I love pizza. There’s nothing better than a hot, cheesy, slice of really good pizza. One of the great things about pizza is that when it’s good, it’s great. And when it’s bad (i.e. Papa Johns or Domino’s)…it’s still pretty good. I prefer pizza that either has a thick, garlicky crust, or a thin, crispy crust that has that fresh-baked-bread taste and texture that can’t be beat. Well… all this pizza talk has me salivating over my keyboard. I really have to find a salad joint to review.
A couple Saturdays ago, I chose to try out Crust Wood Fired Pizza on James Island with Becca. It’s a cute little spot with an open kitchen and a chalkboard wall on which they write the daily specials. Their menu is very simple, which I like, and yet I still had a hard time choosing, since everything looked so delicious. We started with the arancini (fried risotto balls). I was hoping they were going to be like the giant ones I had in Boston, so I was slightly disappointed when they were only the size of golfballs. They were good, but lacking something, though I’m not sure what. They were served with this “simple tomato sauce” which I absolutely loved. You can definitely tell it was homemade.
Becca also got the handcut fries served with rosemary aioli and topped with some “grana padano” which our waiter (who was a dead ringer for Joey Lawrence) described as “like parmesan cheese but BETTER.” I thought it just tasted like parmesan cheese, which apparently means I’m uncultured. But whatever, I can’t be perfect at EVERYTHING. The fries were delicious, and I loved that they tasted like rosemary. Though I’m not European enough to be totally comfortable with dipping french fries into mayonnaise, the rosemary aioli was freaking good.
Then we each ordered pizzas because we thought maybe we should have some more carbs with our carbs. I really wanted to order all of them, because they all looked amazing. Next time I’m definitely going to try the chicken and bacon pizza (spinach, sundried tomato, caramelized onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, grana padano). I ended up getting the Bianca, a white pizza with fontina, mozzarella, grana padano, garlic, and rosemary. I added crispy prosciutto because I wanted some meat on that mother, and I think I definitely made the right choice. It was hella good.
Becca was a little more adventurous and got their butternut pizza with roasted butternut squash, mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese, mozzarella, arugula, and truffle oil. I tried one slice and immediately regretted not ordering it. Seriously, I know it sounds weird, but it was really good. My mom wasn’t a fan, however. She thought it was awful. To each his own, I guess.
I hope this place stays open for a while, I really want to keep going back. It’s so good! If I get around to trying that Chicken & Bacon one, I’ll let you know! UPDATE-I did get the Chicken and Bacon, and it was really good. Probably my new favorite.
Crust Wood Fired Pizza
1956 B Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412