In as robust a pizza town as Portland has become, are you surprised we didn’t stray far from the original? Apizza Scholls, long beloved for its 18” neo-Neapolitan pies cooked to perfection in an electric oven, is arguably the one that started it all. Originally opened on a Christmas tree farm in Scholls, Ore., Apizza Scholls has been sending out simply excellent pizza for more than 20 years now (though they opened on Hawthorne in 2005).
Like almost every restaurant, COVID disrupted the normal flow of everything, but it made getting your hands on one of Brian Spangler’s pies almost easier, where out-the-door lines were traded for takeout and delivery by phone. Starting at 3 p.m., you can pre-order 18” house and build-your-own pies, salads and desserts, alongside pop, beer (in cans, bottles and growlers), and wine for evening pickup daily. On Monday to Thursday, you can also find calzones on the menu. This is as true to Portland as you can get, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.