Urban Crust, Plano, Texas
Urban Crust is a busy, hip bistro in a historic building in downtown Plano, Texas, a suburb just 30 minutes outside of Dallas. They offer wood-fired, thin-crust pizza in a variety of combinations, and plenty of other offerings from their oak-fired ovens.
Urban Crust executive chef/co-owner Salvatore Gisellu has transformed a three-story 1896 brick building, formerly a saddle and tack shop, into a cool eatery and bar. Gisellu prides himself in using fresh, authentic ingredients like buffalo mozzarella that’s flown in from Italy every three days. They cook pizza and other dishes like salmon in oak-fired ovens that give their dishes a distinctive, smoky flavor.
We started with a caprese salad, made with tomatoes, fresh basil, and their imported buffalo mozzarella, which was flavorful and creamy. Their Tuscan fries come as a large basket of very thin, hand cut potatoes that are fried up fresh and crisp.
Their Buffalina pizza celebrates their Italian buffalo mozzarella, tear drop red tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, and shaved grana cheese all on a crispy thin crust.
Black and Blue pizza, one of our favorites, comes with basil, pesto, sirloin, baby portabellos, caramelized onions and blue cheese. The caramelized onions offer a sweet counterpart to the pungent blue cheese.
In the Genova pizza, basil pesto is married with grilled eggplant, goat cheese, tomato sauce, and arugula. A really interesting and slightly sweet s pizza – and this reviewer’s favorite — is Urban Amore, a combination of fig preserves, prosciutto di Parma, goat cheese, and aged balsamic. The figs and good quality balsamic lend a sweet richness while the arugula keeps the dish from becoming overly sweet.
One of my companions ordered Urban Crust’s salmon, which is served with spinach and red peppers. The salmon, a big chunky piece, has a nice crispy outside with a mild tasting moist interior.
On the top floor, Urban Crust offers their 32 degree bar, a long, sleek bar with a foot-wide iced strip that enables customers to keep their drinks nice and cold. The third floor also has a small covered deck with mister fans that keep everyone cool.
Urban Crust Wood-Fired Pizza
1006 East 15th Street