The idea was born across the Pacific Ocean in a “land from down under”. In October 2001, Costa Anastasiadis opened the first Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar in Sydney, Australia. There are tons of pizza places in most areas of the world from the big chain pizza stores to the “mom and pop” pizzerias. Costa found a way to blend the two together, yet make pizza a gourmet item with fresh quality ingredients while still using proper pizzeria techniques. The concept spread like wildfire in Australia, opening over 100 stores in Australia in 7 years. In May 2012, Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar made its US debut in the Studio City, CA under the guidance of master franchisee, John de Vries, who will run the franchise growth in North America. The pizza makers all have their different parts to play to make this well-oiled pizza bar machine work efficiently. It’s all open with nothing to hide. You can watch them dress your pizza with artful flair. The restaurant interior is funky and fun just like Studio City with contrasting red, black, and white. This was the perfect place to open the first US location.
White Prosciutto is topped with roasted potato, prosciutto, gorgonzola bleu cheese, and fresh rosemary on a béchamel chardonnay base. Okay, you might be thinking, “potatoes on a pizza?” But it totally works! The potatoes added a nice texture with a baked potato flavor. The gorgonzola punched the flavor out of the park with its zingy pungent flavor. The prosciutto added a luxurious and smoky flavor. The crust was crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside like a baguette – no crust left behind here! Thumbs up, way up!
Szechuan Chili Prawn is spicy Szechuan seasoned prawns, green peppers, spring onions, and bocconcini garnished with lemon and fresh chili on a sweet chili base. This is a gourmet pizza with an Asian flare – slightly spicy and sweet. It is something totally different and extraordinary! The shrimp was cooked perfectly with a fresh snap and clean, sweet flavor. All of the ingredients play on each other and harmonize together in zen-like goodness. And, of course, the crust is amazing! Thumbs up, way up!
Yes, they have dessert! Rocky Road Calzone is a calzone filled with mud cake, dark chocolate, marshmallows, and cherries. It is so ingenious! But be warned, this is a messy dessert, but it is so worth it! Don’t be ashamed, be proud, and have a good time eating it. It was like a cross between a beignet and a chocolate lava cake. The crust was fluffy and slightly crunchy on the outside and fluffy and tender on the inside. The chocolaty interior was reminiscent of childhood with gooey chocolate and marshmallows. Who could ask for me? Thumbs up, way up!
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar has set the bar high on flavor and quality. Step on up, the pizza is fresh and hot up here!
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
11928 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 11:30am-11:00pm, Friday-Saturday from 11:30am-12:00am
Complimentary valet parking