We get Venezia's and Vincent's, yo, but a Brooklyn-style pizza parlor called Upper Crust? Perhaps Brooklyn's gone highbrow since we visited last. Either way, we're still stoked for a new 'za joint on the upper east side. Upper Crust Pizza & Patio Wine Bar recently opened in the old Brickyard/Native New Yorker spot at 20235 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. Steve Stephens, former owner of Blue Adobe Grill and one-time GM of the kitschy Bobby McGee's in Phoenix, is a partner in the venture.
The space hasn't changed much (the red-and-white checked linen tablecloths are still there, to some customers' chagrin), but the addition of a large 21-and-over patio and 27 plasma TVs is a good start. The hand-held iPod ordering system is pretty sweet, too. No more messed up orders or huge waits for drinks!
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Upper Crust's menu runs the Italian gamut from wings and caprese salads to baked lasagna, ravioli, and hand-tossed pizzas like the house specialty with buffalo chicken and blue cheese crumbles. They've also got 12 beers on tap and a decent wine selection including Argentinean reds, Italian whites and Prosecco sparkling wine. Upper Crust is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily; check their website for more info.