Searching for a Slice: Lunch Buffet at Star Pizza on Harvard

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The Salsa Verde pizza is a revelation.
Star Pizza has been at the top of our pizza rotation since we moved to Houston last year, so my recent lunch visit wasn't my first experience with their pie. We love Star because they deliver; we seem to live in a pizza non-delivery vortex, so we enjoy that Star will bring us our food when we're too lazy/hungover/tired to drive. This was my first time eating in at Star, and I was happy to see that they had outdoor seating--perfect for a working lunch on a nice afternoon.

I showed up very hungry and ready to order a couple of slices and maybe a salad. The waitress let me know about their lunch buffet: $8.95 includes a buffet with eight kinds of pizza, a full salad bar, an iced tea, and bread sticks or French bread (bread served upon request). According to my waitress, the lunch buffet recently expanded to include some of the specialty pizzas on the Star menu in addition to standards like cheese, pepperoni and Hawaiian.

The buffet is set up in an inside dining room: pizzas on a hot counter, the salad bar set up separately on an adjacent cart. There was a good selection of pizzas, although I wouldn't have minded labels so I could be sure which ones were which; most of the time it was obvious what the toppings were, but I'm familiar with the Star menu -- someone who isn't might appreciate labels, too. From the eight, 12-inch pies to choose from, I went for a slice of pepperoni (the gold standard when judging pizza) and a slice of the Salsa Verde pizza from the Star specialty menu: spicy tomatillo sauce with roasted poblano peppers, pan-fried garlic, and feta cheese. I added a heaping salad to fool myself into thinking I was eating a healthy lunch.

I've previously written about "pizza physics" -- the idea that pizza size changes the taste and texture of a pizza via differing proportions of ingredients -- so I was curious about how that would play out in a 12-inch small at Star. In my opinion, they deliver an acceptably crispy crust, even with the smaller pizza size. The pepperoni pizza is delicious, but the Salsa Verde blew me away. The sweetness of the pan-fried garlic and roasted poblano, plus the smokiness of the roasted pepper and the salty feta was just plain fun to eat. My waitress recommended ordering it with chicken the next time we get a full pie, which I think is a great idea -- maybe add a bit of sour cream, too.

The lunch buffet -- with great pizza and fresh salad bar offerings that include Star's should-be-illegal-it's-so-good pasta salad -- has solidified Star's place in my top-tier pizza joints in Houston. The lunch buffet is served Monday-s through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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Star Pizza II

77 Harvard St., Houston, TX

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Guest

Tea bagger apologist.

Kinseyrep23
Kinseyrep23

Cici's has a pizza buffet. So does that horrible place from A&M, what's it called? Star is either brilliant for doing this, or racing to the bottom of Pizzadom.

SirRon
SirRon

Since supply lags way behind demand so often there, whenever I'm at a buffet and the people in front of me clean out whatever I wanted, I say they "Star Pizza'd" it. If any of you have ever been to Thai Spice buffet, someone always Star Pizza's those little steamed dumplings.

Criminy!
Criminy!

That is so rude. Big 250 lb guys in a group of three or four swoop in and pile their plates high, then eat while furtively watching the buffet for new pizza deliveries, then pounce on those new hot ones for their refill. Time and time again. What kind of mothers did these cretins have? It's like a contact sport. Sheesh.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I literally laughed out loud!

The day I went there was actually plenty of pizza, but I did wonder about supply b/c the restaurant was not very busy that day. I was surprised I liked this buffet so much - I'm not a big buffet gal.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Christina, you are a joy. So easy to please.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I have to make sure my mom reads that one. She'll fall out of her chair. "Easy to please"! :)

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