Crust’s offerings look (and read) a bit healthier than the super-cheesy Chicago original, invented back in 1943 at Pizzeria Uno. They’ve stuck to an authentic Chicago staple in their Italian Sausage Chicago Deep Dish ($16). Juicy red tomatoes and piquant Kalamata olives break up the meaty intensity of the Italian sausage and bacon.
It scrubs up slightly better than their Vegetarian Antipasto Chicago Deep Dish ($16) – a shade heavy on the olive tapenade for my taste, though I loved the moist hunks of grilled eggplant and fresh artichoke hearts against salty, crumbled feta. Think of it as a filling, edible bowl of toppings – which to my surprise could easily be lifted from the box in one piece.
Don’t waste your money on dots, huts or assorted other pizza detritus – for just a shade more money, the pizza here is miles better... and now they have seventeen outlets!
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar (Annandale)
113a Booth Street, Annandale
Ph: (02) 9518 4842