This spinoff from Jon Guhl, Little Star Pizza co-founder and pizza-recipe developer-in-chief, adds a full bar and sandwiches to the mini-chain’s well-established formula. Really, though, the changes are slight. Though the thin-crust pizzas aren’t half-bad, The Star’s “star,” so to speak, is still its signature Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas. Simply put, these are in a class of their own — because of the addition of cornmeal to the dough, which yields a crunchy, wonderfully textured crust; because of the sauce, which is chunky and just tart enough; and because of the layers of stretchy, high-quality mozzarella. Solo diners will be hard-pressed to pass up on the $9 personal pizza, but the sandwiches are quite good as well, all served on proper East Coast-style soft French rolls with a side of house-made giardiniera. Other notable menu items include the garlic bread (a “deconstructed” version, with whole roasted garlic cloves for spreading) and a selection of enjoyably unfussy salads.
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-midnight
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