Star Pizza Houston Reviews
In Search of Houston's Best Pizza Jan 23, 2011
I have been going to Star Pizza for years. Being originally from the Northeastern part of the United States (and growing up in an Italian neighborhood), I get pizza cravings. Unfortunately, in the U.S., the Northeast and Chicago are famous for pizza instead of the southern U.S.. Houston is known more for Tex-Mex and barbeque, so I am always looking for a good pizzeria.
Since 1976, one restaurant is consistently listed in the top rankings of Houston's best pizza. Beginning with a location on Norfolk (just north of the Rice Village) and a second location on Harvard (near the nightclubs on Washington Avenue), Star Pizza has a loyal Houston fan base.
Diners have the option of wheat or white bread pizza, along with Chigago style (thick) or New York style (thin) crust (my favorite). The pizza dough is made fresh daily and Star advises customers that each pizza will take roughly 30 minutes to make, as all pizzas are made from scratch.
Star's menu is diverse including a Salsa Verde pizza, Chicken Alfredo pizza and a Veggie pizza, but my all time favorite is Joe's pizza. Made of sauteed spinach and fresh garlic, Joe's is outstanding and is a Star Pizza signature dish. The garlic is chopped fresh and you can see the minced garlic in your pizza. Joe's pizza is Star's "claim to fame".
Prices at Star run roughly $11.00 for a small pizza to $18.00 for a large pizza.
Salads are also freshly made and are a meal in themselves. Each salad comes in a bowl loaded with croutons. Be sure to try the red pepper salad dressing as it is spicy and delicious.
Star also offers a good wine and beer list, including beers from Texas (St. Arnold's and Shiner) and globally, such as some craft beers from Belgium.
The pizzas are a meal in themselves, but if you have room left for dessert, Star offers gigantic, Texas-sized slices of cheesecake.
The atmosphere at both locations is eclectic as the Norfolk location can be packed with Rice University students and the Harvard location can be packed with nightclub visitors on Washington. The smell is fantastic from the moment you enter as the scents of fresh herbs and tomato sauce fill the restaurant. Background music adds to the Star experience as the blues is often played and it's a great place to spend an afternoon or evening with friends.
Pizza and blues--what more can you ask for? If you are visiting Houston, I highly recommend stopping at Star for what I think is the best pizza in town.
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