Pizza is an easy and delicious solution for…let’s be honest, almost anything! If you are looking to book a birthday party, a quick dinner fix, or a date night idea, pizza is the right answer.Fortunately Portland is blessed with all sorts of specialty pizza shops around town. If you’re looking for the perfect pizza pie you’ll want to keep this list handy. Read on to find your family’s next pizza date location.

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Dove Vive
Why you should visit: The organic cornmeal crust sourced from Southeast Oregon and Northeast California is one of the most marvelous additions to pizza that you may ever taste in this lifetime. Sound a little over the top? Go ahead, try it! Their pizzas have a crisp bottom, generous toppings, and a hint of nutty flavors. You won’t be disappointed. Plus there are 2 delicious options for all the little vegans out there!

What to order: If you are a brave family of eaters then opt to go half and half on the chef specials. Traditionalists should try the Pepperoni Classico or Pesto Pizza!

Find them: 2727 N.E. Glisan St
Call them: 503-239-4444

The Mississippi Pizza Pub
Why you should visit:  Mississippi Pizza is a place that both kids and adults can enjoy. They’ve got a regular line up of live music that will keep the kids busy while you wait for your pie. They also have both vegan and gluten-free options.

What to order: Try the new Penelope Pie with caramelized onion sauce, spinach, beets, artichoke heart, and parmesan! Add an order of cheese bread sticks and pesto kale salad!

Find them: 3552 North Mississippi Avenue
Call them: 503-288-3231

photo Dale Cruse via flickr

Why you should visit: Hotlips is a Portland institution! With six locations around Portland you don’t have to travel far for dinnertime! They have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options and their pies offer nontraditional choices in toppings. Plus they carry their own soda line.

What to order: First check out the seasonal selections. They are works of art! If you’re not feeling the specials try the Brooklyn with garlic parmesan sauce, Italian sausage, black olives, roasted pepper, ricotta. Coming with a big family? Add the family salad with an assortment of local greens and fresh veggies!

Find them: See locations here. Delivery available.


Flying Pie Pizzeria
Why you should visit: If you love a hearty pizza with tons of toppings Flying Pie is the spot! They have a traditional salad bar perfect for getting extra veggies into the kids and whole wheat crust available upon request.

What to order: Grab a couple customized slices, salad bar, and the Aunti Ts calzone with pastrami, onions, mushrooms, and black olives!

Find them: See locations here.

Sizzle Pie
Why you should visit: If you are your pizza loving family are looking for BIG Sizzle Pie is the place for you. One slice has been known to feed multiple children! The floppy think crust pizza  is authentically East Coast. They have options for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Entertain the kids with a jukebox and old school PacMan arcade table.

What to order: Get the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon for a traditional Canadian bacon and pineapple pie that the whole family will love. Add garlic knots with a creamy caramelized onion spread.

Find them: See locations here. Delivery available.
Call them:503-234-7437

photo Jason Lander via flickr

Ken’s Artisan Pizza
Why you should visit: Ken’s Artisan Pizza features a Le Panyol wood-fired oven in the middle of the restaurant that produces perfectly blistered crusts and delicious toppings! Families are welcome but if you’ve been looking for a place to have a quiet date night without the kids you just can’t go wrong at Ken’s!

What to order: Start with the Calamari and then order the Pesto pizza with acorn squash, piquillo peppers, hazelnut pesto, mozzarella, and pecorino romano!

Find them: 304 SE 28th Ave
Call them: 503-517-9951

Atlas Pizza
Why you should visit: Atlas Pizza is relatively new in town and we are so happy they arrived! With three pinball cabinets, a changing table in the bathroom, vegan pizza options, and build your own pie selection it’s a local family favorite with an old school vibe. This pizza joint has a simple yet creative menu, interesting atmosphere, and friendly staff. Beware before ordering the housemade sausage topping; it’s delicious, served in crumbles, and spicy!  The garlic knots are vegan, soft, perfectly chewy, and absolutely scrumptious. This casual and tasty restaurant is a perfect place to make your family’s pizza dreams come true.

What to order: Check out their weekday specials before you pick family pizza night. We recommend you try the Big Joe pizza and house made meatball garlic knots!

Find them: See locations here. Delivery available.
Call them: 503-232-3002

Where are your places to eat pizza? Share it with us in the comment section below.

—Elissa Cirignotta


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