Ordering online is the best option, especially if you're a bit antisocial and don't like dealing with… well, people. Join up as a VIPP (Very Important Pizza Person) and you automatically get free delivery, but you also have access to their online ordering system, complete with all their customised pizza options, and you won't need to explain your whims and fancies to a faceless person at the other end of the phone.
I had to provide dinner for two adults and two children. The kids are old-school and will only eat the plainest of pizzas, so a Margherita (tomato, mozzarella cheese, oregano $16) from the Traditional menu was required. But they are only two and five and wouldn't eat more than two pieces each, so I only needed half a pizza for them.
I really wanted the Five Spice Pork Belly (five spice marinated pork belly, fresh pear slices, wild rocket, crushed walnuts and balsamic glaze $24) from the Upper Crust menu, but my friend can't eat walnuts. She wanted to try the Crust Supreme (smoked ham, pepperoni, Italian sausage, fresh capsicum, olives, Spanish onions, Kalamata olives, tomato base $21) from the Meat menu, but doesn't like olives.
Normally, this sort of fussiness at dinner time could lead to tantrums and hissy fits, but because you can customise all of Crust's pizzas with zero hassle, we all ended up getting exactly what we wanted: I dropped the walnuts from the Pork Belly Pizza, and got the other as a half/half pizza with no olives.
Not only can you drop bits and pieces you don't like from your pizza, but you can add extra serves (double the meat, or cheese for example) for a fee. Most pizzas can be made gluten free by customising onto a special base, you can even build your own pizza from scratch. So if you really wanted to try a meatball pizza with artichokes, roast potato, crushed cashews and gorgonzola cheese on a gluten free base with hoisin sauce – they will make it for you ($25 for a medium. For real – let me know if you're ever brave enough to try).
Crust is not your typical $6 pizza store. The cheapest pizzas start at $16 for a large ($13 for a medium), but their menu is extensive, and they truly give you what you want. In addition to their standard (and not so standard) meat, vegetarian, seafood and chicken pizzas, they offer calzones and healthier choice pizzas such as the Baby Spinach pizza (fresh baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, bocconcini, roasted capsicum and walnuts, tomato base $16) which contains only half the saturated fat as a standard pizza and also provides 80% of the daily required fibre intake for an average adult.
If you're not so much into healthy pizzas, you can try their dessert calzones ($9.50). I have a sweet tooth and even I found the Rocky Road calzone super intense – a ball of chocolate mud cake, dark and white chocolate, marshmallows and cherries. At 3000kj they're not for the faint hearted. Or anyone with any sort of heart concerns.
Crust is a national chain and there are currently four stores in WA – Subiaco, Canning Vale, Vic Park and Mount Lawley. All except the Vic Park store are open for lunch on Fridays, otherwise the stores are open for dinner from 5pm daily.
I will leave you with some of their more delicious sounding pizzas… sweet pizza dreams.
Sweet Potato Pizza: roasted sweet potato, capsicum, Spanish onions, pine nuts, tomato & Gorgonzola on a tomato base ($21)
Salmon Benedict: smoked salmon, Spanish onions, baby spinach on a tomato base, drizzled with Hollandaise sauce ($22)
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Peking Duck: marinated duck fillets, bok choy, shallots, sesame seeds, chilli on a Hoisin base ($24)