As I considered how I would review this Houston Cornerstone of good gourmet pizza from a fresh perspective, I realized that due to my having been a grad student at Rice University, I'd always gone to the Shepherd and Norfolk location (a converted house next to the original 59 Diner), had never gone to the one on Washington Avenue, one for which my old grad school room-mate, Ned Hibberd, had delivered pizzas. This steeled my resolve and I made my way to Washington Avenue and Harvard Street to enjoy their lunch buffet--running daily from 11 AM to 2 PM, weekdays only.
Truth to tell, this buffet is the best way to sample their many pizzas if you're not sure which one you would really like to order as a whole pie. I've always been partial to combination pizzas with everything, and it's no secret that their Starburst Pizza (ground beef, Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and green pepper) on whole wheat crust is one of my all time favourite pizza pies. However, if you are a recent Houston visitor or transplant, I advise you to go to the lunch buffet and try all they put out there. You'll find more than a few favourites. And even someone like me who has a favourite will find some new ones like I did during this visit. They had a Salsa Verde Pizza on the buffet today that had a green tomatillo sauce, feta cheese, roasted poblano peppers and pan-seared garlic that was spicy, a little sour and had a strong garlic flavour. This was one of their foccacia pizzas, which also includes a Portofino with Kalamata olives & artichoke hearts and the well known Margharita Pizza. The Buffet includes all their specialty pizzas, and some standard pizzas like plain cheese, pepperoni and Hawaiian (ham and pineapple).
|My plate was a leaning tower|
|Green Tomatillo sauce and|
Poblano Peppers on Foccacia
Pizza Buffet: A+
Dining area: A
Men's Room: Incomplete (Did not go in during this visit)
Atmosphere (Indie Pizza Parlour, Kistchy Posters around): A-
Overall Grade: A
Star Pizza has 2 locations in the Houston area. I went to the location at:
77 Harvard and Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77007
Sun-Thu: 11 AM to 10 PM
Fri-Sat: 11 AM to 11 PM
And remember to Eat Happy Y'all!!!
Mangiare felici tutti voi!!!