#105: Eat at Crozet Pizza
The Corner is home to delicious pizza joints such Mellow Mushroom, Christian’s, but there is one restaurant that serves arguably the best pizza in the Charlottesville area – or even the world, as National Geographic magazine has asserted. About 25 minutes away from Grounds, Crozet Pizza is quite a treat and a perfect drive for a weekend afternoon. Located about nine miles down 250 West and three miles down Three Notch’d Road, Crozet Pizza seems slightly out of the way for many students. However, the drive is a beautiful one, showing off Albemarle’s gorgeous countryside.
Crozet Pizza began as a small family-owned restaurant in 1977 and the business has been kept within the Crum family ever since. The Crums have even used the same pizza dough recipe for over 35 years!
There are some “house favorites,” such as Meat Lover’s, Greek, Hero, Veggie, Special, and the Great White, or customers can make their own pizza with a variety of toppings and sauces.
Don’t just take my word for it – Crozet Pizza has been named by National Geographic as a “best in world,” by USA Today and Food Network Magazine as one of the greatest pizzas in the country, and by The Washington Post as a “destination restaurant.” Even American boxer Muhammad Ali visited the restaurant and dubbed the pizzas “the greatest” – as he signed on a photograph of himself that proudly hangs on the wall.
Even though it has gained national attention, the restaurant still maintains a homey feel. The walls are lined with business cards, vintage U.Va. memorabilia and photographs of customers travelling around the world. Just make sure you watch out for the wasp nests that hang in two corners of the restaurant!
Make sure you bring a few dollars – the pizzas are pretty cheap but the restaurant only accepts cash. However, if you do forget to bring cash, there’s an ATM around the street.
Even though a trip to Crozet is worth it simply for the beautiful drive, Crozet Pizza will be even more accessible to students when it opens on Elliewood Avenue. Replacing the former restaurant and bar “The Backyard,” this branch will be the first for Crozet Pizza. Many students are awaiting the grand opening of this popular restaurant to compare Crozet pizzas with those of Mellow or Christian’s.
Things to do (on the list) while you are in Crozet:
-Go wine tasting: King Family Vineyards, White Hall Vineyards, Mountfair, StinsonVeritas, and Pollak Vineyards are all in the area.
-Go beer tasting: Starr Hill Brewery is about three-quarters of a mile away from Crozet Pizza. Blue Mountain Brewery is about nine miles away.