Pizza is a circular canvas on which an individual paints his or her dreams and fancies before hungrily devouring them, which is why Caesar's pizza orders were used in ancient Rome to foretell the outcome of major battles. Today's Groupon augurs particularly well: for $12, you get $25 worth of beverages, East Coast–style pizza, and other Italianate foodage at Pizza Fino. To get there, cruise along North Denver Avenue in the Kenton District until your comfort-food radar vibrates and plays a 15-second clip of "That's Amore." Dine in the warm and relaxed environment any day of the week, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and buffalo hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto) or olive oil, and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $12.59, gluten-free crust $15.59, each additional topping $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free).
Ordering from the counter, sitting in funky furniture, dreaming about Alexander Graham Bell, and staring at arty light fixtures encompasses the experience one might expect from the Alberta Arts District of Portland, where Bella Faccia has made its home for the past eight years. Its menu consists of colossal pizzas and regular head-sized pizza slices ($2.75–$3.50) made only from the highest-quality ingredients. The kind folks at Bella Faccia use 100% whole-milk mozzarella, imported parmesan and romano cheeses, locally made sausage, and 100% virgin olive oil. An 18-inch pizza runs between $16.50 and $26, you can get a 12-inch from $10 to $16.