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Crust Pizza in Canberra?

jenny123 22 July 2010 67

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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zllauh zllauh 8:41 pm 18 Aug 15

heard that pizza hut is being revived from the dead in gungahlin. One can surely try over there 🙂

brianbrown brianbrown 11:01 am 08 Sep 10

We had the pizza from the Belconnen store last night. First off the service we received should have warned of the terrible pizza that was to come. Stay away! Worse pizza shop ever!

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 3:06 pm 12 Aug 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Always amuses me that if you want something better than mediocre you must be a snob

“A franchise store? Oh, dear me, no. I only eat organic buffalo and San Remo napoletana, served with a touch of biodynamic basil picked by orphans, woodfired on Lygon Street. Also, we sit on a spike. Two spikes would be an extravagance!”

aaagh the reverse wanker. Make that two very large poles

caf caf 10:37 pm 10 Aug 10

PizzaArte. Enough said.

(Though I believe legend has it that Plaka used to be a favourite haunt of Gough’s).

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:32 pm 10 Aug 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Also, we sit on a spike.

Seems more like a pole.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:33 pm 10 Aug 10

Always amuses me that if you want something better than mediocre you must be a snob

“A franchise store? Oh, dear me, no. I only eat organic buffalo and San Remo napoletana, served with a touch of biodynamic basil picked by orphans, woodfired on Lygon Street. Also, we sit on a spike. Two spikes would be an extravagance!”

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:17 pm 10 Aug 10

Saffron Chicken. Do yourself a favour!

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 3:38 pm 10 Aug 10

Tooks said :

Kerryhemsley said :

Only in Canberra would we be discussing a franchise pizza store like Crust seriously.Get out and about and try pizzas made by trained experts in other major cities and you will realise these are a poor excuse!!

A pizza snob! Don’t think I’ve come across one before now.

If pizza snob means knowing the difference between chain store crap and a good pizza with quality ingredients bring it on.

Always amuses me that if you want something better than mediocre you must be a snob.

Tooks Tooks 3:20 pm 10 Aug 10

Kerryhemsley said :

Only in Canberra would we be discussing a franchise pizza store like Crust seriously.Get out and about and try pizzas made by trained experts in other major cities and you will realise these are a poor excuse!!

A pizza snob! Don’t think I’ve come across one before now.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 2:09 pm 10 Aug 10

Only in Canberra would we be discussing a franchise pizza store like Crust seriously.Get out and about and try pizzas made by trained experts in other major cities and you will realise these are a poor excuse!!

Kuku Kuku 10:08 pm 26 Jul 10

Jurls said :

#41 agreed!!!

Having recently lived in New Zealand, I am seriously missing my Hell’s Pizza!! One of the biggest things I miss are the sides, lemon pepper wedges, corn nuggets, which I’d always get to accompany my pizza… mmmmmmmmm my idea of Heaven….

Hells Pizza? Pizza Hut/Domino’s style pizza, with even crappier advertising (think inappropriate racist comments – with suitably ‘who us’ refuting…) TG we don’t have Hell’s here – give me Crust any day….

Disposable Disposable 6:56 pm 26 Jul 10

Funky1 said :

Look nothing like the pictures on their website. There is small text at the bottom of the page which says “Pizza images enhanced for presentation purposes” but still a little disappointing.

Tasted OK, but not that much different to a Dominos or Pizza Hut.

Definitely agree with you there. I got a meatball pizza one night and was really disappointed with the tiny meatballs I received rather than the huge ones they advertise.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 6:43 pm 26 Jul 10

I normally just read stuff in the mornings and usually keep replies to myself, because it’s likely I will be in my own world and stuff up or something.

I should stick to that..

I think I may’ve meant #52 not Woody’s post at #51 for the review but I did enjoy Woody’s post for making me laugh and making sense (is that legal?).

Funky1 Funky1 1:36 pm 26 Jul 10

Tried Crust for the first time on the weekend. Wanted to order from the Erindale store but they don’t deliver to the Woden area so had to drive down any collect them.

Look nothing like the pictures on their website. There is small text at the bottom of the page which says “Pizza images enhanced for presentation purposes” but still a little disappointing.

Tasted OK, but not that much different to a Dominos or Pizza Hut.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 7:56 am 26 Jul 10

Jurls said :

#41 agreed!!!

Having recently lived in New Zealand, I am seriously missing my Hell’s Pizza!! quote]

Sounds like my kind of pizza..

#51 – Woody, very much enjoyed your little review. Shame about that though.

#49 – Holden, which store was yours from?

We were personally wondering whether to try the one at Belconnen the other week, so all this is most helpful. Thanks!

cbrrmw cbrrmw 4:14 pm 25 Jul 10

Tried Crust at Erindale on Friday night. The pizzas are better than Dominos and Pizza Hut, but that isn’t saying a lot really. These guys need more time sort themselves out in so far as:
-The online ordering wasn’t working so I had to ring through an order
-The girl who took my order wasn’t the least bit interested to know that online ordering wasn’t working
-The girl who took my order needed me to repeat my address four times and my order three times. She spent at least 3 minutes looking for one of the pizzas in the system, to the point where I had to suggest that she ask someone else at the shop to show her where to find it.
-The delivery driver rang from down the road, the girl had still managed to get the address wrong. I gave him the correct address and told him how to get here, mentioning that I had left a light on for him out the front.
-Five minutes later the delivery driver still wasn’t here, I rang back the number he called from and get no answer. Boyfriend heads down the road and finds the guy trying to deliver the pizzas to another house.
-Eventually get pizzas home and discover that one of them was not what we ordered.
-Given frustration with the process so far I wasn’t happy to let that go, so I rang the shop and asked to speak to the manager. The same girl again asks twice if i want pickup or delivery before she realises that I am asking to speak to the manager.
-Manager comes on the phone and he seems pretty sensible. Acknowledges that a mistake was made and offers to send the correct pizza to the correct address. It arrives 40 minutes later as promised and is tasty enough for mass-produced delivered pizza (as above, better than Pizza Hut and Dominos)

So, a frustrating experience for pizza that is not really that amazing. Perhaps once all the staff are trained properly and the dead wood is weeded out it will improve. Props to the manager for appropriately dealing with the customer. No props to the telephone girl or the delivery driver.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 11:05 pm 23 Jul 10

Wow, that recipe for pizza dough posted above is ridiculously complex.

Yeah, putting flour, salt, yeast and water in a bowl, letting it sit for a bit, kneading it a little then chucking it in the fridge is really hard. I much prefer your simple recipe, which requires putting flour, salt, yeast, oil and water in a bowl, kneading it a lot, letting it sit for a lot then chucking it in the fridge.

I think it’s the extra, totally unnecessary ingredient, futilely trying to work gluten in an unhydrated dough instead of letting the dough do its own thing and much longer waiting time that makes it so much easier. And the total lack of oven spring in the crust because you’ve let it double in size, exhausted the gluten, then rolled it flat like roadkill? Genius.

I bet it’s great topped with nettles picked from the driveway of your local morris dancing hall, the greening breasts of a pheasant left to hang til its head drops off and some rustic cheese made from Hugh’s earwax, then baked over a fire of peat and wild harvested seaweed at your county fair. You’re reading this in his voice right now. I’m on a horse.

Jurls Jurls 10:20 pm 23 Jul 10

#41 agreed!!!

Having recently lived in New Zealand, I am seriously missing my Hell’s Pizza!! One of the biggest things I miss are the sides, lemon pepper wedges, corn nuggets, which I’d always get to accompany my pizza… mmmmmmmmm my idea of Heaven….

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:00 pm 23 Jul 10

I had my first Crust dinner tonight, it was a Peri Peri. Bloody nice too.

Thank you RiotACT!

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:48 pm 23 Jul 10

As I reinhale a belch from the second last slice of a large Crust peri peri chicken pizza, my thoughts:

Meh. Maybe the one on the northside is better, because this was pretty ordinary. Got there at 4:30 to beat any rush. With one person ahead of us ordering two medium pizzas and 12 people out the front plus more out the back I was pretty confident when they said ’15 minutes’. Medium Hawaiian for the sprogs, large peri peri for us.

12 minutes later the people in front of us got their pizza. Out came a medium Hawaiian. Somebody looked at us funny, then scrambled with some guy who looked like Jimbo from The Simpsons (complete with hat, dude), who scrambled with somebody else who hurriedly started making what turned out to be our peri peri. Not surprisingly, by the time it was ready the Hawaiian was cold. Hungry kids, now 5:00 so said fuggit and headed home.

It’s not greasy or soggy, and the portions were generous, but that’s about the best I can say. The base is on the dry side and doesn’t taste that much different to a $5 Dominos thin and crispy sold twenty meters away. The crust was like a Salada. The fresh touches like spring onion lifted the flavour a bit, but overall, it was pretty uninspiring. Next time I’ll get a much larger large chicken pizza from Erindale Takeaway over the road for $15 and ask him to throw some peri peri sauce over the top, or just add it myself at home with a bottle of Nandos.

And get hair nets, you grubs.

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