Long-embattled New England pizza chain The Upper Crust Pizzeria is expanding to the West Coast, landing their first cross-continent location in Beverly Hills as of a few weeks ago — though their official grand opening party was just last Friday.
As the Boston Globe reports, Upper Crust Pizzeria spent the better part of the past five years in and out of litigation, mostly related to underpaying immigrant staffers who came to the pizza brand primarily via a small town in Brazil. The Boston paper investigated the company in 2010 (the same year that workers sued the company for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime), and by 2012 Upper Crust had filed for bankruptcy, citing over $3 million in debts and a nearly $1 million judgment brought against them by the US Labor Department.
The company has since been sold off to a private equity firm, though founder Jordan Tobins is apparently still co-managing the California expansion plans, including the new Beverly Hills location.
The new Beverly Hills outpost lands in a former day spa at 243 S. Beverly Drive, working a menu of slices and full pies from lunch through dinner daily. There’s everything from simple pepperoni and Hawaiian options to gourmet steak and gorgonzola pizzas and the Beacon Hill, a Boston nod that includes sun-dried tomatoes and breaded eggplant. Beyond pizza, there are calzones, lasagnas, salads, and more.
Upper Crust Pizzeria is open daily in Beverly Hills from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with delivery, takeout, and dine-in seating available.
The Upper Crust Pizzeria Beverly Hills
243 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA