TOMORROW: SE Portland Pizza Crawl & Tour!

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The SE Portland Pizza Crawl & Tour is tomorrow 7/15! We’re prepping #zines and prizes right now!  And damn if the new long am stapler isn’t killing it! 🏅Looking for last minute tickets and pizza goodness? Click here. 😍🍕😍🍕😍🍕#staysaucy #portlandpizza #thatzinelife


July 11: ‘Za @ Side Yard Farm’s Bike-In Movie

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Enjoy “Best in Show” al fresco tomorrow July 11 with our friends at Side Yard Farm in #cully for their bike-in movie night.

We’ll be there before the screening slinging tickets to our SE Portland Pizza Crawl & Tour plus zines and an opportunity to donate to Scottie’s Pizza Parlor’s food access project Pay it Forward.

Fun times, good flicks, plus goodness from Jackalope Wines and Nourishment PDX. Not a bad way to spend a balmy July night in #neportland#portlandevents #portlandfun#outdoormovies #urbanfarm #pdxfarms

Pay it Forward Pop-Up: 7/7 @ Scottie’s


Pizza with a side of community! Come out and see us this Saturday 7/7, 5-7pm at Scottie’s Pizza Parlor (2128 SE Division St, Portland) for a rad pop-up in support of Pay it Forward.

When you donate $2.50 or more (the price of a slice) to support food access in Portland, you’ll get $5 off a ticket to our SE Portland Pizza Crawl & Tour.  We will also be bringing #pizzaswag vibes and first class zine-itude. Please check out Scotties’ site for more info on how to donate and support their awesome community projects. #portlandpizza#pizzaforacause #portlandfoodtours

Announcing: 7/15 SE Portland Pizza Crawl & Tour w/ the Pizza Queen


—- SE Portland Pizza Crawl & Tour with The Pizza Queen —-

SUNDAY, JULY 15 FROM 4:30PM-6:30PM, TICKETS: $35.00


Members of the Portland Slice Kingdom, hear my decree. Your humble Pizza Queen, a.k.a Nicki Yowell will be hosting an unparalleled pizza-perience on Sunday, July 15 here in  southeast Portland.

We’ve got some awesome pie partners including Scottie’s Pizza, Atlas Pizza and more TBA.

—- What You’ll Get: —-

1) Delicious pizza treats from some of the best spots in town!

2) A special behind-the-crust look at the history, stories, and operations of your favorite Portland pizzerias!

3) Saucy historical and cultural pizza knowledge from a bonafide slice expert in-the-know!

4) Special edition tour zine with awesome maps, graphics, and juicy info!


RSVP on the old ‘Book. See you saucy babies there. 🙂

Pizzas of the USA! Today’s the Day!

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Please indulge me for a moment as I revel in the awesomeness that is Pizzas of the USA, presented by ‘Za the Pizza Zine and Atlas Obscura Society of Portland. Here is the official announcement for attendees:

“Atlas Obscura is excited to present the first ever “Pizzas of the U.S.A.” lecture, Q&A and tasting.  Bring your appetite.  Bring your curiosity.  7 pm @  American Legion Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta.

Hosted by self-proclaimed self-proclaimed madcap Pizza Queen and creator of ‘Za the Pizza Zine Nicki Yowell, the event features several local pizzerias, each representing a different geo-pizza mentality. “


Our tasting is like a Portland pizza dream team: Red Sauce Pizza, East Glisan Pizza Lounge, Scottie’s, Tastebud, Life of Pie, and Handsome Pizza have all been kind enough to donate pies, their time, and their invaluable expertise. I am glowing with cheesy pride!

The event has, sadly been sold out for a minute so you can’t grab any last minute tickets! But I’ll be hosting a SE Portland Pizza Walking Tour with Atlas Obscura later this summer. Keep your eyes pizza “peeled” (hardeehar) for our official announcement!

Have to get real for a minute and say that this event has been years in the making. I started ‘Za the Pizza Zine, appropriately enough, here in Portland during an internship almost eight whole years ago. I’ve put out three full issues and two special issues since, the most recent a huge, undertaking.

Pizzas of the USA has been months in the making and I can’t be prouder. Please stay tuned for more awesomeness from ‘Za the Pizza Zine and your (humble) Pizza Queen, Nicki Yowell.

Olympia Zine Fest ’17


Your pizza publishing pals at ‘Za the Pizza Zine will be posted up at Olympia Zine Fest in scenic Washington state tomorrow October 14 from 11 am-5 pm PST. Visit us at the tabling expo at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW over at Table 33A. We’ll be slinging our newest divine creation ‘Za the Pizza Zine #3 complete with our incomparable Portland Pizza Quest Guide along with other tasty creations. See ya there! Be sure to bring the paper bucks $$$$. ❤

Chicago Zine Fest is Upon Us!

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This is my first formal post for my ‘Za the Pizza Zine blog.

I will be at Chicago Zine Fest with a brand new zine, Slice of Life, this Saturday. It’s all about pizza memories from my life. Here’s an excerpt:

The biggest thing Pizza Hut had going for it in the mid-‘90s was the lunchtime buffet. From the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Pizza Hut outpost at the corner of Whipp Road and Far Hills became a haven for famished firemen, reluctant business professionals from the nearby office park and weary, pushover mothers and their hungry, writhing child swarms. My mom and I, along with my best friend Stephanie, were often among them during the summer months.

And guess what? I’m going to be passing out free pizza from Lou Malnati’s and from my own kitchen. It’ going to be awesome! I’m really excited to check out zine this  from Rochester New York called eat. You’ll never guess what it’s about.

What zines are you guys excited to see? I’m looking forward to checking out if there are any other crazy food zines at the fest.

I’m also stoked for the Zinester Karaoke on Friday at Quimby’s. I’m sure I and others will be embarrassing ourselves.

Also, I wrote a couple previews for the A.V. Club Chicago about some hometown zinemakers. Check out the first two with Michelle Aiello of Indigo and Ramsey Beyer of List!

Be there or be square, snicklefritz.

Hope to see you there with bells on!