After outgrowing a space at Thorn and Doniphan, Artisan Pizzeria moved to the other side of the freeway between Ripe and Japanese Crepe House. The roomier, new home even has a small outdoor patio as you walk in. Inside, a large brick, wood-fired oven cooks up gourmet pizzas big enough for two or three to share. Mini pendant Tiffany lamps hang from the ceiling giving the room a warm glow, and glass sculptures reminiscent of Dale Chihuly’s art adorn the wall. Fountain drinks, Italian sodas and coffee are available, but customers are welcome to bring their own wine and beer. You can start your meal with an oven-roasted vegetable medley or rustic bread served with butter, olive oil, garlic and optional Italian herbs. Also available are salads like Caprese and an organic spring mix with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots with your choice of ranch or Italian dressing.
A variety of thirteen different pizzas are categorized by signature, vegetarian and white. Each pizza, about a foot in diameter, comes topped with fresh hunks of melted mozzarella on a soft and chewy crust. If you’re overwhelmed by the options, you can have it all with the Artisan pizza: tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms, artichoke, red onion, cherry peppers and black olives. If you like white pizzas, try the pesto pizza (pesto, mozzarella, mushrooms and fresh garlic) or spinach (alfredo sauce, mozzarella, spinach, sliced tomatoes, garlic and olive oil). All pizzas can be made into a calzone. If you don’t feel like either, order one of three sandwiches (roasted chicken with chipotle spread, salami or Caprese).
At Artisan, you’re almost guaranteed to take leftovers home, but if you should still have room, order the dessert calzone stuffed with nutella and topped with cocoa, cinnamon and cane sugar.
910 Redd Rd., Ste. D; 915-858-7606; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 2-8 p.m. $5-16.50; Vegetarian friendly