Article in the Grand Rapids Press about a new restaurant in Holland -- right on 8th Street in downtown -- called Crust54. Always looking for new restaurants, but they had me at the words "Chicago Deep Dish Pizza". Especially as the photograph looked more like a stuffed pizza than just deep dish. After the loss of Joe Chicago's and Stromboli's (DW), we were down two pizza places, including the one which made a proper Chicago stuffed pizza. (sigh)
Stock photo from Crust54's website.
So I had to hit Holland before 5pm on an errand this afternoon -- perfect for ordering a pizza to pick up for our dinner. Medium (12"), Chicago stuffed, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and black olives. Couldn't get a parking spot, so I sort of double-parked and called them back and they brought it out to me. Nice service. (grin)
Oh my. Yum.
A good Chicago stuffed pizza is dense anyway, but this one is also firm. The sauce wasn't loose or watery. The ingredients had some real composition to them -- the sausage and the lovely serious black olives especially -- and a serious and tasty crust.
We will definitely be back for more. They also claim to do New York pizza, which has its own merits. If they channel New York as well as they channel Chicago, that could be pretty great.
Ah, pizza. And relief at no longer being abandoned. (double-stuffed-grin)