5.18.2011

Crozet Pizza

Rain, rain, and more rain!  That is what the last few days have been like here in Cville.  Yesterday morning I walked to class during a THUNDERSTORM!  I left my rain boots in Richmond.  Luckily, I'm staying in my friend LPC's apartment during summer school and was able to borrow her Hunters.  After the 20 minute walk to class I was soaked...water had fallen into my boots and my socks were drenched as were my shorts.  It was a pretty miserable morning.  As I was sitting in class, cold and wet, all I could think of was: going home, taking a hot shower, putting on dry clothes and indulging in a good meal.

I texted my friend JSS who is here doing research for the summer and asked if she wanted to go to Crozet Pizza for dinner.  Crozet is a short drive through the country from grounds and Crozet Pizza is a must-visit!


The restaurant is family owned and opened in 1977.  They still use a dough recipe created by Karen Crum, one of the original owners in the early '70s, and it has the most delicious seasoning!  It has been recognized as the best pizza by many popular publications:  
  • National Geographic's "Best in World"
  • Foder's Travel Guide's "Best in State" and "Best in USA"
  • Washington Post's "A Destination Restaurant" and "Road Trip"
If I haven't mentioned it before, pizza is one of my weaknesses.  At Crozet Pizza, the pies are made to order and every topping on your pie is cooked and cut to bake per order--you can literally watch as they make it!

I ordered a cheese pizza with pepperoni and basil.  JSS ordered a white pizza with feta, spinach, and broccoli.

my DELICIOUS pizza!

The restaurant was built in a condemned building and has a homey, eclectic feel!

If you can't read it, the picture in the doorway says:  "HIPPIES USE SIDE DOOR"

the original booth and bulletin board accompanied by tons of notes and business cards tacked onto the walls over the years!

We thought it would be appropriate to take a pic in the original booth!

Are you a pizza fan?  Do you have any favorite restaurants like these where you live?

25 comments:

  1. Oh how fun!! That looks like a fun lunch date.

    (thank God for Hunters, huh?)

    We have a little local owned place in town, love it!
    Also, we love Mellow Mushroom, can't go wrong there when traveling.

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  2. What a cool place! That pizza looks aaaahhmazing!

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  3. Wow this place sounds AMAZING! I am adding it to the list of "things to do when I get to UVA." Thanks for the recommendation!!!

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  4. Cool! I love hole in the wall places!

    PS - I ordered some of those twist bands yesterday haha! I got the cream, turquoise and coral. :)

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  5. oh the pizza looks soo good! aren't these the best places? hidden away from the mainstream? Love it. Glad you had so much fun:)
    xo
    L

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  6. Basil pizza is my personal favorite, your's made my mouth water!

    Looks like a great place to visit!

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  7. I love places like that, I mean looking at it you wouldn't guess its considered to have the best pizza in the world by National Geographic..geez thats a pretty major statement....it must be amazing? Love these kinds of places.....it looks yummy! I love places that are as intersesting and a little quirky as they are good!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I LOVE pizza. And yours looks soooo delish!

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  9. I've never been there! I'll have to try when I head back to Cville!

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  10. YUM!! That pizza looks amazing!! I wish I lived closer because I would definitely be road-tripping it there to taste it!

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  11. Yum that pizza looks amazing!! There is a pizza place that I am obsessed with near me. The family owned places are always the best!! (:

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  12. Yum! I am so hungry and that pizza looks delish!! That sounds like the perfect thing after a nasty, rainy day!

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  13. I. Love. (and miss) Crozet Pizza.

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  14. That pizza looks amazing!!! My mouth is watering right now at the sight of it. What a cool restaurant!

    And that is exactly what I want to do after being out in a cold and rainy day- have a warm and delicious meal! :)

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  15. That pizza looks HEAVENLY!!!! Totally worth the calories!

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  16. Oh my word that place looks like so much fun and the pizza looks yummy! xoxo

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  17. Do you know that I never made it there? So sad, I know!

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  18. Love pizza and officially starving now!!! Love pizza....had a delicious margherita pizza at Fred's at Barneys yesterday when I was in the city!!! Try it next time you're there!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  19. I want to go there! I love pizza - too much!

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  20. That pizza seriously looks delish!

    xo

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  21. Yummmm that pizza looks so good! Major craving over here!

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  22. Love pizza. In Raleigh, I like Mellow Mushroom because it's good with the kids. But for take out, I like a restaurant here called NY Pizza.

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  23. wow,, DelicioUz pizza.. Love it great..

    visit please,,
    http://el-janhreview.blogspot.com/

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