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#1 Twitch

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 05:47 PM

What happened to that place up north that claimed a 1000 degree oven?

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 10:25 PM

What happened to that place up north that claimed a 1000 degree oven?

what did they do, retrofit an old smelter for food service use? ;)
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 10:50 PM

I think it is called Wildfire Pizza, next to Hanna Bea's. I have not been, and can't seem to find anything on the interweb about it except that is supposed to be open now and it was from the owner of Sellwood Public House.

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:44 AM

I think it is called Wildfire Pizza, next to Hanna Bea's. I have not been, and can't seem to find anything on the interweb about it except that is supposed to be open now and it was from the owner of Sellwood Public House.


A couple of weeks ago it appeared to still be under construction.

I'll try and drive by today and scope it out.

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:26 PM


I think it is called Wildfire Pizza, next to Hanna Bea's. I have not been, and can't seem to find anything on the interweb about it except that is supposed to be open now and it was from the owner of Sellwood Public House.


A couple of weeks ago it appeared to still be under construction.

I'll try and drive by today and scope it out.


I've been to Wildfire 3 times now and I love the pizza. They haven't "officially" opened yet, but have been unofficially open for a couple weeks. The pizza has an excellent thin crust, a delicious char, very tasty sauce, and high-quality ingredients. So far I've tried the sopressata/basil, the plain cheese, and the sausage/red onion. The toppings are sort of minimal, which I prefer, so that I can taste the sauce and crust. The prices are reasonable, too, varying between 9 and 12 bucks for a 12-inch pizza. They only have one size, and no 1/2 and 1/2s on the toppings. Going to Apizza Scholls can be a hassle for us, and I am so excited to have a decent pizza within a few blocks of my house! Their bbq isn't ready- We were given a couple bonus ribs last weekend to try, and they were very tender, but I didn't see a smoke ring and they weren't anything close to Podnah's. It's a bit unfair though, because their smoker isn't even installed yet and I think the bbq is being made off-site at the moment. There are salads on the menu, which I haven't tried yet. Also, the service is very friendly and welcoming.

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 01:43 PM

Do you know them, or would I be able to walk in and order pizza?

And, more importantly, would there be beer or wine to wash it down?

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 01:13 PM

Do you know them, or would I be able to walk in and order pizza?

And, more importantly, would there be beer or wine to wash it down?

No, I don't know them, and yes, you can just walk right in and order. I'm curious to see what others on this board think! Oh, and as for the more important topic, there is beer available. Not sure about the wine, though.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:39 PM

They're serving lunch and dinner every day. They do 12" pizzas only and you choose from the predesigned combinations in the style of Ken's Artisan and Nostrana.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:45 PM

They're serving lunch and dinner every day. They do 12" pizzas only and you choose from the predesigned combinations in the style of Ken's Artisan and Nostrana.

3925 NE MLK
Portland, OR
503.546.3111


What? I can't build my own? What other RULES do they have? :D
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 03:55 PM


They're serving lunch and dinner every day. They do 12" pizzas only and you choose from the predesigned combinations in the style of Ken's Artisan and Nostrana.

3925 NE MLK
Portland, OR
503.546.3111


What? I can't build my own? What other RULES do they have? :P


Probably like no more than two toppings and no take out, or something idiotic like that! :D

12", while good for a porn star, is a pretty small pie? And $9-12 not much of a bargain. Still, my neck of the woods. A bit leery of a pizza place doing ribs, but who knows?
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:02 PM

That's the same size as at Ken's and Nostrana and their prices sound cheaper than either of those....so.....

Now $10 for a sandwich, that's way too expensive. Ask Dr. Stu.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:06 PM

I stand corrected. Is that the only size Ken's Pizza sells?
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:20 PM

I stand corrected. Is that the only size Ken's Pizza sells?



Dayum, is every Ken doll in the kitchen just a size obsessed queen? Paging Barbie.........

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:26 PM

Probably like no more than two toppings and no take out, or something idiotic like that! :D


What kind of moron would put that buisiness model into action?

In all seriousness, I am interested in getting over there to check it out.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:29 PM

I stand corrected. Is that the only size Ken's Pizza sells?



Dayum, is every Ken doll in the kitchen just a size obsessed queen? Paging Barbie.........


Takes one to know one! :D

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 06:55 PM

Actually, when I was 10 my first girlfriend's name was Barbara. I've never quite lived that one down.


You had a girlfriend at *10* :D I thought kids started early in Miami but you have all of my friends beat by about four years...

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 09:37 PM

Um...New York in the Sixties?

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 02:57 PM

Well it's almost North Portland - It's still Northeast when it's east of Williams Ave.

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 03:46 PM

Yeah, everything MLK and west is NoPo to me. But I live east of 205 in the 'Couv, so....

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 10:09 PM

Had Dinner here tonight with the wife. The space is nice and open, with an open kitchen. They have space in front for nice patio seating. I talked with the cook/chef/person in kitchen making stuff and he said they were planning on doing some sort of covered patio with heat lamps so they could do a year round thing, this may or may not be viable(my own opinion). Anyway so we ordered a half order of the ceasar salad, a sausage pizza and a cheese pizza and a couple of sodas.

The caesar came out as whole leaves dressed with croutons and some shaved parm. The dressing was nice and garlicky and lemony.

The pizzas came out just as we finished the salads and they looked great, nice char on the crust, the cheese almost crispy on top. The crust is nice and has a bit of chew to it, but still nice and light. The guy in the kitchen says they are using a northern Italian recipe for the dough so no olive oil. The sauce had a really fresh tomato taste. You could taste a hint of the wood smoke in the pizza(1000 degree wood oven) which was pleasant.

They are still on soft open for 2 to 3 weeks they said, no ice machine, bbq smoker not installed, they are doing bbq in an oven right now so you won't get the smoke ring right now, the owner apparently won the bbq championship last year.

There were only 3 or 4 tables occupied in there (one of which I think Nick was at, Kenny and Zukes shirt, toting a camera, party of 6 or 7 and ordered most of the menu, I could be wrong I have no idea what Nick looks like. There was only the cook guy and one server. I would say the server's timing is not yet down for the space she seemed to be inefficiently running around in circles, I could have just caught her in an off half hour, although she seemed really eager to find out what we thought of the place and seemed really nice.

They had a half dozen beers on tap and a half dozen wines. This will fill out a bit more in the next couple weeks for the grand opening.

I think this place will fit nicely in our rotation of places. We were out of there for $27.50 before tip for 2 pizzas, a half caesar, and 4 pepsis(cans).