££ Pizza & Pasta In Ropewalks
Written byBecky Taylor
25 Bold St
0151 709 1133
Bold Street is one of the busiest and wonderful streets for restaurants anywhere in the country. We’ve got friends of TiL who live in London, Birmingham, and other parts of the UK, and they all rate Bold Street as highly as anything else they’ve ever seen. Crust is found towards the bottom of Bold Street, and delivers what has been dubbed one of the best pizzas in the country – matching the vibe that Bold Street has as a whole. Crust also has a restaurant out in the beautiful Woolton Village on the outskirts of Liverpool.
It is always busy in the Bold Street Crust, with loads of wooden tables packed in. There is plenty of waiting staff on though, covering the large numbers of customers that are there at any given time, and it can feel a bit of a hustle and bustle that perfectly matches the Bold Street culture in general. The open kitchen and a rotating wood fired oven cooking the pizzas and leaving a beautiful aroma throughout, help you to fall in love with the place as soon as you walk through the door for the first time.
Perfect ingredients. Whether you are choosing a pizza or a pasta dish you can expect the same, fine quality. Let’s start with the pizza though, it is award-winning after all. Crust has made its name from its 5 different handmade crusts – original, gluten free, crispy base, black dough, organic base. This customisable approach to the menu makes for an interesting and unique experience every time you visit the restaurant, and also makes it a good place for veggie and vegan pizza fans.
The two items on the pizza menu that are worth a special mention though include the half calzone, half pizza with spicy salami on the inside and ham and mushroom on the outside. The Black volcano is the showstopper though, with a vegetable black dough used to create a volcano shaped pizza that is filled with cooked ham, mushrooms, and spinach. A little quirk that makes Crust different to other pizza places is that they offer lighter pizza wraps. The pasta is a combination between classic Italian dishes and some contemporary pasta dishes, with the same varied range of fillings as the pizza has toppings. There is also a wide selection of craft beers, ciders, pale ales and homemade soft drinks to choose from.
For award-winning pizza at a city centre location, the prices at Crust are pretty reasonable. Even when you’re looking at the very finest ingredients in the fanciest pizza toppings and pasta fillings, such as the lobster, it’s never a higher price than £15. The pizza range is anything from £6 for a margherita to £14 for the pizzas with truffle or lobster toppings. The black volcano is just £11. All the pizza wraps are around the £7 mark, whilst the pasta range is £8 to £15. The burgers are all £8 or £9, and the wide range of specialist bottled beers and ciders are priced between £4 and £5.