Can L.A.'s Ventura Boulevard get any hipper? Apparently, yes. Crust, a rave-worthy gourmet pizza bar hailing from Australia, opened its first American doors in Studio City, tucked between Valley hotspots, Laurel Tavern and Take A Bao. Primarily a take out/delivery enterprise, Crust welcomes dine-in patrons with comfortable, modern lounge seating and low tables, in addition to highly coveted outdoor patio seating.
Crust's popular outside patio — Photo courtesy of Sujata Day
Crust boasts an innovative and creative take to casual pizza joints by using fresh ingredients and tasty combinations of sauces and toppings to construct the perfect pie. Start your meal on a healthy note with a scrumptious (gigantic, therefore easily shareable) bowl of greens like a chicken and peach, pear and gorgonzola, or Aussie prawn salad. Calzone connoisseurs crave the Italian sausage option, while flatbread enthusiasts nosh on herb and garlic or spinach and artichoke squares.
Seafood Pizza with tiger prawns, scallops, sun-dried tomatoes and bocconcini — Photo courtesy of Sujata Day
Eager to step out of your pizza comfort zone? Award-winning favorites include Peri Peri Chicken and White Prosciutto while less-adventurous pie aficionados delight in traditional margherita, pepperoni, and Hawaiian styles. Friendly servers walk around offering samples of Crust’s more unique pizzas to customers waiting for take out or dining in. All crusts are available gluten-free on request, while vegetarian and healthier choices abound.
Beverages include organic chilled Honest Teas, pomegranate lemonade, and a variety of sodas for pizza lovers looking for a bubbly caffeine fix. Decadent dessert calzones steal the show! Travel to a chocolate-lover’s paradise with a Rocky Road Calzone, loaded with mud cake, marshmallows and cherries or Hokey Pokey Calzone, filled with caramel cake and hazelnuts. Complimentary valet, gourmet pizza perfection, and decadent to-die-for desserts certify Crust as a welcome addition to Studio City’s hip burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene.