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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
New Oregon Pizza Joint Offers the Unusual
Oregon) - The "mad pizza chef" of the north Oregon coast has
Phil Kaufman, former owner of a handful of businesses in
the Nehalem Bay such as Guido's and The Edgewood, is back with a new incarnation
of his crazed scientist-like experimentations with the Italian pie. This
time, he has teamed up with local restaurant veteran Jeanne Wells for
The Pizza Garden in Nehalem, which opened up this summer to rave reviews
from locals along with a cajoling view of the Nehalem River. Kaufman’s
out-of-the-box pizza thinking is paired with Wells’ sense of interior
design, and the two now run what is becoming a culinary legend in the
Nehalem Bay because of some unusual offerings.
Many of the regular pizza ingredients are irregular in
the first place: not even in the Portland area will you find many pizzerias
with toppings like meatballs, herbed lamb, chorizo, pastrami, carrots,
cashews and other nuts, celery, smoked salmon, zucchini, mandarins or
cheeses like smoked provolone, gorgonzola, ricotta feta, marscapone or
|The view of the river at The Pizza Garden.
Kaufman co-founded the original Guido's in Wheeler back
in 2005, which quickly became an Oregon coast favorite for his "designer
pizzas," where customers would simply let Kaufman surprise them with
a host of often wild, esoteric gourmet toppings. That tradition has again
started at The Pizza Garden.
Guests set a budget, declare what ingredients they absolutely
don’t want, and Kaufman coughs up some interesting experiments that
make addicts out of customers. Pizza pies may arrive with blackened chicken,
artichoke hearts, scrambled eggs, creamy garlic and horseradish sauce,
a base of Dijon mustard and lemon, sweet and sour sauce or maybe spinach.
Many of these are specially purchased gourmet items that
are not on the regular menu. They are set aside for the designer pizzas
and the inventory changes every few days.
|Size does matter at Pizza Garden: even the small pizzas are enormous.
The out of the ordinary doesn’t stop there. The Pizza
Garden also features gluten-free pizza dough for those allergic to wheat.
Vegetables are organic and grown locally or in the Portland area, and
most of the meats are free range, like the chicken and beef. The coffee
is organic as well. Dough is made fresh each day, and most of the salad
dressings are also house made.
Pizza Garden features pastas, enormous hoagie sandwiches (which are almost
as big as small pizzas) and lasagnas, all made from Kaufman’s own
sauces. The choice of sauces for the pastas and pizzas are unusual as
well: creamy garlic, pesto, rustico, creamy dill and herb and garlic for
the pizzas; and for the pastas there’s a Thai peanut sauce among
the more commonly known choices. There are also soups, an extensive selection
of salads and appetizers on the menu.
Even these hover in the gourmet area, such as the caprese
($7.95), which is mozzarella, tomato and basil drizzled with EV olive
|Nearby Manzanita: exploring these sights will make you hungry in
There are, of course, plenty of the usual ingredients such
as pepperoni, pineapple, the commonly used marinara sauce bases, etc.
Pizzas also come with preset selections in the usual categories, but also
with rarely seen themes of vegan, hamburger, Tahitian or a New Orleans/Cajun-style
Wells has been in the north Oregon coast restaurant biz
for the last two decades in various job descriptions. Kaufman has been
in the area for 15 years.
The Pizza Garden delivers in the Wheeler, Nehalem
and Manzanita area for an extra $3, and there is a beautiful river view
while dining. Take out is also available. 35815 Highway 101 North, Nehalem,
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
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reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
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at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
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Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
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Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
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breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
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