Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review: The Upper Crust Pizzeria Wellesley Delivery

The wait is over.  The Upper Crust Pizzeria, with locations in several upper crust Boston communities, has arrived in Wellesley.  Before tonight I've never had their pizza, but their tempting daily announcement of their pizza of the day always make me hungry.  Take today's by-the-slice special: Chorizo, carmelized onion, and banana pepper.  It's as if they're targeting me with a laser pointer saying: Come eat here! (I love chorizo and it's hard to find in the Boston area).

They opened the doors on their Wellesley location today Thursday March 18th, 2010 so we immediately rearranged our weekly Friday night pizza night schedule to try their delivery service.  I had a quick look at their menu and selected a combination we often order from other Wellesley pizza places: A large (18") Garden Veggie and a large Greek Salad.

Other pizza joints in town that we order from include Nick's Pizza (value leader), Bertucci's (still gets my vote for best tasting pizza and make sure you clip coupons for $5 off $20 or more in the Sunday paper), College Square Pizza (haven't ordered from there much lately), California Pizza Kitchen (more of a dine-in place if you ask me), and heck even Domino's when I'm in the mood for reliving the college experience (and their CinnaStix never disappoint).  There's no shortage of pizza in this town.

I was on hold for about 2 minutes and then placed my order.  They accept credit cards, which is nice, and told me it would be 45 minutes to an hour for delivery.  The pizza arrived in 35 minutes.  $33 tip included which seemed a little pricey to me.

The pizza looked pretty darn good as I hope you can see from the picture above.  The crust is on the thin side and a nice and soft for my taste.  Although it was large in size, the thin nature of the crust made the slices go down quickly.  The sauce is chunky with tomatoes.  I would have appreciated if the veggies were a little more well-done as the onions especially tend to be a little bitter when not sauteed completely or carmelized.  I also would have appreciated a little more salt or garlic flavor.  I don't think I'm a salt-fiend.  I rarely season my food with table salt but I thought the pizza could have used a little more flavor.

The salad was fresh, but nothing spectacular.  More ingredients than some greek salads we've had but pretty basic fare.  It included some pita bread.  Like many pizza take-out salads there never seems to be enough dressing.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars out of 5.  I'll look forward to trying their pizza again.  I'd like to visit in person for one of their special slices of the day which frequently sound irresistible.  I hear they have beer and wine at their Wellesley location too so that's a plus.  Great website too and a strong presence on Twitter.  They're rapidly expanding in the Boston area and appear to be doing really well.

Check 'em out:
The Upper Crust Pizzeria
99 Central Street
Wellesley, MA
Follow @UpperCrustPizza on Twitter

Question of the Day: What do you think of Upper Crust?  Have you been to their Wellesley location yet?

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