
Depokos' blog has them opening in November 2009.
Pyro's own website is not responding, but a foodcartsportland.com listing as well as the oldest Yelp review also dates to November 2009.
I think three joints in seven months qualifies as a "spate"... :)