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#94 Lovely's Fifty-Fifty, Portland, Ore. (Seasonal)

Portland’s third pizzeria on this list (four technically by name if you count the Portland outpost of Seattle’s Via Tribunali, go Portland!), is just a few years old, but it’s been mentioned as one of the city’s best pizzerias, in the same breath as another great pizzeria on this list, Ken’s, since about just as long. They didn’t start out with a pizzeria, of course. Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty was the 2010 follow-up to the closing of their much-beloved fine dining spot Lovely Hula Hands, and is an enterprise that the owners were inspired to create not by a trip to Italy, as no small number on this list have been, but by meeting Portland transplant and former San Francisco pizza stalwart Gialina Pizzeria (yet another very valid 101 contender) chef James Albee. Lovely’s generously topped pies are marked by thick puffy crusts and some say extreme devotion to seasonality. As their "market-to-table" philosophy means the same pies won't always be on the menu, a recommendation can’t be guaranteed, but you’ve got a guarantee just walking in the door that whether it's topped with summer squash, chanterelles, kale, or roasted potatoes, you’re going to be settling into one great pizza.