I begin this post with my personal story. I think most interesting stories are personal stories because they have the most genuine patterns. When I was 11 years old (in 1996), I watched Home Alone (the first version) and I was so hooked by the story. My parents let me stay at home alone by myself and went to work. That’s why I loved how the story was told by a kid like me that time and how fresh and new things appeared in the movie. By the way, I said ‘fresh and new” because I lived in Saigon, Vietnam that time. I didn’t know how winter was that cold or how big a house could be in the States. Everything was a new world to me. Even food. Can you imagine how curious and hungry I was when I saw Kevin McAllister ordered pizza in the movie? However, Saigon did not have pizza when I was 11. Pizza came to Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh city) in 2000s. The first time I got Pizza in Vietnam, I thought it was genuine but of course, it was not. Time goes by, now I’m living in San Francisco and got introduced by my husband to Little Star Pizza in Mission. I used to have pizza in LA but it’s Pizza Hut, not a pizza place with nice tables, romantic candles with good beers like this. This is a Chicago pizza style with deep dish (I’ve never been in Chicago so please correct me If I’m wrong). I’m not sure how my pizza reviews will be highly evaluated because first, I’m Asian; my knowledge and love of pizza comes from what I taste. Secondly, everyone has different tastes but all I can do is giving you my best honest opinions. Thirdly, I like this Little Start a lot so I come here over 10 times as I recall, this place never disappoints me so this will be a bit bias.
Last weekend the line was a bit crazy but I told my husband to make reservation beforehand and we got a table at 7:15pm. We had to wait about 10 minutes with two awesome Lagunitas but it was fine to us (special tip: you should call to make reservation or simply reserve it by using Yelp). The receptionist was very nice, she asked if we want to sit next to window or not, if we wanted that table, we had to wait a little bit more. I was so hungry (not hangry) and the answer was “any tables is fine”. Plus, I’m not going to look at the view (and try to be romantic?) while I’m having delicious pizza in front of me…I mean, who does that? I was hungry enough and we had a table next to the kitchen. We ordered Mixed Salad, Spicy Baked (Chicken) Wings and Classic Pizza.
The Mixed Salad is an A-plus. It has green veggies mixing with tomatoes, blue cheese as toppings and dressing is so tasty. The dressing is a balance of sweet, sour and a bit salty. I love it. Sometimes I feel dressing is the most important ingredient in the salad. It can ruin the dish or makes the dish become a-must.
This will be strange to say besides pizza; I love Little Star Spicy Baked Wings. I love how perfect spicy level for me, very juicy, smoky and tasty (my spicy level is medium-high to Asians and these wings are fantastic).
Last but not least, the Classic pizza is a crown jewel of the night. There are sausage, mushrooms, onions, green bell peppers. We even added garlic. Yes, we love garlic on pizza. I don’t know about you but to me, I can eat garlic almost every day. Even my mother-in-law when she sent Thanksgiving turkey recipe to me, she had to note carefully not to use garlic at all. She worried I would be creative by using garlic on turkey. Anyway, let’s get back with my Classic pizza. I love the name of it. And even better, I love the pizza itself. The deep dish style gives me another concept about pizza. Very crunchy, thick on the edge, not as soft as regular pizza. I think they make the dough significantly. I mean I’m not Italian or pizza maker but to me this is great.
The sausages are so good, not too much oily and I like that. Yummy mushrooms with onions, green bell peppers, very garlic-y. My husband and I finished the dinner with amazing Lagunitas. I love these beers. I heard that women tend not to like Lagunitas but I do. I guess I am pretty unusual. I think I will miss going to Little Star a lot when I move to a new place soon, but it’s not a big problem when we have Bart or Cal Train. If you travel to SF or you just move to this beautiful city (I mean, if you are living here, you must already know about this place), you should check it out!
Check out the Little Star here: http://www.littlestarvalencia.com/