Any other time I've ever been to Little Star, I"ve had to wait. Perhaps only for 30 minutes, but generally more like 45 - 60 minutes. Tonight we approached, and saw no crowds outside. We gingerly pushed open the door, expecting it to ram into people crowded in the doorway. There was not a single person waiting. Nor a single person at the bar. And about half the tables were empty. Sure, it was a little early (7pm), but I have never seen such a thing before. We were seated immediately. I have no idea what was going on. This also made it quiet. I've never actually be able to have a conversation with the people I've been seated with at Little Star before. So strange.
A very large part of the reason I go to Little Star is not for the pizza. It is for the cheesecake. They make a really, really incredible cheesecake. I've been known to just get it to go when I'm in the neighborhood. And I have friends who have just purchased entire cheesecakes and stocked their freezer with it. It is seriously good stuff. Yes, the pizza is good, but good pizza plus amazing cheesecake? Now THAT is a meal.
You may notice that there is not a picture of the cheesecake below. Unfortunately, it is not due to the fact that we devoured it before I could take a photo. It is because ... they were out of it. At 7:30pm on a totally empty night. Serious, serious disappointment. I honestly would not have gone had I known they wouldn't have cheesecake. (Maybe that is why no one else was there?)
And ... the pizza just wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. I think I'm putting them on my banned list ... who runs out of cheesecake by 7:30pm?
|Mixed Salad – Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, red bells, red onions, gorgonzola cheese and chopped walnuts, tossed with a housemade vinaigrette dressing. $7.|
|Classic Deep Dish – Sausage, mushrooms, onions, green bells. $19.|
The cornmeal crust is usually my favorite part of the pizza, as I love the extra crunch, grit, and flavor from the cornmeal. This wasn't as flavorful as I remembered, and the crust was really buttery/oily. It was nice and crisp however, almost a little hard to cut through, making it strong enough to actually hold and eat with your hands.
There was just too much cheese for my liking. Perhaps my tastes have changed, but I found it overwhelming, both in feeling too heavy and in drowning out other flavors. It was perfectly melted however, and made everything a fun, stringy mess.
The classic is always my favorite pizza. How can you go wrong with meaty sausage, mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers? Such a "classic" combo!
But ... the toppings came in all the wrong ratios. What I love about this particular pizza is the sausage and the onions, and there was very, very little sausage or onion on this pizza. It seemed to be just all mushrooms and tomatoes. I think my slice contained one, possibly two, tiny tiny chunks of sausage. Not only was the number of chunks lacking, but the ones that were there were too small to really taste. Same with the onions and the peppers. There were plenty of mushrooms though, and a ton of the sauce, which contains huge chunks of tomato.
I don't know what went wrong here, we all agreed that we had only mushrooms, so it wasn't like just my slice happened to miss out. All I tasted was tons of sauce and cheese. Perhaps inconsistencies like this are why no one else was here?
|Little Star Deep Dish – Spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushrooms, onions, garlic. $19 .|
The spinach/ricotta/feta/garlic blend was tasty as always, reminding me of the filling often used for stuffed shells. It had more garlic to it than I remember, but this was flavorful and welcome. But again, like the classic, there was way too much mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce, dominating the flavors.
This post concludes without cheesecake. Serious sadness.