On Saturday, July 15, the Noble Crust hosted a VIP Night and Preview Party for their new location in Wesley Chapel, and we were fortunate enough to receive an invitation to cover the festivities. Here’s your first look at this fantastic new restaurant taking up residence at the Shops at Wiregrass.
Serving as a benefit for The Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, this VIP Night event acted as the perfect platform to introduce the community to Noble Crust and its philosophy that is clearly built on generosity and hospitality. From the hostess at the door to the proud ownership mingling with the crowd, the entire crew at Noble Crust does absolutely everything they can to make you feel at ease and at home when you visit their restaurant.
And what a beautiful restaurant it is. Before you enter the restaurant proper, you easily glide through a cozy patio space that has been designed with the ability to tame the Florida heat with breezy fans and a gentle misting system. As you walk through the front door, your eyes feast on a gorgeous space that includes comfy social dining areas, an immaculate open kitchen, clever lighting that provides a warm ambiance, and one of the most stunning bars in the area.
Take a seat and your attention suddenly shifts to the alluring aromas wafting from the kitchen. With a menu comprised of seasonal Italian dishes that retain a Southern soul, your options are many. You can nosh on tasty appetizers such as Deviled Crab Arancini and Ricotta Gnocchi before selecting a main course that could range from one of several of Noble Crust’s incredibly balanced and delicious pizzas to Rigatoni & Short Rib Ragu or some Southern Fried Chicken. After polishing off your first two courses, be sure to look over the dessert menu because you are definitely going to want to finish off your meal with a slice of Lemon-Buttermilk Pie or a jar of Warm Chocolate Budino. Finally, and this goes for your entire meal, your Noble Crust experience is not complete unless you pair these delectable dishes with something from the bar. It could be a of glass wine, a tasty brew from their carefully curated beer list, or one of their many ambrosial house cocktails. Just find the flavor that best suits you, settle in, sip away and fully savor the complete dining experience that Noble Crust provides.
We could go on and on about our time at Noble Crust, but it is probably best to let our photos do the talking from here on out. Check out the photos below and, most importantly, be sure to check out Noble Crust – Wesley Chapel as soon as possible. The restaurant opens to the public this week, and their staff is polished and ready to go. Make it happen and enjoy what may just be the finest dining option now available in Wesley Chapel. Prost!
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The Noble Crust impresses before you even walk through the door.
Guests settle in at the bar.
We kick things off with some refreshing cocktails: P.C. Shrubbery and Blue Basilito
House Meatballs and Deviled Eggs hit the table.
The Crispy Grouper Sliders are both beautiful and delicious.
Crooked Thumb Brewery’s Trippel was a gorgeous paring for the Ricotta Gnocchi
Eye catching lighting softens the atmosphere, creating a wonderfully comfortable environment.
Created specifically for the event, the Noble Cure was incredibly popular all night long.
Deviled Crab Arancini.
An impressive array of fine spirits behind the bar.
Relaxed vibe at the bar.
The Noble Manhattan
Fresh pies in the window! The Country Ham and Noble Pig.
Guests were all smiles.
Managing Partner Will Perez talks with guests.
A plate of Whipped Ricotta destined for a nearby table.
Pisco Punch was a popular selection on our end of the bar.
A bar that absolutely drips with class and elegance.
The bar selection at Noble Crust has a little something for everyone.
Wines flowing on tap.
The Noble Manhattan was also a popular selection throughout the evening.
Cycle Brewing’s Cream and Sugar, Please Stout and the Lemon-Buttermilk Pie proved to be a magical pairing.
The list of bottled and canned beers is well thought out and has options for all tastes.
The alluring presentation of Changes in Latitude.
Brandi hard at work behind the bar.
An experimental Faux Filet dish from Chef Rob Reinsmith.
I closed out my evening with a finger of High West Campfire Blended Whiskey alongside a jar of Warm Chocolate Budino.
The line meticulously assembling perfect dishes.
The F.G. B.L.T.: fried green tomatoes, Tabasco-honey glazed pork belly, pimento cheese
Decisions, decisions. Banana-Coconut Cream Pie backed by Bad Blood and a Hibiscus Sling.