Portland, Maine is a highly sought destination for foodies throughout the country, and pizza is no exception to its top notch offerings. From classic New York-style pies with paper-thin crust and tangy sauce, to gourmet recipes that meld both savory and sweet topping choices, the pizza joints around this town do it right. With strong emphasis on locally sourced meats and fresh produce to boot, Portland’s pies are second to none. The following is just a sampling of the area’s most popular pizza places.
Known for its innovative topping combinations such as butternut squash/ricotta/cranberry, apple/bacon/red onion or the ever-popular pulled pork/mango pies, Otto is based out of Portland, and also has locations in downtown Boston. Opt for Otto when you want interesting flavors, light sauce, and thin, chewy crust.
A family restaurant that offers a full suite of salad, sandwich, and calzone options as well as great pizza, Portland Pie Company names its specialties for the quaint charms of living in Maine. Specialty pies include the Mt. Katahdin, a vegetarian, pesto-based pie, the Moosehead, a sweet Italian sausage delight, and the popular Nor’easter, a blue cheese dressing and buffalo chicken pie.
Flatbread is a locally-sourced, organic-centric company that produces wholesome and delicious wood-fired pizzas. “Real food, served by real people, in a real environment” is its mission, and at the Portland location, it is clearly evident. The wood-fired, cauldron tomato sauce works flawlessly with the free-range, chemical-free meats and creamy cheeses. Even the vegetables are sourced locally! Keep an eye on the specials board to reap the benefits of less common treats such as in-season fiddleheads, unique cheeses and more!
A West End staple since 2007, Bonobo prides itself on only using meats that are nitrate-free, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free. The pizzas are simple and unpretentious, yet packed with fresh flavors. Try worldly flavors like the Morocco, loaded with spicy lamb, feta, roasted peppers and goat cheese, or the herbaceous and mouthwatering Goat, sprinkled with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, spinach, rosemary, and goat cheese, with a savory garlic butter sauce.
Although Ricetta’s is no longer technically a Portland establishment, it has been voted the best Pizza in Maine for over 20 years in a row! Ricetta’s brick oven has just recently moved from its South Portland location up I-295 to Falmouth, where it stays cranked up to 700 degrees 24/7. Don’t miss the impeccable twist on a traditional Margherita pizza, with sliced tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, imported fresh mozzarella and fontina cheeses and garlic butter drizzle.
Noella Schink writes from her foodie hometown, Portland, Maine, on behalf of baking machine and dough rolling experts Rondo Doge. She prides herself on trying every new eatery in town, especially unique new pizza joints.