JOHNSTON, Rhode Island (WBZ NewsRadio) — Is it pizza, or is it art? Apparently, both.
Eric Palmieri of D. Palmieri's Bakery in Johnston, Rhode Island makes pizza art that's meant to be eaten.
"I think I would say [I'm a] pizzamaker, first and foremost," Palmieri told WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville. "This is all sort of very new to me. Obviously there's a huge creative element to it, but I think there's still a part of me that feels a little uncomfortable referring to myself as an artist, it just sounds so lofty. But I guess if people wanna call me that, I'm not gonna argue!"
He's been at it since 2016, though he said his first creations were simple.
"Some really basic designs that were basically just outlines, and there wasn't any depth, or perspective, or texture, or shading, or anything, and I've kind of developed all of those techniques over the last couple of years," he said.
Palmieri said it takes him about an hour for something simple like a Patriots or Bruins logo, and up to three hours for more complex designs.
But no matter how complex or artistic, the goal is for them to be eaten, not just admired.
"That's the whole point, ultimately—I want it to taste as good as it looks," he said.
The only downside? They don't ship. You'll have to come to the bakery if you want to sink your teeth into a slice of art.
Check out some of Palmieri's pizzas above—and you can view more of his creations on his Instagram, here.
WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports