“Oh wow, this place smells amazing” gushed a very excited me as we walked into Crusty Gourmet Pizzas new outlet at Galleria market. Having to be right around the corner on the first floor, the folks have re-located themselves into a small, yet comfortable outlet with a seating for around 25 people.
A new place calls for something new to the menu. And the first thing I tried and highly recommend is the Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings. Firstly, they are not fried (in fact anything fried will NOT make it to the Crusty’s menu). The home-made sauce is delicious. To some it might be too spicy, but I loved that heat. The sweet, smoky combination of barbecue sauce with that Indian twist of spice is commendable. I suggest nibbling on that soft, tender meat with HANDS only to get maximum taste. Really a smacker of a dish.
Next, we tried the Mediterranean Lamb Pizza with Hummus (the dip being the new addition). This pizza needs to be tried. The crust was medium thick, crackling-fresh, fluffy yet crisp.
Despite being a die-hard non vegetarian, I really enjoyed the Desi Gora (new addition). This is the veg counterpart of the Peri Peri Pizza. With that Peri Peri mayo, two kinds of cheeses, and tons of vegetables, the base again was grilled to perfection. I would say the pizzas are slightly thicker than the super-thin Fat Lulu’s and much less than Domino’s and the rest.
And lastly, we got the Chilly Schezewan Prawns Pizza. The best part of this pizza (excluding the obvious bit) was that the prawns weren’t rubbery. No frozen, defrosted, frozen again meat here. Everything is fresh- you can literally taste that. A sweet, chilli sauce is served with the pizza which makes the whole deal tastier.
For pastas, we tried the Cabonara and the Green Pesto. Nice, but I love their pizzas much, much more. Not saying anything was wrong here- the sauce was yummy, the pasta al-dante. Just that when you get a pizza so different and tasty, I never wanted to get dodged.
Nutella Hazelnut Calzone was our dessert of the meal. I liked it. It was sweet; nutella-ey and warm- that kind of warm that satiated my soul. The case was baked, not fried. The filling was sufficient-so nothing dry comes in a bite. I do wish these guys introduce more fillings- a white chocolate, or oreo, or banana maybe.
P.S. Thanks Rohit, Honey and Blue Beans for the special invite.