Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s fun, quick, and (arguably) nutritious! Plus, Portland is packed with a great assortment of pizza parlors, many of them with vegan options, entertainment (hello, pinball!), and menu choices sure to please both kids and parents. Get your fix of the four food groups while enjoying a beverage, some board games, all while catching up on what happened at school today. Read on to plan your perfect pizza party for the fam!
Why you should check it out: This hip neighborhood joint boasts a game room for kids (they’ll love the old school Simpson’s arcade game!), plus a great outdoor area with a tent and picnic tables. Bonus: your kids will love getting to say a “naughty” word by requesting to go to Pizza Jerk.
What to order: the house made strawberry milk, and any one of the cast-iron pizzas. To sneak in a serving of vegetables, try the broccoli rabe pizza!
Location: 5028 NE 42nd Ave
Phone: (503) 284-9333
Scottie’s Pizza Parlor
Why you should check it out: This NYC-style pizzeria serves up delicious slices, plus has a Ms. PacMan machine, if you want to show your kiddos how to play a game from your youth. The best part: you can have dinner while teaching social generosity by choosing to participate in the “pay it forward” program, buying pizza for a hungry member of the community.
What to order: Honestly, you’ll love the plain pie, which is simply aged mozzarella, pecorino romano, and tomato sauce. And, for the moms, the “dear mom” wine is sure to hit the spot after a long day.
Location: 2128 SE Division St
Phone: (971) 544-7878
Why you should check it out: While the pizza is great, you’ll find the entertainment to be the real draw here. Check out their packed kids’ concerts taking place almost every weekday (check their events calendar for latest listings), as well as an after-school happy hour with $3 slices from 3-5 pm.
What to order: Try one of their five vegan options, or choose your own toppings! Gluten-free available. They also offer a full bar, sodas, juice, and milk.
Location: 3552 N. Mississippi Ave
Phone: (503) 288-3231
Baby Doll Pizza
Why you should check it out: This funky-fabulous SE institution has pinball games and welcomes boisterous kids hopping around the checkerboard printed floor.
What to order: Try the White Pie, featuring house made ricotta, plus a side of garlic knots and a Caesar salad.
Location: 2835 SE Stark St
Phone: (503) 459-4450
East Glisan Pizza Lounge
Why you should check it out: There is a family-friendly side of the restaurant, where little ones can watch pizzas being made and cut to order – the cheerful staff will even cut slices up for wee eaters who need smaller bites.
What to order: Any one of the Detroit-style pan pizzas, and a house made berry balsamic soda. If you find yourself there on a Sunday, definitely try the lasagna, too!
Location: 8001 NE Glisan St
Phone: (971) 279-4273
Why you should check it out: This family-friendly Neapolitan-style pizzeria cooks its pizzas inside of a 900-degree oven to guarantee a soft center but charred outer crust, plus they’ve set out to be family-friendly.
What to order: Let the littles pick their own personal kids’ pizza from the menu while the adults indulge in the “carne” pie, full of assorted salamis and cured meats.
Location: 6708 NE Sandy Blvd
Phone: (971) 373-8348
Why you should check it out: Everyone gets to make their own pizza here! (Kind of like the Subway Sandwiches, but of pizza.) Finally, everyone is happy with the toppings, and it’s a fun process, too.
What to order: A 6 inch mini pizza, plus a salted caramel hand-spun milkshake.
Location: 204 SW Yamhill St
Phone: (971) 230-0547
Why you should check it out: Amazing outdoor space and fun pinball games while you wait! Plus an expansive menu that includes everything from pizzas to sandwiches, plus salads, sodas and cocktails.
What to order: The Everything Bagel Pizza includes a healthy dose of lox for a unique flavor, and the beet salad with candied pistachios is always a fan favorite.
Location: 6214 N Interstate Ave
Phone: (503) 236-5223
— April Hasson