Crust Italian Restaurant by Ray Raposo

Peg standing by the front doors of Crust Restaurant
Ray (front center) and L to R: Alex, Daisy, Jack, Gisela, Violet, Carlos and Peg… our round table of eight longtime friends.

Our group of eight good friends enjoyed a nice dinner at Crust on a recent Saturday for the first time. 

Crust Restaurant serves unparalleled pizza and modern Italian cuisine in the scenic and trendy area by the Miami River.  The restaurant has been in business for 3 years. 
The high ceiling and the bar area
The restaurant is located in what was once a stand-alone private home built in an Art Deco design in the 1950s. It’s all quite open with lofty 14 foot ceilings and a long bar near the right side. There’s seating for 72 patrons. The decor is mostly black and white, from the tables and chairs, to the ceiling and the bar. Our table was a large round one, they also have seating outside. Acclaimed veteran Chef/Owner Kline Kovaceski and his lovely Australian wife Anita are the couple behind this establishment. Anita took the time to check on our table to make sure all was going well during our visit.
Part of the large Menu at Crust
The Menu is extensive, from appetizers to pizzas, to pastas to signature entrees. I had the Mahi-Mahi “Francese Style” with lemon capers in a white wine-butter sauce served with Angel Hair pasta and it was perfect. Everyone ordered something different. From the Lasagna to the Linguini with Meatballs, to the Shrimp Parmesan, to the small BBQ chicken Pizza, all were quite tasty. Let me first say that the food was not only delicious, the portions were so very large that we all had to get take home bags. Remember that!
You can easily split an entree with a spouse, specially if you get a soup or appetizer. Maybe part of it was saving room for dessert, all of which we ordered were just as good. The Bourbon Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream was outstanding. All this plus an excellent waitress named Alex made for a terrific overall experience during our visit to Crust. 
The outdoor seating area in front of restaurant

Most dishes cost from the high tens to the low to mid twenties. One small note, while they serve wine and beer, they don’t have a full bar service, so no mixed drinks are available. Our group did fine with some white wine. Also make sure you valet park for $6.00, it’s located by the left side of this fine corner establishment. 

Crust is located at 668 NW 5th St, Miami, FL 33128
Call for Reservations at 305-371-7065
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