This is the restaurant that the boyfriend and I went to when we hung out for the first time, so needless to say we’ve been coming here for a few years (and maybe it brings back a good memory or two).
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Best deep dish pizza in SF.
Western addition: Mon-Thurs 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Mission: Mon-Thurs 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Little Star has 2 locations in the city (Western addition and the Mission). Although lines can get long, if you head over on off hours, you can usually be seated right away. On Sunday we visited their location on Divisadero St. and to our surprise we found a parking right away and were seated just as quickly. Neither of their locations are too big and they are better suited for smaller parties although you could put tables together. They have a selection of beer and wine and offer both thin crust and deep dish pizza (as well as salads and some starters). The deep dish is the real star and very different than say Patxi’s, so I would strongly suggest it.
What we ate:
- Garlic Bread ($5.95)
- Classic deep dish ($25.75 for 12”)
Since the pizza takes around 30 minutes to come out we ordered garlic bread to start. This looked more like a personal pizza with cheese and garlic. It was good although I am not sure I would order it again. There were only 2 out of 8 pieces that had a good amount of cheese on them. I did like it though because it wasn’t overly garlicky, but had a nice kick to it.
The pizza, on the other hand, is always consistently delicious. What I love about Little Star is how different their pizza is, first off, the crust is made with cornmeal and second, their pizza toppings are backwards (cheese and toppings in the middle and tomatoes on top). This allows the cheese to stay warm and melted and there is something about having chopped tomatoes versus a thin sauce that really kicks the flavor up a notch and distinguishes it from all other pizzas I have tried. Due to the thickness, it is extremely filling – with what we ordered, we had 4 slices left. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.