A Pizza Joint I Can Trust

I did the unthinkable for me the other night. I went out for pizza. I never go out for pizza as it seems that I get my fair share when I am with the kids. But Tuesday night it hit me. I wanted pizza and I wanted it bad. Judy even liked the idea. And Judy is no pizza fan. I did a quick search and saw Bella Faccia Pizzeria on NE Alberta. I had a moment of doubt. I said to Judy, how about thai? She looked at me perplexed. All right, I said, let’s go get some pizza.

What a good move. The crust is thin and crisp at Bella Faccia. The toppings were cooked just right, that blissful blend of cheese, tomato sauce, herbs, red and yellow peppers and of course, sausage. Yummy sausage. I am 42. I know what I like on my pizza. Judy had pepperoni on her side of the pie. That’s ok. I still love her. ;-). And I still love my daughter even though she likes that odd, blasphemous, western pizza — canadian bacon and pineapple.

I grew up as a kid in Brooklyn, NY. I walked the neighbor’s dog every day after school. I had a route that took me past the corner pizzeria on Court Street. I’d tie up the dog, get a slice and then head back out with this energetic golden lab. Eating a slice of hot pizza and walking a dog is a skill I never mastered. Can you walk a dog and eat pizza at the same time? Some tasks are better done standing still, which I did eventually realize. But, dang, I can still taste that pizza. And, oh, the intoxicating aroma of cheese and sausage. It all came back to me Tuesday night.

Well, I will be going back to Bella Faccia.

It’s a pizza joint I can trust.

10 Comments so far

  1. Roamsedge (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    That’s my neighborhood joint, I love it. Excellent pizza, good beer, and good salads; my family loves it too.
    In that lovely afternoon sunshine of Portland summer, sitting in the back open garden space, eating pizza and talking with friends, I am content.

  2. Serena (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    I lived in NE PDX for awhile and Bella Faccia was a regular stop for me. Being from the NE I guess I am a bit of a pizza snob. I was not surprised when I heard the owners are from New Haven, CT.

    Great thin crust, tasty sauce and toppings + good service!

  3. Anonymous (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    Haven’t been here yet, but if you love pizza then you will love Nicola’s Pizza and Pasta off of Lombard near St. Johns! I heard about them through a new program I downloaded for free off of pinggadget.com. It’s got great Portland deals and Nicola’s is one of them. So I went in with my friend and took advantage of their buy 1 calazone get the second half off and have been going back since. There Calazones are huge, delicious and amazing. You won’t regret it! Hurry though the offers only good through the end of May and don’t forget to print the coupon-they’ll be asking for it!

  4. Alex Williams (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Nicola’s. Judy suggested we try it. But we went to Bella Faccia. I may take the kids to Nicola’s tonight and then head to St. John’s I&II for some spidey3 action!

  5. Himself (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Here’s a vote for Eddie’s Flat Iron Pizza on Killingsworth. We’ve never eaten in, but we get their delivery all the time. I don’t care much for their salads, and I’ve heard bad reviews of their sandwiches.

    BUT… They’ve got great thin crust pizza with friendly, fast delivery. (At least in my N. Pdx. neighborhood.) It’s not fru-fru, but it’s good.

  6. Himself (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    Forgot to add re. Eddie’s: they’re a Winter Hawks sponsor, so that gives them extra cred in my book.

  7. Lizzy (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    One of my favorites!

  8. John (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    Hammys in SE is awesome. They use sustainable ingredients, including flour made from wheat grown on the eastern side of the cascades, which is super cool in my book since “sustainable ag” in portland usually means organic williamette valley and we need to think about our ENTIRE regional food system. Anyway Hammys is awesome and they deliver just about anywhere in portland. Bella Facia is good too.

  9. magn0lia (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Hey, I happened to check that place out for the first time today before seeing your post. Yummy! and the raspberry-brownie gelato was amazing too. I’ll definitely be going back.

  10. extramsg (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    If you like New Haven/New York coal oven style pizza, Apizza Scholls is the best. I like Bella Faccia fine, though I think their crust tastes like saltines. I like the flavor of Pizza A-Go-Go better, but their crust reheated for slices is really floppy.

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