The wait is officially over, All Star Pizza Bar is open. It's been a long wait, but the home of my favorite sandwich has opened a pizza joint. And it's just across the street from the original location. Making it as convenient as it is totally delicious.
Thanks to an invite from my friend Emily over at A Cambridge Story, I had the pleasure of attending the All Star Pizza Bar press party the night before the shop opened to the public.
To start, we were offered a delectable selection of beverages including a selection of beers, wines, sangria, house made lemonade and Mercury Root Beer, which by the way is super tasty.
As we waited to sample the pizza, I took a few snap shots around the restaurant and marveled at how many details must have gone into creating this sister shop. Right down to the clever pizza boxes that exclaim "I love pizza."
The first pie out of the oven was plain cheese, and let me tell you there was nothing plain about the slice I devoured. The crust ran the line between thick and thin perfectly. Crisp on the outside, yet hot and doughy on the inside, it was heaven. The sauce was equally delicious, slightly sweet tomato goodness. Awesome. Lastly, the cheese, my favorite part of any pizza was incredibly balanced. I didn't quite catch exactly what they use in their house blend, but let me tell you. That was some damn good cheese pizza.
Next up came the pepperoni, which was also fantastic, followed by the Atomic Meatloaf Pizza. Topped with marinara, the same blend of cheese, caramelized onions, meatloaf, and finished with Inner Beauty Hot sauce, this pizza is sure to be a lot of people's favorite. Not mine, because I'm a wimp when it comes to spice, but it sure smelled delicious.
Next up came the Ms. Piggy's Fig topped with vincotto sauce, the house blend of cheeses, goat cheese, black mission figs (look how many!), prosciutto di parma, finished with baby arugula and toasted pistachio gremolata. Go ahead and say it, because I know I did. Wow. Really, wow. I love a good fig and prosciutto pizza, but this one really stood out.
After that was the Buffalo Duck Confit topped with marinara, house blend of cheese, duck confit topped in buffalo sauce with Maytag blue cheese and finished with pickled celery. In my excitement to get a slice, my picture came out very blurry. But don't worry, can go get your own because the shop is now open.
Then came the Chile Relleno pizza with rustic tomatillo salsa verde, house blend of cheese, fire roasted poblano peppers, grilled chorizo sausage, sweet corn, cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. This pizza packs a lot of goodies in just a few bites. I'm not sure how the crust didn't collapse under it's weight, but it some how provided a base to ferry all of these tasty ingredients into my mouth.
After the Chile Relleno came the Romesco Ratatouille topped with Almond Romesco Sauce, house blend cheese, roasted veggies, finished with grated Parmesan and fresh herbs. Also not pictured, but let me just say that this pizza featured roasted Brussels sprouts, so you know I was a fan.
Last up was the Dukes of Hazzard with creamy hominy ricotta grits, house blend cheese, maple breakfast sausage, soft baked eggs finished with pickled Fresno chilies. Now, I'll admit, I didn't partake in this particular pizza because, well, we all know I don't like eggs. But, it looked delicious. I'm sure Alex would love it, minus the chilies of course.
Here is an up close shot to show you all the beautiful eggy goodness.
As the night came to a close, Emily and I were even treated to a pizza each to take home. It was extremely thoughtful and sweet or our hosts. Alex couldn't have been happier to get home from work to a piping hot pepperoni pizza. It was a truly delicious night. We will definitely be back very soon.