Be careful what you read in the paper. A few years back, longtime fans of Old Town Pizza, Stephanie and Adam Milne, saw a notice that the then nearly 30-year-old institution was for sale. Though neither was working in the restaurant business at the time, the two were so concerned that the venerable place might change, they bought it.
Change it hasn't. Even if you haven't been in for a couple of decades, you'll find the multilevel space exceedingly familiar. Customers still order pizza from a window overlooking the ovens and receive a playing card in exchange, and the space still has more nooks, crannies and mysterious alcoves than Hogwarts. There's even the resident ghost Nina, a lady of the night who, according to the legend, was killed on the property after trying to clean up the neighborhood.
I was more a fan of Pizzicato Pizza when I lived in Portland, Oregon, but I visited Old Town Pizza on numerous occasionsit was just across the Burnside Bridge from my inner-southeast apartment. It's good to see the place has been purchased by a couple who plan to keep it as-is. Word is there's an entrance to the notorious shanghai tunnels in the basement.
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