Photos by Melissa Lawson, Bizzzeybee Photography
Crust Pizzeria Napolentana, a new addition to The Shoppes at Providence located at 12505 Old Meridian St. and the corner of Carmel Drive on Carmel’s west side, is the creation of Owner Mohey Osman. Mr. Osman, a former owner of Old Chicago pizzeria in Washington, D.C. and the Egiptian cafe in Broad Ripple and West Lafayette, brings a vision of fresh, authentic and organic ingredients to casual Italian dining.
As you walk into Crust, you will notice the sound of Sinatra or Édith Piaf circulating through the air and the aroma of fresh dough baking. Look around and you will see walls paneled with distressed recycled wood. Osman’s vision of a restaurant emphasizing healthy and sustainable principles was incorporated, not just in the menu items but also in the décor.
As to Crust’s menu, it offers traditional Italian items such as paninis, calzones and a different pasta dish each day. However, its specialty is pizza. The pizza starts with the finest flour imported from Italy known as Caputo 00. From there, they ladle on a pizza sauce specially made in-house. The tomatoes used to create the pizza sauce are imported from Italy and are packaged there within two hours of being on the farm. Crust uses only the finest of Italian and Wisconsin cheeses. The meats used by Crust are all imported from Italy except for its chicken which is locally raised organic. The pizza is then baked in an open stone pizza oven that reaches a temperature of 700.
You can match your pizza or calzone with one of their 28 different wines or six craft beers. A vast majority of the wines offered are from vineyards that are organic or ecologically sustainable. In fact, two of the wines actually have programs where they plant trees for every bottle of wine sold. On Tuesdays, Crust’s special is half off select bottles of wine.
Crust is the perfect place for small groups to meet. They have three “community tables” that seat up to 25. In addition, it also has a small semi-private dining area that can seat 10.
So if you’re looking for something special in authentic Italian casual dining that uses only the freshest authentic ingredients, stop by Crust Pizzeria Napoletana.