Good pizza in North Clackamas, like really good pizza, isn’t an option. Sure, there’s some family style places (they’ll work in a pinch) and Lord knows we have chains up and down McLoughlin that can feed families of 10. But, what’s missing is thin-crust with dough that’s been made with real ingredients and sauce that doesn’t taste like ketchup. It’s not too much to ask is it?
Enter Pronto Pizza. Billing itself as “pizza reminiscent of NYC, a hint of New Haven, a bit of Napoli with a local twist right here in Clackamas,” they’re a shining light snuggled in a dank strip mall off of 82nd Drive. It’s not a far drive from Milwaukie or Oak Grove. And it’s worth the drive.
We went on an early Friday night as it was just starting to get crowded. We were seated quickly and (also quickly) ordered a pitcher of Breakside IPA. The bar area is comfortable and the fact that they have good, local beer is a good sign.
Over beers, we enjoyed an appetizer of Fried Risotto Balls ($7) which were scarfed quickly. For dinner, because we were starving, we ordered two pizzas. The Willamette ($17 – feeds about 3-4) is a white pizza and is topped with roasted garlic, oregano, mozzarella, house made ricotta, parmesan, provolone, fontina, black pepper. Our other pie, the Clackamas ($20- feeds about 3-4) is a meaty affair – tomato sauce, fresh basil, pepperoni, housemade sausage, mozzarella, and parmesan.
Each were top notch and we had leftovers for the weekend.
The atmosphere in here belies its surroundings – once you step inside, you’re transported into a cooler, hipper spot that the owners did a nice job revamping from the former Sunshine Pizza.
Pronto Pizza is proof that people in the Clack like good food, are willing to pay a bit more for quality (local, organic, fresh, made with some thought), and will support local businesses. They offer gluten-free pizza and most items on the menu are to-go. Check this place out.
Open 7 days, lunch and dinner
until 9:30 pm Sun.-Thurs., 10pm Fri.-Sat.
16050 SE 82nd Drive, Clackamas OR 97015