Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, continues his Pizza Friday series on his blog Between Meals with a trip to the Little Star location in the Mission. Little Star is known for its deep dishstyle pies.
Crust: The deep dish offers a crisp crust (about 3/8 inch at its widest point) made with butter and oil with the taste of cornmeal. It takes about 20 minutes to bake. The thin crust, which takes about 10 minutes, stays vertical when picked up, even with the generous toppings.
Pizza tried: The Little Star thick-crust pizza offers spinach, cheese and a topping of slightly chunky tomato sauce, a pizza that hits the palate with garlic, garlic and more garlic. The popular thin-crust Classic features big chunks of ground sausage, a dominant hit of onions, and green bell peppers. A friend commented that it was one step above the typical "college" pizza.
Little Star Pizza
Address: 846 Divisadero Street, San Francisco CA 94117 (map)
Also located at: 400 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94103 (map); 415-551-7827
Hours: Dinner, Tues.Sun.
Notes: Cash only