Apizza Scholls

4741 SE HAWTHORNE BLVD. 503-233-1286

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The more fancy new pizza we see in Portland the more you have to hand it to Brian Spangler. The maestro’s neo-Neapolitan-style pies with a thin-but-stratigraphic crust and hyper-flavorful toppings have been the best in the city since 2005. Spangler’s secrets are many, and include days of proofing for the dough, an electric oven that provides consistency you can’t get from wood, and a strict three-topping limit to ensure even baking. The rest of the formula is pretty simple. The salads are crisp, the beer list is small but well-curated, and there’s an arcade room to keep you busy while you wait out the lines, which are more manageable

> Martin Cizmar

5-9:30 pm Monday-Friday;
11:30 am-2:30 pm & 5-9:30 pm Saturday-Sunday