Saturday, January 31, 2015

Crush Hour

Crush brings a whole new meaning to "rapid fire"


Making authentic Neapolitan pizza requires patience. 

About 90 seconds worth, to be exact.

Time to carve out some time in your busy schedule to visit Crush, where your idea of painstakingly crafted artisanal pizza goes up in 1,000 degrees of wood-fired flames.

To be fair, the real work starts long before you drop in to their new digs on State Street: making all the meatballs, pesto, mozzeralla, and Italian fennel sausage in-house before the doors open daily at 11a takes time.

That's where you come in, literally. Pass through the doors and down the aisle, pick your toppings from a spread of gourmet choices (prosciutto, truffle oil, grilled steak, or just more gobs of mozzarella di bufala), then send it into the wood-burning oven for a stunning 90-second makeover.

The result: crispy, chewy pizza perfection. And the pizza eats light, meaning the only love handles in the conversation are the puffy thin crust edges.

You'll need some extra time to find the perfect combination of toppings, but we can rule a few out right now: the limoncello-and-garlic marinated wings, grilled steak sandwich, house-made tiramisu, and 20-plus gelato flavors are all probably better on their own.

Then again, there is a Nutella pizza. 

Totally worth the wait.

107 State St., Financial District
(857) 350-4222

Price: 1 (out of 4)
Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Subway: Orange Line to State
Best bets: Bourbon BBQ chicken pizza; limoncello wings; Nutella pizza
Nearby: Ward 8; Sterling's; Nix's Mate

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