Crust! Cafe and Pizzeria – Mount Lebanon Suburb
My wife loves pizza. If a piece of pizza and I ever found ourselves in a situation in which we both stumbled off of a cliff and my wife only had the strength to pull one of us to safety, my money would be on the pizza. Her favorite pie comes from Pepperoni’s in Bethel Park, which I also love and have glowed about in the past here and here. The only complaint that we have about this adorable family-owned establishment is that it is closed on Sundays. Though I commend Mr. Pepperoni’s desire to give his staff a weekly respite, my wife’s desire for cheesy-carbs never ever takes a day off. Consequently, one of our top priorities after moving to Upper St. Clair this past year was to locate a suitable Sabbath substitute pizza purveyor as quickly as possible.
After striking out with a few local losers, our hopes were raised when neighborhood friends of ours commented glowingly about Crust! Cafe and Pizzeria. Though the establishment doesn’t deliver, Crust! is located conveniently (for me at least) on Painters Run Road in Mount Lebanon and we headed there on a recent Friday* when our stomach’s were growling for pizza.
My first bite of pizza revealed a satisfying arrangement of gooey cheese, tangy-sweet tomato sauce and an almost-too greasy bottom crust. Eventually I ate my way to the perimeter and discovered that their namesake crust was indeed a marketable highlight. It was both crispy and chewy, with a slathering of garlic butter and parmigiana cheese. The pizza’s doughy circumference turned out to be the tastiest version of a breadstick I’ve had in years and reminded me of the love affair I had with Little Caesar’s Crazy Bread during my college days. Veni vidi vici pinsa**!
Final Call: Though their name is an affront to proper punctuation usage, Crust!’s crust is so delicious that it does deserve an exclamation point. The rest of their pizza is pretty good as well, albeit a little on the greasy side. I highly recommend stopping by the next time you’re on the way home from Sunday Mass.
* We went there on a Friday instead of a Sunday so that if their food wasn’t any good, we still could stop at Pepperoni’s and grab a replacement pizza.
** This is Latin for “I came, I saw, I conquered pizza”.