If I could get away with eating pizza every day, I would. Unfortunately, or maybe luckily, I'm too vain and care about what my waistline looks like. But I do love to indulge every so often, and when I do, I want it to be worth it. Pizza, among junk food junkies and pure foodists alike, is the food of the gods. I say this because you can top a pizza with just about anything, and it will be awesome.
Crust Wicker Park illustrates this perfectly by pairing the not so ordinary ingredients with light, organic crust to make even the harshest critic smile. The combinations are unusual and loaded with flavor. But they don't just do pizza well-they do everything well.
Dining out with a group of friends, we started with a featured drink called St. Germaine Summer Punch. It was concocted with of course, St. Germaine, strawberry nectar, sauvignon blanc, fresh ginger, fresh lemon squeeze and soda water. Cool, fruity and light, it was the perfect cocktail for a warm summer evening. Crust also has a good size beer list, and almost all the wines and liquors that they offer are produced using sustainable, organic, or bio-dynamic methods.
For starters, we ordered the Chips and Mango Salsa, along with the Deconstructed Tapenade. The salsa was sweet and had a little kick, and the tapenade was unique with carmelized onions and goat cheese in the mix. Great beginning.
On to the pizza! It was tough deciding, but we ended on getting two pizzas and a calzone, which we thought was a type of pizza, but actually is a calzone. The Flamkuchen Pizza, with bechamel (white sauce), applewood smoked bacon (bacon makes everything better), carmelized onions, caraway seeds and parmigiano reggiano seems like an odd group, but it all worked wonderfully well together. The Mexicali Blues had pico de gallo, shrimp, provolone, mozzarella, cilantro and lime, tasted like ceviche on flat bread-and all the flavors were distinguishable on their own, as well as blended. Amazing, to say the least. And the calzone was very good, although I'm not a huge fan of them, instead of being heavy and doughy, this one was light, a little crispy, and the fresh spinach and sausage were perfectly proportioned inside. It was a great meal for foodies like us.
The only thing that put a damper on the meal was our poor service. I have been to Crust in the past, and it was nothing but the best. So I hope that it was just an off night. All in all, I have to say I will be back to try more of their one-of-a-kind, mouthwatering pizzas.
2056 W. Division
Chicago, IL 60622
Sun - Thurs: 11:30am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 11:30am - midnight
Unfortunately, Crust has closed its doors. No more wonderful pizza creations.