The Design Elements that Make P.R.E.A.M. Portland's Most Stylish Pizza Parlour

The scrappy vision behind Brandon Gomez and Nicholas Ford's hip-hop inspired slice shop

By Benjamin Tepler October 5, 2015 Published in the Design Annual: Fall 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

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Image: Michael Novak

Brandon Gomez is a true renaissance man—of the millennial variety. At age 27, the musician, mixed-media artist, bartender, and part-time contractor built P.R.E.A.M. (Pizza Rules Everything Around Me), a hip-hop-steeped pizza shop in a quiet corner near Ladd’s Addition. With help from co-owner and chef Nicholas Ford, Gomez gutted an old barbecue joint, rebuilt the interior, fabricated the furniture, and even dreamed up original artwork to cover the walls. It’s rough around the edges, but that’s what makes P.R.E.A.M. one of Portland’s coolest dining spaces.

Lath Divider

Gomez recycled the former barbecue joint’s raw lath interior, stacking a centerpiece to separate the room into three distinct spaces: the bar/entryway, a chef’s counter, and a quieter family dining room in back.

Vintage Light Fixtures

The oversize, conical light fixtures were recovered from an old banquet hall inside the Portland Police Athletic Association, where restaurateur Kurt Huffman recently installed his latest project, the 99-tap beer hall Loyal Legion.


One of the most coveted wood ovens in the world, this matte-black Gianni Acunto oven was hand-built in Naples and breathes a searing 900 degrees.

Brass Bar

Gomez grew up playing the trumpet. His abiding love of unpolished brass transfers to the restaurant, where a gleaming bar joins red-velvet chairs and distressed cinder blocks for a decidedly regal-medieval theme.

Bar Tables

The poured-concrete tables mark Gomez’s first-ever attempt at making furniture. To protect diners from rough concrete, he slicked the tabletops with a thick layer of marine epoxy typically used on boats.

Graffiti Wall 

Gomez’s graffiti mural consumes the entire back wall, using negative space and sculptural depth to achieve its arresting swoops.

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