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Croma on Newbury St.

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Croma on Newbury St.

Joanie | Jun 22, 2004 09:28 AM

So I'm trying to make an effort to eat outdoors more often and figured a Mon. evening wouldn't be too busy to try Croma. It was pretty easy to get a seat outside and extremely easy to eat anywhere inside, don't remember that place being so big. It's still a really nice space and sitting at one of the bars would be pleasant. Anyway, they've got packaged breadsticks on the tables which we munched on while going thru the long list of pizzas, lots of intersting combos. I asked for a citrusy "martini", mango being my first choice, but I basically got a Cosmo (no fancy drink menu). Hmm, not what I really wanted but it was fine. My friend got a Chilean red wine and we split the house salad with a creamy Italian dressing. No big deal, altho the tomatos were ripe. We got Cajun shrimp pizza and prosciutto/parma and while these won't make anyone forget about Emma's, they were pretty good. The crust is kind of thin but it definitely reminds me of English pizza (the orginal Croma is from Manchester UK). The prosciutto and parma had a little bit of olive oil plus arugula and I really enjoyed this. She warned us of the spiciness of the Cajun and while there was a little kick, it was nothing to worry about. Really good sized shrimp on it which was a surprise. This came to $49 pre tip. I was curious about their famous English toffee pudding but no dessert this time. I've included the menu which is one of those that doesn't include prices, but most pizzas were $10-13 and basically feed one.

Also on the pizza tip, I tried Il Mondo in Brigham Circle and that's got to be one of the thinnest crusts in town. I got a pesto/tomato/roasted garlic slice for $3 which seemed high but it's basically two slices. Altho that crust is so thin, it doesn't fill you up the way some would. It makes me think of an appetizer, of crisps you'd get in a bread basket or something. Pretty tasty tho, just wish the flavors were as ambitious as Pig's. Except for the potato/bacon Galleygirl mentioned, they're relatively standard (at this point, bbq chicken seems standard to me).

Link: http://www.cromaboston.com/home.html

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