Pizzeria and Bakery News

Ken’s Artisan Pizza ranks #1 in The Oregonian’s “Best Pizza in Portland 2015″

Ken’s Artisan Pizza, at the southern end of Southeast 28th Avenue’s restaurant row, might be known as one of Portland’s top pizzerias. But baker Ken Forkish and chef Alan Maniscalco have created something much more. Ken’s Artisan Pizza is where you go to find big windows kept open for the summer breeze; tables made from reclaimed wood from a Jantzen Beach roller coaster; buzzing conversation and salads and roasted vegetables and good wine. Of course, the pizzas shouldn’t be ignored. These medium-sized rounds of springy dough are topped with hot tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, spicy salami, or fennel sausage and onion, cooked in the large wood-fired oven at the center of the room. My most recent Ken’s revelation was a beautifully braised oxtail last year, incredibly juicy, browned during a quick bath in the pizza oven, dripping with olive oil, ready to fall apart over a bed of tomato sauce and rich polenta. If you’ve seen this on the menu and decided to stick to Ken’s pizza alone, you’re doing it all wrong.

Order: Wine, salad, a margherita pizza and — if you see it — the braised oxtail with polenta.

Michael Russell/The Oregonian