A commitment to community

Crust Gourmet Pizza in Werribee is open for business. (Photo supplied)

Carole Levy

When Sanjay Kandel arrived in Werribee from his native Nepal, he says he felt right at home, with the surrounding farmland reminding him of his upbringing in Nepal’s farming community.

More than that, Sanjay got a job he loved, working hard at Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, learning the ropes and becoming familiar with what customers look for in a good pizza. He eventually became owner of Crust Werribee eight months ago, just as the pandemic began.

He and his team of Emma Simak, Shashank Chintamani and Soni Shrestha share a passion for excellence, and put everything into providing pizza and other tasty items that ensure it’s “love at first bite” for everyone who comes through their door or gets a home delivery.

“It’s our well-oiled teamwork that makes work here a pleasure, and our pizzas, salad bowls, pasta and other treats show the effort we all put in – as do the smiles on our customers’ faces,” Sanjay says.

“And the fact that we use our own house-made dough for our pizza crusts adds considerably to the taste and quality of a Crust pizza – and we offer gluten-free and low-carb bases as well.”

Sanjay has a strong feel for community, wanting to contribute where he can.

“It’s always been about community for me, getting to know our customers and reaching out to introduce others throughout the area to the Crust way. Our aim is to have everyone in Wyndham taste our food within five years – it will be a real thrill when we succeed, and I believe we will.”

As part of Sanjay’s commitment to locals, Crust offers a 25 per cent discount to all on-duty emergency personnel, such as police, fireys and ambos. And he is looking to help local clubs grow – Crust’s association with Werribee Football Club, for example, has flourished in the past few years.

“During the pandemic, we want to help our pensioners as well, so they also get a discount on presentation of their card. We really are all in this together, so this is our small contribution.”

Home delivery until 9.30pm daily, with zero contact, is available in Werribee, Werribee South, Hoppers Crossing, Manor Lakes and Tarneit. A variety of deals can be found in-store and on the website below. Menulog and UberEats are available.

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, 
Shop 1, 1-13 Watton Street, Werribee.
Opens 4-10pm Monday-Tuesday; and noon-10pm Sunday-Wednesday. 
Inquiries: 9749 7116 or