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Crust. May the best pie win.

I love pizza. All kinds of pizza. Depending on the day I get a hankering for a super crispy thin crust pizza, or if I’ve been out the night before I like to indulge in a thicker Buffalo-style pizza (but not as thick as Chicago style, which I don’t even think is served anywhere in Buffalo.) That’s why, when I saw that the former Sample Restaurant in Allentown was scheduled to become a pizza place called Crust Pizza Bar, I was happy. For me there’s never such as thing as too many pizza places, and eventually the best pie wins, right?

My wife and I don’t have a favorite pizza joint in Buffalo. We have a few that we like to go to depending on the night (we’re not big on lunchtime pizza). Whenever the mood strikes we make a split decision where we will be ordering from. First we decide on the style, and then we decide whether we want to sit-in or take-out. Typically we order pizza once a week. We also welcome new pizza places into the fold with welcome arms. After all, how else do we ensure that Buffalo remains a pizza-lover’s city?

Crust’s gimmick? It looks as if this place is going to have an actual pizza bar (like a salad bar) where customers will be able to add their own toppings before they hand off their pies (maybe even slices) to the chef who will then cook the custom creations to their liking. It’s kinda like making your own pizza at home without the headache of making the dough, preparing the ingredients, and cleaning up the mess. Think the FroYo concept, but with pizza instead.

Taking a look at Crust’s Facebook page, I came across some information that follows as such:

Roman-style-Pizza-al-Taglio-meets-American-Build-Your Own-Craftiness. Fresh bread from the oven at 5pm.
Inspired by two streams of pizza consciousness, Crust embraces the Roman tradition of Pizza Al Taglio (pizza by the slice), and the American manifest destiny of Build-Your-Own pieology.Find us late at night while out with friends in the city. We’ll be there when the urge strikes for slices or a pie to take home for a quiet evening of enjoyment.

We’re also a perfect option for the quarrelsome process of ordering pizza for the family. 

Dine in. Delivery. Order Online. 

We also make hand crafted salads, rice balls and little snacks. Beer and wine soon.

Our ingredients are top shelf. We have gluten free and vegan options. And while we’ve spent a far bit of time in front of the mixer and the oven, everyday brings its own set of unique challenges.

Crust Pizza Bar | 242 Allen Street | Buffalo NY | (716) 883-7297

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Klejdys

    “We’re also a perfect option for the quarrelsome process of ordering pizza for the family.”
    Ah, Marketers.  Just a step above the circle of hell all the lawyers will be occupying.  Still laughing at the “quarrelsome”, btw.  Thanks for solving my problem guys!

  • elmdog

    I think this place and the place on the corner of Elmwood and Allen are 2 places that are needed down here…I dont think we need more pizza places at all, but I do believe family fun friendly places that invite a good atmosphere and conversation are exactly what builds a neighborhood…Dont get me wrong, I love mister pizza and Just pizza but you can go there and feel like you are enjoying good food in a family friendly place…This concept works for most…A pizza, beers, a nice atmosphere makes people feel at home and comfortable…I think most people want to find places that they are comfortable going to any time of the day and enjoying themselves….

  • Publius V Publicola

    Let the Allentown pizza wars begin and the best place remain standing.

  • brownteeth

    Wasn’t this Kramer’s idea?!  I think we can use more pizzerias like Vera (and even Casa Di Pizza to an extent) that encourage dining in and have quality food and drinks worth staying a while.

    • whentheponydies


    • whateverr

      Maybe their waitresses will wear perfume that smells like the beach?

  • MartinKemp

    Is this not like the 3rd pizza joint announcement for Allentown? What happened to Sample? A shame pizza wins over a stylish cocktail bar,

    • chri3060

      Sample moved to Hertel Ave, and they are now called Crave.

      • MartinKemp

        chri3060 Glad to hear Sample is still around.

      • micahh64

        They moved to Hertel and DIDN’T keep the name “Sample”?
        Shame — would have been a nice historical reference . . .

        • Cam33r4

          micahh64 chri3060 
          Why?  It’s a completely different restaurant with different food and a different concept.  I think they wanted something new anyway

        • micahh64

          Cam33r4 micahh64 chri3060  
          The historical reference I was referring to was to the late, great Sample Shop flagship department store located on Hertel . . .

    • micahh64

      MartinKemp   “A shame pizza wins over a stylish cocktail bar”
      The free market in action . . .

      • MartinKemp

        micahh64 Very true….also shows Allen is still not all that.

  • hockeyhips83

    so there’s this spot opening + the new joint at allen/elmwood… this should all be very interesting.

  • Cam33r4

    As great as it is that we are getting a tenant in this prime building, I can’t help but feel that Allen is wasting a good opportunity.  We have enough pizza places, Italian places, Greek restaurants, and bar restaurants in Buffalo.  Take a walk down similar styled neighborhoods in other cities, and you would find so much more culinary diversity.
    I have long dreamed of seeing  Buffalo representing some really delicious cuisine that isn’t greasy and/or fried, but it seems like that’s what every restaurateur goes towards. One “unique” (read: Ethiopian) restaurant along one of the busiest and most popular destinations in the city is dismal.  Maybe I’m just being hard to please, but I feel like all we get nowadays are either Italian, Greek, Pizza, or Bar/Restaurant combos.
    Also, pizza buffets make me think of CiCi’s… Yuck.

  • haydengrover8

    Great article! Although I will miss Sample because I think it was a really cool idea and the food and service was always fantastic I am looking forward to this pizzeria and the idea behind it! My favorite pizzeria is Imperial on Abbott Road in South Buffalo. Second to that is Abbott Pizza. Although I do have to write that Pizza Plant and Franco’s are a very close race for the bronze medal!

    • Beastmode23

      Absolutely. I drive out of my way to get some slices from Imperial

  • lafayette1985

    this sounds like an interesting concept it’s not just a regular pizza place. I would like to see a wider variety of
    restaurants but I also don’t like seeing empty storefronts. I am excited to try this place and hope for them to succeed.

  • elmdog

    I hope that they dont skimp on decor and character…What alot of restaurants lack is character atmosphere…I know those things cost money, but you can attract customers based of those, once you compliment that with good food you can bet that you will get return customers…So its worth a few extra dollars….I was in Ottawa a few years back and there was a small corner pizza place with a fire place in the restaurant and a nice small bar area…Pizza was average and or better but the atmosphere makes me remember how cool it was ….If I were in Ottawa I would try and find it again….

  • buffgalesq

    Someone told me this is part of a chain … can anyone confirm or deny?

    • whateverr

      buffgalesq   Don’t know but Google finds a Crust pizza bar business in L.A. offering, which apparently might be related to a in Australia.   Different logo than this one on Allen shows at its FB page (but maybe similar graphics & type?)
      If it is a franchise or part of a small chain, will that be a negative at all?

      • buffgalesq

        whateverr I don’t personally think it would be negative.  Just curious.

        • whateverr

          I feel the same that it isn’t negative.
          Seems a good bet that it’s somehow related to the Aussie chain that has an LA location and U.S. franchising intent, since not many businesses anywhere are calling themselves a ‘pizza bar’, and both that & this having name Crust.  
          This one would be risking a possible legal hassle to choose the same name as a larger existing co of the same type.