2003-04-02 / Restaurant of the Week

Star Pizza Always Has Something Cooking


Conveniently located on busy Steinway Street, Star Pizza has a lot more than just delicious pizza. Stop in for lunch, dinner or any time you want to have fresh pizza, sandwiches or just plain food. The friendly proprietors, Pasquale and Sal, with the help of Maria, do all the preparing and cooking early each day in anticipation of the huge lunchtime crowds. And with the warm weather on its way, the outdoor patio is open for sunny, al fresco dining.

People line up in front of the steam tables and view homemade dishes such as chicken or veal marsala, chicken cutlet parmigiana, and sausage and peppers. Baked chicken with a side order of rice pilaf and freshly sautéed broccoli makes a complete meal for dinner and at a very low price. There are plenty of pasta dishes to choose from including baked ziti, lasagna with zesty meat sauce and home made manicotti filled with fluffy ricotta cheese. Penne alla vodka is a popular choice, as is the rigatoni with fresh broccoli, garlic and oil. Maria makes delicious meatballs every day—so good atop a mound of al dente spaghetti. There’s homemade soup every day, too.

A refrigerated case full of fresh salads offers plenty of choices. My favorite is the Sicilian salad, a toss of fresh green beans, chunks of potatoes, juicy tomatoes and red onion. Topped with Star Pizza’s secret Italian dressing, this salad is practically a meal in itself. Caesar salad with Romano cheese croutons, and Greek salad with feta cheese and olives are also available.

Of course, the pizza with its tender, crisp crust and variety of toppings is the star of the show. You’ll love the chicken Caesar pizza, topped with grilled chicken and Caesar salad. One slice is a meal. You’ll also want to try their famous Grandma’s home-style pizza, a square pie with fresh tomato and fresh mozzarella cheese. We also sampled a Sicilian favorite topped with garlicky breadcrumbs, onions and cheese. Healthy pizza primavera is loaded with cuts of fresh veggies. The Hawaiian pizza combines ham and pineapple for a unique taste treat.


...stop in for lunch, dinner or any time you want to have fresh pizza, sandwiches or just plain food. The friendly proprietors, Pasquale and Sal, with the help of Maria, do all the preparing and cooking early each day in anticipation of the huge lunchtime crowds. And with the warm weather on its way, the outdoor patio is open for sunny, al fresco dining....stop in for lunch, dinner or any time you want to have fresh pizza, sandwiches or just plain food. The friendly proprietors, Pasquale and Sal, with the help of Maria, do all the preparing and cooking early each day in anticipation of the huge lunchtime crowds. And with the warm weather on its way, the outdoor patio is open for sunny, al fresco dining.

The pizza oven also renders tasty garlic knots and stromboli, rolled and filled with chicken or ham and pepperoni. Star’s calzones are generously sized and filled with creamy ricotta, mozzarella and sausage. At $3.75 they make a satisfying and economical lunch. Try their broccoli rolls, spinach rolls and rice balls, a famous Sicilian treat. Peppers and eggs on a hero is an old Italian favorite and Star Pizza makes it just right

Pasta dishes cost around $7 and include a choice of spaghetti, ziti or rigatoni with a number of sauces such as white clam sauce, mushroom sauce or alla vodka sauce. These pasta dishes come with warm, crunchy Italian bread and garlic knots.

Entrées, including tender veal and peppers, can be ordered as a plate or on a crisp, warm hero, to eat in or to go. Other entrées such as shrimp parmigiana, shrimp marinara or fried calamari come with a choice of pasta or crunchy salad. There are daily specials to accommodate the many steady customers. After the meal, try a cup of steaming espresso or cappuccino and a few of their traditional zeppoles, dusted with powdered sugar. Star Pizza also delivers lunch or dinner to home or office for free, with a $7 minimum purchase.

Star Pizza can prepare large trays of their delicious food for your next party. Small or large trays of tender, lemony chicken francese, eggplant parmigiana and sausage and peppers will satisfy a hungry crowd, and the prices are very reasonable and that delicious Sicilian salad can also be ordered for large parties. Call Sal to arrange catering your next office party, business lunch or family affair.


Next time you’re shopping on Steinway Street, or whenever you feel like sampling delicious pizza and hot dishes, stop in at Star Pizza, just across from the municipal lot between 31st Avenue and Broadway.

Star Pizza

31-51 Steinway St.

Astoria


718-274-4250


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