Pizza at Upper Crust in Oklahoma City

Upper Crust Pizza: upscale pizza at Classen Curve

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Upper Crust is located at 5860 N Classen Blvd in Oklahoma City (map).  They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Contact them at 405.842.7743 or visit their website.

Exterior of Upper Crust Pizza in Oklahoma City

My cousin and I think we could eat pizza for every single meal, so I’m always excited to hear of a new pizza experience on the horizon in Oklahoma City. Based upon the recommendation of a friend, Mom and I ventured out to Classen Curve to see what Upper Crust Pizza had to offer. I was hoping to find something that might be different than other places in town. Upper Crust definitely delivered some unique offerings worth your attention, though the experience overall wasn’t as great as I had hoped it would be.

We went pretty late for lunch on a weekday to avoid the crowds.  We hit the end of the lunch rush and were seated immediately not far from the Dough Room, which is actually the business office. I had a view of the beautiful wine area and could see the kitchen and ovens beyond that.  I loved the rustic, yet classy, setting with lots of glass, stone and metal.  It was contemporary with a little bit of a cabin feel.

Our wait person was very knowledgeable about the menu but always seemed to be in quite a hurry. We were able to ask some initial questions and place our order, but after that point, it seemed as though we were almost invisible, though the lunch rush was pretty much over. I’m typically pretty forgiving of service issues as anyone can have a bad day, but I’ve heard similar reports from several others regarding Upper Crust so I thought it was worth a mention here. We’d love to hear your experiences as well in the comments below.

There are a lot of fresh and interesting things here. For instance, the Farmer’s Market Salad (big $6, little $4) varies its ingredients by season so you have to ask to discover what’s in it. We found out it contained fresh greens, bits of gorgonzola and candied nuts that day, so Mom ordered it and loved it. I, on the other hand, chose the Syrian salad (big $6, little $4), which was iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes and a lemon-mint viniagrette.  The appearance of this salad was disappointing and not too appetizing, but the zippy dressing kept me pecking away at it until our pizza arrived.

One thing I really appreciate about the salad selections at Upper Crust is the choice of “big” or “little.”  In my opinion, a salad must always precede a pizza, but I don’t want a huge, entre-sized salad that I only eat a little of and then throw out the rest.  We chose the “little” salads, and they were just right.

Now, on to the pizzas. All Upper Crust pizzas are 12 inches and just right for two people to split, in my opinion (of course some of the hungrier members of the EatAroundOKC team may disagree with me). All are baked in a wood-fired oven which adds a nice, smokey flavor. The New York style crust is just a bit more substantial than your normal brick oven crust, which I appreciate, and the list of ingredients is diverse and unique.  At $10-$12 each, I think Upper Crust is offering a pretty decent value for gourmet, specialty pizzas for two people to share. The pricing was actually better than I expected given their location and decor. Now, if you’re the type that would eat a whole 12″ pizza by yourself, that could get expensive.

We chose half LK (veggie) and half Porkey Pie.  The veggie was topped with sauce, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, goat cheese, eggplant, artichoke hearts, red pepper, red onion and fresh parmesan.  The Porkey Pie had roasted garlic, caramelized onions, bacon, panna, arugula and parsley. With the absence of a traditional tomato sauce and cheese, I found myself enjoying a different flavor with each bite of the Porkey Pig.  The caramelized onions were very sweet.  In the next bite, the bacon added a zing of salt, then the spice of the arugula was a nice way to top it off.  In comparison, the LK tasted of fresh veggies, bordering a little on the sweet side.

You may also construct your own pizza with a variety of unique toppings that include four varieties of sauce, eight varieties of cheese (including Texas goat), eight varieties of meat and 15 other specialties.  That list includes fennel, capers, truffle oil and eggplant. Base price for cheese and sauce is $9 and toppings are $1.50 each.

With all of this said, the pizza overall did not knock my socks off. Perhaps my expectations were too high given the decor of the place and how classy it is. It was good, but maybe not “OKC Best Pizza” as their website URL and Twitter name would suggest.

The menu is not large and contains a few appetizers and sandwiches, which I will probably return to try. I was curious about the Sonnyboy sandwich and its “bricked” chicken, but, as mentioned before, I didn’t have the chance to ask about what “bricked” meant. Perhaps I’ll look into it another time.

The menu also contains two dessert options — Tiramisu and Cookie Pie. I’m not sure about the Cookie Pie, but I can tell you that fellow EatAroundOKC writer, Jennifer, says that the Tiramisu is unbelievably good. We’ve actually heard that from a few other sources as well, so there must be something to it. I haven’t tried it personally but, evidently, it’s worth the trip by itself if you’re a Tiramisu fan.

If I lived or worked in the area of Classen Curve, I would probably visit Upper Crust more. And, if you’re in the area, I’d say it’s worth your time and money to give them a try and see what you think. But since I don’t live or work near here, I doubt I will make a special trip to return too often.

Have you tried Upper Crust pizza? Let me know what you think in the comments below.  I’m curious…

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  • Andy Howe says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 7:03 am   

    Sarah….thanks for the review…I’ve been there and wasn’t impressed…..I look at pizza like I look at BBQ…….you never find great pizza (or great BBQ for that matter) at a place like Classen Curve… my opinion and experience, the best pizza, like the best BBQ, is only found in places that are about to fall down…usually the rougher the exterior, the better the food! There are places in OKC that you would not consider entering without an armed guard but believe me, they do serve the best food. EAOKC does a pretty good job at identifying these places!!

  • Cult of Nobody says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:13 am   

    I have to agree with Andy.

    Mr. Tee’s BBQ and Papa Angelo’s are my favorites in those categories and both are diamonds hidden behind a rough exterior.

    On the other hand. The non-foodies are more apt to choose ambiance over taste…. That’s about the only reason I can think of that Earl’s BBQ wins “Best of OKC” every year.

    Now to keep this semi on topic. How does Upper Crest compare to The Wedge? It appears they are similar in concept.

  • Tim says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:20 am   

    Cult of Nobody,

    The Wedge does seem like a good point of comparison. And, if you ask me, it’s a good example of how a place that is upscale can still deliver the goods. However, I haven’t been to Upper Crust yet, so I can’t offer a comparison to the Wedge other than the fact that it seems Upper Crust has slightly lower pricing. I can also tell you from what I’ve heard so far that most seem to favor The Wedge on taste.

    I’m going to have to try out Upper Crust soon so I can draw my own conclusions.

  • Debbie says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 9:47 am   

    My husband and I both agree that The Wedge wins the competition with Upper Crust and remains our favorite pizza place. Upper Crust is actually slightly closer to our house so we tried it for lunch one Saturday. Their pizza choices didn’t appeal to me (note I had to restrict my food choices at that time due to some dental work) so I tried the bricked chicken. I thought they might have more non-pizza choices. The chicken and salad were good but nothing special. My husband ordered one of the pizzas (can’t remember which one – think it had something to do with burning or hot). He also said that it was good but not great or special. It is less expensive for us to go to The Wedge for lunch on Saturday and split a salad and split a pizza than it was for us to go Upper Crust where we would always have 2 seperate orders. Just based on taste & satisfaction alone, The Wedge remains our favorite pizza place.

  • Jennifer M. says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 10:14 am   

    Not kidding about that tiramisu, it is to die for. I love the fact that if you sit at the bar, they put your name on a tag and the bartender’s name on the other side–nice personal touch. Pizza is good, nothing to rave about. I’ll go back I am sure.

  • Christian Traina says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 11:06 am   

    4 out of 10. They should change their name fast, as the crust is the biggest disappointment with the pizza.

  • molly says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pm   

    I have similar feelings about Upper Crust. I have been two times, and tried three different pizzas, and each time the crust was way overcooked and too tough to be appealing. Also, the pizza suffers from cheese overload, which makes the pie too greasy my taste. Said grease completely overpowers any freshness the other ingredients might offer otherwise. I should probably mention that I can’t stand take-out pizza though, for the same reasons, so take my opinion for what it’s worth (not much). The Wedge, in my opinion, wins the competition hands down.

  • BigO says:
    December 8th, 2010 at 3:13 pm   

    I have been to the UpperCrust several times and it has been excellent everytime. The BBQ Chicken Yall, is awesome as well the Margherita. Great wine selection. My 3 kids enjoyed it as well.

  • Kate says:
    December 8th, 2010 at 6:11 pm   

    duh..they were in a hurry because you went at shift change. The best time to go to a restaurant and get the worst service is ‘after the lunch rush’ when half the staff is waiting to get cut. You’ve obviously never worked in food service

  • aimee says:
    December 9th, 2010 at 3:59 pm   

    I have been to “crust” and yes the interiors are really cool, but the service is lacking. We sat at the bar for an early happy hour/appetizer, I ran out of water three times and my friend had to keep asking for a second glass of wine. Very disappointing. We had the garlic bread and a pizza, to be honest I cannot remember which pizza- as it was greasy & forgettable. And I do understand they are new in the market, but this is a Hal Smith restaurant & I always expect the best from Hal. Maybe they need a revamp or at least a corporate visit to straighten this out.
    Good luck! Great location btw…

  • Justin says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 4:53 pm   

    I was really excited when I first heard that the Hal Smith group was opening a pizza place. I am a big fan of Chaleston’s, Red Rock, and Mama Roja, so I could hardly wait to finally get a great pizza place in the city. Unfortunately Upper Crust fell significantly short of my expectations. The service was terrible and the pizza was average at best. My wife and I took my parents, so there were 4 of us. We ordered 2 pizzas, one for my wife and I and one for my parents. After waiting 45 minutes they brought one pizza and told us they had burnt they other so they were going to make us another. After waiting another 20 minutes they brought the second pizza with nothing more than a “sorry” from our server. The manager never once came to apologize. With all that said, the cookie dessert is the maybe the best dessert I’ve ever had at a restaurant. I will never go back, even for the dessert just because our first experience was THAT BAD.

  • Bill says:
    December 14th, 2010 at 6:22 pm   

    I’ve been to Uppercrust and The Wedge, theyre both delicious, but ive got to say that The Wedge is definitely better, give them some time though, im sure Uppercrust will adapt to its surroundings and listen to the constructive criticism.

    @Kate, shift change or not, a waiter should never rush a customer out, or much less not check on them every now and then, i’m a waiter myself and as far as im concerned, it’s customers first.. not my schedule..i’d expect to get good service anytime of the day i go out to eat somewhere.

  • Jerry says:
    December 14th, 2010 at 8:08 pm   

    @Bill your right they are both delicious, but Upper Crust is @OKCBESTPIZZA

    The entire experience is better! From the service to the pizza and wine. You are not going to find a better pizza.

    @Cult of Nobody I expect both ambiance, service and good food. Thats why Upper Crust wins hands down!

  • Mark says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 9:29 am   

    I’m a big fan of wood fired brick ovens, I fell in love with the pies while traveling on business in the EU and was disappointed to find it difficult to locate a good pie in OKC. Even some of the hotels in Europe had really good pizza’s as long as they were brick oven style. Of the ones I have found that fired similarly Zio’s isn’t bad, I don’t really care for the limited style and their type of sauce. Romano’s Macaroni Grill isn’t bad either but once again the sauce and limited options don’t make it in my top 5. I was interested to try this place (Upper Crust), but from the comments on here I don’t really have my hopes up, I’ll give it a try and report back. I have tried several of the “top 10″ and haven’t found any worth mentioning other than one- they don’t have a brick oven but the hand made dough is fantastic and the sauce is a perfect mix. Pies are topped off with the perfect amount of cheese. I’ve been a patron for at least 15 years and have only had one bad experience. If you get a chance to try Sicilian Pizza on Memorial west of Kelly I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Order one fresh- not off the buffet, unless you like variety but get it as it comes out of the kitchen. The calzone is tops too- amazing crust and fillings (their sausage is to die for and makes this my favorite), sauce warmed and on the side like it was meant to be. If the owner had a brick oven there would be no words to his pizza, he has the perfect crust for it. As far as Upper Crust, I’ll be visiting this week, but they have a high bar to cross in my opinion.

  • Kerrie says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am   

    My husband and I visited Upper Crust last night and WE LOVED IT! I had the house salad and we split a Rucci and Psycho Shroom. The food and service is great! We will definitely be back.

  • Adam says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 4:35 pm   

    This place was pathetic. The irony was the fact that the crust was so lifeless….How can one not have good pizza crust with a name like “upper crust” and using a wood fired oven….oh yea, pre-packaged, frozen crust. The service was fine, I did enjoy their wine list, and I didn’t think any of the pricing was excessive. But I wouldn’t go back.

  • Bill says:
    December 24th, 2010 at 12:26 am   

    Ate at Upper Crust tonight and the food was delicious. I don’t understand where these negative comments are coming from. Probably local competitors.

  • aimee says:
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:35 am   

    Ok so I went back for another try… yes the food was great! We had the calamari which was amazing, the house salad (small), that was very tasty and we split the shroom pizza also very tasty. Great service and a great meal. See things can turn around!! Keep up the good work.

  • MauiK says:
    December 29th, 2010 at 11:39 am   

    I also do not understand where all these negative comments are coming from.

    Adam- if you had really been there, you would have seen them tossing the fresh pizza dough behind the glass…it’s definitely not pre-packaged frozen crust!

    My family and I have dined there several times and have always had a great experience. The service is some of the best in town, and the menu has some really unique offerings. I have tried all of the salads and the market salad is amazing. The pizzas are delicious and the cookie pie is the best dessert we have ever had. My kids want to go there just for the cookie pie!

    We will be back, again and again.

  • Rebecca says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 11:06 am   

    I’ve ventured to Upper Crust four times now and have had take out a couple of times as well. Some of the notable things that I have found are:

    1. Their pricing – it really is quite reasonable
    2. Their meatballs – This was an appetizer, but they are quite flavorful and I’m pretty sure they use an authentic meat mix with lamb, pork and beef. Large and well seasoned, but there were only 3 and we were splitting an appetizer between four…I would like to see if they could put them on a pizza.
    3.Their salads – the seasonal garden salad is very fresh and has very complementary flavors. I do not like overly dressed salads and theirs comes out nicely without too much dressing. If you like a lot of dressing, order some extra on the side. Even the small is a generous portion that is easily split between two. The large is more than adequate for 3 people. Just ask and the server will bring extra plates.
    4. Their wine selection – extensive and reasonably priced. Additionally, they frequently have wine specials especially for bottles and splits.
    5. Their atmosphere
    6. They are acceptable for my vegan friends. I would not have guessed that pizza would be vegan friendly; however, if you order the veggie with no cheese, they do not use butter for their crust and are apparently vegan friendly if ordered correctly…
    7. They had the take out order ready in 10 minutes. I was absolutely astonished when I was told 10 minutes and that is all it took.
    8. Their cookie dessert. WONDERFUL!!!

    With all of the good, I have also encountered many of the same issues as other Commenters. Namely, I have more than once had overly done crust. The service has either been fabulous or awful with no in between. Also, the tiramisu, while very good is NOT a traditional tiramisu. The tried and true traditional tiramisu fans that I have encountered have not been impressed. They have a mixed seasoning at the table in place of crushed red pepper, but I prefer crushed red pepper.

    As far as comparing it to The Wedge, they are similar but still very different. I’ve had terrible service at The Wedge before. I’ve also had too done crust at The Wedge. The selection of fresh gelato at The Wedge is to die for. The Wedge has great meatballs and great salads, but is lacking in wine selection, atmosphere and seating that is available at Upper Crust. (I will only go to The Wedge when the weather is right to sit out on the patio; otherwise the interior is too claustrophobic.) Finally, every take out order I have called in to The Wedge, I have been quoted approximately 20 minutes, I’ve gotten their at 25-30 minutes after the order was placed and still had to wait for my pizza…

  • josh says:
    January 10th, 2011 at 1:53 pm   

    i dident like the store when i first walked in i give them a thumb down

  • Jordan says:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 2:23 pm   

    My wife and I have only been once, we went on a busy saturday evening and had a relatively pleasant experience.

    My first impression was that the place was way more affordable than I anticipated and the food was very good.

    For our appetizer we had the caprese salad and I was really pleased with it. We built our own pizza with carmelized onions, sun dried tomatoes and prosciutto. All the toppings where great, the crust was cooked to perfection and the pizza had an overall excellent flavor.

    I was pleased with the service and look forward to going back. I wish I could compare it to The Wedge but have not been there.

  • Pam says:
    February 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm   

    I was excited to try Upper Crust ever since I saw their sign go up. But when we finally got to try it, it was a huge disappointment. I will say that the boneless buffalo wings were tasty and we thoroughly enjoyed those. The pizza was not good. I could get better pizza at Little Caesar’s. The outside crust was black, but the middle of the pizza seemed under cooked, and the whole thing was swimming in grease. Maybe some people like their pizza that way, but I sure don’t. I forced down one piece and gave up. The manager came by and asked me why I wasn’t eating and I told her exactly why. She said it was because I ordered pepperoni and that’s a really greasy meat. Well, no kidding. But I get pepperoni pizza at most places I go, and they don’t have that much grease on them. It was pretty disgusting.

    So yeah, we tried it once, that was enough. And I can’t even compare this place to The Wedge. There’s nothing similar about them. The Wedge is in a superior class all it’s own.

  • Deanna says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 8:22 am   

    I have had the farmer’s market salad twice and still crave it. Fresh greens, sliced apple, candied walnuts, bits of gorganzola cheese and a light and tangy dressing. I like it so much, I’m actually dreading when it changes this next season. The pizzas are great, but a little on the greasy side. The meatballs offered as an appetizer are wonderful and soooo tender. On our first visit, we ended our meal with a cappuccnio and pleasantly suprised they actually did a great job for a non-coffee shop and included rock candy on a stick to be used as a sweetner. I thought it was a charming idea. We have received good service on all three of our visits and definitely plan on returning.

  • dianne says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:59 am   

    Excellant alternative to our usual Hideway! Loved it so much we had it for lunch and took our hubbies back for dinner that same day! Pizzas were cooked to perfection, salads were HUGE and we even tried two dessert (cuz we love our desserts) and gave everything a big two thumbs up!

  • Kpye says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 3:57 pm   

    My husband and I were really excited to have another place in town. On our visit, we were impressed with the interior and the waitstaff, could not have been more attentive. I think our glasses were filled anytime there were only half-full. We quite enjoyed the salads and I would go back just to have one. Sadly we were not that impressed with the pizza. It was quite disappointing. It really seemed similar to frozen and I’m really not sure why. I wish Upper Crust success. We may go back again one day and try again. Hope it was just an off night.

  • Dave says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 8:08 am   

    It sounds like what they need is consistency. I’ve been and really enjoyed it, but I would be really upset if I had similar experiences that were less than ideal. Can anyone forward this link to Hal Smith?

  • Alicen says:
    February 20th, 2011 at 11:19 pm   

    I visited Saturday, and had The Mikey, and the Peresian salad. There is no issue with consistency here this place is INCREDIBLE. Upper Crust is the best pizza experience in town, unless your the competition. I think the packed house on a Saturday afternoon would agree with me.

  • Charles says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 2:04 pm   

    I’ve been to upper crust a few times now. I think their pizza is ok. I’ve had about 8 pies there and every time my crust is burned/charred on one side. The topping selection is unique, fun atmosphere and they have delicious salads. Overall though, it’s not my first choice for pizza. For reference, I do like the wedge, othellos and humble pie. Papa Angelos is a great value, but am not as impressed with their pizza as others either.

  • Doug says:
    March 18th, 2011 at 9:19 pm   

    Okay, I consider myself a aspiring OKC area pizza expert. All I can say is that the Upper Crust Pizzeria was largely a disappointment to me. Mainly because the pizza was not the star of the show.

    When I first learned of this venue, I was expecting something on par with some excellent high-end Dallas pizza eateries like Coal Vines Pizza or Fireside Pies which offer some serious NY Style Pizza.

    Unfortunately, on my first visit, I had to ask if the dough was made fresh. Why? Because is tasted like it was bought frozen from a food vendor. I know what I am talking about too when it comes to pizza, I made my own at home from scratch and cook them in 90 seconds. This was miles away.

    What confused me most is that you have the Wedge Pizzeria down the street and Flips Wine Bar directly across the street in which both alternatives offer a far superior product. Although still no where near the quality I have found in the a for mentioned Dallas spots.

    So is there such thing as a descent Pizza in OKC? Perhaps the Upper Crust Pizza people can spend some time in Dallas and re-tool.

    Another complaint I have is the seating is horrible. Lots of tiny booths for people who eat pizza. Unless you are 5 ft tall and 100 lbs, good luck with eating comfortably. I would remove all of the booths and replace them with more flexible table seating.

    I always laugh every year when the Hideaway get’s voted the Best pizza around OKC. While the sauce there is good, the pizza crust is cooked on a convection conveyer belt pizza oven. For conveyer belt pizza, it is probably the best. But compared to real pizza it is now where close. Albeit closer than Upper Crust.

  • Cristina says:
    May 4th, 2011 at 1:01 pm   

    Just finished up lunch there today! We really enjoyed it. I had read some reviews about a tough crust but even though our crust was well done, it was actually very crisp and airy. Our table tried Mikey’s Pie, The Rucci and The Margerhita. I DEF recommend the Marg. The basil was excellent and the cheese mix was very good. It was filling but not too heavy.

  • Tim says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 11:40 pm   

    Finally made it out to try Upper Crust a few weeks ago. Really enjoyed the Farmer’s Market Salad. Also had a bite of someone else’s “Bricked” Lemon Chicken which was very moist, tender and flavorful.

    On the pizza, though, I wasn’t as impressed. Had the “Some Like It Hot” which was a great combination of toppings, but the crust, to me, was pretty bland and tough. Definitely not what I was expecting.

    On the plus side, the pricing was better than I expected. There’s good stuff to be had here but for pizza, which is obviously their main attraction, I would probably go elsewhere.

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