Simply put – I love Noble Crust in St. Pete. The menu is both southern comfort food and traditional Italian with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Right now, during Fall, you can try the sweet potato ravioli in sage brown butter with BBQ spiced pecans.
Of course there are the staple menu items that aren’t going anywhere. The fried chicken, for instance, is what they’re known for and damn is it good. And they’ll always have pizza but the toppings may change from season to season.
The fact that I can order gnocchi with pancetta + fried chicken all in one sitting makes me very happy. Plus, the food is good and more importantly, it’s consistent. The latter is something I need in a restaurant for me to truly love it. Okay, so onto the food. Here are some of my top-picks:
Whipped Ricotta. Which is exactly what it sounds like only way better. The ricotta is blended with a variety of fresh herbs and served with warm rosemary pizza.
Ricotta Gnocchi. It’s been a favorite of mine since I was a child. But I have never had it quite like this. I sometimes question whether the gnocchi in restaurants is actually homemade but here it goes without saying. The soft, pillowy potato dumplings coated with a creamy white sauce made with ricotta and served with chunks of house-made pancetta. Nuff said.
Kale Caesar. I promise even if you don’t like kale you will like this salad. The usually bitter green is covered in a smoky caesar dressing and topped with a fried, soft-boiled egg. Break the egg, watch it ooze out and enjoy.
Roasted Mushroom Pizza. Not the typical mushrooms you are used to getting on pizza. This one is made with oyster + shitake mushrooms and assortment of fresh cheeses, including mozzarella + parm + taleggio.
The brunch menu items are what you would expect but with a little foodie twist:
Deviled eggs: Topped with pickled mustard seeds that pop in your mouth (yum).
Chicken + waffles: Served with pecan butter and bourbon maple syrup (yum + yum).
Fried green tomatoes: Accompanied by pork belly + pimento cheese (something I have just recently discovered and it’s delish).
Lemon ricotta pancakes: So good that it’s hard not to order them every time. But the portion is large and it’s decadent so I usually save this one for a special occasion. Or I convince everyone at the table to get as an appetizer.
The brunch menu also includes many of the items on the regular menu which makes for an easy transition into the dinner menu and gives those of you who are not keen on traditional brunch dishes some options. Also, I learned recently from a server that everyone receives a complimentary mimosa with their meal. So, if your server doesn’t bring it up, you should.
All the food comes at an affordable price – most of the dishes are in the $10-$20 range. Some of the entrees are a little pricier but the beauty of this place is you can go with friends, split a pizza or two and a few small plates. You will all walk away happy and with a full belly.
I’m a craft beer kinda gal. But at Noble Crust, I almost always choose their house wine, the Adobe Red (they also have white if that’s your thing). It’s a nice red blend that pairs well with all of the dishes. The Adobe red and white is shipped and stored in a barrel and it’s poured straight from the tap. It’s slightly cheaper than your typical glass at $6.50 per glass. You can opt for the carafe that gets you about three glasses (so easily sharable) and costs $14.50.
The bar has that industrial chic look to it and it’s fully stocked. There are plenty of inventive craft cocktails available made by some very skilled bartenders. On Tuesday, the craft cocktails are only $6 so take advantage of that sweet deal.
The restaurant is wide open and when you enter you’re immediately drawn in by it’s rustic charm. The tables are strategically placed so it doesn’t matter if you’re with two people or ten, you will have a good experience. They also have community high tops so you can dine with other like-minded foodie folk if you so desire. These tables also offer a great view of the open kitchen area.
My favorite place to dine is in the enclosed back patio. It’s cozy with cushioned bench seating and has a ton of natural light so you feel like you’re sitting outside even though you aren’t. Another bonus is the retractable roof that is kept open during the cooler months. Since Fall is fast approaching, I highly recommend you dine on the patio while looking up at the sky!
Well, there ya have it. That is my guide to St. Pete’s newest foodie hot spot, Noble Crust. Hope your experience is as enjoyable as mine have been.
Dinner + Brunch Menu
Location: 8300 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 Map
Hours: T-Th 4pm-10pm; Fri 4pm-11pm; Sat 10:30am-11pm; Sun 10:30am-9pm; Mon – Closed