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A wave of new restaurants and bars is making a splash in downtown Mesa

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Downtown Mesa is flaunting local love as a slew of Arizona born-and-bred restaurants and bars are landing along Main Street...

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Father's Day Dining 2023

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Crust at Verde at Cooley Station in Gilbert is offering a “dads eat free” deal on almost all menu items. (The promotion excludes 20-in. and Sicilian pizzas.)...

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— Fabulous Arizona

An Italian Restaurant and Speakeasy are Coming to Downtown Mesa

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Crust Simply Italian, an East Coast-style Italian restaurant, will open its fourth location in Mesa this fall. And, the eatery is upping the ante by opening a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge alongside it...

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— Sara Crocker

Crust Simply Italian is coming to Mesa. And you could name the restaurant's new speakeasy

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Crust owner Michael Merendino, a first-generation Italian American, grew up watching his father make pizzas in Long Island, New York. He opened Crust in 2007 with the goal of bringing authentic Italian food to Arizona...

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— Endia Fontanez

Crust Simply Italian | Check, Please! Arizona

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Crust Simply Italian expanding with location in new downtown Mesa apartment complex

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Crust will have a full wrap-around patio that will sit on Main Street, a 25-seat bar and garage doors that open to add to the design. The first location opened in Scottsdale in 2007, and the chain has been growing with spots in Chandler and Gilbert...

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— KTAR News

Crust Simply Italian: Authentic East Coast Style Cooking

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Though it'll be difficult to resist the pizza, we can assure you that you’ll want to take some time to sample Crust's pastas and house specialties. A comfort food classic through and through, the chicken parmesan is delectable and filling...

— Arizona PBS

Crust Simply Italian Owner Creates Calzone Company

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Calzone connoisseurs can now order specialty craft calzones for pickup or delivery from the Crust locations in Scottsdale and Chandler. A Gilbert location is also slated to open later this year...

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Scottsdale Pizzaria Plans to Open 10 Locations

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Crust Simply Italian, which currently is operating two locations in Scottsdale and Chandler, has major expansion plans...

— Brandon Brown

Crust Simply Italian opens 3rd location at Verde at Cooley Station in Gilbert

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The menu: Rustica-shaped pizzas, bruschetta, salads, pasta dishes, and Italian entrees...

— Jess Harter

Crust Simply Italian Looks Forward to Substantial Growth

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Crust Simply Italian Gilbert is headed to Verde at Cooley Station, the 23 acre mixed-use development that boasts 3,000 new homes and resort-style amenities...

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— Eve Payne

The GRID: Crust Simply Italian to open doors in downtown Mesa

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Crust started in 2007 in Scottsdale with additional locations in Chandler and Gilbert....

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— Digital Free Press

Restaurant of The Week: Crust SImply Italian Chandler

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The expansive indoor-outdoor bar is the centerpiece of the space, with large flat-screens for watching a game. The remainder of the indoor space is decked with cozy, tufted booths, wallpaper-adorned corners and industrial-inspired lighting, while the patio is quite spacious, with built-in heaters and booths...

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— Melissa Larsen

Crust Simply Italian to open 3rd location with more planned

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Authentic Italian food continues to be one of the most popular segments of the restaurant industry and its going to continue if Mike Merendino has his way...

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— Sandy Wasserman