Ken's Artisan Pizza

★★★★☆
  • 304 SE 28th Ave

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-517-9951

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I hope there was a choice no star. We had a horrible service tonight. We waited for an hour even though they told us we had to wait for half an hour when we got there.

I don't know what's their waitress problem. If you want get some

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★★★★★

I hope there was a choice no star. We had a horrible service tonight. We waited for an hour even though they told us we had to wait for half an hour when we got there.

I don't know what's their waitress problem. If you want get some

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I think Ken's must've changed their staff. We visited tonight after numerous recommendations from friends. We expected the wait (30-45 mns), but thought we'd try getting take-out. The hostess recommended waiting for bar seating - first come first serve - since there's nothing like trying the pizza right out of the oven. We agreed and ordered drinks. To make a long story short, there was a fellow customer (as part of a couple) who put a lot of effort into being a complete jerk to us and the staff because he didn't want to wait longer than anyone else. After we got bumped from the bar for this pleasant guy, we were treated exceptionally by the entire staff. The hostess paid for our drinks, the bartender gave us an extra one, and our food came first.

We ordered: Greens Salad, Margherita, Fennel Sausage & Onions, and Lemon Tart w/Marionberry Sauce. And it was all excellent!

But I just wanted to express our appreciation for the graciousness that we experienced and give kudos for giving respect to someone who wasn't doing it in return.

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★★★★★

I think Ken's must've changed their staff. We visited tonight after numerous recommendations from friends. We expected the wait (30-45 mns), but thought we'd try getting take-out. The hostess recommended waiting for bar seating - first come first serve - since there's nothing like trying the pizza right out of the oven. We agreed and ordered drinks. To make a long story short, there was a fellow customer (as part of a couple) who put a lot of effort into being a complete jerk to us and the staff because he didn't want to wait longer than anyone else. After we got bumped from the bar for this pleasant guy, we were treated exceptionally by the entire staff. The hostess paid for our drinks, the bartender gave us an extra one, and our food came first.

We ordered: Greens Salad, Margherita, Fennel Sausage & Onions, and Lemon Tart w/Marionberry Sauce. And it was all excellent!

But I just wanted to express our appreciation for the graciousness that we experienced and give kudos for giving respect to someone who wasn't doing it in return.

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The Pizza at this restaurant is GREAT! I espeically love the spicy pizza with arugla on top. It is really amazing.

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★★★★☆

The Pizza at this restaurant is GREAT! I espeically love the spicy pizza with arugla on top. It is really amazing.

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Very friendly staff, great great pizza, worth the long wait! The roasted veggie platter is fantastic.

4
★★★★☆

Very friendly staff, great great pizza, worth the long wait! The roasted veggie platter is fantastic.

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Sad, sad service. Good pizza. Bad/HORRIBLE wait Staff and Manager staff (Specifically April and some unnamed waitress who wouldn't give us her name). Maybe for a reason...

My husband and I went to Ken's Artisan Pizza tonight to celebrate my Birthday. I read about it in the Portland Monthly and was excited to go. We got there walked in the waitress looked at my husband with out saying a word. We said "table for two"... this might sound petty at the moment but wait for it... it ADDS up! We were seated at a nice table by the window with out a word said to us. Call me crazy but I think a greeting was in order. When the waitress came back to the table to take our order there was no smile or greeting just asked us what we wanted. My husband asked what she recommended and she told us even keel w/ no enthusiasm. Ok... fine. Not a problem so far but noticeable. She came back to our table with pizza in record time. Not bad if you want to rip off the burnt edges from your crust but maybe that is ARTISAN. She never came back to the table to check on our food ordered or perhaps a drink order. By the end of the meal we had our card set out on the table still with out a word said. When she finally came to check on our table we had been waiting to pay and done with no check up. Call me crazy but you would think that is standard service anywhere expecting a tip other than buffet style. There was no horrible interaction. But I was def not feeling good about the service. I asked the waitress her name and she asked me why and told me she doesn't give it out. Annoyed at this point I told her so I could reference it when I wrote my review. She said no and walked away. We didn't leave a tip two minutes later completely disappointed I called to speak to a manager. She, April was equally as rude. I was put on hold obviously while she was being updated by the unnamed waitress. I told her about our lack of interaction and that I was terribly disappointed in the service especially since it was recommended by the Portland Monthly. She asked me what happened and I explained hoping to have a better interaction. She responded to and said "didn't she recommend pizza's to you"? Ummmm yeah..... because my husband asked and it would have been even more rude to not answer that question as part of the wait staff. She said "well, I am just trying to get both sides of the story". She only defended the waitress and didn't even apologize for any bad service instead she was just "trying to get both sides of the story" WHAT?! Disappointed yet again.

Hmmmmmmm.... too bad. Was really looking forward to a good time with some good pizza with at least adequate service. This was less than adequate service. We will never go back, nor recommend this place. We will also tell all of our friends how awful our experience was.

I have had better service at all "known" bad service places in portland for years.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sad, sad service. Good pizza. Bad/HORRIBLE wait Staff and Manager staff (Specifically April and some unnamed waitress who wouldn't give us her name). Maybe for a reason...

My husband and I went to Ken's Artisan Pizza tonight to celebrate my Birthday. I read about it in the Portland Monthly and was excited to go. We got there walked in the waitress looked at my husband with out saying a word. We said "table for two"... this might sound petty at the moment but wait for it... it ADDS up! We were seated at a nice table by the window with out a word said to us. Call me crazy but I think a greeting was in order. When the waitress came back to the table to take our order there was no smile or greeting just asked us what we wanted. My husband asked what she recommended and she told us even keel w/ no enthusiasm. Ok... fine. Not a problem so far but noticeable. She came back to our table with pizza in record time. Not bad if you want to rip off the burnt edges from your crust but maybe that is ARTISAN. She never came back to the table to check on our food ordered or perhaps a drink order. By the end of the meal we had our card set out on the table still with out a word said. When she finally came to check on our table we had been waiting to pay and done with no check up. Call me crazy but you would think that is standard service anywhere expecting a tip other than buffet style. There was no horrible interaction. But I was def not feeling good about the service. I asked the waitress her name and she asked me why and told me she doesn't give it out. Annoyed at this point I told her so I could reference it when I wrote my review. She said no and walked away. We didn't leave a tip two minutes later completely disappointed I called to speak to a manager. She, April was equally as rude. I was put on hold obviously while she was being updated by the unnamed waitress. I told her about our lack of interaction and that I was terribly disappointed in the service especially since it was recommended by the Portland Monthly. She asked me what happened and I explained hoping to have a better interaction. She responded to and said "didn't she recommend pizza's to you"? Ummmm yeah..... because my husband asked and it would have been even more rude to not answer that question as part of the wait staff. She said "well, I am just trying to get both sides of the story". She only defended the waitress and didn't even apologize for any bad service instead she was just "trying to get both sides of the story" WHAT?! Disappointed yet again.

Hmmmmmmm.... too bad. Was really looking forward to a good time with some good pizza with at least adequate service. This was less than adequate service. We will never go back, nor recommend this place. We will also tell all of our friends how awful our experience was.

I have had better service at all "known" bad service places in portland for years.

Pros: Pizza... but not worth the staff's bad customer sevice

Cons: STAFF

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good food shouldn't be served by bad people. I won't return to this place despite it's convenience to my location.

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★☆☆☆☆

good food shouldn't be served by bad people. I won't return to this place despite it's convenience to my location.

Cons: service

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The food here is generally really nice, and worth queuing for. However, living nearby, I often notice the staff outside the restaurant smoking and it is very off-putting - makes me think, do I really want to be served food by people who have just been putting cigarettes in and out of their mouths? It isn't a good advert for a food place!

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★★★☆☆

The food here is generally really nice, and worth queuing for. However, living nearby, I often notice the staff outside the restaurant smoking and it is very off-putting - makes me think, do I really want to be served food by people who have just been putting cigarettes in and out of their mouths? It isn't a good advert for a food place!

Pros: Pizzas are usually very delicious

Cons: Some of the staff are not respectful of customers

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There's more to great pizza than just having a wood fired oven.

I love a good thin crust pizza, and expect some char to present on a good pie. But this place is putting out enough carbon on the crust that they could be used at the Mt Tabor crits as wheels.

Something is wrong when the crust is burnt and the cheese isn't melted.

They also need tone down the sauce on the calamari, it overpowers the subtle flavors. Actually just don't serve any calamari with the dish because the flavor is lost, the sauce and crostini alone would be fine.

It is a shame to see such great ingredients so poorly handled.

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★★☆☆☆

There's more to great pizza than just having a wood fired oven.

I love a good thin crust pizza, and expect some char to present on a good pie. But this place is putting out enough carbon on the crust that they could be used at the Mt Tabor crits as wheels.

Something is wrong when the crust is burnt and the cheese isn't melted.

They also need tone down the sauce on the calamari, it overpowers the subtle flavors. Actually just don't serve any calamari with the dish because the flavor is lost, the sauce and crostini alone would be fine.

It is a shame to see such great ingredients so poorly handled.

Pros: Great Crust

Cons: Too bad it's incinerated

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This place is huge and always crowded. I love to sit outdoors on a sunny day and eat a Caesar salad, drink a glass of wine and wait for a tasty pie. They have many options and all are delicious. Can be a wait on the weekends.

4
★★★★☆

This place is huge and always crowded. I love to sit outdoors on a sunny day and eat a Caesar salad, drink a glass of wine and wait for a tasty pie. They have many options and all are delicious. Can be a wait on the weekends.

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After reading the last few reviews on here, I feel I must defend one of my favorite restaurants in Portland.
I noticed that all of the reviews that complained about a 'snobby' staff came off rather snobby themselves and in turn, probably just couldn't handle someone handing them the attitude they were no doubt dishing out.

Ken's Artisan Pizza is a great place to eat. It is very busy at any given time, in fact, I have never been there when there wasn't a wait. Even right at 5pm when the doors open.
I have never had a problem with the staff. Ever. Even during the holidays. They are sometimes quick at the table and short in conversation, but nothing short of efficient and polite.

Their pizza is delicious. Thin, chewy crust, amazing sauce and light toppings. It's not your average pizza.
I would argue, incomparable to other pizzas... so stop trying.

In conclusion: If you want pizza unlike anywhere else, simple and satisfying go to Ken's. Expect a wait, a joyfully busy place and to quite possibly be seated next to someone you don't know.
It's a fun place.

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★★★★★

After reading the last few reviews on here, I feel I must defend one of my favorite restaurants in Portland.
I noticed that all of the reviews that complained about a 'snobby' staff came off rather snobby themselves and in turn, probably just couldn't handle someone handing them the attitude they were no doubt dishing out.

Ken's Artisan Pizza is a great place to eat. It is very busy at any given time, in fact, I have never been there when there wasn't a wait. Even right at 5pm when the doors open.
I have never had a problem with the staff. Ever. Even during the holidays. They are sometimes quick at the table and short in conversation, but nothing short of efficient and polite.

Their pizza is delicious. Thin, chewy crust, amazing sauce and light toppings. It's not your average pizza.
I would argue, incomparable to other pizzas... so stop trying.

In conclusion: If you want pizza unlike anywhere else, simple and satisfying go to Ken's. Expect a wait, a joyfully busy place and to quite possibly be seated next to someone you don't know.
It's a fun place.

Pros: Chewy, simple, delicious pizza. Accommodating staff. Caesar to die for. yay.

Cons: Parking can be hard. Wait seems long when you're hungry for Kens!!!

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The pizza is good, but don't expect to be treated like a human. If I want to look up a hostesses upturned nose and looked down on like the proletariat I am, I can go to a REALLY nice restaurant in New York, where at least I'll expect it.

1
★★☆☆☆

The pizza is good, but don't expect to be treated like a human. If I want to look up a hostesses upturned nose and looked down on like the proletariat I am, I can go to a REALLY nice restaurant in New York, where at least I'll expect it.

Pros: Pizza is good

Cons: Snobbish

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We live in the neighborhood and have always enjoyed Ken's Pizza. Since it is so popular (and for good reason) a wait is expected even during the week. But, the last few times we have gone the person taking the names has been less than friendly. We tried going during the holiday season and they were packed. We expected that, but what we didn't expect was to be brushed off and given attitude when we were trying to get questions answered. This won't stop us from going, but I hope they realize that being friendly to the people waiting or asking questions is just as important as taking care of those already seated.

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★★★☆☆

We live in the neighborhood and have always enjoyed Ken's Pizza. Since it is so popular (and for good reason) a wait is expected even during the week. But, the last few times we have gone the person taking the names has been less than friendly. We tried going during the holiday season and they were packed. We expected that, but what we didn't expect was to be brushed off and given attitude when we were trying to get questions answered. This won't stop us from going, but I hope they realize that being friendly to the people waiting or asking questions is just as important as taking care of those already seated.

Pros: Great food

Cons: sometimes attitude comes across when they are busy- which they are most of the time

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been the world over, read many of the reviews. those who do comparisons to italy still don't know good pizza.
all the italian chefs who were worth there salt opened restaurants in germany. John's pizza in Ny is just ok
I guess when your cold and tired and hungary most pizza is palatable. Chicago pizza is ok if you like crust and more crust. Actually the best Ive had in the US was Luigi's in South Bend IN. However Im getting away from Ken's.

Now Ken's has a wonderful bakery but his pizza is lacking. Those who claim the BURNT crust is
carmelizing haven't a clue what carmelizing is. The pizza IS BURNT. I guess those who liked this
kind of pizza are those who made poptarts a success. Poptarts is what I'd closest compare there
pizza to; a burnt poptart w/o the sugar topping. And speaking of topping... lack of any sauce or cheese ? what's the deal?? I think those who love this place are very lucky individuals who can eat ANYTHING
and find it delicious. As for me I have to agree with who ever said Portland is not known for it's pizza.
As for their competitor I read that owner's comments here,with there attitude I wouldn't go there if they
were giving pizza away. How can any business survive with a chip on their shoulder as big as a cinder block?

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★☆☆☆☆

been the world over, read many of the reviews. those who do comparisons to italy still don't know good pizza.
all the italian chefs who were worth there salt opened restaurants in germany. John's pizza in Ny is just ok
I guess when your cold and tired and hungary most pizza is palatable. Chicago pizza is ok if you like crust and more crust. Actually the best Ive had in the US was Luigi's in South Bend IN. However Im getting away from Ken's.

Now Ken's has a wonderful bakery but his pizza is lacking. Those who claim the BURNT crust is
carmelizing haven't a clue what carmelizing is. The pizza IS BURNT. I guess those who liked this
kind of pizza are those who made poptarts a success. Poptarts is what I'd closest compare there
pizza to; a burnt poptart w/o the sugar topping. And speaking of topping... lack of any sauce or cheese ? what's the deal?? I think those who love this place are very lucky individuals who can eat ANYTHING
and find it delicious. As for me I have to agree with who ever said Portland is not known for it's pizza.
As for their competitor I read that owner's comments here,with there attitude I wouldn't go there if they
were giving pizza away. How can any business survive with a chip on their shoulder as big as a cinder block?

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Thus pizza is fantastic. The price is spendy when you compare it to some of the chains out there, but you can not compare the taste. They have unique toppings and you get to be in downtown, what more can you ask for?

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★★★★★

Thus pizza is fantastic. The price is spendy when you compare it to some of the chains out there, but you can not compare the taste. They have unique toppings and you get to be in downtown, what more can you ask for?

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amazing delicious, but pricey for what you get. Don't go hungry if you aren't looking to drop major bucks. I agree that the waiter could have been much more pleasant, but he wasn't outright rude to us either. Glad I went once, but I would only go again if I wasn't picking up the bill.

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★★★☆☆

amazing delicious, but pricey for what you get. Don't go hungry if you aren't looking to drop major bucks. I agree that the waiter could have been much more pleasant, but he wasn't outright rude to us either. Glad I went once, but I would only go again if I wasn't picking up the bill.

Pros: delicious

Cons: kinda lame and expensive

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I am surprised that this restaurant has lasted so long when the waitstaff treat customers as annoying guests that must be given their pizza and scurried out of the restaurant. Family and business collegues have all been treated disrespectfully on various occasions to which we have come to the conlcusion - this pizza just isn't worth putting up with poorly trained and self righteous staff. To me, dining out should be about both the meal and dining experience. Unless you want to be hassled and rushed out so they can make a buck on the next customer, don't bother. It doesn't even help if you buy a $70 bottle of wine. Try Nostrana or Appiza Scholls for wood fired pizza. This place has waitstaff as smart as "Joe the Plumber." I pass.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am surprised that this restaurant has lasted so long when the waitstaff treat customers as annoying guests that must be given their pizza and scurried out of the restaurant. Family and business collegues have all been treated disrespectfully on various occasions to which we have come to the conlcusion - this pizza just isn't worth putting up with poorly trained and self righteous staff. To me, dining out should be about both the meal and dining experience. Unless you want to be hassled and rushed out so they can make a buck on the next customer, don't bother. It doesn't even help if you buy a $70 bottle of wine. Try Nostrana or Appiza Scholls for wood fired pizza. This place has waitstaff as smart as "Joe the Plumber." I pass.

Pros: None

Cons: Waitstaff and Hostess

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Was in town for a meeting and wanted good pizza. New York thin style seems to be the popular wave. I was staying at the airport, and did not want to go way over to Escape from NY, and read too much negative (long waits, poor service, running out of dough), about another popular SE pizza place. Well Ken did not disappoint! Hidden in the neighborhood off SE Burnside, it's a small casual place. We got there about 6:15 on a Tuesday , and it was already full, except the bar, and that did just fine. Though very busy service was good. We had green salad and the prosciutto pizza. The pizza is thin, light , crisp and flavorful. Don't expect it smothered in pizza sauce and cheese, unless you request? With a great microbrew it was a nice light meal. We left before 7:30 and the line was heading out the door, so go early.

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★★★★★

Was in town for a meeting and wanted good pizza. New York thin style seems to be the popular wave. I was staying at the airport, and did not want to go way over to Escape from NY, and read too much negative (long waits, poor service, running out of dough), about another popular SE pizza place. Well Ken did not disappoint! Hidden in the neighborhood off SE Burnside, it's a small casual place. We got there about 6:15 on a Tuesday , and it was already full, except the bar, and that did just fine. Though very busy service was good. We had green salad and the prosciutto pizza. The pizza is thin, light , crisp and flavorful. Don't expect it smothered in pizza sauce and cheese, unless you request? With a great microbrew it was a nice light meal. We left before 7:30 and the line was heading out the door, so go early.

Pros: Great pizza

Cons: a little crowded

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Ken's is my favorite pizza restaurant on the west coast, maybe even anywhere. Ken prepares the pizza in a wood-fired oven, cooked directly on the stone. The crust is thin and crispy with a smoky flavor. The ingredients are fresh and high quality, the appetizers are nothing short of fantastic, and their seasonal desserts are always a must have. For fall, they have an amazing pumpkin custard with ginger snaps. The custard has a unique texture, like nothing I've ever had before, and it might be one of the best desserts I've tasted in recent years. The pizzas are simple and unique, made to bring out the flavor of each individual ingredient., not your typical American pizza slathered with sauce and covered with toppings from a bag. If that's what you're looking for, go to a chain restaurant. If you want something fresh and flavorful, go to Ken's. There's a reason the line is long, and it's not because it's a buzz restaurant, it's because it's just that good. Try the spicy soppresata pizza with arugula, and sprinkle a bit of the coarse salt and red pepper on it... my favorite!

For a similar (but not superior) pizza in Seattle, try Via Tribunali.

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★★★★★

Ken's is my favorite pizza restaurant on the west coast, maybe even anywhere. Ken prepares the pizza in a wood-fired oven, cooked directly on the stone. The crust is thin and crispy with a smoky flavor. The ingredients are fresh and high quality, the appetizers are nothing short of fantastic, and their seasonal desserts are always a must have. For fall, they have an amazing pumpkin custard with ginger snaps. The custard has a unique texture, like nothing I've ever had before, and it might be one of the best desserts I've tasted in recent years. The pizzas are simple and unique, made to bring out the flavor of each individual ingredient., not your typical American pizza slathered with sauce and covered with toppings from a bag. If that's what you're looking for, go to a chain restaurant. If you want something fresh and flavorful, go to Ken's. There's a reason the line is long, and it's not because it's a buzz restaurant, it's because it's just that good. Try the spicy soppresata pizza with arugula, and sprinkle a bit of the coarse salt and red pepper on it... my favorite!

For a similar (but not superior) pizza in Seattle, try Via Tribunali.

Pros: Pizza. =)

Cons: Long wait at times... get there early! Not open on Sunday or Monday.

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I've made two visit's to Ken's and both times had decent service and tasty pizza, however, it was $14 for one pizza of 6 thin slices with minimal toppings. It is tasty, but I feel like I only get 4 bites of toppings and the rest is crust. The sauce is spread extremely thin, as well as the proscuitto, which is how proscuitto should be, but add some more! The proscuitto pizza comes with prosciutto, cheese, and basil. I can't eat dairy, so asked to substitute another topping for the cheese. The server did agree but at first said that they didn't do substitutions, but I could get it without cheese. If I am paying for the cheese but am not getting it, it shouldn't be difficult to throw on something in its place. He did agree but it seemed I needed to convince him. This place would be great if they were more generous with toppings and included a salad for the $14.

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★★★★☆

I've made two visit's to Ken's and both times had decent service and tasty pizza, however, it was $14 for one pizza of 6 thin slices with minimal toppings. It is tasty, but I feel like I only get 4 bites of toppings and the rest is crust. The sauce is spread extremely thin, as well as the proscuitto, which is how proscuitto should be, but add some more! The proscuitto pizza comes with prosciutto, cheese, and basil. I can't eat dairy, so asked to substitute another topping for the cheese. The server did agree but at first said that they didn't do substitutions, but I could get it without cheese. If I am paying for the cheese but am not getting it, it shouldn't be difficult to throw on something in its place. He did agree but it seemed I needed to convince him. This place would be great if they were more generous with toppings and included a salad for the $14.

Pros: tasty

Cons: expensive and minimal toppings

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We had seen the lines out front before and I know how good Ken's bread is, so we decided to give it a try. It is very busy, so get there as early as possible for a shorter wait. It is worth waiting for. Once we were seated, the service was very friendly, efficient - and fast! We ordered an appetizer with calamari and garlic crostini. It was phenomenal. Ken's pizzas is not a "vehicle for cheese" as many pizzas are. Those can be good too, but this is better. Ken's pizza has a thin, crispy yet chewy crust that is something truly special. The toppings are relatively simple, but high quality...pancetta, mozzarella, arugula. You can also get sides of anchovies, peppers, or parmesan, should you want to embellish. Now I understand the lines outside the restaurant every night. I know when I have a craving for pizza next time, this is where I'll want to go - and the wait will be worth it.

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★★★★★

We had seen the lines out front before and I know how good Ken's bread is, so we decided to give it a try. It is very busy, so get there as early as possible for a shorter wait. It is worth waiting for. Once we were seated, the service was very friendly, efficient - and fast! We ordered an appetizer with calamari and garlic crostini. It was phenomenal. Ken's pizzas is not a "vehicle for cheese" as many pizzas are. Those can be good too, but this is better. Ken's pizza has a thin, crispy yet chewy crust that is something truly special. The toppings are relatively simple, but high quality...pancetta, mozzarella, arugula. You can also get sides of anchovies, peppers, or parmesan, should you want to embellish. Now I understand the lines outside the restaurant every night. I know when I have a craving for pizza next time, this is where I'll want to go - and the wait will be worth it.

Pros: Some of the best pizza I have every had, great service

Cons: There is always a wait

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I had high expectations from everything that I've heard but was somewhat disappointed. We ordered two pizzas and a salad. The salad was tasty and the pizza had great quality toppings but I was disappointed that the crust wasn't crispier. Surprisingly I've had crisper crust from California Pizza Kitchen and I rarely go to chain restaurants. I wanted to be wowed for how much we spent. Maybe I'm pickier than most Portlanders.

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★★★☆☆

I had high expectations from everything that I've heard but was somewhat disappointed. We ordered two pizzas and a salad. The salad was tasty and the pizza had great quality toppings but I was disappointed that the crust wasn't crispier. Surprisingly I've had crisper crust from California Pizza Kitchen and I rarely go to chain restaurants. I wanted to be wowed for how much we spent. Maybe I'm pickier than most Portlanders.

Pros: Quality toppings, open kitchen, warm and cozy

Cons: Little noisy, okay not great pizza crust

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My daughter and I have dined at Ken's twice now, and each time it was a delightful experience. We didn't have to wait because we got there fairly early. Oddly enough, we were seated at the same table both times, and one of the waiters dropped by to welcome us back and comment on the deja vu moment. The pizza is just as we like it - thin, nicely browned with little charred spots, and full of flavor. The salads and desserts are exceptional. The service was great. We rarely get bad service - and we dine out a lot. Perhaps it's because we are friendly, polite and appreciative...and we've both been invovled in food service, so we have a lot of patience. Bad things happen to the best servers in the business and sometimes there is just no help for it, so give 'em a break if you can.

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★★★★★

My daughter and I have dined at Ken's twice now, and each time it was a delightful experience. We didn't have to wait because we got there fairly early. Oddly enough, we were seated at the same table both times, and one of the waiters dropped by to welcome us back and comment on the deja vu moment. The pizza is just as we like it - thin, nicely browned with little charred spots, and full of flavor. The salads and desserts are exceptional. The service was great. We rarely get bad service - and we dine out a lot. Perhaps it's because we are friendly, polite and appreciative...and we've both been invovled in food service, so we have a lot of patience. Bad things happen to the best servers in the business and sometimes there is just no help for it, so give 'em a break if you can.

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My husband and I love to go to Ken's even though we have to wait. No problem, we just bring something to occupy ourselves. It doesn't take long to get a seat for waiting in if you set your mind to it. We took a trip back east last fall and some how ended up having pizza and a caesar salad at three different restaurants in three different cities - NYC, Washington DC, and in up-state NY. None of them even came close to Ken's. We like the atmosphere so much in Ken's that the wait is no problem. Everyone and everything is so animated, the pizza and salad are fabulous, and the seating person and waitresses are always very nice. But if you don't like waiting, crowds, well lit restaurants, or slightly burnt pizza, don't bother to go. Just leave it for those of us who do like such things.

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★★★★★

My husband and I love to go to Ken's even though we have to wait. No problem, we just bring something to occupy ourselves. It doesn't take long to get a seat for waiting in if you set your mind to it. We took a trip back east last fall and some how ended up having pizza and a caesar salad at three different restaurants in three different cities - NYC, Washington DC, and in up-state NY. None of them even came close to Ken's. We like the atmosphere so much in Ken's that the wait is no problem. Everyone and everything is so animated, the pizza and salad are fabulous, and the seating person and waitresses are always very nice. But if you don't like waiting, crowds, well lit restaurants, or slightly burnt pizza, don't bother to go. Just leave it for those of us who do like such things.

Pros: great atmosphere and food

Cons: there is a wait

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After visiting Ken's Artisan Bakery in NW several times (even though it's a drive across town for a loaf of bread), it was time to try their pizza, and we were not dissapointed.
Started with the roasted vegetable plate for an app. Roasted cauliflower with breadcrumbs and pickled onions, fingerling potatoes and glazed brussel sprouts. Each one unique in flavor combinations, and all perfectly cooked. Also ordered their bruscetta. Oh, how lovely! Apple butter on perfectly charred bread with proscuitto. NOT nasty Feb. tomatoes just because that's what Americans expect on bruscetta.
Two pizzas-the sausage and the squash. I couldn't decide which one I liked better. The sweet squash with the tangy, creamy tomato sauce was a stunning combination. But then their sausage pizza was exquisite, and the fresh basil somehow radiated throughout without being overtaken by the spices of the sausage. The crust was, to say the least, outstanding. Makes sense since bread is what they're known for. Reminded me of some of the best pizzas I've had in Italy. Thin crust, and both chewey and crispy at the same time. One of my dining partners is usually anti-crust, but she ate most of it at Kens. I was happy to steal the one crust she didn't finish!
As good as the dinner was, I was baffled at the walnut tart. Not oversweetened, with a crust that retained it's flakiness, and served with whipped creme fraiche and cardamom caramel sauce. Reminds me of a tart my chef father makes, usually with pecans, though. The tangy whipped creme fraiche offset the caramel sauce perfectly. I'm not much of a dessert fan usually (although my bf is, so we always end up ordering one when we go out, and being the gourmand that I am, never shy away from trying it!), but I'd go back to KAP just for this tart.
Can't wait to revisit!

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★★★★★

After visiting Ken's Artisan Bakery in NW several times (even though it's a drive across town for a loaf of bread), it was time to try their pizza, and we were not dissapointed.
Started with the roasted vegetable plate for an app. Roasted cauliflower with breadcrumbs and pickled onions, fingerling potatoes and glazed brussel sprouts. Each one unique in flavor combinations, and all perfectly cooked. Also ordered their bruscetta. Oh, how lovely! Apple butter on perfectly charred bread with proscuitto. NOT nasty Feb. tomatoes just because that's what Americans expect on bruscetta.
Two pizzas-the sausage and the squash. I couldn't decide which one I liked better. The sweet squash with the tangy, creamy tomato sauce was a stunning combination. But then their sausage pizza was exquisite, and the fresh basil somehow radiated throughout without being overtaken by the spices of the sausage. The crust was, to say the least, outstanding. Makes sense since bread is what they're known for. Reminded me of some of the best pizzas I've had in Italy. Thin crust, and both chewey and crispy at the same time. One of my dining partners is usually anti-crust, but she ate most of it at Kens. I was happy to steal the one crust she didn't finish!
As good as the dinner was, I was baffled at the walnut tart. Not oversweetened, with a crust that retained it's flakiness, and served with whipped creme fraiche and cardamom caramel sauce. Reminds me of a tart my chef father makes, usually with pecans, though. The tangy whipped creme fraiche offset the caramel sauce perfectly. I'm not much of a dessert fan usually (although my bf is, so we always end up ordering one when we go out, and being the gourmand that I am, never shy away from trying it!), but I'd go back to KAP just for this tart.
Can't wait to revisit!

Pros: Walnut tart, food, food, food!

Cons: Wine list, prep cook that sharpened his knife every three slices he made

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Ken's is the best pizza in Portland. I don't think one can compare it to NYC pizza, because it is a different style. I love Grimaldi's, John's, and Lombardi's and thought I would forever think Grimaldi's was the best pizza ever. Now, Ken's is tied for first, in my book. Again, different styles but both are DELICIOUS. Been going at least once a month since it opened and often times once a week. As to the person who has "traveled all over Western Europe" and is upset to hear Ken's has upset the neighborhood. Ahem. I, too, have travelled. Show me a restaurant in a major (or secondary) city or village in Europe that ISN'T a neighborhood joint! I just don't think that has any relevance in reviewing a restaurant. Anyway, the service has always been attentive and personable, even when my crowd got rowdy (they serve great wine and beer there). They were forgiving and gracious when some were obnoxious and welcomed us back the next time. It is a bit tricky at the door with getting your name on the list, just as it is in every popular restaurant in Portland. Just walk to the front of the line and check because often times the line is full of people already on the list. Assertiveness and patience. And the reward is excellent pizza and other yummies.

2
★★★★★

Ken's is the best pizza in Portland. I don't think one can compare it to NYC pizza, because it is a different style. I love Grimaldi's, John's, and Lombardi's and thought I would forever think Grimaldi's was the best pizza ever. Now, Ken's is tied for first, in my book. Again, different styles but both are DELICIOUS. Been going at least once a month since it opened and often times once a week. As to the person who has "traveled all over Western Europe" and is upset to hear Ken's has upset the neighborhood. Ahem. I, too, have travelled. Show me a restaurant in a major (or secondary) city or village in Europe that ISN'T a neighborhood joint! I just don't think that has any relevance in reviewing a restaurant. Anyway, the service has always been attentive and personable, even when my crowd got rowdy (they serve great wine and beer there). They were forgiving and gracious when some were obnoxious and welcomed us back the next time. It is a bit tricky at the door with getting your name on the list, just as it is in every popular restaurant in Portland. Just walk to the front of the line and check because often times the line is full of people already on the list. Assertiveness and patience. And the reward is excellent pizza and other yummies.

Pros: Great food, friendly service, good local beers, affordable wine selection

Cons: If you're in a hurry go somewhere else and save the relaxed vibe for the rest of us

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Ken's is the best pizza on the west coast. I nearly tear up every time I walk in! Coming from Connecticut (home of the best pizza in the world), Ken's is a joy and a visit there is the highlight of every week. My favorites are the prosciutto, sausage, and margherita. Don't listen to the others, the staff has always been very friendly even at busy times, and I go every week. Even though there is usually a wait, there are often seats at the bar (first come, first serve), and anyway, the food is worth it.

Only downside: desserts aren't that great. Just eat more pizza.

2
★★★★★

Ken's is the best pizza on the west coast. I nearly tear up every time I walk in! Coming from Connecticut (home of the best pizza in the world), Ken's is a joy and a visit there is the highlight of every week. My favorites are the prosciutto, sausage, and margherita. Don't listen to the others, the staff has always been very friendly even at busy times, and I go every week. Even though there is usually a wait, there are often seats at the bar (first come, first serve), and anyway, the food is worth it.

Only downside: desserts aren't that great. Just eat more pizza.

Pros: Pizza!

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Our first visit to the place, we walk in, and stand there in this really tiny space for about ten minutes. Then I discover that there is someone taking names! I had to track them down to get our name on the list! Finally, we found a place to get out of the way at the back of the place. No one came to get us when our table was ready (way over an hour later on a Tues. night!). We went to ask about our name, and she said she had crossed us off. Wasn't very nice about it either. Needless to say, bad organization for too long of a wait. Pizza was ok. Not very hot. Get it to go next time!

1
★★☆☆☆

Our first visit to the place, we walk in, and stand there in this really tiny space for about ten minutes. Then I discover that there is someone taking names! I had to track them down to get our name on the list! Finally, we found a place to get out of the way at the back of the place. No one came to get us when our table was ready (way over an hour later on a Tues. night!). We went to ask about our name, and she said she had crossed us off. Wasn't very nice about it either. Needless to say, bad organization for too long of a wait. Pizza was ok. Not very hot. Get it to go next time!

Pros: neat place

Cons: no area to wait in, staff not concerned about the wait list..

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It has been a lifelong family tradition to know a place through their pizza. I have eaten pizza in 17 states, all of Western Europe and was highly dissapointed with Ken's. Then I discovered how unhappy the neighbors have been since the restaurant opened in a residential area. I don't want to support them. Definitely won't go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

It has been a lifelong family tradition to know a place through their pizza. I have eaten pizza in 17 states, all of Western Europe and was highly dissapointed with Ken's. Then I discovered how unhappy the neighbors have been since the restaurant opened in a residential area. I don't want to support them. Definitely won't go back.

Cons: parking. food. pretentious servers.

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Based on the reviews I figured the pizza would be good (and it was excellent). We had to wait 30 minutes to get a table and, given how popular this place has become, I expected the staff to be inattentive. I was very happily surprised that was not the case. While waiting in line the staff checked in with us, let us know where we were on the wait list, pointed us to the bar area, asked if they could serve us something while waiting and made a real effort to see that our wait was pleasant. Given the service, I would have thought this was a new restaurant scrambling to attract customers not a well established place with a line of folks. Definitely give this place a try.

2
★★★★★

Based on the reviews I figured the pizza would be good (and it was excellent). We had to wait 30 minutes to get a table and, given how popular this place has become, I expected the staff to be inattentive. I was very happily surprised that was not the case. While waiting in line the staff checked in with us, let us know where we were on the wait list, pointed us to the bar area, asked if they could serve us something while waiting and made a real effort to see that our wait was pleasant. Given the service, I would have thought this was a new restaurant scrambling to attract customers not a well established place with a line of folks. Definitely give this place a try.

Pros: Friendly staff, wonderful pizza

Cons: Popular and you have to wait.

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Great place, great pizza. They do NOT take reservations, contrary to what CitySearch says, and we've seen some long line-ups. Still, you know it's good if people STAY in line to get in! The grilled veggies are awesome on a warm summer night outside on the sidewalk. This and Dove Vivi are our fave pies in town right now.

2
★★★★★

Great place, great pizza. They do NOT take reservations, contrary to what CitySearch says, and we've seen some long line-ups. Still, you know it's good if people STAY in line to get in! The grilled veggies are awesome on a warm summer night outside on the sidewalk. This and Dove Vivi are our fave pies in town right now.

Pros: The food, cleanliness and popularity

Cons: The popularity!

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The crust is to die for!!! The basic pie is subtle and it's really the next day when you find yourself craving it that it hits you. This is good stuff and definitely worth the money...and the wait.

2
★★★★★

The crust is to die for!!! The basic pie is subtle and it's really the next day when you find yourself craving it that it hits you. This is good stuff and definitely worth the money...and the wait.

Pros: Best pizza in the city

Cons: Didn't find any

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Let me preface this review by saying I am a native New Yorker who also lived in New Haven...so I feel like I have the right to talk about pizza. And I can't for the life of me figure out the hubbub about this place. The pizza is not horrible, but the crust is waaay over-blackened in my opinion, and there is nothing special or more flavorful about the dough. The arugula pizza was extremely disappointing, just a handful of raw greens thrown on top of the pizza, instead of the more accepted seared or wilted greens incorporated into the cheese and sauce. The other flavors we had (they must not have made much of an impression, since I can't even remember the other pizzas we ordered) were fair to mediocre. For a really good pizza I would recommend Pizza Fino or Apizza Scholls instead. You're going to go anyway because of the hype, but don't say I didn't warn you. Ken should stick to his bread bakery instead, which is stellar (Love that pan rustique!).

1
★★★☆☆

Let me preface this review by saying I am a native New Yorker who also lived in New Haven...so I feel like I have the right to talk about pizza. And I can't for the life of me figure out the hubbub about this place. The pizza is not horrible, but the crust is waaay over-blackened in my opinion, and there is nothing special or more flavorful about the dough. The arugula pizza was extremely disappointing, just a handful of raw greens thrown on top of the pizza, instead of the more accepted seared or wilted greens incorporated into the cheese and sauce. The other flavors we had (they must not have made much of an impression, since I can't even remember the other pizzas we ordered) were fair to mediocre. For a really good pizza I would recommend Pizza Fino or Apizza Scholls instead. You're going to go anyway because of the hype, but don't say I didn't warn you. Ken should stick to his bread bakery instead, which is stellar (Love that pan rustique!).

Pros: nice ambience, good wine and beer list, good location

Cons: bad burnt pizza, long waits, undeserved hype

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As a self proclaimed pizza snob from New York, I was reluctant stray from Apizza Scholls as Portland's only acceptable pie eatery. However, I am glad I had an open mind because Kens Artisan Pizza is amazing! It is a bit of a wait but worth every second.

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★★★★★

As a self proclaimed pizza snob from New York, I was reluctant stray from Apizza Scholls as Portland's only acceptable pie eatery. However, I am glad I had an open mind because Kens Artisan Pizza is amazing! It is a bit of a wait but worth every second.

Pros: the thin crust pie to perfection in a wood burning oven!

Cons: the wait

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I understand what coming from another food town means. Having grown up and lived in NY for many years I used to be somewhat snobbish about food from "secondary'" cities. So let me state where I disagree with you and why:

- The restaurant name does not necessarily need to reflect the actual person who makes the food. Are you going to get all over the case of Lombardi's Pizzeria in NY, a place that has been in business for just over 100 years. I doubt that Mr. Lombardi is still baking pizza there. So I believe that this argument is irrelevant.

- I've been dining regularly at the Pizzeria since it opened 13 months ago and have never suffered through an underdone pizza. The dough is designed to be particulalry thin so that it can cook thoroughly in the 4-6 minutes that it lives inside the oven. Most folks who have an issue with the crust complain that it is chared - which in this particular method is the desired result.

- Ken's, to my knowledge, has never served a meatball at the pizzeria. Perhaps the author is referring to the lamb patties cooked on a skewer. Between the obvious seasoning and lamb taste, and the fact that they are flat, it is impossible to mistake these for meatballs. Additionally, I've never seen anything the author identifies as "bone chips" on the menu or someone else's dinner plate.

- Ken has, to my knowledge, never baked the pizza at the restaurant. The job of pizzaiolo is handled by a small team of dedicated people. The pizza recipe was developed by a master baker over the course of a decade.

- Pizza sauce is not prepared far in advance. It is home-made and I believe that it is prepared the day of use. Whether sugar is added or not is probably irrelevant. Freshness and taste is what is important.

- The service is almost always friendly, helpful and available. There are always exceptions to the rule.

- It seems masochistic to find the time to waste four distinct dinners at so loathsome a dining establishment.

2
★★★★★

I understand what coming from another food town means. Having grown up and lived in NY for many years I used to be somewhat snobbish about food from "secondary'" cities. So let me state where I disagree with you and why:

- The restaurant name does not necessarily need to reflect the actual person who makes the food. Are you going to get all over the case of Lombardi's Pizzeria in NY, a place that has been in business for just over 100 years. I doubt that Mr. Lombardi is still baking pizza there. So I believe that this argument is irrelevant.

- I've been dining regularly at the Pizzeria since it opened 13 months ago and have never suffered through an underdone pizza. The dough is designed to be particulalry thin so that it can cook thoroughly in the 4-6 minutes that it lives inside the oven. Most folks who have an issue with the crust complain that it is chared - which in this particular method is the desired result.

- Ken's, to my knowledge, has never served a meatball at the pizzeria. Perhaps the author is referring to the lamb patties cooked on a skewer. Between the obvious seasoning and lamb taste, and the fact that they are flat, it is impossible to mistake these for meatballs. Additionally, I've never seen anything the author identifies as "bone chips" on the menu or someone else's dinner plate.

- Ken has, to my knowledge, never baked the pizza at the restaurant. The job of pizzaiolo is handled by a small team of dedicated people. The pizza recipe was developed by a master baker over the course of a decade.

- Pizza sauce is not prepared far in advance. It is home-made and I believe that it is prepared the day of use. Whether sugar is added or not is probably irrelevant. Freshness and taste is what is important.

- The service is almost always friendly, helpful and available. There are always exceptions to the rule.

- It seems masochistic to find the time to waste four distinct dinners at so loathsome a dining establishment.

Pros: A taste of Northern Italy pizza in Portland. One can dine well on the other food and never eat a pizza there. Well priced wine selection.

Cons: Long waits at dining rush hour.

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I went on a Saturday night with some out-of-town guests. We had a long wait, but the staff was very nice, and we enjoyed a very good bottle of wine while we waited for a table. Once we were seated, Ken came to the table with a delicious appetizer of crostini with cheese and warm huckleberries and appologized for our long wait. The caesar salad was just about perfect and the pizza was amazing. I had the Margherita with arugula, and if you have never tried it this way I highly recommend it. The greens give the zesty sauce and creamy cheese a wonderful touch of earthiness. The crust was fantastic... just the right thickness and combination of chewy and crunchy. We also sampled two of the desserts -- the peach berry crisp with honey ice cream and the plum cake with creme fraiche. Both were delicious. Overall, we had a very enjoyable experience. In my opinion, Ken's was definitely worth the wait.

2
★★★★☆

I went on a Saturday night with some out-of-town guests. We had a long wait, but the staff was very nice, and we enjoyed a very good bottle of wine while we waited for a table. Once we were seated, Ken came to the table with a delicious appetizer of crostini with cheese and warm huckleberries and appologized for our long wait. The caesar salad was just about perfect and the pizza was amazing. I had the Margherita with arugula, and if you have never tried it this way I highly recommend it. The greens give the zesty sauce and creamy cheese a wonderful touch of earthiness. The crust was fantastic... just the right thickness and combination of chewy and crunchy. We also sampled two of the desserts -- the peach berry crisp with honey ice cream and the plum cake with creme fraiche. Both were delicious. Overall, we had a very enjoyable experience. In my opinion, Ken's was definitely worth the wait.

Pros: delicious food, good service

Cons: you might have to wait awhile for a table

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First timer....just the beginning of a long love affair. Wonderfully smokey, charred pizze with minimalist toppings....just like in Italy! The crust is the star...chewy, flavorful and obviously fermented slowly. Don't worry about the wait on busy evenings...order a glass of wine and enjoy the vibe. This is a jewel.

2
★★★★★

First timer....just the beginning of a long love affair. Wonderfully smokey, charred pizze with minimalist toppings....just like in Italy! The crust is the star...chewy, flavorful and obviously fermented slowly. Don't worry about the wait on busy evenings...order a glass of wine and enjoy the vibe. This is a jewel.

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My boyfriend has been in the gourmet pizza business for over 7 years, and he was very critical of this place. I didnt think it was bad, just not that great. It was small and busy. But we didnt have to wait to long, and i thought it was cute inside.

1
★★★☆☆

My boyfriend has been in the gourmet pizza business for over 7 years, and he was very critical of this place. I didnt think it was bad, just not that great. It was small and busy. But we didnt have to wait to long, and i thought it was cute inside.

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Wow . .. quite a few different opinions on this place. .. First and foremost, the pizza was good. It's not great, but it's good. Definitely better than the run of the mill grease laden Domino's, but I was really expecting more. The ingredients seem to be top notch, just missing a little in the spice/combination department. A true standout was the basil on one of the pizzas-very bold, fresh.

The service . .. well ... it really wasn't great. The hostess wasn't too keen on moving 2 tables together (we arrived at about 5:30, had almost no wait). The server was rude, acted very impatient until we orderd a decent bottle of wine, then she warmed up--a little.

All in all, it's good place to try, but I just can't understand the hype and it's definitely not one of the best places I've ever been.

1
★★★☆☆

Wow . .. quite a few different opinions on this place. .. First and foremost, the pizza was good. It's not great, but it's good. Definitely better than the run of the mill grease laden Domino's, but I was really expecting more. The ingredients seem to be top notch, just missing a little in the spice/combination department. A true standout was the basil on one of the pizzas-very bold, fresh.

The service . .. well ... it really wasn't great. The hostess wasn't too keen on moving 2 tables together (we arrived at about 5:30, had almost no wait). The server was rude, acted very impatient until we orderd a decent bottle of wine, then she warmed up--a little.

All in all, it's good place to try, but I just can't understand the hype and it's definitely not one of the best places I've ever been.

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after reading some of the reviews here, i was a little daunted, thinking maybe the hype had overtaken the quality of the food - but happily, that's not the case. the pizza was fantastic! the salad and dessert were too, and every staffer we were in contact with was lovely - not grumpy at all (we all have our bad days), but helpful and attentive. we were there around 6ish and waited maybe 20 minutes for a seat (but, at the bar, wine in hand - no complaints!), and the line as we left was fairly short. the space is not tiny (those saying it's tiny, and that while you wait you feel like you're on top of the tables of those still dining - have you been to/waited at nicholas'? it's worth it undoubtedly, but this is nothing like that experience), it's quite nice actually, so don't let that turn you off. i'm looking forward to returning.

2
★★★★★

after reading some of the reviews here, i was a little daunted, thinking maybe the hype had overtaken the quality of the food - but happily, that's not the case. the pizza was fantastic! the salad and dessert were too, and every staffer we were in contact with was lovely - not grumpy at all (we all have our bad days), but helpful and attentive. we were there around 6ish and waited maybe 20 minutes for a seat (but, at the bar, wine in hand - no complaints!), and the line as we left was fairly short. the space is not tiny (those saying it's tiny, and that while you wait you feel like you're on top of the tables of those still dining - have you been to/waited at nicholas'? it's worth it undoubtedly, but this is nothing like that experience), it's quite nice actually, so don't let that turn you off. i'm looking forward to returning.

Pros: food, space, service

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I tried to make a reservation, but like a lot of places in Portland they wouldn't take one. So I showed up and had to wait 45 minutes for a table. Don't go if you're hungry and need to eat right away. We however had a great time talking while a server got us some drinks. The place is quite small, and I felt like we were in the way a bit. When we were finally seated, the service was the best I've had. My four friends and I enjoy wine but didn't know anything on their list. Our server was a sweet girl with an English accent. She was patient going over her recomendations, even though she was pushed for time. We eneded up with a wonderful bottle. The food was great, it took a while but our server kept us entertained. If more restaurants hired people like this Portland wouldn't have such a reputation for bad service. good job Ken.

2
★★★★★

I tried to make a reservation, but like a lot of places in Portland they wouldn't take one. So I showed up and had to wait 45 minutes for a table. Don't go if you're hungry and need to eat right away. We however had a great time talking while a server got us some drinks. The place is quite small, and I felt like we were in the way a bit. When we were finally seated, the service was the best I've had. My four friends and I enjoy wine but didn't know anything on their list. Our server was a sweet girl with an English accent. She was patient going over her recomendations, even though she was pushed for time. We eneded up with a wonderful bottle. The food was great, it took a while but our server kept us entertained. If more restaurants hired people like this Portland wouldn't have such a reputation for bad service. good job Ken.

Pros: service, food

Cons: long wait, small place

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1 month in Portland for my job from SF, where to eat? This place along with another pizzeria was the most suggested place to eat from my co workers. I guess they thought being from SF & knowing Pizzaiolo is my favorite eatery, they assumed I would enjoy this ?Artisan? Pizzeria. Oh so wrong! It?s painfully obvious that Ken wants to be Pizzaiolo, from the menu & the space design. He needs to re haul everything just to be a good pizzeria. The service staff doesn?t have the time to help but I experienced that in 12 out of 20 restaurants in Portland, so I suppose it?s a regional thing. The bartender is the exception here; he couldn?t have been friendlier. I went 4 times thinking I must have gone on a bad night but it wasn?t that at all, they simply know nothing about service or pizza. The pizzas are all personal size, out of 16 slices 1 was actually cooked thoroughly. 1 slice of pizza that didn?t have the raw dough taste/texture? Unbelievable. He knows how to bake fantastic bread; can someone train him how to bake pizza? The sauce had an artificial sweetness/spiciness to it, and then I was informed they cook it before hand, which means they add sugar, oh well. I asked where Ken was because I wanted to talk to him about Pizza but I was informed he doesn?t actually make pizzas. Anyone who has his name tied to the restaurant should either be making the food or properly training those that do on behalf of him. Next was the meatball plate, couldn?t have been more disappointed. How can meatballs be so bland, not to mention the bone chips, again re-training required. The deserts were good, so that?s a good thing. As for the rest, I am so happy I was living on my company?s expense account. It?s clear that my dislike of this pizzeria is the minority; this place is packed like a can of sardines it?s so busy, so Portland loves it. Just keep it in Portland please, we like real food with real passion/pride, not just a pretty face.
Now Le Pigeon, come one down

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★☆☆☆☆

1 month in Portland for my job from SF, where to eat? This place along with another pizzeria was the most suggested place to eat from my co workers. I guess they thought being from SF & knowing Pizzaiolo is my favorite eatery, they assumed I would enjoy this ?Artisan? Pizzeria. Oh so wrong! It?s painfully obvious that Ken wants to be Pizzaiolo, from the menu & the space design. He needs to re haul everything just to be a good pizzeria. The service staff doesn?t have the time to help but I experienced that in 12 out of 20 restaurants in Portland, so I suppose it?s a regional thing. The bartender is the exception here; he couldn?t have been friendlier. I went 4 times thinking I must have gone on a bad night but it wasn?t that at all, they simply know nothing about service or pizza. The pizzas are all personal size, out of 16 slices 1 was actually cooked thoroughly. 1 slice of pizza that didn?t have the raw dough taste/texture? Unbelievable. He knows how to bake fantastic bread; can someone train him how to bake pizza? The sauce had an artificial sweetness/spiciness to it, and then I was informed they cook it before hand, which means they add sugar, oh well. I asked where Ken was because I wanted to talk to him about Pizza but I was informed he doesn?t actually make pizzas. Anyone who has his name tied to the restaurant should either be making the food or properly training those that do on behalf of him. Next was the meatball plate, couldn?t have been more disappointed. How can meatballs be so bland, not to mention the bone chips, again re-training required. The deserts were good, so that?s a good thing. As for the rest, I am so happy I was living on my company?s expense account. It?s clear that my dislike of this pizzeria is the minority; this place is packed like a can of sardines it?s so busy, so Portland loves it. Just keep it in Portland please, we like real food with real passion/pride, not just a pretty face.
Now Le Pigeon, come one down

Pros: bartender, desert

Cons: everything else

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This pizza is really good and I can't wait to go back; however; the waits are HELLISH. There's no place to stand or sit, especially in the rainy months. The wait staff bump into you as you crowd the isles and stand almost on top of people eating. This is not a good restaurant for the claustrophobic! I wish this place was open for lunch; then they wouldn't be so swamped in the evenings because some people could get their pizza fix during the day. It's only open from 5-10 right now and that means if you don't want to wait - you must arrive at or before 5pm or after 8-8:30pm.

1
★★★☆☆

This pizza is really good and I can't wait to go back; however; the waits are HELLISH. There's no place to stand or sit, especially in the rainy months. The wait staff bump into you as you crowd the isles and stand almost on top of people eating. This is not a good restaurant for the claustrophobic! I wish this place was open for lunch; then they wouldn't be so swamped in the evenings because some people could get their pizza fix during the day. It's only open from 5-10 right now and that means if you don't want to wait - you must arrive at or before 5pm or after 8-8:30pm.

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Its really kinda funny. Worthy to consume? We ate at Kens and altho i dont know if i am cleared to eat outside the home i thought the pizza was just so-so. The pizza was ordered with the meatball ap as an entree and the pizza took another 35 minutes after the ap arrived. Maybe if the pantry cook made his croutons before service instead of pre-empting our meal. the meatballs were alright except three chunks of bone in them . Really if you could make pizza as well as Castagna we would return. But you probably prefer to save our seats for someone who bows before the exalted media proclaimed best ever pizza .
You can have our seats...

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★★★☆☆

Its really kinda funny. Worthy to consume? We ate at Kens and altho i dont know if i am cleared to eat outside the home i thought the pizza was just so-so. The pizza was ordered with the meatball ap as an entree and the pizza took another 35 minutes after the ap arrived. Maybe if the pantry cook made his croutons before service instead of pre-empting our meal. the meatballs were alright except three chunks of bone in them . Really if you could make pizza as well as Castagna we would return. But you probably prefer to save our seats for someone who bows before the exalted media proclaimed best ever pizza .
You can have our seats...

Pros: The roasted veggies looked good

Cons: the pizza was so-so

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To say Ken's is the best pizza in town is an understatement since Portland isn't really a great pizza town. Ken's is the best pizza I've ever had. Period.

The wait is understandable based on the fact this place is so good... and to fault them for it seems obscene. The menu is perfect though I'm a tad bitter I missed out on the candycane gelato sundae. The host, Peter (I believe) is charming and greets everyone with a smile. The food is phenomenal, simple, flavorful and not overpriced.

The only con is that I live in North Portland and wish this place was around the corner from me. That and I can't convince my girlfriend that we should be on a Ken's-only-diet.

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★★★★★

To say Ken's is the best pizza in town is an understatement since Portland isn't really a great pizza town. Ken's is the best pizza I've ever had. Period.

The wait is understandable based on the fact this place is so good... and to fault them for it seems obscene. The menu is perfect though I'm a tad bitter I missed out on the candycane gelato sundae. The host, Peter (I believe) is charming and greets everyone with a smile. The food is phenomenal, simple, flavorful and not overpriced.

The only con is that I live in North Portland and wish this place was around the corner from me. That and I can't convince my girlfriend that we should be on a Ken's-only-diet.

Pros: Flavor, taste, host, price

Cons: Closed both Sunday and Monday? C'mon!

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Just ate at Ken's for the first time tonight and I was very pleased. After reading other reviews I was a bit hesitant to go, especially with an out-of-town guest, but everything was great. We were there by 6:30 on a weekday and it was definitely busy, but the hostess was very friendly and said the wait would only be 10 minutes. After moving to the "waiting area" we were approached quickly and asked if we wanted to order a drink...we were seated at our table before we could even order wine. The pizza was very good...it did take a while but I would prefer that instead of being rushed through dinner in 30 minutes! Definitely worth the wait. The service was excellent -- our server gave good recommendations on wine and was very attentive. Would definitely recommend, but as with any popular place I think patience and a good dining attitude is always essential. Only negative is its a bit on the loud side and there are a lot of kids there, but such is life...

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★★★★☆

Just ate at Ken's for the first time tonight and I was very pleased. After reading other reviews I was a bit hesitant to go, especially with an out-of-town guest, but everything was great. We were there by 6:30 on a weekday and it was definitely busy, but the hostess was very friendly and said the wait would only be 10 minutes. After moving to the "waiting area" we were approached quickly and asked if we wanted to order a drink...we were seated at our table before we could even order wine. The pizza was very good...it did take a while but I would prefer that instead of being rushed through dinner in 30 minutes! Definitely worth the wait. The service was excellent -- our server gave good recommendations on wine and was very attentive. Would definitely recommend, but as with any popular place I think patience and a good dining attitude is always essential. Only negative is its a bit on the loud side and there are a lot of kids there, but such is life...

Pros: Great pizza and service

Cons: Loud atmosphere

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If they were indeed made by Ken, than they are simply arrogant, rude, and obnoxious. I am new to Portalnd and have only tried his bakery (which is excellent), but if this is the man's attitude, and the post really came from him, he is an idiot! I would like to know if this is actually his response or not...

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★★★☆☆

If they were indeed made by Ken, than they are simply arrogant, rude, and obnoxious. I am new to Portalnd and have only tried his bakery (which is excellent), but if this is the man's attitude, and the post really came from him, he is an idiot! I would like to know if this is actually his response or not...

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We waited an hour to be seated on a Thursday evening but the wait was worth it. The staff had a good attitude and that made it managable. The Bruschetta with apple butter was amazing! I still dream about the fallen soufle with caramel gelato. The pizza was light yet very flavorful. I will go again and wait line.

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★★★★☆

We waited an hour to be seated on a Thursday evening but the wait was worth it. The staff had a good attitude and that made it managable. The Bruschetta with apple butter was amazing! I still dream about the fallen soufle with caramel gelato. The pizza was light yet very flavorful. I will go again and wait line.

Pros: Good service, great ambiance

Cons: Long wait, small space

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Look, as with all great bistros, cafes, and otherwise there should be a wait. If you disregard reason and have s**t for brains, then like a lamb to the slaughter, you too will be cookie cut from the growing masses that have no idea how the restaurant business works or any other business for that matter. Here is an undisputed truth you must entertain if you think you are worthy of eating outside your home...
YOU being the consumer, consume. Usually fat lathered, mush meals that ring soilent green. Drive through as you do, you think food means a wax paper wrapped ball of disgust. And, since you didn't have to leave the confines of your metal coffin, or wait more than 3.7 seconds you are now a happy consumer. Well Mr. Arbuckle, real food, with real ingredients, made with real labor, that requires real overhead IS WHAT a true restaurant has. A small corner of the block is all we have and all we can afford to have and therefore seating is limited. The overpopulated sheep come to eat and voila! a bottleneck. Then there is a host (probably underpaid because of the steep employers tax, insurance, workmans ripoff, etc.) that would love to take your name and seat you as soon as her busser (another disgruntled, wage poor, Reed College trust baby, ego-driven, broken home, moon worshipper) clears the table, but, you don't want to wait outside in Portland's 50 degree cold-snap. So you hastily, sneeringly, like someone shoved poo down your collar, lumber off and cuss out anyone within earshot, drive home hungry, pull out your laptop, access citysearch, then slash and slander the restaurant for treating you like a second class citizen. Yes you are pathetic, ignorant, and probably mentally incapable of being a real consumer or real human for that matter. Common sense is your enemy and Wendys is your hero. And for this I am grateful...
Because at least I know you won't be there... and I can enjoy the best pizza on the planet... Thanks Ken.

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★★★☆☆

Look, as with all great bistros, cafes, and otherwise there should be a wait. If you disregard reason and have s**t for brains, then like a lamb to the slaughter, you too will be cookie cut from the growing masses that have no idea how the restaurant business works or any other business for that matter. Here is an undisputed truth you must entertain if you think you are worthy of eating outside your home...
YOU being the consumer, consume. Usually fat lathered, mush meals that ring soilent green. Drive through as you do, you think food means a wax paper wrapped ball of disgust. And, since you didn't have to leave the confines of your metal coffin, or wait more than 3.7 seconds you are now a happy consumer. Well Mr. Arbuckle, real food, with real ingredients, made with real labor, that requires real overhead IS WHAT a true restaurant has. A small corner of the block is all we have and all we can afford to have and therefore seating is limited. The overpopulated sheep come to eat and voila! a bottleneck. Then there is a host (probably underpaid because of the steep employers tax, insurance, workmans ripoff, etc.) that would love to take your name and seat you as soon as her busser (another disgruntled, wage poor, Reed College trust baby, ego-driven, broken home, moon worshipper) clears the table, but, you don't want to wait outside in Portland's 50 degree cold-snap. So you hastily, sneeringly, like someone shoved poo down your collar, lumber off and cuss out anyone within earshot, drive home hungry, pull out your laptop, access citysearch, then slash and slander the restaurant for treating you like a second class citizen. Yes you are pathetic, ignorant, and probably mentally incapable of being a real consumer or real human for that matter. Common sense is your enemy and Wendys is your hero. And for this I am grateful...
Because at least I know you won't be there... and I can enjoy the best pizza on the planet... Thanks Ken.

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Do not go to ken's on a weekend. Wait, nevermind, just don't go ever during normal dinner hours. You're in for a roller coaster--first a wait that will make you want to shove sticks into your eye sockets, then a meal that will make you wish you had your eyes back so you could cry tears of utter gastronomic joy. This pizza is fantastic! But the wait is as bad as the pizza is good.

I say go next door to Masu for the best freakin sushi in portland.

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★★★★☆

Do not go to ken's on a weekend. Wait, nevermind, just don't go ever during normal dinner hours. You're in for a roller coaster--first a wait that will make you want to shove sticks into your eye sockets, then a meal that will make you wish you had your eyes back so you could cry tears of utter gastronomic joy. This pizza is fantastic! But the wait is as bad as the pizza is good.

I say go next door to Masu for the best freakin sushi in portland.

Pros: pizza pizza pizza, service

Cons: the wait, the awful awful wait

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My girlfriend and I gave Ken's a try this weekend after hearing many glowing reviews. We ate at the bar and were very very impressed. Our server was charming and helpful. Our pizza was very solid; crust was a little burnt at points, but the ingredients and presentation of the pie were original and delicious. We found the prosciutto, carmelized lemon appetizer truly original and tastey. We ate a little late and they had already run out of half of their deserts once we were finished with the main course which was a little disappointing. Above all however it is the clean, happy and casual yet elegantly spartan and modern atmosphere which won me over. Definately worth a try.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I gave Ken's a try this weekend after hearing many glowing reviews. We ate at the bar and were very very impressed. Our server was charming and helpful. Our pizza was very solid; crust was a little burnt at points, but the ingredients and presentation of the pie were original and delicious. We found the prosciutto, carmelized lemon appetizer truly original and tastey. We ate a little late and they had already run out of half of their deserts once we were finished with the main course which was a little disappointing. Above all however it is the clean, happy and casual yet elegantly spartan and modern atmosphere which won me over. Definately worth a try.

Pros: Ambiance, Friendly Staff, Quality and Creative Pizzas

Cons: None

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