Authentic Italian pizzeria opening in Uptown Beaufort

Crosta Pizzeria set to open in Uptown BeaufortTime for take out pizza in Uptown. Artisan pizzas and handmade specialty pastas are coming to Uptown Beaufort as Crosta Pizzeria will be opening up its doors next month in the old Cricket building along Boundary Street.

Offering both dine-in and take out options, owner Tony Pope has put together a menu loaded with wood fired pizzas, specialty pastas, ciabatta sandwiches, farmers market-inspired salads and more and it sounds to be as authentic rustic-Italian as can be.

“We’ll enjoy preparing wood-fired pizzas using the finest Italian ingredients, fresh made dough, hand-crafted sauces and the best meats, cheeses and produce we can find both local and imported,” Tony said.

Sounds good.Crosta Pizzeria, Beaufort SC

No stranger to the kitchen, Tony is the chef at the Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie and has been nominated as one of the Best Chefs in America in each of the past four years. His vision for authentic Italian is all over the menu with entrees including homemade Italian fennel sausage, wood-fired littleneck clams, gorgonzola gnocchi, a chicken casalinga, lamb spiedini and a veal polpette.

“We’re very excited,” he said. “It’s going to be great to be a part of the community and to serve up some of our best.  We want to be different. We’re creating a spot to hang out with your friends and family.”

Inside, the cozy atmosphere has a warming rustic look and each seat isn’t far away from the Italian brick oven and the open kitchen.

Oh, and what’s good Italian food and artisan pizzas without drink?  Look for an elite selection of wines and craft beers, too.

Crosta Pizzeria will be open in February at 1216 Boundary Street.