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The 8 Best Pizzas in the Pacific Northwest

While the major hubs in the Pacific Northwest don't have a pizza tradition, there are plenty of passionate pizza people that have opened up shop in Seattle and Portland. The pizza landscape has changed dramatically in the last seven years, so much so that Portland and Seattle seem to be leading the charge in the pizza renaissance. And despite not having regional styles steeped in history, pizzerias in the Pacific Northwest are putting their own stamp on Neopartisinal pies through local sourcing, creative toppings, and new approaches, all of which perpetuate the evolution of pizza. More

Field Report: Ken's Artisan Pizza

Here's another community-submitted bit of intel from the field from tomdorkey. Thanks, tomdorkey! And remember, if YOU want to submit your review, here's how. —The Mgmt. [Photograph: Adam Kuban] Ken's Artisan Pizza 304 SE 28th Avenue, Portland OR 97214; map); 503-517-9951; kensartisan.com/pizza.html Pizza Style: Neapolitan-inspired Oven Type: Wood-fired Notes: Great starters, no reservations, reasonable corkage Consistently good, high quality ingredients, unbelievable crust that is flavorful, chewySeasonal, creative desserts (especially in summer when local fruit and berries are available)Terrific Caesar Salad dressed just right, flavorful croutons (from Ken's Bakery), shaved ParmesanKnowledgeable wait staff who enjoy their work, and are always helpful.... More

Trending: Hot Soppressata Is the New Pepperoni

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] Who's Using It Fornino, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Ken's Artisan Pizza, Portland, Oregon Roberta's, Bushwick, Brooklyn Lolita, Cleveland Motorino, Brooklyn/Manhattan Il Cane Rosso, Dallas La Piazza al Forno, Glendale, Arizona Emilia's Pizzeria,* Berkeley, California I'm calling it: Hot soppressata is fast becoming the it topping among serious pizzamakers. Why do I say this? Peep the places at right that feature it as an option. (In an earlier draft of this post, I had Philadelphia's Pizzeria Stella on the list, but the options seems to have dropped off its pre-opening working-draft menu.) It took backyard-pizzamaker-turned-soon-to-be-pro Pauile Gee to call... More

Brain Dump: West Coast Pizza Madness 2009, Where I Visited

View West Coast Pizza Tour in a larger map [All photographs by Adam Kuban unless noted] I know it's taken me a while to get the lead out re this trip. I've been back in NYC for six days after 12 days total on the road (nine actual pizza-eating days among those). I figured that regular Slice readers might want the skinny on which places I visited while out west. They're above in the map, but I'll also list them below, after the jump.... More

Portland, Oregon: Ken's Artisan Pizza

You're probably wondering why it's been a bit quiet around here around Slice lately. Well, I'm on a crazy mission. I'm eating pizza in various western states this week on a whirlwind trip of five cities. Seriously, it's been nonstop travel with barely time to offload pics from my cameras. I'm just now catching up. Ken's Artisan Pizza (top) is in a quiet residential neighborhood in Southeast Portland, a couple blocks south of Burnside and the more hoppin' part of SE 28th Avenue. That doesn't stop people from lining up before the place opens for creations like the Bacon Pie... More

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