Our visits to Upper Crust over the years (the ones we’ve documented, anyway):
Thin-crust pizza place. Our take, February 2014: I stopped in to try their slice of the month, a Hawaiian offering, complete with ham and pineapple. It was a quiet Monday and the Top 40 music playing said they were less concerned with providing a cool vibe than with serving a nice slice of pizza. The crust was crispy, just the way I like it. I admit to fleeting thoughts of Hawaii.
I did see something unusual on the way out. The slice of the month is corned beef and cabbage, in honor of St. Patrick’s day. I will have to work up to that one.
Our take, July 2013: When we want New Haven-style pizza without the two-hour drive, we come here for our dose of thin crust pizza in a city atmosphere. Recently I tried the slice of the day, a carmelized onion, fontina cheese, and portobello mushroom pizza served to my table piping hot and delicious. In the spirit of trying new things, I attempted to chase it down with their new drink offering, ZICO coconut water, but couldn’t get beyond a few sips. Too healthy, maybe? The standard soda and juice offerings are also available if you have a similarly unrefined beverage palate. With White Stripes and Wilco on the sound system while I was there, plus a couple of tunes that were so cool that myShazam app couldn’t even identify them, I figured this was about as urban wannabe as I was going to aspire to on a plain old Tuesday afternoon. Deborah Brown