Crust Artisan Bakery, a Culinary Delight, Opens New Location at The HUB on 30A
Mark Fressell is fond of saying, ”I didn’t quit my job as an engineer to make bad food.” Everything the owner of Crust Artisan bakery in Santa Rosa Beach makes is made from scrap. “No Shortcuts,” he says.
Originally from the Bronx, Mark moved to Atlanta and worked as an engineer for 33 years. “One day I just decided I was finished working behind a desk. I reached a point in my life, that if I was going to do what I really wanted to do, what my passions were, I had to get on with it,” he said. “So, I bought books, I traveled to many fine restaurants, and I learned the difference between doing something right and looking for shortcuts.” In 2010, The Crust Artisan Bakery was born.
Mark and his wife, Kim, have built quite a loyal following from his small, out of the way, corner location in the South Haven shopping plaza on Hwy. 98. Custom culinary design and individual service don’t begin to describe the experience of dining with Mark and Kim. You simply must see for yourself.
After eight years at their current location, Crust has opened a second location at The HUB on 30A. And the word is already getting out!
The new location will focus on genuine Italian Pizza made with the same ‘no shortcuts’ attitude Mark brings to every meal. We asked, “What’s really the difference? Pizza is pizza.’ “Not in the least,” he said. “What you’ll get at Crust is simply the best pizza value on 30A. We start with all fresh vegetables and quality meat toppings. Our flour is imported from Italy—super expensive—but makes a better pizza. We import only San Marzano plum tomatoes and, we make our mozzarella fresh every morning. Finally, the pizza is placed in an 800 degree, wood-burning oven which takes a certain skill, continuously manipulating the pizza to ensure baking at a high temperature without burning. The result? A well-baked pie with a delicious light-smokey taste.
There are two Crust locations at The HUB this summer. Opposite the pizzeria will be a finger food stand featuring extra large chicken wings, fresh, deep-fried Italian pockets, and even some homemade individual pies, all hand-crafted and made fresh each day. For you Crust Artisan Bakery regulars, pizza will no longer be available at the Hwy. 98 Santa Rosa Beach location. So, make it a date and visit The HUB on 30A. Take in some wonderful family entertainment and enjoy the “best pizza value on 30A”.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 4 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.