May 17, 2007
Times Visited: 3
We went for a simple pizza and were amazed by all the vegan options. All the vegans items are marked on the menu with a little tomato: marinara pasta, marinaded tempeh sandwich, fake meatball hoggie, a vegan pizza, plus appetizers, another pasta dish, tofu scramble on weekend brunch and much more. They also have a cocktail menu with a good selection of bottled beers and wines (or so I’m told) I was just excited about the Henry’s root beer at a bar!
We ordered their signature vegan pizza that came with a somewhat sweet white bean sauce, some marinated tempeh and our choice of three veggies – sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and spinach. A 12″ Pizza for $14, was that a good deal? Well, it was enough food for 2 people eating an average sized meal. The pizza came out with some rice Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top and very fresh toppings on a crispy crust. I am not normally a fan of thin crust, but this tasted great and held up under the weight of all the veggies.
No wonder Pizza Fino is so vegan friendly, it’s a sister pizza shop to Bella Faccia. In a Willamette Week article the owner, Linda Zumoff, briefly mentions her history making vegan pizzas. No wonder this is so good! I can’t wait to go back.
I went back again for the Tempeh Sandwich. That is one large sandwich for $7, plus is comes with a bowl of soup – all vegan. The sandwich was too big for me to eat in one sitting. I saved it for lunch and it didn’t taste as good the second day. I am disappointed to say that I wasn’t as happy with the sandwich as I wanted to be. It’s called a Tempeh Salad Sandwich – we all know what that means – it’s a variation on a chicken/tuna/tofu salad. Crumbled tempeh with a tofu mayo, mustard, chopped celery and other spices. I was hoping for some slices of marinated tempeh.
The thing I wasn’t too happy with about the salad was that I couldn’t figure out all the flavors. While it tasted good, I just couldn’t wrap my tounge around all the flavors going on. The texture was good with the soft tempeh crumbles, creamy tofu mayo and tiny crunchy bites of celery, a vegetable I am normally happy staying away from. This sandwich is not going to defer me from eating here again by any means. Pizza Fino has some great food and next time I want this sandwich I will bring a dining partner to share the meal.
The Vegan Meatball Sandwich is a huge 4 piece meatball sandwich smothered in marinara on a thick 8″ roll. Not something to eat on a first date – Boy is this a messy sandwich! Seems like the meatballs are created out of a base of gimme-lean type sausage with many more spices and some vegetables. It tastes wonderful warm, but the meatballs can be a bit too squishy when eaten as left overs. Be sure to order this one!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Address: 8225 N Denver Ave Portland, OR 97217
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-10pm