The Zagat-rated pizzeria has won numerous awards since its inception in 2001, including being voted Best Gourmet Pizza by Boston Magazine and Boston's Best Pizza by the Improper Bostonian publication.

Owners of The Upper Crust Pizzeria expect to open their sixth location, at 435 Moody St., on Tuesday, taking over the former Panopticon Gallery.


"We've been looking forward to opening here for quite some time," said co-owner Brendan Higgins. "We look forward to meeting the residents and students of Waltham and becoming an active member of the community."


The new Waltham location will offer a full bar and five high-definition televisions mounted throughout the restaurant, hoping to attract an after-work crowd to enjoy pizza, drinks and watch sports games, according to Upper Crust CFO Dave Marcus.


"We thought it was a great location and great community to be in," Marcus said. "There's two colleges here, and we thought it would appeal to them and also appeal to the residents of Waltham."


The city's License Commission approved the Moody Street location for a liquor license on June 26.


The Upper Crust Pizzeria owner Jordan Tobins purchased the license from Hector Reyes, the former owner of Dos Amigos, a Mexican restaurant at 139 Felton St. Dos Amigos subsequently closed its doors on June 27.


According to Marcus, The Upper Crust Pizzeria is best known for its popular thin crust and chunky sauce combinations and its specialty pizzas, which offer toppings from bacon and jalapenos to pineapples and mozzarella cheese.


The Zagat-rated pizzeria has won numerous awards since its inception in 2001, including being voted Best Gourmet Pizza by Boston Magazine and Boston's Best Pizza by the Improper Bostonian publication.


Originally, Tobins brought the concept of traditional Neapolitan-style pizza (thin crust, chunky sauce) to an urban setting, founding The Upper Crust Pizzeria in a small storefront on Charles Street in Beacon Hill.


Currently, Upper Crust pizzerias can be found in locations from Brookline to Beacon Hill and, soon, a new home in Waltham.


The hours of operation for the new location will be Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.


For more information call 781-736-0044 or visit www.theuppercrustpizzeria.com.


Jeff Gilbride of The Daily News Tribune (Waltham, Mass.) can be reached at 781-398-8005 or jgilbrid@cnc.com.