Two Thumbs Upper Crust

Camie Peters, Journalist

A short drive out of Hampton will take you to Fox Chapel’s new Upper Crust, a treasure in our own backyard. Previously located on Dorseyville Road, the restaurant moved to the Hartwood Towne Center in October of 2018, a decision that has brought even more traffic to the local gem.

When you arrive, you are greeted by the welcoming faces of the employees and the warm aroma of rising dough from their ovens. Upper Crust offers delicious food at an equally delicious price point. During their lunch special, you can get two slices of pizza and a beverage for less than five dollars.

As the name implies, the pizza has a thick, fluffy crust — unlike other pizza joints, Upper Crust handmakes their dough and sauce themselves every morning.  

Long time employee Tony, or ‘Big T’, prides himself on the fact that all of his pizzas are made completely from scratch and with fresh vegetables. From the dough to the tomato sauce on top, everything is made in house, even the meatballs.  

John English, the owner, bought Upper Crust in 2007. He uses the shop to give back to the local community through sponsoring sports teams in Hampton and Fox Chapel.

If you find yourself in the area wishing for a new pizza experience, Upper Crust is definitely the right place to try. While you’re there, English recommends that you try the award-winning buffalo-chicken pizza or the jumbo chicken wings. Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed. I give the upper crust two thumbs up.