When families go on vacation … sooner or later someone’s making a request for pizza.
And if it’s pizza you’re cravin’, Maine’s talented pizza artisans won’t let you down.
But, if you’re a first-timer vacationing in the Pine Tree State it can be hard to choose. So, we put together this quick roundup of our picks for the tastiest, most awesome pizza joints in Southern Maine.
Let’s dig in!
Portland Pie in Biddeford
You’ll find this gem nestled in a beautifully converted mill complex right on the border of Biddeford and Saco.
Portland Pie offers a variety of crusts and toppings as you’d expect from any pizza joint worth their sauce. For the non-pizza muncher in your group, they also offer salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, and calzones.
Their menu is a treat to read with Toasted Sandwiches and Specialty Pizza Pies all named for famous New England locations.
And speaking of locations … Portland Pie currently has locations in Portland, Biddeford, Westbrook, Scarborough, Brunswick, and Manchester, New Hampshire. You’ll never be far when you get a craving for what they’re dishing up!
Tasty Tip: Give the basil dough a try and prepare to be delighted! Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of their margarita pizza (dubbed “Merrimack River”). It’s an absolute taste bud pleaser that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
More Info: http://www.portlandpie.com
Rocco’s in Old Orchard Beach
Okay, we may be rather partial due to the close proximity of our vacation rentals … but seriously, Rocco knows how to craft a work of pizza art.
Big, foldable slices await you at Rocco’s.
Heads up! Rocco’s serves up more than pizza too.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/rollingrockpa
Pat’s Pizza, Scarborough
No favorite pizzas of Maine roundup could possibly NOT consider including Pat’s pizza. Let me ‘splain…
Pat’s long-standing history in Maine reaches all the way back to 1931 when Carl D. “Pat” Farnsworth established “Farnsworth’s Cafe”, an ice cream store in Orono, Maine. Over the years he expanded and transformed the simple the ice cream hot spot into a full-service restaurant.
In 1953, Pat introduced pizza to the restaurant’s menu and therein lies the true wisdom of this talented entrepreneur. You see, Pat’s was strategically located just minutes from the nearby University of Maine Orono campus.
As you know, hungry college minds are fueled by delicious pizza, so it was a breeding grounds for a runaway success.
There are several Pat’s locations across Maine. In Southern Maine, you have two primary choices: Scarborough and Portland. Both are equally delicious! The Scarborough setting is on the quieter side; however, if you’re looking for a little more atmosphere, visit the Portland location in the Old Port.
More Info: http://www.patspizzascarborough.com
Pizza By Alex, Biddeford
Another long-time Southern Maine favorite is Pizza By Alex in Biddeford. Original owner, Alex Mantis, started serving his delicious Greek-style pizzas in the Winter of 1960.
Alex has since handed over the reins to his nephew Andy, though the pizza shop remains in the Mantis family. They are committed to using choice ingredients and making everything fresh daily.
Now, when you arrive, expect just one thing on the menu: Pizza. Also, just know you have one choice of size as well: 10″ personal.
Their pizza artisans take enormous pride in delivering on their promise to do their one thing exceptionally well. And that keeps their customers returning year after year. We give them our strong stamp of approval!
More Info: http://www.pizzabyalexmaine.com
Otto Pizza (coming to Saco: June 2018)
Thrillist recently named Otto Pizza “One Of The Best Pizzas in America”. It goes without saying, that’s quite a feat.
So we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Otto on this list, even in spite of its upcoming grand opening in Saco (as of this writing).
With locations in Massachusetts and Maine, you’ll find several locations within arm’s reach when you’re in Southern Maine.
Otto specializes in gourmet-style pizza, maintains a thirst-quenching selection of delicious craft beers, and offers an eclectic menu beyond just traditional pizza pies.
More Info: http://www.ottoportland.com
Is your mouth watering yet?
I know mine is just writing this! In fact, you’ll find me ordering up a tasty pizza pie for dinner tonight. Now, which place should I choose…?
Do you have a favorite pick for tasty pizza in Southern Maine?
Leave a comment below and let’s teach the first-timers!