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Nathan and Bonnie Shea bought the 1006 E. 15th St. building in historic downtown Plano in 2007 and began filling it with mouth-watering aromas from their authentic Italian oven when they opened Urban Crust two years later. In the 1800s the building was a harness and saddle shop. The Sheas said they wanted to blend its history with an urban flair. A bridle at the staircase corner serves as a reminder of the building’s past. The Sheas brought in Salvatore Gisellu, former owner of Daddy Jack’s Wood Grill in downtown Dallas, for his expertise in authentic Italian cuisine. Gisellu calls Urban Crust’s oven his “Ferrari with two doors.” The oven features two sections—one for pizzas and the other for entrees. As for baking the right crust, Gisellu and the Sheas worked at the Sheas’ home oven for six months before they found the right blend. 

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