Risata Pizza to open in Greer this December

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More pizza is on the horizon.

Previous Erwin Penland creative director Joe Gilman is opening Greenville’s first Neapolitan pizzeria in Greenville.

So what exactly does a Neapolitan pizzeria look like?

Well, the official title of the association is the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) and includes a strict list of requirements to ensure that the pizza is true to traditional pizza made in Naples. The restaurant will open following VPN standards in hopes to become certified.

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Neapolitan-style pizza requires a wood-burning oven that heats to 800 degrees or higher, which cooks the pizza in about two minutes. It also requires the dough only be made with flour, yeast, water and salt and that the consistency remains “soft, elastic and easy to manipulate and fold.”

The menu will also include salad and subs all made in-house plus craft beer, wine and cocktails.

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Risata is Italian for “laughter,” a word that Gilman hopes to drive the spirit of the restaurant. “It will be a place to come together and enjoy pizza and beer with friends and have a good time,” says Gilman.

This is Gilman’s first restaurant and it became a dream after visiting Neapolitan-style restaurants in New York. The pizzeria is planned to open in December at 111 Middleton Way in Greer, beside the Walmart on Wade Hampton.

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