In this post: Perth readers, win 1 of 10 Crust Gourmet Pizza seasonal menu dinners
Regular readers will remember earlier this year Jac and I joined some of Perth’s food bloggers at a pizza party at Crust Gourmet Pizza in Mount Lawley, where we had great fun as pizza-chomping pizzarazzi.
Last week, Michelle and Joe, who run Crust Gourmet Pizza Mount Lawley invited Jac and me to try Crust’s new seasonal menu. The menu consists of two limited edition items: the Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust Pizza (AU$19) and Caramelised Fennel Salad (AU$12.50). While placing our order, Joe asked if we’d like any extra toppings on our pizza. He told us he’d tried it the other night with potato and chorizo, which sounded excellent – so we chose to have half as a ‘Joe special’.
The salad is made to order and consists of a delectable mix of sweet, savoury and salty, with plenty of crunch and chew – caramelised fennel slivers, shaved prosciutto, whole roasted hazelnuts, fresh pear, mixed leaves and a very fragrant South Australian blood orange-infused extra virgin olive oil dressing. Vegetarians can order it without the prosciutto, just like carnivores can order the otherwise vegetarian Heirloom Tomato pizza with extra meat toppings. The salad is quite substantial and would make a light meal on its own.
The Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust Pizza is a fancified Margherita pizza. The pizza Margherita (or “margarita” on some menus) was originally created in honour of Queen Margherita of Italy when she visited Naples in 1889 – the special pizza featured the colours of the Italian flag (green – basil; white – mozzarella; red – tomato). I don’t usually order pizza Margherita – I’m more likely to choose a less traditional pizza (purists may call abominations) – a fully loaded meatlovers with BBQ sauce; ham and pineapple with mushrooms; or lamb with garlic, feta and lashings of yoghurt-based sauce.
Crust’s Heirloom Tomato pizza features classic Italian pizza toppings: a tomato sauce base, fresh tomatoes (in this case, in-season heirloom tomatoes), a combo of three locally-made mozzarellas, smoked, buffalo and stretched, cured mozzarella, and oregano verde and a sprinkling of both dried and fresh oregano. Apart from a couple of orange ones, the tomatoes on our pizza looked like baby Roma tomatoes – I was expecting more of a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes (green, orange and black, as well as red), but these babies were gorgeously sweet and juicy.
The oregano verde is magical stuff and I wished there was more than the tiny blob per square. It’s made with pine nuts, fresh oregano, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice. The recipe is available online – see Crust’s oregano verde recipe.
The Heirloom Tomato pizza is currently the only vegetarian Upper Crust pizza on the menu. There are four other “regular” vegetarian pizzas on Crust’s menu. I can appreciate a good vegetarian pizza – and this one is right up there with its simplicity, bold colours and harmonious flavours – but I must admit my meat-loving tendencies mean 1) I preferred the half with chorizo on it and 2) I’d still probably choose other pizzas over the Heirloom Tomato pizza – probably the Mediterranean Lamb or Gourmet Smoked Ham and Pineapple (Crust’s version of the Hawaiian pizza has Brie on it!). It’s worth a try, though a little voice is urging me to type “with bacon!”
But potato on pizza – why don’t I have this more often? I know it’s carb on carb but when done right, adds an extra layer of toothsome pleasure. It will be tempting to add potato to my Crust pizzas from now on. As is standard, extra costs apply for extra toppings.
We left with full bellies and leftovers – two squares of pizza and half a salad. I claimed the pizza for breakfast and Jac took the salad to work for lunch.
Thanks, Michelle and Joe for shouting us a taste of the new seasonal menu. Perth readers, read on for the seasonal menu giveaway and info about the next weekend’s Beaufort Street Festival.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Mount Lawley
69 Walcott Street (corner Beaufort Street)
Mount Lawley WA 6050
Phone: (08) 9227 1288
Lunch on Fridays 12pm to 2pm (pick up only)
Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 10pm
Fridays and Saturdays 5pm to 10.30pm
There’s limited seating in-store and outside on footpath.
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Thanks to Crust Gourmet Pizza, I have ten seasonal menu dinners to give away to Perth readers.
How to enter
Leave a comment at this post and tell me:
1) What are your favourite or must-have pizza toppings?
2) Your preferred Crust Gourmet Pizza store (except Victoria Park, who are not participating) – see locations.
Edit, 14 November. I have been informed today that Victoria Park will not be taking part in this giveaway. I have contacted the people who have nominated Victoria Park as their preferred store and asked them to nominate another store.
Please ensure you include a valid email address (not published) so I can contact you easily if you’re one of the winners.
Terms and conditions
- 10 people will each win a Crust Pizza seasonal menu dinner consisting of 1 x Crust Heirloom Upper Crust pizza (RRP AU$19) and 1 x Caramelised Fennel Salad (RRP AU$12.50).
- Valid in Crust Gourmet Pizza stores in Perth locations only for pick-ups and orders in-store (not applicable for deliveries) and to be redeemed Monday to Thursday only by 20 December 2012.
- All entries should include the entrant’s preferred Crust Gourmet Pizza store (Perth locations – except Victoria Park, who are not taking participating).
- My friends and family are not eligible to win.
- Giveaway closes on Sunday 18th November at 9pm AWST (Perth time)
- Winners will be chosen at random – you gotta be in it to win it, so get cracking!
- Winners will be contacted directly via email, then announced at The Food Pornographer blog, Facebook and Twitter.
On this weekend – Beaufort Street Festival
The Beaufort Street Festival is on this weekend on Saturday 17 November, with music, arts, family fun and this year, even more food than before. In addition to food stalls and licensed areas on the day, there will be a food and wine micro festival in the Barlee St Car Park, featuring local wineries, beer and food producers. Also available – a community recipe book, Recipes and Ramblings, featuring recipes from chefs, residents and shop owners. The Crust Gourmet Pizza Mount Lawley team will be pumping out the pizzas. There will be a Crust Pizza Showdown at the community stage at 1.30pm.