Rize: A new pizza joint for Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs is growing by leaps and bounds. Every time I drive there I see a new restaurants or building going up. Now, they’ve got an additional fast casual restaurant with Rize Artisan Pizza.
Dough is cold proofed for 48 hours. Each pizza is baked for over 3 minutes at 575 degrees for a crispy, golden brown crust that doesn‘t flop.
I visited during their soft opening, and when I did parking was forced valet and I didn’t see other parking options. And the valet is incredibly slow so I just parked across the street at Whole Foods and walked over. Rise Artisan Pizza was full of families looking for a quick meal on this weeknight. And food does come out fast. It was mere minutes before our wings and cauliflowers came out.
I didn’t like the smokey cauliflower but my hubby, on the other hand, loved it. But the wings which are baked in the oven and then finished on the grill were heavenly with their ginger honey sauce. So definitely make sure to order those to start when you visit Rize Artisan Pizza in Sandy Springs.
The crust is neither thin or thick. And it isn’t the Neapolitan kind that is dominated the market today. Though Rize’s pizza oven temp is high at 575 degrees, it isn’t as high as the likes of an Antico, Varasano’s, Varuni Napoli. The Waverly Pie with prosciutto and fig jam was the jam. But a Garden pie with veggies was quite tasty too. They don’t skimp on toppings here.
If you are looking for a healthier alternatives, the salads at Rize Artisan Pizza are incredible. We loved the Spice Road Chicken. With baby spinach, goat cheese, chickpeas, sweet peppers, fennel, basil, mint, cilantro, scallion, golden spice vinaigrette it was quite filling. I want to go back and try the Asian Shrimp and Pear & Walnut. They are just $11, $7 for half portions.
Save room for the Gelato. Once scoop will do ya just fine and it’s only 3 bucks! It’s incredibly hard to choose: Blood Orange, Mango, Pistachio, Tiramisu, Salted Caramel?? The good news is that it is reasonably priced, so you can go back often and try different flavors at Rize.
Right now with opening they are testing what specials work well. They have a $5 sangria special on Thursdays (normaly $7), so we will see. And their lunch special of pizza and choice of soup or salad for $10 is terrific too. I hope they keep them!
Disclosure: my meal was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.