While pretty much any day is a good day for pizza in my book, what better time to indulge then on National Pizza Day.
For those who don't know, #NationalPizzaDay is February 9 and there's no shortage of places known for great pizza in Mt. Hood Territory to help you celebrate.
The Ratskeller in Government Camp has a pretty extensive menu, not to mention a great game room, making it an incredibly popular apres ski venue. The pizza is where it's at though, with standard favorites and specialty pies like BBQ chicken.
The Zigzag Inn in Welches is another spot known for all sorts of great food, capped by some killer pizza. In fact, they have nearly two-dozen pizzas to choose from, so you either need to get all your closest friends together so you can cross-sample, or just celebrate for the rest of the month and then some.
Another mountain mainstay is the Glacier Public House in Government Camp. They have a fantastic lineup of pizzas to choose from. My recommendation is the Boar, featuring a house-made wild boar fennel sausage, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella over a house-made marinara sauce.
While there currently is no competition for best pizza on Mt. Hood (note to self: make this happen) many feel the front-runner would be Al Forno Ferruzza. They offer an authentic, Sicilian-style pizza cooked to perfection in a brick oven as well as pastas and cannoli's.
Just north of the town of Sandy is the iconic Ivy Bear Pizzeria. You'll find a wonderful combination of traditional flavors and fresh, local ingredients to create unique pizzas that have people coming back every time they visit the area. Don't forget to get your photo taken at the giant ivy bear, or the great bigfoot statue.
There are some outstanding pizza options off the mountain as well. Mi Famiglia in Oregon City is one of my favorite lunch spots around. The wood-oven pizzas are delicious, plus it's fun to watch them hand toss the dough right there behind the counter. I tried it at home once...I wouldn't suggest it.
Not all delicious pizzas are from restaurants. The Crust is a foodtruck at Happy Valley Station food cart pod. They get some pretty big flavors from a small cart, including a margherita pizza that is definitely something special.
Lake Oswego has a couple of Neapolitan-style pizzerias within walking distance of each other that are seriously delicious. Pizzeria Sul Lago draws from the Pacific Northwest bounty and hosts a weekly Monday night family-style dinner. Chuckie Pies recently moved to an even larger space in the heart of Lake Oswego and offers the perfect wine to pair with every pizza on the menu plus a dedicated to-go menu that's far superior to any chain.
Deno's Pizzeria is a Lake Oswego mainstay, serving as a neighborhood favorite since its opening in the 80's. They've got a huge selection of pizza options, from traditional varieties on up to great unique specialties. If you have gluten sensitivities, they have gluten-free options for your pizza mind. (See what we did there?)
How do you make pizza even better? Pair it with some fantastic wine. That's what they do at Christopher Bridge Winery, where the winemaker will wax poetic about the winemaking process as amazing pizzas are cooked in their brick oven. You'll feel more like a treasured house guest than a customer at a winery.
Molalla's Markum Inn was rebuilt in 2016 after a fire burned the historic spot in 2014. The reconstruction included an oak stone oven, perfect for their hand-tossed pizzas. They have half a dozen to choose from, including a great meat lover's pizza.
The best part of all these options? You don't have to celebrate only on Pizza Day to get these pizzas, they're available year-round. Be sure to hit us up on our social channels and let us know which one was your favorite and tag your photos with our hashtags #omht and #mthoodterritory.
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