Portland News to Chew

Pizza Maria opens for lunch, Easy Company shutters, and Andy Ricker gets his first Michelin star.

By Benjamin Tepler October 3, 2014


Pedigreed baker Sean Coyne has started lunch service at his minimalist Southeast Division pizza spot, Pizza Maria, Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 am-2:30 pm. Their lunch special includes one 12-inch wood fired pizza (think Olympic Provisions sausage, chile, and pecorino romano) with a side salad for $14. 3060 SE Division St.


Clarke Hale, the dough-master behind Northeast Sandy’s upcoming Pizzeria Otto, has set October 17 as the tentative opening date for his 36-seat Neapolitan pie spot. 6708 N.E. Sandy Blvd.

Bamboo Izayaka, the charcoal-grilled sister restaurant to Portland's sustainable sushi spot, is now open. The early menu features grilled yakitori skewers like quail marinated in cilantro fish sauce, short ribs with Asian pear marinade, and shishito peppers with yuzu salt. 1409 N.E. Alberta St.


Old Town-based Easy Company, a Chefstable project headed by Oven and Shaker cocktail man Ryan Magarian, will shutter on October 11 after only six months. The bar will reopen as Big Trouble, a more proletarian, affordably priced venue without Magarian. 329 NW Couch St.


Boke Bowl West announced a dim-sum-themed brunch program, starting mid-November. That means fluffy hum bao stuffed with braised kimchi pork belly and seasonal vegetables, transparent shrimp and peashoot har gao, and stuffed yuba (tofu skin) rolls, to name a few. More details this way… 1200 NW 18th Ave.

Popular food cart PBJ's Grilled is permanently closing its NW 23rd Ave location on October 5 to focus on a brick-and-mortar sandwich shop, location still TBD, slotted for May of 2015. In the interim, they'll be slinging their creative peanut butter and jelly sandos at their second location on Southeast 12th and Hawthorne (Cartopia). 919 NW 23 Ave.

New York City

The Michelin Guide dolled out its annual star rankings for New York restaurants this past Tuesday, maintaining two stars for former Castagna chef Matthew Lightner’s Atera, and decorating Andy Ricker’s Brooklyn satellite, Pok Pok NY with its first star. (Substantiated rumors are also circulating about a possible Pok Pok kiosk at PDX International Airport coming soon).

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