We have been here in Portland (or Lake Oswego, if you go about 80 yards south of the house) three months and three weeks. We had been here on vacation visits before, of course, but pizza was never high enough on our do list on those trips to be any kind of a priority. Now, I love pizza, and Wife will willingly each a slice or three with only the very gentlest push from me, so we have it maybe a couple times a month. I could eat it twice a week, but, well, the waistline, you know. So once we got in the house, we began looking for a good pizza place.
Costco has pizza, and it’s not bad, but on my pizza scale of 1-5, a 5 being groan with ecstasy at every bite, Costco comes in at 2+ or so. There is a chain of take-and-bake joints here called Papa Murphy’s that’s a 3, maybe a 3+. We tried a couple of stand-alone places as we were out and about and none was that good. Then we dropped by a nearby small shopping center and came across this:
Flying Pie Pizzeria is one of those old fashioned joints with wooden tables and junk on the walls, but when we walked in it smelled terrific. The menu has a lot of breadth, four crust choices: Chicago style extra thick, original thick, NY (Upstate) style thin and New York (NYC) style Extra thin). Plus they have stuffed baked pizzas, calzones and hot subs.
I’ve ordered and eaten a lot of pizzas in my days, but what I saw waiting when they called my name (we dined in) made my eyes pop. The large size (16-inch), thin crust pizza was piled high – really high – with a massive amount of toppings. So much that a lot of the toppings tried, often successfully, to slide off when I picked up a slice. Wife went to the fork, but I believe pizza is to be eaten with the hands, so I cradled it in both paws and dug in.
Wow! On my 1-5 scale, this pizza is a 5+. Absolutely great crust, crunchy on the outer third or so, the cheeses and meats are fabulous, especially the Italian sausage, the veggies flavorful and in just the right proportions. There was no hunting for the ingredients on this baby. My muffled (mouth full) exclamations of approval continued throughout the many slices I consumed, and I declared it was a truly great pizza. Wife agreed it was very, very good, but expensive. “Yeah,” I replied, “but this has twice the toppings of the other places. You get what you pay for.”.
One visit does not a convinced patron make, however, and we had a couple of Papa Murphy super-thin crust “healthy” pizzas in the next few weeks, it was fast and pretty convenient (though Flying Pie is only about ten minutes from our house). Then I decided to call and order a pick-up pizza. We had the Combo 2: pepperoni, salami, mushrooms, onions, black olives and Italian sausage. The only thing wrong with this pizza was I waited too long to go get it and it wasn’t blazing hot when I got it home. No matter, it was excellent.
Last week we made our 4th trip to the place, ordering from home and eating it there. We got a simple pepperoni-mushroom-onion and I wish I had a photo of it, as it was a thing of beauty. I did find this online at Bliss.com, of a sausage combo and it will have to do.
I’m telling you that pizza last week was one of the best I ever tasted, but then I say that every time we go to this place. I’m convinced: Flying Pie Pizzeria makes the best pizza in Portland. Not the trendiest (no salmon, goat cheese and Spanish thyme pizzas here), not the most stylish, but the best pizza. I’m ready to go back right now.