Natalie Behring

In our brief blip of existence, humankind has screwed up a bunch of stuff—like the environment, for example, or the concept of a functional and beneficial representative democracy. But despite our belligerent fumbling, we’ve excelled at one thing. One thing we can all agree is good, one thing we only get better at, one thing that keeps us, for now, from being complete failures:

Pizza.

Actually, make that two things, because also: Pizza Week. That’s right: From April 16-21, the Portland Mercury’s Pizza Week is back! Along with our pals at Jim Beam and Tetra Cannabis (why yes, those two things do go well with pizza), the Mercury has teamed up with over 30 of Portland’s favorite restaurants to offer special, one-of-a-kind pizza slices all over town… and each slice is only $2 each! View the map of locations all around Portland.

Is Pizza Week the apex of human accomplishment? Yes. Are there some things you need to know before it starts? Also yes!

• Everyone loves Pizza Week. As well they should. But that means some Pizza Week spots will have lines, and others might even run out. In these trying times, take a deep breath, stay calm, and hit another Pizza Week location, or go back the next day when things are more chill. Either way, you’re getting pizza out of it, so it’s a win-win.

• Don’t forget to tip. (Even you, Apple Watch guy who won’t shut up about our “post-cash society,” and even you, Bitcoin guy who tries to buy everything with made-up money. IT IS NOT REAL MONEY, BITCOIN GUY.) An event as big and popular as Pizza Week takes a lot of work, and much of it is done behind the scenes—so tip well, and show your appreciation to the hard-working chefs, waitstaff, and feral monkeys we have perhaps unwisely equipped with razor-sharp pizza cutters.

• Order sides and drinks. Food scientists recommend that pizza only make up 95 percent of the average adult’s diet. Luckily, Pizza Week locations will also be serving all kinds of great sides and drinks. See? It’s easy to be healthy!

• At portlandpizzaweek.com, you’ll find even more details about Pizza Week—including an interactive map of all Pizza Week locations and live updates! And you can post and see even more about Pizza Week using #portlandpizzaweek on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


The 1905

The slice: “Sweater Weather”
What’s on it: Caramelized leek and garlic cream sauce, roasted butternut squash, aged mozzarella, grated Pecorino Romano, sautéed mushrooms, brown sugar, red onions, chili oil, fresh sage, and tempura-battered butternut squash.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 4 pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 4 pm-2 am
Things to know: Limit two slices per person, per day.
What they say: “This pie is autumnal comfort food—but since Pizza Week is in the spring, we’re bringing our favorite fall flavors to April.”
Address: 830 N Shaver


Amalfi’s

The slice: “Notorious B.R.P.”
What’s on it: Hickory bacon, roasted potatoes, scallions, and pesto ranch.
When you can eat it: Tues-Thurs 4-10 pm, Fri 4-11 pm, Sat 3-11 pm
Things to know: No takeout.
What they say: “Swing by for a ‘Notorious B.R.P.’: Hickory-smoked bacon, our famous pesto ranch dressing, roasted potatoes, scallions, and house-made red sauce. Want a mini pizza instead of a slice? No biggie—mo’ ranch, less problems!”
Address: 4703 NE Fremont


Atlas Pizza

The slice: “The Smokey Kernel”
What’s on it: Smoked chicken thighs, sweet corn sauce, fire-roasted poblano peppers, roasted red bell peppers, red onion, Hatch chili crema, and scallion garnish.
When you can eat it: 11:30 am-close
Things to know: You can order a whole pie at regular price. Two slices per customer per visit.
What they say: “In keeping up with our Mercury Pizza Week tradition, we are putting together a smoked meat pizza. This year it’s chicken thighs, with a sweet corn sauce base. Roasted poblanos for a little spice, red onions and scallions, and a hatch chili crema to finish.”
Address: 3570 SE Division


Atlas Pizza

The slice: “Rocket Man”
What’s on it: Kim Jong Grillin’ soy-curl bulgogi, Follow Your Heart vegan “cheese,” sesame-braised kale, gochujang sauce drizzle, and sesame seeds.
When you can eat it: 11 am-close
Things to know: You can order a whole pie at regular price. Two slices per customer per visit.
What they say: “We’re collaborating with Chef Han Ly Hwang from Kim Jong Grillin’ and Kim Jong Smokehouse.”
Address: 710 N Killingsworth


Baby Doll Pizza

The slice: “A Slice of the Balkans”
What’s on it: Cevapi, ajvar, kajmak, and minced onion.
When you can eat it: 11 am-9 pm
What they say: “The pizza version of a classic, quintessential sandwich enjoyed throughout the Balkans. We made our own cevapi—a casingless sausage created with beef, lamb, and pork—and placed it atop ajvar, a garlicky, roasted red pepper and eggplant spread. Then we topped it with house-made kajmak—a creamy, deliciously salty cheese. (You can sub mushrooms for cevapi for a vegetarian version.)”
Address: 2835 SE Stark


Back To Eden

The slice: “Chili Rubbed Cauliflower Pizza”
What’s on it: BBQ sauce, house-made mozzarella, chili-rubbed cauliflower, caramelized shallots, and scallions.
When you can eat it: 4-9 pm
Things to know: Limit two special slices per guest. Whole pie discount is $3 off retail cost.
What they say: “House-made tangy BBQ is the base for this pizza, which sits on top of our gluten-free sourdough crust! It’s topped with vegan cashew mozzarella, chili-rubbed cauliflower, caramelized shallots, and scallions. If you like things a little spicy and outside of the box, this pizza is definitely for you!”
Address: 2215-2217 NE Alberta


Bella Pizza

The slice: “The PILF”
What’s on it: American and mozzarella cheese, ground beef, onions, tomatoes, pickles, shredded iceberg lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing.
When you can eat it: 11 am-10 pm
Things to know: Limit of two slices per person, and no takeout.
What they say: “Our burgerific Pizza Week special with American cheese sauce, Thousand Island dressing, and bread-and-butter pickles (all house made) is pure comfort food heaven!”
Address: 2934 NE Alberta


Blackbird Pizza

The slice: “Frito Pie”
What’s on it: Chili sauce, Bark City BBQ pulled pork, cheddar, cotija, and Fritos.
When you can eat it: 11 am-midnight
Things to know: Limit two slices per person per order.
What they say: Pizza pie Frito pie!”
Address: 6214 N Interstate


Blackbird Pizza

The slice: “Stadium Special”
What’s on it: Black bean tomato base, vegan nacho cheese sauce, soyrizo, black olives, tomatoes, pickled jalapeños, green onions, vegan sour cream, and tortilla chips.
When you can eat it: 11 am-midnight
Things to know: Limit two slices per person per order.
What they say: “Vegan stadium nachos on a pizza!”
Address: 1935 SE Hawthorne


DeNicola’s

The slice: “Margherita Explosion”
What’s on it: A margherita pizza made with buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, Mama Lil’s Original Peppers, and finished with a balsamic vinaigrette glaze.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 4-8:30 pm, Fri-Sat 4-9:30 pm
What they say: “Having participated in Pizza Week since it’s infancy, we take this event seriously at DeNicola’s. We have been perfecting this little party in your mouth for weeks. We sincerely love a sweet and salty flavor, so this is our take on the margherita.”
Address: 3520 SE Powell


East Glisan Pizza Lounge

The slice: “’N Du Ya Like Me Now”
What’s on it: House-made bacon and Calabrian chili salumi, soppressata, basil, house-made ricotta, poblano cream, and honey.
When you can eat it: 4-10 pm
Things to know: Limit of two slices per person. Whole pies are available, but not for the $2 per slice price.
What they say: “Dollops of ’Nduja-inspired house-made bacon and Calabrian chili goodness, with soppressata, basil, and house-made ricotta on a creamy poblano base. Finished with honey.”
Address: 8001 NE Glisan


Fillmore Coffee and Pizza

The slice: “The Naanfather”
What’s on it: Tandoori-spiced cauliflower, special secret sauce, herbs, and roasted peanut.
When you can eat it: noon-close
Things to know: Two slice maximum per person. Vegan option available.
What they say: “Our slice blends an Indian flavor profile with Italian ingredients for a baller taste experience. The crust adds a layer of complexity, crunch, and delightful chewiness, all achieved through our top-secret dough recipe and 24-hour fermentation process. Based on the best-selling dish from our chef’s former endeavor (the Owl in S.C.), this slice is guaranteed to make you happy.”
Address: 7201 NE Glisan


Hammy’s

The slice: “The Zia”
What’s on it: New Mexico-style roasted calabacitas (zucchini, yellow squash, sweet corn, onions, garlic, and New Mexico green chile), and a blend of mozzarella and Mexican cheeses.
When you can eat it: 4-10 pm
Things to know: Slices limited to one per person.
What they say: “Hammy’s serves thick, Sicilian-style slices. Every slice is made to order and served fresh from the oven, and never placed under heat lamps or re-heated.”
Address: 2114 SE Clinton


Handsome Pizza

The slice: “The Famous Original [Your Name Here]”
What’s on it: House-made pork sausage, shaved onion, Colin Couch Memorial Hot Sauce, tomato sauce, and parmesan.
When you can eat it: 2-8 pm (closed Tues)
Things to know: Special slices limited to two slices per person, per visit.
What they say: “Our slice is a tribute to the great history of New York pizza joints and to Adam Kuban, the creator of the Slice blog and a founder of Serious Eats—a true pizza hero. It’s a variation of his signature pizza, the ‘Famous Original A,’ and an ode to all the pizza lovers out there.”
Address: 1603 NE Killingsworth


Hogan’s Goat

The slice: “The Carpizzio Slice”
What’s on it: Tomato mustard base, mozzarella, parmesan, pecorino cheese, sliced beef, horseradish, green onion, and chives.
When you can eat it: Tues-Sat 4-9 pm (closed Mon)
Things to know: Two slice limit, no whole pie option.
What they say: “We’re doing a play on beef carpaccio, with mozzarella, Parmesan, pecorino, and a tomato mustard sauce, plus fresh horseradish, green onion, chives, and a thin slice of beef.”
Address: 5222 NE Sacramento


HOTLIPS

The slice: “Chévre, ‘Shrooms, and Whips”
What’s on it: Portland Creamery chévre, mushrooms, garlic whips, red peppers, and an olive oil base.
When you can eat it: 11 am-10 pm
Things to know: Limit of two slices per customer.
What they say: “This is HOTLIPS Pizza’s first-ever veggie slice submission for Pizza Week. It’s a team-up with Portland Creamery, and features small-batch, fresh artisan goat cheese and Yamhill County mushrooms cooked in our house-made garlic whip pesto (whips from Persephone Farm) with red peppers.”
Address: 721 NW 9th #150, 633 SW 18th, 1909 SW 6th, 2211 SE Hawthorne, 4630 NE Sandy, 5440 NE 33rd


Mississippi Pizza

The slice: “aMAIZEing”
What’s on it: Zesty caramelized onion sauce, nutritional yeast, zucchini, corn, red onion, basil, and sea salt.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 11 am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am
Things to know: Limit of four slices per person.
What they say: “A vegan pizza that pops! The base is a zesty caramelized onion sauce made with Mama Lil’s oil to give it a little heat. The corn (maize) sweetens it up a bit, while the sea salt and nutritional yeast add the saltiness. Basil, red onion, and zucchini are added to complete the veggie rainbow.”
Address: 3552 N Mississippi


Old Town Pizza & Brewing

The slice: “Flaming Shrimp and Jalepeno”
What’s on it: Spicy shrimp with fresh jalapeños, red onions, and pineapple, finished with fresh basil, cilantro, and a tangy Sriracha mayo.
When you can eat it: 11:30 am-9 pm
Things to know: Limit two slices at Pizza Week special price. Whole pies available at normal price.
What they say: “Wild-caught shrimp in a zesty sauce, crisp jalapeño peppers, and succulent pineapple make up the heart of this pizza, while the fresh basil and scallions give it soul. The flavor profile is rounded out with red onions and finished with a tangy sriracha aioli. All that’s left to add is a spritz of lime, but we’ll leave that to you!”
Address: 226 NW Davis


Old Town Brewing

The slice: “The Old Country”
What’s on it: Rosemary cream sauce base with bacon, sausage, sliced Yukon potatoes, and kale.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am-11 pm
Things to know: Limit two slices at Pizza Week special price. Whole pies available at normal price.
What they say: “Rustic potatoes, creamy rosemary béchamel, cured pork, and hearty kale evoke a deep nostalgia for a place that welcomes everyone as part of la famiglia. Take a journey to the Old World with us, raise a glass to your friends, and salute the good times.”
Address: 5201 NE MLK


Picasso Pizza Co

The slice: “Smelly Belly”
What’s on it: Pork belly, leeks, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, bacon chutney alfredo sauce, and cheese.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-10 pm
Things to know: Take-out for the slice is 50 cents extra; take-out for the whole pie is $2 extra.
What they say: “The ‘Smelly Belly’ takes your love for pork belly to another level! Five spice-rubbed, slow-roasted pork belly with leeks, onions, bell peppers, and cilantro with a specially created bacon chutney alfredo pizza sauce on our scratch-made pizza dough. Sweet, savory, tangy, and smelly, it’s sure to delight all your senses.”
Address: 12176 N Pavilion


Pizano’s

The slice: “Stuffed Green Pepper”
What’s on it: Thick slices of green pepper with crumbled ground beef and Italian sausage, topped with garlic bread crumbs.
When you can eat it: 11 am-6 pm
Things to know: Limit two slices per person.
What they say: “The classic comfort dish, twisted into a pizza. Crisp green peppers, sweet Italian sausage, and ground beef, with zesty tomato sauce on our thin crust.”
Address: 9970 SE Washington


Pizza Jerk

The slice: “Beef and Broccoli”
What’s on it: Sweet soy brisket, charred broccoli, hoisin onions, and chili oil.
When you can eat it: 11:30 am-6 pm
Things to know: Take out available.
What they say: “Sweet soy brisket and charred broccoli, with hoisin-glazed onions and fried chili oil! “
Address: 5028 NE 42nd


Pizzicato Pizza

The slice: “The Chimichurri Verde”
What’s on it: Garlic and olive oil base, mozzarella, Painted Hills skirt steak, caramelized onions, roasted purple potatoes, and with house-made chimichurri.
When you can eat it: Fremont 11:30 am-9 pm, NW 10th 11:30 am-9 pm, Burnside 11 am-9 pm
What they say: “Seared Painted Hills skirt steak topped with caramelized onions and roasted purple potatoes, finished with vibrant, house-made chimichurri.”
Address: 4217 NE Fremont, 1265 NW 10th, 2811 E Burnside


Rogue Hall

The slice: “Lamb Before Thyme”
What’s on it: House-made merguez (lamb) sausage, tomato curry, feta, fresh oregano, and preserved lemon.
When you can eat it: 11 am-midnight
Things to know: Full pies available.
What they say: “Not your average gyro-style pie, our fresh flavors will lure you away from that basic ‘za with hand-stretched, house-made dough and our own marinara recipe.”
Address: 1717 SW Park


Rovente Pizzeria

The slice: “Dilly Mostarda”
What’s on it: Creamy mustard sauce, whole-milk mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and dill chicken.
When you can eat it: Hawthorne Mon-Thurs 11 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am, Williams Mon-Thu 11 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm, SW 4th Mon-Sat 11 am-9 pm
Things to know: Limit of two slices per customer. 18-inch pie available for $18.
What they say: “Hand-tossed fresh dough made daily, smothered with special creamy mustard sauce and topped with mozzarella, fresh roma tomatoes, and dill chicken. It’s so dilly dilly!!!”
Address: 3240 SE Hawthorne, 4327 N Williams, 512 SW 4th


Sizzle Pie

The slice: “Snake River Party Boi”
What’s on it: Chipotle red sauce, red onion pico, vegan pastor, aji amarillo sauce, and cilantro.
When you can eat it: 11 am-5 pm
What they say: “Inspired by Evel Knievel’s attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon, the ‘Snake River Party Boi’ was born. Once consumed, the spiciness of this slice will make anyone feel confident enough to attempt feats they never thought possible.”
Address: 624 E Burnside


Sizzle Pie

The slice: “Out Of Step”
What’s on it: Sausage, roasted jalapeños, fresh mozarella, pecorino romano, and fresh basil.
When you can eat it: 11 am-5 pm
What they say: “With Italian sausage (sourced from Pendleton, Oregon), roasted jalapeños, fresh mozzarella, pecorino romano, and fresh basil, this slice has the perfect balance you’ve been looking for.”
Address: 4144 NE Sandy


Slice Pizza Co.

The slice: “Nicky’s Holiday Sausage with Portobello and Shaved Parmesan”
What’s on it: Nicky’s Holiday Sausage (venison and rabbit with cranberry and applewood bacon), portobello mushrooms, and shaved parmesan.
When you can eat it: 11 am-9 pm
Things to know: “We’re also offering ANY vegan slice for $2!
Address: 2701 NE Sandy”


Station Public House

The slice: “I Dream of Electric Goats”
What’s on it: Bacon, apple, mozzarella, arugula, goat cheese cream, house-made hot honey, and garlic oil.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 4-10 pm, Fri 4-11 pm, Sat noon-11 pm, Sun noon-9 pm
Things to know: Two-slice limit and no slice take-out. Whole pie take-out is available.
What they say: “Chef Nicolai Scott came up with this dish as throwback to the flavors of childhood. Remember apples baking in the oven? Bacon sizzling in the pan? Didn’t everything taste better with melty mozzarella? Find it all in one slice at the Station Public House!”
Address: 2703 NE Alberta


Straight From New York

The slice: “The Big Apple”
What’s on it: Applesauce base, slices of Granny Smith and Honeycrisp Apples, brown sugar and cinnamon granola crumble topping, caramel and streusel icing drizzle.
When you can eat it: 11am-close
Things to know: One slice per customer per day.
What they say: “Who ever heard of ‘dessert pizza’? You did! Just now. But ‘The Big Apple’ is so much more than just dessert. It’s breakfast, it’s lunch, it’s dinner—its goes great with coffee OR beer—and it’s DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS! And best of all, it’s VEGAN! Prepare to be amazed.”
Address: 3330 SE Belmont


Straight From New York

The slice: “Straight from New Delhi”
What’s on it: Olive oil and garlic base, house-made masala sauce, chickpeas, sweet yellow onion, roasted cauliflower florets, and chopped fresh cilantro.
When you can eat it: 11am-close
Things to know: One slice per customer per day.
What they say: “They say ‘Stick to what you know,’ but they must not have known how delicious this combination could be! We’ve gone way outside our (ethical) comfort zone to bring you our (humble) attempt at a taste of Northern India by way of NYC, made from scratch all the way out here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s vegan, it’s delicious, it’s chana masala pizza! And we LOVE it.”
Address: 2241 W Burnside



UFO Pizza

The slice: “Gyro-Gravity”
What’s on it: Gyro-seasoned lamb and beef strips, tomatoes, feta, red onions, pepperoncinis, kalamata olives, and a drizzling of tatziki cucumber sauce.
When you can eat it: Noon-9 pm
Things to know: Slice limits may be used during busy times. Whole pies are available for $20. UFO Pizza has a $2 slice option EVERY DAY when you buy a pint.
What they say: “‘The Gyro-Gravity’ slice from UFO Pizza is so delicious you’ll feel like you’re floating on air while discovering your new favorite pizza!”
Address: 6024 NE Glisan


Via Chicago

The slice: “Olive Tapenade/Tomato”
What’s on it: Olives, tomatoes, sauce, and cheese.
When you can eat it: 11am-close
Things to know: Two slice limit. Take-out available, but no delivery.
What they say: “We’re taking you back to the old country— by way of Chicago—with our take on this classic combo. We begin with our olive tapenade as the base, throw on copious amounts of mozzarella, and then top it off with our house-made sauce sprinkled with sun-dried tomatoes. Mangia bene!”
Address: 2013 NE Alberta


Virtuous Pie

The slice: “Jalapeño Popper”
What’s on it: House-made cream cheese, sliced jalapeño, bacon, and cheddar sauce.
When you can eat it: Mon-Thurs 11 am-10 pm, Fri 11 am-11 pm, Sat 10 am-11 pm
Things to know: Take-out allowed, and full pies are $8.
What they say: “Our ‘Jalapeño Popper’ uses our house-made cream cheese and cheddar sauce that’s made to pop with sliced jalapeño. Our three-day pizza dough is made in-house and is a hybrid of a Neapolitan-meets-California crust. All ingredients are plant-based, too!”
Address: 1126 SE Division