PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb 20, 2017) Portland’s newest pizza joint will be bringing a little more “heart” to the West End, in the form of Neapolitan-style pizza with a charitable angle: for every pie purchased, one dollar will be donated to a rotating local Oregon charity. “Portland has been so good to us over the years,” says co-owner Matt Lynch. “Now, more than ever, we want to do our part and give back to our community.” Heart Pizza is set to open officially on Friday, February 24th at 417 SW 13th Avenue. Hours are 11am – 10pm daily.
Heart Pizza is the creation of co-owners Micah Camden and Matt Lynch. Camden collaborated in the kitchen with esteemed local chef Morgan Brownlow to develop recipes for Heart’s rotating menu of ten pies and four seasonal salads. The pies start with a classic dough recipe made with Caputo “00” Italian flour, and are finished with high-quality toppings such as Beretta Sopressata, Prosciutto de Parma, Fior de Latte mozzarella, and bone marrow. Selections also include at least four vegetarian options, such as the rosemary-roasted Potato with Hot Honey and Wood Ear Mushroom with Truffled Asiago and Porcini Dust. The pies are baked in a Stefano Ferrara brick pizza oven brought in from Italy, which temps at over eight hundred degrees and bakes each pizza in a zippy ninety seconds.
The accompanying seasonal salads are fresh pizza pairings such as an Escarole Caesar, Fennel with Blood Orange and Almond, and Kale Panzanella. Desserts feature two seasonal house-made panna cottas including a Vanilla Bean with Caramelized Orange gelée and a take on Tiramisu. The shop will supply a rotating list of local beers and a curated, date-friendly wine selection. Take out will be available, as well as delivery by Caviar, Amazon, and Postmates. Heart is also planning to offer a weekend breakfast with its Brunch Pizza, adorned with house-made maple-sage sausage, a baked farm egg, and hollandaise.
Heart Pizza will open its second location in the following month. The South Waterfront shop is slated to open in early March, located at 672 SW Gaines Street.
Micah Camden is the co-founder of famed Portland restaurants such as Yakuza, DOC, Little Big Burger and Blue Star Donuts. He and business partner Matt Lynch co-founded and currently own the popular Boxer Ramen chainlet.