The skinny: It had been a while since we had seen so much talk about a new restaurant opening. Options for higher-end pizza are limited in the area, so Crush Pizzeria Napoletana is a welcome addition to the Nashua area.
Pizzas here come in one size and start at $8 for marinara and $10 to include mozzarella. The specialty pizzas include a variety of options, but if you want to build your own, toppings include items such as arugula, artichokes and buffalo mozzarella.
Specialty pies here include creative combinations such as the Americana ($11), with spiced salami, crushed tomatoes, olives, mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano; the Pizza Del Rey ($17), which includes mozzarella, mushrooms, prosciutto di Parma, black truffle spread and extra virgin olive oil; and the Mediterrano ($15), with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, red peppers, mozzarella, grape tomatoes and the black truffle spread.
Review: We were thankful to have been clued in that the sizes here were closer to personal size — which wasn’t obvious due to some of the pizza prices — so we were each able to order our own pie. (While we do have enormous appetites when it comes to pizza, we definitely recommend a pizza per person for people with regular appetites, as well.)
Deidre kept it simple by ordering the Roni ($11), with crushed tomatoes, pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano. Andrew opted for a Build Your Own pizza, adding eggplant to the standard Margherita ($12).
Deidre was first impressed by the size of her pepperoni. They may have been the largest slices she’s seen in New Hampshire. Partially hidden by the cheese, the taste burst through. Andrew liked the big, juicy chunks of eggplant — not a typical pizza topping. And while the fruit had the consistency of tomato, it added its own distinct, slightly tangy flavor.
Deidre loved the huge chunks for fresh mozzarella on her pizza. Although the pizza was not completely covered by cheese, she did get some in each bite, which she was pleased about.
The sauce on Crush’s pizzas is very thin. Deidre thought the amount was spot on, and she liked the flavors it brought to her meal. Andrew agreed that Crush really shows that you don’t need a ton of sauce to impart lots of flavor.
A fork and knife are necessary for eating these pizzas. The bottoms are very wet, and silverware ensures not losing any part of the bite. Deidre liked the small char marks around the edge of the end crust, which Andrew thought added some fiery flavor.
We went to Crush with a good friend, who ordered the Regina ($13), another simply topped pie with crushed tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, grape tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil. She was just as happy with her meal as we were with ours, and she said to quote her as saying her pizza was “quite delicious.”
There was no cold pizza for Andrew to review. The pizzas here are not the most filling, and even after splitting a hummus appetizer prior to the main course, we were still looking for a little something to nibble on.
Rating: Deidre: 4 / Andrew: 4 = 8/10 slices
Crush Pizzeria Napoletana
449 Amherst St., Nashua