We had such high hopes for this restaurant based on the CCP's write-up, especially since it said Crust has more than 20 beers on tap (http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/Eat/archives/2013/02/11/crust-opens-tuesday-on-james-island). Well, they only have 6, and they are 6 pretty uninspired ones at that. The bottled beer selection wasn't much better. We started with the Bibb and beet salad, which was very good. The pizzas, however, were disappointing - quite blackened (we know, they're cooked in a wood-fire oven, but does that mean they have to be black?) and really not enough of the toppings. The crustacean 'za was better than the butternut one which had just the slightest smattering of vegetables on it - not enough to get past the "charcoal" taste. As I said, we had high hopes, but we won't be back. :-(
FOOD - 2 STARS
DECOR -4 STARS
STAFF - 3 STARS
PARKING -1 STAR
I don't know what happened to this place. I used to eat there all the time about 6 years ago when I was first in Charleston. It was usually my first pick for pizza, as the bar crowd was usually pretty good, and the pizza was a great value for the taste. I went back with my family when we first came back to Charleston. It was terrible. I let the manager know about it, he allowed me swap out for a steak sub. I was willing to take another chance on them, as any one can have a bad one (especially with the volume MM produces). Different night, same result. The pizza, the cheese in particular, had a sour taste to it. Just not good at all. I gave the pizza away (and paid for it), and went and got a burrito. I'm not sure if it's the corporate expansion or cutting corners, but this place has gone downhill.
I walked in there last night with my boo after an art opening, and we ordered a couple of slices and 2 salads: one Greek, one Italian. The salads were COMPLETELY the same, except different cheese...one had mozz, the other Feta. Really? And the makeup of this almost $7 salad was Iceberg Lettuce and a few olives. Really? The pizza was not that great either, believe me.
I know this place makes a killing, but lets be honest...it is not that good, especially if you have eaten in REAL Italian pizza parlor's, who know what a real salad is, and know how to put together a real pie.
Just keepin' it real.
Ok, after multiple visits I feel like I'm finally ready to review this place, or, more specifically, let them have it. First of all I would like the owners of Monza to realize how many pizza joints there are JUST IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON. This means you really must be offering something different and delicious to impress me. Monza is simply not. With all of the hype this place gets from the ever growing population of hipsters with an opinion on food on the peninsula you'd think they were serving the pizza with a free Dave Matthews Band DVD. Yes, the ingredients are fresh, AS THEY ARE AT PLENTY OF OTHER PLACES. Yes, the atmosphere is new-age and spacey, MOST OF THE BEST PIZZA JOINTS ARE IN PLACES I WOULDN'T DARE TO USE THE BATHROOM. The defining character of a pizza place is the pizza itself, and I'm sorry Monza (I tried), but your place ain't got it.
It has been a few months.......but.........
Tried a couple of different pies, and they were OK. Love thin crust, but don't like the personal size pie..easy way to skimp on toppings. And yes, I thought they were miserly with toppings including cheese.
Second time around, wasn't ready to eat, just wanted to have a beer, and decide on eating options. STAFF tells my wife and I "NO",'if you are not going to order, you can't sit at the bar and have a drink'. I should say, they were not crowded.
I give 'em 2 stars. one for wood fired and for thin crust, another 'cause it's a cool space. I give them an "A" for a**hole. Two stars might be too much credit.
If I had a stroller, I would have been really pissed...........!
I live a block off of King, and I will never return. FU.
Too many decent pizza joints to deal with attitude.
Evo and Monza are much better...decor is nice, typical new restaurant jitters with slow, inconsistent service. Pizza's are very small (too small for the price), much smaller than Evo or Monza. Mine did taste of ash from the wood fired oven.
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