Certified Pies Prepares to Open Dine-in Space After Years in Ghost Kitchen

harlem wilson making pizzas at certified pizza
Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo Harlem Wilson started making pizzas several years ago. A friend, Kreg (cq) Stewart loved his pizza so much, he and his wife Samatha, along with Wilson are co-owners of Certified Pies. Certified Pies is currently takeout and delivery only, but is opening their own brick-and-mortar location later this fall.

Certified Pies has evolved from a side hustle to one of the city’s only Black-owned pizza restaurants. 

And it began with a birthday celebration.

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Certified Pies is a Certified Hit

Certified Pies Owners

The expansion of the restaurant takeout and delivery business is a result of the pandemic. Certified Pies of Little Rock has thrived during the pandemic and continues to roll out its praiseworthy pizza lineup.

Owners Kreg and Samantha Stewart discovered that Kreg’s longtime friend, Harlem Wilson, was a pizza expert. Wilson, who always loved to cook, was an undiscovered pizza wizard until Kreg sampled his creations. Once Kreg tasted Wilson’s pizza, plans were made to establish Certified Pies.

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Little Rock’s only Black-owned pizza restaurant is on the rise.

From left: Harlem Wilson, Samantha Stewart, Kreg Stewart

Kreg Stewart had no intention of baking pizzas last August when he rented a space in Arkitchen — a 5,000 square foot shared commercial kitchen space offering caterers, bakers and food truck owners an incubator to develop their food businesses.

Stewart’s goal was to start a meal prep company, but his plans changed suddenly over his birthday weekend after his friend Harlem Wilson, a homemade pizza hobbyist, made him a pizza.

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Certified Pies, Little Rock’s only Black-owned pizza company

From left: Kreg Stewart and Harlem Wilson

Certified Pies is the first and only black-owned pizza business in Little Rock. They bring a fresh and unique food experience to central Arkansas with pizza, wings, loaded fries and salads.

“All of the produce we use for our pizzas and salads are shipped in from local vendors like K Hall & Sons Produce,” says Wilson. “I would put my money on it; it is the freshest thing in town!”

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