I was lucky enough to be invited by Crust Gourmet Pizza Mt Lawley to be on a tasting panel to help select a special menu for the Beaufort Street Festival this year.
I determined I was the perfect candidate as:
I love pizza.
I love Crust’s gourmet pizza.
I can eat a lot of pizza...
I live in the Mt Lawley area.
I can’t wait to attend the Beaufort Street Festival this year!
and I can eat a lot of pizza...(wait...did I say that already?)
I was able to try multiple Crust pizzas and the verdict you ask?
Fresh crispy bases topped with taste sensations you can only imagine in a gourmet restaurant!
My favourite pizza by far was by Vegetarian Supreme. Pretty much every gourmet vegetable on a tomato based pizza with a drizzle of pesto aioli. Mmm I’m drooling just typing this...
This was a popular choice among vego’s and meat-eaters alike!
I would love to try the Wild Mushroom pizza as I have a slight obsession with mushrooms - this pizza features oyster, portobello & shiitake mushrooms plus one of my favourite green vege’s - asparagus! (But we’ll have to save this tasting for another time!)
I tried all the chicken pizzas including the:
Peri-Peri ~ Marinated Chicken Breast Fillets, Shallots, Roasted Capsicum, Caramelised Onions & Bocconcini on a Tomato base, topped with Peri-Peri sauce
Pesto Chicken Club ~ Marinated Chicken Breast Fillets, Thinly Sliced Prosciutto, Spanish Onions, Tomatoes, Garlic & Avocado on a Tomato base, topped with Pesto Aioli & Wild Rocket.
Tandori ~ Chicken Breast Fillets marinated in Tandoori Spices, Shallots & crushed Cashews on a Tomato base, topped with Mint Yoghurt. (N, H)
Satay ~ Marinated Chicken Breast Fillets, Spanish Onions on a Satay base, topped with Honey, Sesame seeds.
My favourite was actually the Satay pizza as I’m a huge fan of satay! But I think the Peri-Peri was ultimately delicious! As a chilli-addict I think adding extra chilli to this baby would hit my spice-levels perfectly!
Mediterranean Lamb ~ Slow Cooked Marinated Lamb, Tomatoes, Green Capsicum, Spanish Onions, Feta & Oregano on a Garlic infused base, garnished with Mint Yoghurt & Lemon.
Crust Supreme ~ Smoked Ham, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Fresh Capsicum, Spanish Onions, Pineapple & Kalamata Olives on a Tomato base
From hear-say I have been told that gluten-free bases can quite often be taste-less and dry. Crumbly in texture and just do not offer you the delicious experience of what we all know a pizza base to be. Having a gluten-free lady amongst us, I sneakily stole a piece of her special gluten-free pizza and was able to compare the Crust bases. Wow! I was so impressed! Crunchy, tasty and so good I would not know it was gluten-free! To be honest, I quite preferred the texture and would almost go back and get a gluten-free base for the awesome taste and just to walk away without that bloated feeling I can sometimes get from too much bread.
Well done Crust! You have given Coeliacs an opportunity to taste some of the best pizza I’ve discovered. Why should anyone miss out on these delicious pizzas?!
If you think we were full after trying all these pizzas you are certainly right. But this didn’t stop me from trying the two Dessert Calzones on offer:
Rocky Road Calzone ~ Gooey-chocolately-mudcake goodness wrapped inside a hot crusty sweet dough with bursts of melted marshmallows and sweet cherries. Far out, if this isn’t heaven I don't know what is!
Hokey Pokey Calzone ~ Calzone filled with Caramel Cake, Honeycomb, Dark Chocolate & Whole Hazelnuts. Oh. Em. Gee.
Most witnessed my talent when I ate not one but both of these moreish-dessert-calzones, but were even more impressed when I managed to get melted chocolate down my fingers, face, top, pants and I think a little even dribbled on my purse. I’m not even kidding.
Some were lucky enough to have photographed this occasion, but for their personal safety have chosen to not release the photos (smart decision).
All-in-all, we walked away very full but so content with all the amazing pizzas we were able to try!
The Crust pizza menu is huge and features everything including starters, kids pizzas, seafood pizzas, your traditional pizzas, meat veg, chicken, healthier choice, calzones and those more gourmet; Upper Crust pizzas! Dessert calzones and gelato is also an essential choice! The menu outlines calorie intake and whether they include nuts, soy, seafood, eggs and which are available on gluten-free bases. Way to go Crust!