8300 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Features: Outdoor seating
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Another pizza place on Fourth Street N? Not exactly. It’s a novel kind of fusion, where rustic Italian meets gutsy Southern, the project of partners T.J. Thielbar and John Mays, veterans in the restaurant business. There’s a lively scene along the funky-industrial sheet-metal bar, some hightop and communal tables, an open kitchen, and lounge furniture on the glamorous 800-square-foot wrap patio with a retractable roof, the seating clustered around inviting gas fire pits (the patio is both heated and air-conditioned). In short, there’s not a bad seat in the place. Noble Crust is a family-appropriate place where a shared strategy seems most effective: a couple of appetizers for the table, a communal pizza, then maybe a pasta or a more substantial entree, and finally a shared dessert. To best see where Italy meets the South, start with an order of pimento cheese arancini, bread-crumbed and fried rice balls with the sweet tang of that Southern cheese oddity at their center, sitting on a generous dribble of pepper jelly. You’ve got to get the ice cream, home-made and regularly changing, like the other vanilla and olive oil, with discernible saltiness, strewn with chopped pistachio and pomegranate seeds. Simple but sophisticated.
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3-9 p.m. Sun., Closed Mon.
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