There are few better ways to enjoy a meal out this winter than at cozy Bonobo Wood Fire Pizza in Portland. Specializing in 13-inch locally sourced pizzas with creative toppings and nightly specials, this West End eatery, with its local art, groovy string lights and friendly atmosphere, feels like a home away from home.
For nearly a decade, Bonobo has been serving up deliciously crusty thin pizzas with ingredients like smoky roasted squash and leeks or spiced lamb sausage and goat cheese, plus create-your-own varieties. There’s also a small selection of salads and soups on the menu, equally fresh and sourced from local farms, plus a drink menu that features beer and wine.
The reclaimed wood bar is situated in the center of the dining room, with views of the wood-fire oven and kitchen. A rack of wine glasses dangles overhead. On draft is a rotating mix of eight local and craft beers. Recently Allagash Saison, Rising Tide Ishmael, Bissel Brothers Substance, Foundation Burnside and Brooklyn Lager were featured, among others (bottles of beer are also available).
The wine list is brief but has grown in recent years to include two whites, two reds and a bottle of bubbles. All glasses are $9 or under, but on Mondays beer and wine is half price, and the Tuesday-to-Thursday happy hour features $4 drafts and $5 glasses of wine from 4-6 p.m. (And the cheese pizza is just $7 on Tuesday and Wednesday.)
Bonobo’s Facebook page is updated regularly with daily specials and events. As a space that features local art, many of the events invite the artists featured on the wall to come in and talk about their exhibit. While you sip on a half-price glass of wine or a frothy, cold beer and wait for your pizza to crisp up in the oven, you’ll warm up in no time.
46 Pine St., Portland | 207-347-8267 | bonobopizza.com
HOURS: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; dinner 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
AMENITIES: Toasty warm dining room, string lights, local art, good music, laid-back atmosphere, magazines to read, view of wood-fire oven, clean bathrooms
BOTTOM LINE: Since 2007, Bonobo has been a mainstay in Portland’s West End.