Wy’east Pizza

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Wyeast Pizza

Wy'east Pizza

Location: 3131 SE 50th, 3 blocks north of Powell
Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 4:30-9pm, Sun. close at 8:30

Description:

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.

Sasquash Pizza

Sasquash Pizza

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.

Sasquash Pizza from Wyeast

Sasquash Pizza from Wy'east

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.

Sample Menu:

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

Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 4:30-9pm, Sun. close at 8:30
Phone: 503 701 5149
Website: Wy’east Pizza
Facebook: Wy’east on Facebook

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Pyro Pizza

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Pyro Pizza

Pyro Pizza

Location: SE 12th and Hawthorne at Cartopia
Hours: Tues-Sun, 11:30am-3am; Closed at 1am in winter

Description:

Friday night on the town. Happy hour at a fancy restaurant in the Pearl with cocktails made from fancy gin and vodka. Where does one go for dinner after such an event? Cartopia! Yes, indeed. We cruised down to SE 12th and Hawthorne to get some food and specifically, try the new Pyro Pizza.

Pyro Pizza is the latest from pizza guru John Eads. You may know him from his other pizza adventure – Give Pizza a Chance – which has graced a downtown spot now for a couple of years and is always busy. John wanted to try something different – wood oven pizza. And by try, I mean build a few by hand and work out the bugs. The oven in the cart at SE 12th and Hawthorne is the 6th iteration and by the taste of the pizza, I think he worked out the kinks.

The night we arrived, it was cool and wet, but not raining. The cart sits high, so they have a small deck to step up to in order to be face to face with them while ordering. You can smell the alder and pine burning away in the oven and feel the warmth while you peruse the menu and order. Just reading the menu makes your mouth water, offering up 12″ pies of all sorts, made right there when you order. While I love a good meat bonanza, I decided upon the traditional margarita so our whole group could enjoy some if they wanted. While we chatted about the new cart and I took some photos, John quickly made my pizza and before I knew it, they were handing to me. Less than 5 minutes, maybe even shorter. Now that is a hot oven.

Margarita from Pyro Pizza

Margarita from Pyro Pizza

The margarita was a great blend of marinara sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil all on a whole wheat crust. The crust was thin and tasty and even the edges kept me intrigued. Ask anyone, I’m not a crust end eater and that evening, I ate every last bit. It was hard to offer up pieces to my friends. The pie is pretty large for $8 and could easily feed two people.

Pyro Pizza is now open at SE 12th and Hawthorne. The glory of that pod is that you can go down there, get a pie and also have a pick at some of the other carts to round out a meal. Take a group and have a potluck. John admits they are “working out the kinks.” Not sure what that means because my pie was excellent. Stop on by and enjoy some wood oven pizza and tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Antipasts – sliced fresh mozzarella layered with plum tomatoes, fresh basil and balsamic vinigar – $5
  • Traditional Margarita pizza – fresh marinara sauce, mozzarella di buffalo, fresh basil, and a dash of olive oil – $8
  • Pepperoni – fresh marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and locally produced peperoni – $7
  • Caramelized onion – caramelized torpedo onions, gorgonzola and parmigiano-reggiano cheese with pistachios – $8
  • Cuattro formaggi – a blend of fresh mozzarella, sheep’s cheese, gorgonzola and parmigiano-reggiano – $8
  • Homemade sodas also available

Hours: Tues-Sun, 11:30am-3am; Closed at 1am in winter
Email: pyropizzacart@gmail.com
Website: Pyro Pizza
Twitter: Pyro Pizza
Facebook: Pyro Pizza

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