Discussing pizza superlatives is high stakes, with folks claiming vehement allegiance to a particular style, so in the name of not starting a pizza war we’re simply here to guide you to 7 of Portland’s pies that can’t be topped for National Pizza Day. Whether your go-to pie is grilled, Sicilian style, Greek style, wood-fired, thin crust, deep dish, Detroit Style, or anywhere in between, Portland’s pizza scene meets the needs of all pizza aficiona-doughs. (Sorry, had to.)
The OG: Pizza Villa
If you know Portland pizza, you know the OG opened in 1965: Pizza Villa, part locals dive bar, part pizzeria. Their pizzas are 10-inch “Greek style” with simple, crowd-pleasing toppings. Grab a pal, a pizza and a pitcher of beer and saddle up to Pizza Villa’s old school bar for a nostalgic night out that won’t hurt your wallet.
The Staple: Otto
Another name you’re guaranteed to know in Portland’s pizza scene is Otto. Otto was born in 2009 out of the belief that, “pizza is serious food with the potential to transcend its takeout chow reputation”, which is made abundantly clear with just a glance at their menu of unconventional, yet uncomplicated topping pairings.
Take for instance the Butternut Squash, Ricotta & Cranberry. I know, you’re thinking, “cranberries on pizza?!” but don’t knock it until you try it. One of the most popular pies at Otto was once thought to be too out-of-the-box: the mashed potato, bacon & scallion, and is now a renowned fan favorite. Head to Otto to expand your palate.
The Detroit Style: Foundation Brewing Company
If you like pizza, beer, and dogs, Foundation Brewing Company has you covered. They have dog friendly outdoor seating, Detroit style pizza, a wide variety of beers, and even spiked lemonade.
Foundation Brewing has something for every pizza lover. Choose from build-your-own pizzas, or specialty options such as Greek and Buffalo Chicken, you’ll be sure to find the perfect slice.
The Thick Crust: Slab
If thin crust doesn’t do it for you, we have Slab Sicilian Street Food at the other end of the pizza spectrum, best known for their pillowy, old world Scilian style crusts.
Our favorite, and maybe most gluttonous, is the Spicy Meat, with red pepper sauce, pepperoni, peperoncini, mozzarella, provolone and blue cheese dip. Slab is also home to a full bar program including a staff favorites cocktail list, a very hoppin’ local beer list, and an abbreviated but yummy wine list.
The Thin Crust: Coal's
A relative newcomer to Portland, Coal’s has made quite a name for itself serving up some of the thinnest grilled crust pizzas Portland’s ever seen. Self proclaimed “American-Neapolitan”, their pizzas are grilled hot and fast, resulting in perfectly char-blistered crusts, upon which they conservatively layer cheese and toppings to preserve the paper thin crust’s integrity.
Coal’s is originally from the Bronx, so you know the pizza is quality. It would be totally unacceptable to not mention the Nutella dessert pizza. Yes, dessert pizza is a thing.
The Elevated: ViA VECCHiA
ViA VECCHiA is located in the iconic building at 10 Dana St, and a staple in the Portland food scene. As a small plate Italian inspired restaurant, they have an extraordinary cocktail program, and a menu sure to satisfy your palate.
Re-imagined in 2020, the space consists of a wrap around bar, luxurious velvet booths, a cocktail lounge, and outdoor dinging in the warmer months.
In addition to simpler styled pizza, their menu boats unique flavors such as the “India St.” which includes soppressata, san marzano tomato, oregano, confit garlic, honey & black pepper. And the “Blyth” consisting of alto-adige speck, stracciatella, baby arugula, san marzano tomato, provolone, and mozzarella.
The Grab-N-Go: Pizzaiolo
If what you’re looking for is a authentic New York style, grab-n-go slice, Pizzaiolo has got you covered for lunch, dinner and potentially most important; late night.
Pizzaiolo has become a staple in the Portland pizza scene, known to serve up slices for lunch, dinner, and even a midnight snack. Open until 2am on Friday & Saturday! They use local and fresh ingredients every step of the way, making sure each pie is crafted to perfection. Pop in for a night cap slice on your next night on the town for a cheesy, saucy pick-me-up, you won’t regret it.
No matter how you slice it, pizza is always a good choice and there’s no shortage of pizzerias, pizza parlors, restaurants, gas stations, bars, and breweries serving up pizza pies of all sorts in Portland, Maine.
For more delicious pies check out: Brickyard Hollow (inventive), Lazzari (late night), Leonardos (counter service), Il Leone (on island), Friends + Family (Monday night deals), Via Vecchia (aperitivo hour deals), and Flatbread Company (family + vegetarian friendly).
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