Restaurant Review: Gourmet Pizza at Croma’s a Hit
Tasty Dinner and Heavenly Dessert — A Must Try on Newbury
By Jillian Berry
263 Newbury Street
Croma is a gourmet pizza restaurant located at 269 Newbury St. in Boston (between Fairfield and Gloucester Sts.). Although Croma is not a chain, there is one other branch (the original) in Manchester, England. The d cor of the restaurant is a pleasing mix of old and new with exposed brick walls and sleek lines. There is a full bar on the main level, and tables on two levels as well as outdoors. As a result, even on a Friday night, our group of five was seated in less than 15 minutes without a reservation. However, the large number of tables means there is a lot of noise, so this is probably not a great restaurant for an intimate date, but it is perfect for a group.
The menu for Croma is a mix between California Pizza Kitchen and an Italian restaurant. To start, our group ordered the Croma bruschetta ($6.25) and garlic bread with mozzarella ($4). The bruschetta came with mozzarella and chopped tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette served over hot bread along with a side of olive tapenade. The tomatoes were sweet and perfectly complemented the tanginess of the vinaigrette. The garlic bread was hot from the oven and a nice starter.
For the main course, we ordered three of Croma’s specialty thin crust pizzas: Cajun, BBQ Chicken, and Margherita ($8.95–$12.95). The pizzas are served in an individual size, but with the appetizers five of us easily split the three pies. The Cajun pizza is topped with hot peppers, shrimp, and Cajun spices. The pizza was spicy, and I thought this taste was a little too overpowering, though my friend loved it. Our second pizza, the BBQ chicken, was also topped with roast green peppers, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and a chipotle ranch dressing. The chicken was moist and tasty, the onions were cooked perfectly, and the ranch dressing cooled down some of the spice without being too strong. Our Margherita pizza was a much more traditional cheese and great for anyone who is not adventurous with food or just wants a simple dish.
Our final course was a chocolate cobbler a la mode ($7). The cobbler was a mix of crunchy and gooey chocolate which tasted like warm brownie batter. The dish was then topped with a refreshingly cool vanilla ice cream. Words cannot describe the perfection of this heavenly rich treat. Overall, the meal and atmosphere made for a great night out.