Happy Thursday pretty friends! Can you believe this is the LAST week of 2016? This year flew by for me. I’ve seen a lot of negativity on social media about this year being terrible but I personally think it was the best year yet. Looking forward to what 2017 brings us! Today on the blog I am featuring a new Atlanta restaurant- introducing Rize Artisan Pizza and Salads.
About Rize Artisan Pizza
Located in Poncey-Highalnd, Rize is featuring a chef-driven, creative menu of hand-crafted salads, pizzas and pasta with bold flavors. My husband and I had the pleasure of trying Rize a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. From the moment you walk into the beautiful, open kitchen restaurant, you are greeted by the friendly staff. They have an extensive list of beers and sangria, which they keep on tap all day! I went with one of their Italian sodas while Drew went with a local beer they were featuring. I highly recommend trying the Lemon Berry Acai soda- it was incredible and very unique.
After ordering our drinks Chef Eddie sent out a few of his favorite appetizers. My favorite was the charred cauliflower, which came with spiced walnuts and pomegranate seeds topped with a maple sesame dressing. Drew’s favorite was their signature Charbroiled Chicken Wings that came with a spice herb rub served with ginger-honey dipping sauce. We also tried their Spice Road Chicken Salad made with sliced chicken breast on a bed of baby spinach with goat cheese, chickpeas, sweet peppers, fennel, basil, mint, cilantro, scallion and a spicy vinaigrette. This would make a great, light lunch during the week!
A parade of pizzas followed each with a cute little yellow tag indicating which team member made the pizza. We were fortunate enough to try their signature pizzas- the Waverly, Asian BBQ Chicken and the Garden. The Waverly included prosciutto, gorgonzola, shredded mozzarella, asiago, fig jam, balsamic reduction and grana padano cheese. This pizza was very bold and rich because of the gorgonzola cheese- an Italian blue cheese. The Asian BBQ Chicken pizza was topped with chopped barbecued chicken, shredded mozzarella, charred red onion, green chili sauce, sesame seed, scallion, and lime zest. This was my husbands favorite because it was very non-traditional and creative! If you like Korean BBQ you’ll love this pizza! My favorite, the Garden pizza, was made with fire roasted tomato, goat cheese, shredded mozzarella, roasted artichoke, roasted shiitake mushrooms, charred red onion, zucchini, watermelon radish, toasted pecan pesto, basil, and topped with a roasted garlic oil. This pizza was unlike other vegetable pizzas I’ve tried because the vegetables stayed crisp and full of flavor. A great option for this kids so they can eat their veggies!
Lunch Dates at Rize
I must also add- Rize has a great price point and always doing fun specials. For example, their lunch deal is amazing. For only $10 you can pick two items- a flatbread or sandwich plus a soup or lunch salad. For the quality of food you are getting this is way better than Panera or any other big chain lunch deal. Also, you can get a lunch pizza that includes 4 toppings of your choice and a craft beverage for $12.50.
A huge thanks to owner, John Smith, Chef Eddie Russell and their friendly team for a delicious evening! Let me know what you think when you visit Rize Artisan Pizza and Salads!
Disclosure: I attended this complimentary dinner to cover on my blog, Peaches to Pearls. While the menu items I sampled were complimentary, the opinions and photos included here are honest and unsolicited.