Sedona chef and restaurateur Lisa Dahl has unleashed her vision once again. This time it's a hip new pizza joint called Pisa Lisa, which is named in memory of her father, Herb Levinson, who playfully used to say "I want a piece of Lisa!"
"For all you Chicago sausage lovers be sure to try " Da Herbie pizza," says Dahl."
A wood-fired forno welcomes you as you first enter the door. This is where the magic begins. Last fall, Lisa took her two new chefs on a trip to California's wine country to learn the art of pizza dough making from renowned pizzaiole Andrea Mugnaini, of Mugnaini Wood Fired Ovens. The distinctive style of crust was the variety Lisa wanted as the canvas for her imaginative combinations. Lisa says, "I always wanted to try my hand at Napolitano style pizza, but it had to be uniquely my own."
Pisa Lisa features an upscale gourmet deli stocked daily with freshly prepared antipasto salads. Lisa's line of signature sauces and vinaigrettes are conveniently available in refrigerated cases for Grab 'n' Go.
For those seeking the perfect epicurean gift there is a Mercado at the entrance featuring hard to find culinary items such as infused truffle oils and aged vinegars. Pisa Lisa t-shirts, cookbooks and aprons adorn the shelves.
Pisa Lisa's small bar is fully stocked offering locally brewed and imported beers. There is an awe-inspiring selection of wine emphasizing pairings with gourmet cheeses and charcuterie tapas plates that are sure to be the hit for happy hour. Espresso drinks are handcrafted to compliment the decadent pastries prepared by Lisa's expert pastry chefs, Stephen Zichichi and Michael Cohen. For a lively atmosphere, four flat screens have been installed for foodie and sports lover's entertainment.
Inspiration for the restaurant logo comes from a hand-painted little ceramic plate Lisa found while visiting Pisa, Italy. In collaboration with local graphic designer Tony DeLuz and sign maker Josh Lillis, the charming cherub depicted in the plate was brought to life on Pisa Lisa's iconic billboard that now welcomes patrons.
No doubt locals will do a double take upon entering this newly renovated old haunt that was originally a Pizza Hut. Multi-talented Sedona folk artist Annie Rhinehart, has personalized the décor with her whimsical shadowboxes. She used photos of Lisa and her family and other joyful images taken from Chef Dahl's Lisa's award-winning cookbook, "The Elixir of Life."
The dark espresso walls make the perfect backdrop to Rhinehart's work, but the color was also chosen to reflect the bittersweet events in Lisa's life. Customers on their way to the bagno are treated to a hilarious blast from the past when they see what Lisa and Annie conjured up as a remake of the 2005 SAC calendar which features Hall of Fame-like local celebrities.
Located at 2245 West Highway 89A in West Sedona. "Dahl-ivery" service isn't yet available, but plans are in the works. For take-out orders, call (928) 282-5472 or 282-LISA! Also visit Lisa's website, www.cheflisadahl.com for updates and daily specials.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.