Wining & Dining
Pizza Artista
5/5/2017 2:02:58 PM

According to, 94% of Americans eat pizza "regularly.” While somewhat vague, it is nonetheless good news for Scott McClaskey, who opened Pizza Artista at Prien Lake Mall last October with his wife, Cynthia, and their partner, Kirk Miller. The success of this pizza parlor is evident from numerous online review sites. Both and rate Pizza Artista as the number one pizza restaurant in Louisiana. Social media sites collectively give Pizza Artista 4.9 out of five stars.

McClaskey credits their success to the flawless execution of a stellar business plan. The fast-casual model upon which his plan was based is currently the fastest-growing segment of the pizza industry. Between the two, McClaskey and Miller have over fifty plus years of experience in the pizza industry as single unit, multi-unit, and Regional Operations Directors for both local and national pizza chains. They supervised more than fifty pizza restaurants in Louisiana before embarking on Pizza Artista. "Every detail at Pizza Artista was pre-planned, including the one-way mirror in the men’s room and the automated hand washing machine – the only restaurant in Louisiana that has one,” says Mccluskey.

The McClaskeys and Miller opened their first Pizza Artista in Lafayette in March 2015. They opened the Lake Charles establishment a year and a half later, which was a quick success. They are currently in the process of selling their first franchise, which will open in the Youngsville/Broussard area.

The real appeal is the personal experience, says McClaskey. "Every customer can have a customized pizza made especially for them. They choose the crust (three options), the sauce (eight choices), the cheeses (at least ten), and up to eight toppings (including the cheese).” Pizza Artista is to pizza what Subway is to sandwiches, but with more options, with a total of 80 different ingredients to choose from!

If the choices seem too overwhelming, no problem. Pizza Artista offers 13 signature pizzas. They also offer seasonal pizzas such as the popular Fig-N-Awesome (figs, brie cheese, bacon, tasso, and smoked provolone, then drizzled with Steen’s syrup after baking) or the Caribbean Chicken Mango (chicken, minced garlic, feta cheese, mozzarella, purple onions, bell pepper, pineapple, jalapenos, mango, tomato, and jerk spices).

But the locals have their own favorites. McClaskey says the number one seller is their Classic Cajun (pepperoni, ham, beef, Italian sausage, Cajun sausage, andouille, smoked tasso, mozzarella cheese, and a spicy sauce), followed by the Artista (four meats, four cheeses, onions, green peppers, black olives) and the BBQ Chicken. "We’re known for having extravagant offerings.”

McClaskey also credits success to the quality of ingredients they use to make their pizzas. He buys his high quality meats from an Italian family in Chicago. They source locally for their Cajun meats.

Another key to their success is the high standard of friendly customer service. Each team member is vetted through a rigorous selection process and oriented on the foundations of good customer service.

McClaskey believes there is a responsibility for businesses to give back to the communities that have been good to them. "In our first year in Lafayette, we raised about $10,000 for local charities. We do fundraisers for a variety of different organizations. It’s important to us.”

What’s up next for Pizza Artista? Gelato! Coming soon.

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