Zachary's Crust [Berkeley] --Tough, boring
Had a think crust slice at Zachary's on Solano the other day and was kind of shocked at how bad the crust was. It tasted like the crust you get on a bad frozen pizza--hard, thick, no chewyness, really boring. The cheese and tomatoes on top were great (I ordered a marghrita), but I couldn't get past the crust. Little Star, which opened at the other end of Solano last year, is way better, as are any number of other pizza options around the Bay Area.
Zachary's Chicago Pizza
1853 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
I think people who are a fan of that style of pizza don't give much thought to the crust. In the same vein, I had a pizza from Paxti's for the first time the other day and had much the same reaction to the crust.
This was the thin crust? It is kind of cracker-like, similar to the odd Cheese Board / Arizmendi crust only more so. I think maybe they use the same dough as they do for the deep-dish, in which context it's usually soggy and doughy.
I haven't had Zach's in at least 6 years, but I always loved the deep dish crust. It's a great combination of pastery and pizza, with maybe too much salt and butter. I don't know what thick crust is there, get a deep dish, it's the only thing worth eating. yes, there are naysayers.
I had a similar experience with my last Little Star deep dish. The crust was really hard like an over-baked cookie. It broke / cracked when trying to chew through it or cut it with a knife.
I had a similar experience with Zachary's on College last week. The center of the deep dish crust was dry and reminded me of the raw center of half cooked pasta. I wound up saving myself some calories by just eating the toppings.