Happy April. That got here quick didn’t it? I felt like I was making the same statements for the same months last year or even this year. Happy Spring to you too.
You can call this the Iranian New Year Special.
Upper Crust Pizzeria has been a staple of the town and nearby neighborhoods for a number of years. In the vicinity there’s two other strip malls with all the chains you need (or don’t), for your convenience, that you could easily pass by this local pizza place and not even know it.
I’ve done the same the thing many times and I’ve also hesitated ever ordering from here to the point of grabbing food from a place next door or nearby. That’s over and done with now.
The establishment is unassuming. And you know the places with little decor, limited seating, and no website (that I know of), could turn our to be some of the better pizza and food experiences. It’s the hidden gems, the hole-in-the-walls, and the off the beaten paths that are truly special. At least for this go around, this was all that.
That sentiment doesn’t always ring true. I’ve been to some mom and pops that have turned disastrous, but they usually come through and show why local is the way to go, as much as possible.
I was all set to order a standard or maybe a slightly unique pizza on this day. But then after scanning the dry erase board (I love that) menu, at the very bottom I see the Halal Meat Pizza. This would be a historic first for me.
I had no idea what the pizza would entail. I didn’t know if there would be a different crust, cheese, or sauces. None of the above.
It was a cheese pizza, with tomato sauce, and that crust. Wow this crust. Let me say some more about this. I ordered a personal pie and I did the smaller triangle slices. As the weather gets nicer this is the kind of consumption I’ll be looking for more. It’s not necessarily a thin slice. It’s their slice. And that golden brown color is a sight for happy eyes. This was beautiful.
Now let me get to the Halal meat. What a pleasant surprise that is also included chicken and they didn’t half-heartedly throw on these toppings. There’s a lot but not too much that the pizza takes a back seat.
The beef was seasoned similar to gyro meat and it was magnificent. If it was gyro meat then I’m happy with that too. The diced chicken was a nice touch. And in my usual ways I pulled plenty of the toppings off and enjoyed them on my own. But in this instance it’s not necessary. Everything complements itself perfectly.
I’m dreaming about this crust right now.
Now I’m really wondering how other Halal meat pizzas would fare. It’s not a frequent occurrence on pizzeria menus.
There’s no website but this page can look to the menu and all other necessary information.
I don’t know when I’ll be back. That sounded a bit too dramatic. I’m in the Columbia area at least once a month. And I’m always seeking out hidden gems of all kinds to write about. So maybe I will try another one of their hopefully awesome pizzas. I’m overstating this but the crust on this one was just so special.
And speaking of special I’ve contemplated going to ratings system for pizza and maybe the other universes I speak of, here and here. It would likely be a 5 star system with half and quarter stars when necessary. If I do institute this, I will go back and rate previous postings I’ve made. It’s just a thought I’m contemplating and appreciate any feedback.
So far I’ve liked my reviews to speak for themselves.