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Crust Pizza in Canberra?

By 22 July 2010 66

On the way home from work I noticed a new pizza place opened at erindale, crust pizza.

I had a look online and it seemed pretty expensive for takeaway pizza averaging around $20 a pizza, I know there are a few north side are they any good??

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66 Responses to Crust Pizza in Canberra?
#1
Icepoet9:13 am, 22 Jul 10

They’ve been around since late last year. And yes, their pizzas (especially the gourmet ones) are very, very, very nice.

Cheap delivery too – around $2 (if I remember correctly) if you live it inner north.

#2
verbalkint9:19 am, 22 Jul 10

They certainly are. They aren’t top shelf, but they are the best pizza I’ve had in Canberra, and I’ve been looking for years =/

#3
OzChick9:23 am, 22 Jul 10

Pizza Capers has just opened up in Kippax, Holt. They have awesome gourmet pizzas too.

http://www.pizzacapers.com.au/

#4
l33t h4x0r 84r8i39:27 am, 22 Jul 10

Maybe I’m just a skinflint but I can make a nicer pizza at home for $5. I guess Crust is ok if you have money to burn but in all honesty they aren’t that much better than Zeff’s IMHO.

#5
Aurelius9:29 am, 22 Jul 10

Since returning to Canberra from Brisbane, I’ve noticed that there’s two categories of food where Canberra loses out to Brisbane – pizza, and fish & chips. Canberra blitzes every other category, especially the Asian styles of restaurants.
Crust rectifies one of Canberra’s weaknesses, coz their pizza is pretty awesome.
Their peri peri chicken pizza is especially nice.

#6
colourful sydney rac9:30 am, 22 Jul 10

sensational pizza. give the chinese roast duck one a go – best pizza I have had in a long time

#7
Woody Mann-Caruso9:50 am, 22 Jul 10

Hrm. I thought this was just the Italian Grill under a different name. Will check it out tomorrow. Best pizza in Canberra is quite a claim!

#8
Peekz10:03 am, 22 Jul 10

Definitely one of the best takeaway Pizza places around

#9
Kath10:04 am, 22 Jul 10

They’re very, very nice. I’ve had a few from the Belconnen shop and the only one that didn’t work for me was one with ‘baked’ potato on it (it wasn’t cooked long enough, though it might have been a one-off). If you’re cashed up and going to get takeaway pizza anyway (as a treat, rather than a 2-minute noodle alternative), it’s very good. The larger size was too much for me and my hubby to get through.

Also, their chocolate mouse is made with mostly cream and is highly fatal!

#10
Grail10:33 am, 22 Jul 10

$20 for a gourmet pizza is cheaper than $700 for a pizza oven you only use four times a year :)

#11
Waiting For Godot10:36 am, 22 Jul 10

Aurelius said :

Since returning to Canberra from Brisbane, I’ve noticed that there’s two categories of food where Canberra loses out to Brisbane – pizza, and fish & chips. Canberra blitzes every other category, especially the Asian styles of restaurants.
Crust rectifies one of Canberra’s weaknesses, coz their pizza is pretty awesome.
Their peri peri chicken pizza is especially nice.

The best pizza I ever tasted was at Earth and Sea Pizza in Byron Bay, January 1985. I haven’t been to Byron since. No doubt Earth and Sea is now long gone as the town transformed into a millionaire’s playground over the following years (thanks for nothing Hoges and Strop).

#12
Antagonist10:46 am, 22 Jul 10

I wasn’t impressed at all. I ordered a Hawiian last night. Waaay too much pizza sauce on the base. Chipped a tooth on an olive pip (go figure that one out!) SFA ham. Cheese was bland and bordering on insipid … most gourmet pizza outlets use a blend of cheeses rather than just boring old Mozarella. I’ll be sticking to APK and La Porcetta.

Perhaps my expectations from a gourmet pizza outlet are unreasonable … or I just got a dud???

#13
Aurelius11:11 am, 22 Jul 10

Godot – completely offtopic, but I believe the Earth & Sea pizza people shifted north to Noosa. Never tried it, but that was the story I heard when I was up that way.
OzChick – Capers is the one I was thinking when I mentioned Brisbane having better pizza than Canberra. If it’s as good as the ones up north, I’ll be glad to see it spread through Canberra too. Their reef & beef pizza with hollandaise sauce is a weird combination of ingredients, but is the best pizza I’ve ever had.

#14
Lazy I11:19 am, 22 Jul 10

OzChick said :

Pizza Capers has just opened up in Kippax, Holt. They have awesome gourmet pizzas too.

http://www.pizzacapers.com.au/

Best news i’ve heard all week!

#15
P Taker11:20 am, 22 Jul 10

Crust is the best in canberra for pizzas (other than homemade of course). Especially the healthy tick pizzas!

#16
Mothy11:30 am, 22 Jul 10

Grail said :

$20 for a gourmet pizza is cheaper than $700 for a pizza oven you only use four times a year :)

Nice perspective :)

Have been to Crust (Belconnen) 4 times now. Just fell together that way after catch-ups with different groups all nominated “that new Pizza joint in Belconnen” as their choice for dinner. Has been a good chance to sample the menu.

These guys aren’t going to set the cullinary world on fire. But it’s pizza, its a comfort food, I’m not looking for white linen table cloths and a wine menu. They serve up good pizza made with fresh ingredients in an open kitchen and it delivers what you expect. There’s none of the prefabricated base nonsense Dominos, Pizza Hut and Eagle Boys have fallen into. This stuff is good.

The philosophy is a take-out joint. The Belconnen store at least is not structured for eating in and the tables provided are a token gesture to it. Be prepared to take this stuff home.

Note: These guys are BUSY. Order ahead (online) and you should be fine, and it allows you to nominate what time you will come to pick it up. That only went badly once, but what do you expect from a Friday night. Have never gone with the delivery option, so cant comment there. On Pizza’s;

* Satay Chicken – a SPICY satay, you’ve been warned. But my outright favorite. Good quality shredded chicken versus that prefab stuff you find on a Dominos or Pizza hut pizza.

* Philly Steak – avoid, wasn’t great.

* Meat Deluxe – A good meaty pizza.

* BBQ (actually BBQ Chicken – Very good.

* Roast Potato and Pumpkin – the pumpkin is actually a pumpkin sauce, under thinly cut layers of potato. Could have done that better.

* Shepherds Pie – Yes, we had to order it. It sounded odd, it was odd, but in a good way. Some debate held over whether the potato on top was of the Deb packet variety. But the pizza underneath was nice even if you just scrape that right off.

Also can reccomend the Mousse.

#17
Woody Mann-Caruso11:38 am, 22 Jul 10

$20 for a gourmet pizza is cheaper than $700 for a pizza oven you only use four times a year

If anybody’s looking for a way to make great pizza in an ordinary electric oven, I highly recommend Jeff Varasono’s recipe (warning – pizza porn, may cause uncontrollable urge to eat pizza). The actual recipe is quite simple – there’s just a lot (a lot) of supporting info to go with it! Obviously you’ll get best results in an oven with superhot clean cycle and some careful rigging of the safety lock, but they’re still fantastic with your oven at its highest temp for an hour with a pizza stone. His tips on sauce are great too – couldn’t believe the difference rinsing tinned tomatoes made.

#18
Clown Killer12:07 pm, 22 Jul 10

I don’t think they do take-away, but the pizzas at Italian & Sons in Braddon are excellent.

#19
Matt Sheppard12:19 pm, 22 Jul 10

I’ve been very happy with the crust pizzas, but unimpressed by the delivery times / reliability from the Braddon store.

#20
shanefos12:49 pm, 22 Jul 10

Kath said :

Also, their chocolate mouse is made with mostly cream and is highly fatal!

Mostly cream with just a few mice?

#21
Dante1:01 pm, 22 Jul 10

The missus and I discovered Crust on a trip to Melbourne a few years ago and were instantly hooked. Imagine our delight when Crust finally opened in the city.

I love the Philly Steak, Peri Peri, Florentine Ricotta and Mediterranean Lamb. The Samosa calzone is also very yummy. Capricossa is great as well, but as someone’s mentioned, I’ve hit an olive pit in one before.

Agreed on the delivery times from Braddon, they’re a joke sometimes. You’re better off walking/driving down and picking them up 15-20 minutes after you’ve ordered.

#22
Disposable2:00 pm, 22 Jul 10

Hopefully Zeffs will lift their game since Crust opened in Belco. I have noticed Zeffs have new signage so they must be noticing some kind of an effect.

Crust is OK but not amazing, definitely better than Dominos though.

#23
Jim Jones2:19 pm, 22 Jul 10

Clown Killer said :

I don’t think they do take-away, but the pizzas at Italian & Sons in Braddon are excellent.

If you’ve got enough money to ignore the prices.

#24
Helen2:34 pm, 22 Jul 10

Mothy said :

* Satay Chicken – a SPICY satay, you’ve been warned. But my outright favorite. Good quality shredded chicken versus that prefab stuff you find on a Dominos or Pizza hut pizza.

I had the Satay Chicken from the Braddon Crust about a week ago, and while it was very tasty (a lot better than Pizza Hut & Dominos) mine wasn’t spicy at all… it was the only disappointing thing about the experience.

+1 for Pizza Capers in Kippax. I had pesto chicken fettucini from Capers that was pretty good for a takeaway joint, but the other half had a margherita pizza with added prawns that he said was great. My parents have also been there and recommend the Raja and the Thai Barramundi & Prawn pizzas.

#25
goose2:41 pm, 22 Jul 10

The best Pizza in town is from: PLAKA PIZZA – http://www.plaka.com.au/takeaway.html

:) :) :) :) :)

#26
Peekz2:55 pm, 22 Jul 10

Antagonist said :

I wasn’t impressed at all. I ordered a Hawiian last night. Waaay too much pizza sauce on the base. Chipped a tooth on an olive pip (go figure that one out!) SFA ham. Cheese was bland and bordering on insipid … most gourmet pizza outlets use a blend of cheeses rather than just boring old Mozarella. I’ll be sticking to APK and La Porcetta.

Perhaps my expectations from a gourmet pizza outlet are unreasonable … or I just got a dud???

I think the problem here is ordering Hawaiian in the first place, let alone from a ‘Gourmet’ Pizza place ;)

#27
Antagonist5:14 pm, 22 Jul 10

You are kidding aren’t you? Hawaiian is the standard unit of measurement. The baseline. The one pizza on the menu by which all others from the same venue are measured. Some people just have no sense of culture, LOL ;)

I still haven’t worked out how an olive pit managed to make its way onto the Hawaiian though …

#28
I-filed5:49 pm, 22 Jul 10

sBest ever pizza in Canberra was the Parakeet pizza joint at the Ainslie shops in the 1980s … anyone remember Ferris’s “nuclear pizza” with a “mushroom cloud” in the middle, and “nuclear fallout” all over it? : )

#29
Grail6:09 pm, 22 Jul 10

I am left wondering what “prefabricated” might mean in terms of Dominos and Pizza Hut. Sure, they send pre-proportioned pizza dough flour to the shop, but everyone who has home cooked a pizza knows you have to let the dough rise overnight! You want it pre-fabricated. If anything, the flaw with Dominos is that their dough is too sweet, Pizza Hut is too salty/oily, and both don’t let the dough rise anywhere near long enough (the cooked crust is heavy).

#30
TheVirulentOne7:10 pm, 22 Jul 10

Have to agree with Clown Killer, the best pizza in Canberra, by far, is done by Italian and Sons. If you’re prepared to pay $20plus on a pizza already, forget the dross at Crust and book a table at Italian and Sons. And you can wash it down with some fine Sangiovese ! Just don’t expect fast service, but then again, how is that different to waiting an hour for Crust to deliver?

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