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Rize Artisan Pizza to Open in October


First Location of Chef-Driven Pizza and Salad Concept Opening in Poncey-Highland

Get ready to “Rize” to greater heights in your search for an artisan dining experience in Atlanta. The first location of Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads is coming to the new mixed-use development in Poncey-Highland this October serving a menu of approachable, chef-driven fare and bold, global flavors for lunch and dinner daily.

The menu features artisan pizza unlike any other in the city, salads, flatbreads, pasta favorites, small plates, sandwiches, premium gelato and sorbet. This is real food made fresh daily. There are no freezers, fryers or microwaves in the Rize kitchen, and each dish is beautifully plated to let the freshness of responsibly sourced ingredients shine through.

“Pizza is the ultimate communal food, and the most important moments in our lives are surrounded by food,” says John Smith, Rize’s founder and CEO and former regional president of Caesars Entertainment.

Smith’s father was in the Air Force so his quest to find a favorite pizza place in every city he moved continued into adulthood and gave him many pizza experiences in Italy and across the U.S. He developed a very particular perspective on pizza. “It’s all about the perfect crust,” he says. “It has to be thin and crispy with a light, airy outer crust reminiscent of great artisan bread. A slice shouldn’t droop with all of the toppings running off either!”

In Rize’s kitchen, culinary director Eddie Russell (formerly a founder of The Four Coursemen supper club in Athens and most recently the culinary director of Argosy Bar & Restaurant in Atlanta) employs his fine dining background and avant-garde approach to bring bold, global flavors to the very approachable menu.

The beverage selection includes wine by the glass, craft beer and craft sangria. The Marabella Red and Andalucia White sangrias were named after those regions in Spain and are infused with herbs, spices and fresh fruit flavors. Non-alcoholic options include Caleb’s Kola and Stubborn craft sodas.

Rize will be open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 11p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The multi-seasonal outdoor patio is the perfect stop during an afternoon on the BeltLine or at Freedom Park. (press release courtesy of Morgan at Melissa Libby & Associates)

675 N. Highland Avenue


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