Pizza never tasted so good. Well, pizza always tastes good, right? But when you get that special base that just makes your taste buds melt and want for more, and then you’ve hit the jackpot! And that’s what we got when we arrived at Crust Liverpool on Bold Street.
First, let me just comment on Bold Street’s success over the last year or so. It’s becoming a hub of cuisine that rivals that of the big boys further down in Liverpool One. With it’s international food, and a quirky way to approach it – more than just a few a restaurants are offering up the best meal for money.
Back to the new kids on the block… we got to town on a busy night. ‘Mad Friday’ it’s known as, with groups of jolly people heading to town for a night of fun with their Christmas Jumpers on show. With a spring in our step heading straight for food as always, we found Crust Liverpool…
Heading inside, the atmosphere was buzzing. With every seat in the house full, we’re expecting good grub! Welcomed by a guy who appears to be the manager, it’s right to expect that we’ll see him throughout the night as his Italian culture exudes from him. With a smile and warm greeting, he leads us to the back of the packed restaurant as he prepares our table.
Here, I peer into the open kitchen that is alive with energy. I can see coveted wood-fire that cooks pizza in such a special way. Its flames engulf each entre and results in an ashen specialty. I can’t wait to order.
We’re sat down super quickly, and our drinks are brought over. With the offer of a cocktail, I get right to ordering a CrustyBerry – which is a coconut, raspberry and Chambord heaven, served up in the wildest of ways…
It was delicious, and set me up for ordering something a little different that the usual. Asking our beautiful waitress for some help, she suggested the Prosciutto Di Parma (Parma ham and buffalo mozzarella) and Calamari (with garlic mayonnaise and spicy salsa). What a great suggestion, that put me out of my comfort zone – I’m usually not one for something like Parma Ham, but this was actually a huge surprise for me. It was just the right amount of salty, and smoky with a dip to finish it all off. We inhaled them both, and ordered the main event.
Surprise, the boyfriend ordered a pizza. And I was jealous. But I needed to show off some of these pasta dishes that look so amazing, so I ordered the Ravioli with Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato base. I loved anything with cheese, so this looked like a winner.
He ordered the Pepperoni pizza, with the dough that sets this pizza apart. With using Black Dough, it’s a natural vegetable charcoal, recommended to improve your insides and assist in detoxifying. It looked amazing; so fresh and different. And it tasted just as special – I had to have a taste!
Both dishes were scrummy, with a little Italy developing around us. The pasta was light, and the pizza was fresh. Both offered a taste of the authentic cuisine I’d hope to find on my travels.
Polishing them off, we were stuffed. But more food-beauty was about to be uncovered. Opting for a Nutella Pizza and Chocolate Gelato for dessert – I mean it when I say I was SO happy. If you know me, you know that Nutella is my weakness; my go to; my Hun. I wish now that we’d ordered the Birramisu, which involved Crust’s take on the classic Tiramisu except made with chocolate beer. Next time though!
The pizza based for dessert was just as special as the main, and could easily be a sharer. That’s what we noticed; that the value for money for what food you were being served up was quality!
With a final glass of Prosecco to round up the meal, the boyfriend finished with an Italian beer. From the South of Italy, it’s based with lemons and tasted beautiful.
Crust Liverpool has well and truly stuffed us full of Italian wonders, and I’m already looking to go back and show off that Black Crust pizza. Pizza choices that I spied on other tables had toppings to make the heart skip a beat, so I’m just going to HAVE to go back and try these out… it’s only fair!
Thank you Crust, we love the Little Italy that you’ve created in Liverpool – and don’t worry, we’ll always eat the crust here!