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Little Star pizza coming to the Mission

On my way home tonight, I saw a sign for a beverage permit for Little Star pizza at 15th & Valencia, SW corner. This is the space that was briefly Baku, a Thai place, and then even more briefly Opium Den, a slightly cheaper Thai place. Despite good intentions, I never tried either Baku or Opium Den -- there was something unappealing about both and they were always nearly empty.

Little Star's original Western Addition location gets strong reviews for its Chicago style pizza:


Lucky us for pizza in the Mission: Delfina, Pauline's, and now (or soon, rather) Little Star.

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  1. This is the best news I've had all day!

    1. Thanks for the news flash. I am sorry to say I haven't made it to Little Star all this time...now it will be even closer to me. It can't open soon enough. It will be interesting to see if it impacts Pauline's business.

      1. I hope they leave the juke box behind at their Western Addition branch. The sound level there was obnoxiously high making conversation impossible.

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        1. re: friscofrog

          Funny, the juke box is a selling point for them I thought.

        2. I can't wait. I never liked going across town to go to get the BEST deep dish pizza in the bay.

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            1. re: squeemr

              YES! Thanks for this report, not 15 minutes ago did I do a search to see if this was true.

          1. When we were at the original location on Saturday they said it would open this weekend. Glad to hear they beat their estimate.

            And very glad to have one closer to home!

            1. Has someone actually seen pizza for sale or is this speculative?

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                It opened tonight at 5:30pm. I did not see much going on in there when I stopped by, but pizza was offered in exchange of money.

                1. re: cedichou

                  I planned to do take-out last night for a deep dish spinach & onion, but they told me they're not doing spinach right now because of the e-coli scare. It's a bit of a hike for me to get there, and I really wanted spinach, so I opted out.

                  But a friend at work went and thought it was very good.

                  400 Valencia

                  1. re: Frosty Melon

                    Spinach is not their strength, at least in my experience. I wouldn't recommend ordering it anyway. No need to wait until it's back on the menu.

                    1. re: nja

                      Good to know. What are their strengths? I know there are old posts out there but this one is current.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Thanks for this recommendation. I had the Classic last night and loved it. I now see the difference between deep dish and stuffed pizza (rather shameful as a Chicago native). That crust is just terrific.

              2. They already installed the jukebox. So whoever was against that idea... sorry dude.

                Since 400 Valencia seems to be one of those Locations of Death for restaurants, it's nice to see a joint that is likely to stay in business. And, if we had to get a clone of another restaurant, one could do far worse than Little Star -- after all, it could have ended up a Pasta Pomodoro or something.

                I've only eaten at the WA location, but their pizza is decent, and I prefer it to Patxi's, which to me tastes like generic Uno's. Personally, I don't think Pauline's has much to worry about -- their pizzas are different enough that there isn't really a head-to-head competition. The crowds are different too: Pauline's tends to be more of a family crowd, whereas Little Star skews pseudo-hipster -- probably more so at this location. If any restaurant will suffer, it's probably Puerto Allegre, who can expect some of their young weekend revelers to shuffle down to Little Star.

                By the by, I thought Baku wasn't too bad. They had a $12 prix fixe that got you five courses. Totally worth it.