Location: 3131 SE 50th, 3 blocks north of Powell
Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 4:30-9pm, Sun. close at 8:30
Over the past few years, Portland has seen a wonderful growth in artisan style pizza. One doesn’t have to go far to pick up a pie that has been carefully prepared with local ingredients and baked to perfection. Now, enterprising entrepreneurs have taken their pizza craft and open carts. Wy’east Pizza arrived this past summer down in SE Portland with the belief “good pizza can be quick, healthy, affordable, and most importantly, fresh and delicious.” And they live up to that.
The night before Thanksgiving was the perfect night for pizza. Everyone is running about trying to prep for the big meal and not wanting to start dirtying up the kitchen too early. Normally, I would have wandered down the street in my own neighborhood, but wanted something different, so we ventured to Wy’east. Squish and Red, the owners, took my order over the phone and had a hot pizza ready for me when we arrived. Seeing a squash pizza on the menu was another selling point.
The Sasquash is a brilliant take on a veggie pizza. Fresh dough, delicata squash, blue cheese and walnuts. I have really become a big fan of squash in the last few years, but never thought to put it on a pizza. Mix the sweet squash with the blue cheese and walnuts and you have something truly unique. Throughout the meal, we kept remarking about how we loved it, but couldn’t describe it properly. We added veggie sausage to our pie also, so that even gave it another layer of complexity. Needless to say, it was a great pie and opened my eyes up to yet another meal I can make with my stored squash this winter. The Sasquash was their seasonal pie, so you should get it while you can, they will eventually run out of delicata squash.
Wy’east Pizza takes their pizza seriously. They only make so many pizzas a night – based on the amount of dough they prepare. They make the pizza when you order to ensure freshness, so if a couple of people arrive at the same time, there may be a wait – but it is worth it. Wy’east will be closed for winter from Dec. 22-Feb 8. Just enough time for us all to build up a huge craving for their pies. Go check out Wy’east down in southeast Portland, enjoy a pie and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
All pies are 12″; veggie sausage available for $1; any pie can be made “white” with olive oil garlic and spice; vegan available with Follow your Heart cheese
- Seasonal Sasquash – delicata squash, blue cheese, walnuts – $14
- Margherita – fresh mozarella and basil – $12
- Pepperoni – Otto’s pepperoni – $12
- Zig Zag glacier – white pie with kalamata olives, arugula and garlic – $14
- Three Sisters – kalamata olives, mushroom and onion – $13
- Cheese – $11