We think that Little Star Pizza in the Mission makes the best Chicago-style deep dish pizzas (Zachary’s in Berkeley comes close, but it’s farther away from us). Yes, we know those are fighting words and we have been to Chicago and tried the various establishments there (Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s East, Giordano’s, Uno’s and Due) and will still say that Little Star’s version is the best.
We usually start with either the salad or wings but this time, our chicken craving won out. The Spicy Chicken Wings baked in the pizza conveyor belt oven come with house-made blue cheese dressing and a few carrot matchsticks:
Of course, what good is wings and pizza without beer. Trumer Pils (and other beer and wine) is available:
Little Star offers both thin crust and deep dish style pizzas. They have pre-made combinations available for each crust type on the menu or you can create a custom pie with various topping options. Here’s a tip: they will make any of the pizzas available on the menu with either crust type. Our usual is to order the Italian Combo from the thin crust section, ask them to make it deep dish and replace the green bell peppers with mushrooms (other toppings that come with it are pepperoni, salami, onions, black olives, and spicy pepperoncini):
Traditionally, the cheese is placed directly on the crust, followed by the toppings and then the tomato sauce. This time of the year, the tomato sauce is made with sweet fresh roma tomatoes which makes the pizza that much better:
Corn meal is added to the crust to add some nice crunch. It seems like there must be at least stick of butter used in each large pie crust which makes it super tasty and flaky. No crust is ever left behind: