In the past five years or so, the popularity of painting classes has been on the rise. The appearance of so-called “paint-and-sip” classes allow non-artists to relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail, chat with friends, and end up with a painting to take home.
But what if you’re hungry and want to eat your art? Acrylics and oil paint may sit well on the palette, but usually not on the palate — too bitter, too chewy.
The folks over at Pizza Artista have solved that problem by swapping out the canvas for some three-day-aged house-made dough, while replacing the paint and brushes with more than 70 ingredients to choose from.
“You can create your own pizza, however crazy you want it to be,” said Greenville franchise owner Hileri Mercier.
Pizza Artista has just opened up its first location in Greenville at 27 S. Pleasantburg Dr., near Fresh Market and Camelot Cinemas.
Founded in Louisiana, the Cajun-inspired pizza chain specializes in giving diners as many options as possible — “kind of like Moe’s on steroids, but in a pizza concept,” Mercier said.
Toppings-wise, the menu features the usual suspects — pepperoni, sausage, peppers, sliced tomatoes — as well as some less typical options, like shrimp, peanuts, mango, artichoke hearts and vegan sausage, to name just a few.
“I think the most insane one I’ve seen ordered was one customer who asked for everything on it,” Mercier said. “That was one messy-looking creation.”
All pizzas are baked in a stone-fire oven. Less choosy diners can also select one of the chef-inspired specialty pizza recipes, or opt out of pizza altogether and go with a plate of chicken wings. Pizza Artista also offers alcoholic beverages, including a 16-tap self-pour beer wall.
Mercier said she and her husband, Brian, plan to open two more Pizza Artista locations in Greenville in the near future, with their eyes on a spot downtown and one on Woodruff Road.
“We’re all about unique creations, great flavor and great atmosphere,” Mercier said. “We look forward to seeing how creative Greenville can be.”