Crust of Carlsbad have them lining up

An intimate place that’s hot and hip, it features amazing upscale pizzas. There’s nothing conventional about them — no smothering of marinara or mozzarella, the crust is thin, light and crispy, and the gourmet toppings are allowed to star.Crust is here to stay. Star owner and Master Pizza Chef Charlie Meola has been making pizza for over 40 years and it shows in his passion for making incredible pies. Crust was born out of his dream to have handcrafted artisan, New York-style pizza in San Diego, and Carlsbad is the place that hit the spot.Crust is a friendly, neighborhood place that is welcoming to both adults and families, making all who enter feel warm and comfortable. Even the colors of the walls and the décor make you feel like you are somewhere special.As for starters, Charlie’s signature meatballs are a treat all its own. Amazing, hand-made meatballs with fresh marinara and pesto sauces melt in your mouth. All their appetizers are fresh and made that day. A great way to start the table off with.

Hand crafted salads are another point of difference here. Fresh ingredients with distinct dressings make all the salads something to tickle your taste buds. Large portions are what is served up here and can be ordered as a meal in itself or shared between two people. A wonderful prelude to the to-die-for pizzas.

It’s all about the Crust here (thus the name). There are nine signature pizzas that Charlie has put his love and passion into, all made with his unique flair for combining fresh, gourmet ingredients. And if you would prefer to build your own Crust Pizza, they offer a wide selection of meats, cheeses, veggies and toppings to satisfy even the most discriminating tastes. A gluten-free Crust is also an option, something you don’t find in most pizzerias.

The food and its flavors are brought full circle by Crust’s carefully selected wine list and craft beers. This extensive list of wines from all over the world, as well as its unique beers on tap and in the bottle, are a nice compliment to this mouth-watering fare.

This is the kind of neighborhood pizzeria we should all have in our neighborhoods, a testament to the goodness of the oven. 3263 De Los Coches, Carlsbad, (760) 944-1111. Sunday through Wednesday. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 11am-10 p.m. Beer and wine. Sprouts shopping center. AE, MC, V.

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