North Portland features some of my favorite restaurants, including Pizza Fino, which has some of the best pizza and Italian food in Portland. Pizza Fino is owned by Linda Zumoff, who also owns Bella Faccia, another great place to get a slice.
Pizza Fino has two business models working at once– in the front they are a take out counter and bar, and in the rear a sit down restaurant. The prices at Pizza Fino are pretty middle-tier. You’ll pay about what you would at a chain restaurant, but with far superior quality and the unique flavors and environment of a small restaurant.
The best thing on the menu at Pizza Fino is the pizza, but one of my must-haves on every visit are their famous garlic knots. Bella Faccia serves these too and we’ve written about them before. They deserve another write up. The garlic knots are little twists of their perfect pizza dough which are brushed with some delicious combination of garlic, Parmesan, butter, and olive oil. They are served piled on a plate with a generous ramekin of equally amazing marinara sauce. The knots are moist, chewy, flavorful, and a great way to start your meal. Here’s a tip– save that marinara sauce to dip your pizza crust in. The server won’t even ask questions. It’s understood.
Pizza Fino has an assortment of pies to choose from, or you can build your own. Some of our favorites are the J & R special which has mozzarella, delicious moist pork sausage, roma tomatoes, and mushrooms. Another favorite is the Pocket Aces– which has mozzarella, pancetta, carmelized onions and smoked mozzarella. It is very evident from the first bite that this is some of the best artisan pizza in Portland. If you aren’t sold through eating the center of the pie, the crust will seal the deal. Their crust is crispy, light, moist, delicious and almost worth eating first.
If you’ve got a big appetite, Pizza Fino has a lot of other dishes and sides that can please your pallet. In past visits, we’ve had some awesome soups, which change daily, and their spinach salad. The spinach salad has balsamic dressing with tomatos, ricotta, and candid walnuts. On our last visit, we also sampled an appetizer special that featured warm goat cheese, olive oil, and sundried tomatos on crostini bread.
For the herbivorous out there, they offer vegetarian pizzas such as the classic Marguerite with fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, garlic, and basil. They also have a Vegan pizza, topped with roasted pepper-cashew spread, house marinated tempeh, and your choice of 3 vegetable toppings. There are options for everyone.
8225 N. Denevr Ave.
Portland, OR 97217