The newest restaurant opening at Phipps Plaza is the perfect cure for your shopping hangries. It’s called Genuine Pizza, and it offers an extensive menu of Italian-style pies, as well as healthy snacks, green salads, filling entreés and decadent desserts.
Warning: Drool-worthy content ahead.
WHY GO: Because shopping is a sport, and you have to refuel your body after such strenuous exercise. But also, because the food is so good here!
|Genuine Pizza has lots of seating options, including booths, tables, and counter and bar seats|
THE VIBE: Warm and colorful. The restaurant is filled with green, yellow and orange hues throughout.
DRINK THIS: This really depends on what you’re eating. Genuine Pizza carries beer and wine, so ask your server for a pairing that would complement your order. The staff is really knowledgeable and will make an excellent recommendation.
EAT THIS: Order a pie or two to share with your table! My favorite pizzas are the short rib, the mushroom, and the pesto ones. However, Genuine Pizza has many creative topping combinations, so dare to try something different during your visit. Psst: There is a gluten-free dough option!
|The short rib pizza was easily my favorite!|
To start off your meal, consider some of their snacks and salads, too. The polenta fries are addicting, and the dish is a creative take on a classic Italian ingredient. There’s also homemade ricotta and marinated olives, which are both super shareable. And if you’re looking for a protein-based option, try the meatballs or oven roasted wings. The latter are topped with agrodolce (Italian sweet and sour sauce) and come with rosemary crema – yum!
|Polenta fries with spicy ketchup|
Oh, and the Brussels sprouts and burrata salad is not to be missed. It may have become my new favorite salad in Atlanta! Served with basil, pears and almonds, this flavorful combination is perfection on a plate.
|Brussels sprouts and burrata salad -- YUM! This photo doesn't do it justice...|
Last but very much not least, the cookie. THE cookie. Genuine Pizza’s warm chocolate chunk cookie is the best chocolate chunk cookie I’ve ever had! I’m not huge on sweets, but I’ve been craving it ever since I tried it. I have no idea what it is about that cookie that makes it so damn delicious, but I need more of it in my life! Definitely save room for this one at the end of your meal. (sorry, no pic – ate too quickly!)
LOGISTICS: Genuine Pizza is located inside Phipps Plaza, near the main entrance of the mall. It is open for lunch and dinner daily, and reservations are not necessary. There’s plenty of free self-parking, as well as complimentary valet.