Jun 5, 2024 - Food and Drink

Mexican-Hawaiian pizza shop Pan Con Queso opens

A photo of two pizzas on a wood grain table.

Chile relleno and chorizo "pixxas" from Pan Con Queso. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

At Pan Con Queso, the 12-inch pies are called "pixxas" and the toppings — ranging from salsa verde and cotija to pineapple and spam — are anything but traditional, and exceptionally delicious.

The latest: Co-owners Makeila Magno and Henry Martinez launched their concept for Mexican-Pacific Islander pizza last year as a pop-up at Living Häus brewery, inspired by the flavors from each of their heritages.

  • This week, they opened their own shop in SE Portland's Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, selling out pizzas made with nutty multigrain dough and hand-pulled mozzarella well before closing.

Dig in: Patrons will have difficulty deciding between the "chile relleno" made with chipotle sauce, poblano peppers and cilantro crema, and the "el chingon" topped with pickled jalapenos, pineapple and pepperoni.

  • Sides, including a seasonal salad with chamoy vinaigrette and tinned fish plate, and desserts, like the Mexican-spiced cookies with chili powder, are not to be missed.

Zoom out: Pan Con Queso joins a handful of other Portland pizzaiolos putting a spin on classic pizza offerings and standing out in the city's crowded culinary scene.

The intrigue: Americans may see more Latino-Pacific Islander flavor melding in restaurants.

  • Those who identify as Asian American Pacific Islander Latinos have more than doubled over the last two decades, a new study from UCLA finds.
  • One of the most obvious products of Asian American/Latino interaction has been in the evolution of food, Anthony C. Ocampo, a Cal Poly Pomona sociology professor, told Axios.

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