Klime and Anita Kovaceski to Open Pizza Restaurant, Crust

Chef Klime Kovaceski and wife Anita are opening Crust, a pizza restaurant.

The restaurant, located at 668 NW Fifth St., marks an addition to the burgeoning Middle River dining scene that includes Seasalt & Pepper and Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill.

The restaurant is a collaborative effort for the husband and wife team, with chef Kovaceski creating the menu, which includes favorite recipes culled from the chef's 20-plus year resume and wife Anita providing much of everything else.

See also: Go to Seasalt and Pepper for the View, but Not the Food

As Klime Kovaceski told Short Order, "Crust has been very much a team effort between myself and my wife Anita, and actually, she came up with the name and the entire marketing efforts around it. So, Crust is pretty much her baby, for the most part. I am there to make it work operationally."

The restaurant's design will be led by Krsto Stamatovski from Studio K Architects, who has been friends with chef Kovaceski since moving from their native Macedonia three decades ago.

A pizza concept for a chef specializing in fine dining isn't all that out of the box. After all, James Beard winning chef John Besh owns Domenica, a pizza-centric restaurant in New Orleans and chef Kovaceski had been serving pizza at his Trio on the Bay to much success. Although the menu is still being finalized, expect chef-driven thin-crust pies incorporating traditional ingredients like mozzarella and basil, pesto and artichoke, as well as innovative toppings like fig, pancetta, and blue cheese. Other options include a Mediterranean pizza and a pie with baby arugula, shaved parmesan, and white truffle oil.

In addition to in-house dining, Crust also will offer fast and hot delivery service, although it's not yet known how far the radius fans out, but it's safe to assume Brickell and downtown will be in the delivery area.

Crust will be open some time in September. If the idea intrigues you and you've got investment income (of at least $250,000, it looks like), Crust is looking for you, seemingly for franchise opportunities.

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