Mesa, AZ

Local Italian Restaurant Opening New Location

Greyson F
You can find ravioli, and other pasta dishes, at a new Italian restaurant.Photo byTom DillononUnsplash

Main Street in downtown Mesa has seen considerable change in recent years. One of the most recent apartment and storefront projects on the strip includes The GRID, which will help bring additional rental units to the downtown district, as well as new destinations for visitors and locals alike to enjoy. One restaurant downtown Mesa will be adding is a metro Phoenix favorite, as it has three destinations spread out around the Valley. This particular restaurant though won’t be a stand-along location, as a connected speakeasy will open alongside the new eatery as well. 

Crust Simply Italian has slowly expanded around metro Phoenix over the last 15 years. The first restaurant popped up in Scottsdale back in 2007, as a first-generation American, who spent much of his childhood inside his father’s New York Italian restaurant, moved out to Arizona and decided to follow in his family’s restaurant footsteps. Following the successful launch of Crust, it eventually expanded out to both Gilbert and Chandler. And now, the restaurant is coming to downtown Mesa. 

The connected speakeasy has not yet received an official name. While it is under the same umbrella as Crust, the name itself will be different. Two of the other Crust restaurants have a similar setup, with speakeasy names including The Blue Heron and The Ostrich. 

There is no official word as to when the restaurant will open, as construction continues on The GRID project (if you spend any time around downtown Mesa you’ve likely passed the rather large construction project). However, you can expect it to arrive in the coming months. 

If you have not yet been to one of the other three Crust Simply Italian restaurants, you will discover a similar menu as the forthcoming Mesa location as the other three. The Appetizer menu includes spicy garlic knots, fried calamari, meatballs, and bacon wrapped shrimp (just to name a few). If you’re in the mood for a salad, you can order a Chopped, Goodness Greens, Greek, Warm Arugula, or a Caesar. Looking for something more hearty? Why not try a meat calzone, a stromboli, one a house special, such as chicken parmesan, meat lasagna, chicken francese, lobster ravioli, chicken marsala, baked eggplant parmigiana, plus several pasta dishes (angel hair pomodoro, tortellini alla panna, penne alla Scottsdale, and Grandmas Pasta). You can even order any number of pizza styles and flavors.

All of the restaurants maintain the same hours of operation, so there’s a good chance the Mesa location will as well. The other restaurants open daily at 11 AM, and have happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3 PM until 6.

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