The Just Crust Pizzeria

 

kid-friendly restaurant review
Spork Rating:
2kid-friendly pizza harvard square

 

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Harvard Square
  • Cuisine: Pizza & Sandwiches
  • Price: Cheap Eats. Slices $3-$5, Whole Pies $11-21
  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am -9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am – 10:30pm
  • Reservations: No
  • Recommended For Dining With: Kids

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Overview:

Mouthwatering and ginormous slices lovingly built with 100% locally-sourced ingredients (including the flour!) make this college-centric pizza joint a popular spot near Harvard University. Located in the former home of the scandalized Upper Crust Pizzeria and run by some of the former tenant’s employees, this hipper then your average counter service and seat-yourself pizza place is perfect for a quick lunch break while shopping around the square. Unlike most local pizza joints, at Just Crust you can grab a local craft beer should you be so inclined. The rotating list of daily special slices offers a wide variety of delicious experiences for the more adventurous pizza fans. Plus, the huge slices are perfect for cutting into triangles to spilt with your kid, if you can bear to share.

kid-friendly pizza harvard squareKidTude:

Indifferent. The counter crew can sometimes be slow, so they mostly focus on getting slices and sandwiches out and not on your little ones. Plus, most of the bar stool-style seats are too high for younger kids and the one table low enough for it doesn’t really offer enough room for the spot’s single high chair. Limited interior space also makes your stroller an unwelcome visitor.

family-friendly restaurant tip In nice weather, the bench outside makes for a great toddler-friendly seat – as long as your little one is ok with eating from a paper plate on his or her lap.

Main Menu:

family-friendly pizza harvard square

photo credit: The Just Crust

Just Crust crushes pizza slices and pies, and offers a small variety of salads, sandwiches, and soups. While it may not offer the most family-friendly atmosphere, adults and adventurous kids will drool over slices topped with prosciutto and eggs or caramelized onions and arugula, and you can build your own pizza with whatever local ingredients you prefer. A limited variety of calzones, sandwiches, salads, and soups round out the menu – plus, the aforementioned craft beers.

Favorite slices:

  • Insalata: White Pizza, Grated Mozzarella,Caramelized Onions, Parmigiano Reggiano / Topped with Baby Arugula, Fresh Tomatoes + Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Pepperoni: Valicenti Organico Custom Blend Tomato Sauce, Grated Mozzarella + Pepperoni
  • Special slices of the day. No matter what it is!

family-friendly restaurant tip The sandwiches and salads are delicious, but if you only visit once absolutely get a pizza slice (or a whole pie!)

Kid’s Menu:

There is no specific menu for kids. Although pizza seems like a total win for most children, it may not be in this case—even the basic Classico slice (Grated mozzarella, Valicenti organico custom blend tomato sauce, grated parmesan) may be a little too flavor advanced for toddlers, especially picky ones. It is unlikely that even the hungriest toddler could finish one of those mega slices on his or her own, so plan to split a slice or to have leftovers. Offerings like the $7.97 hummus plate (House-made Hummus, Za’atar Crusted Pita Bread, Kalamata Olives, Cucumber sticks, Fresh Red Peppers) or $11 macaroni and cheese (With Roasted Local Free Range Chicken and Chopped NH Bacon) might fill in the gaps, but the rich prices and ingredients may not be the best fit for every family.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Harvard Square
  • The Curious George Book Store
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard Coop
  • The Alexander W. Kemp playground at Cambridge Common
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Alden Play Area

Amenities:

  • High chair (only one!)
  • T accessible

Getting There:

  • T accessible from the Red Line’s Harvard Square stop, as well as numerous buses
  • There is street parking in Harvard Square, but it is hard to come by. You might be better off heading for one of the nearby parking garages.