The Star
The Star

The Star

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thestarongrand.com/
  • Phone: 5108437827x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-5:00pm

    Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 5:00pm-12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mandana
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in our lot on the East side of the building, with two spaces reserved for take-out and 10 min loading/drop off of guests. Additional street parking easily available.
A word from The Star
The Star features the same delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza that made Little Star Pizza Guardian's Best of the Bay in past years. We have an extended menu including many new salads, sandwiches and snacks. We feature an artisan full bar as well as diverse beer and wine menus. We are family friendly and accept reservations for large parties as well. Come see us soon!
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The Star reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (20)kid-friendly (18)special occasion (15)great for lunch (14)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (8)romantic (7)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Food Tasted Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and the service was great. I had reservations at 8:45 and I called at 8:15 asking them if I can put in my order ahead of time because we were hungry and didn't want to wait that long when we got there. The told me that they didn't take order aheads after 6pm. I was really disappointed. So we got there at 8:45, we knew exactly what we wanted, and put in our order as soon as our waitress got to our table (around 8:55) and told us it was going to be a 35 minute wait for a deep dish pizza. We we super hungry at that time, and were a little annoyed that I wasn't able to put in my order ahead of time. The pizza ended up coming out around 9:25 and we devoured it almost immediately. It tasted great, but wish we didn't have to wait so long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    Phil
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been to The Star many times. This is the very first time we felt disappointed. Their wonderful wedge salad came sparsely dressed. When asking the waiter for more dressing we were informed we would be charged $1. While the dollar was insignificant, it seems to use less dressing on a salad to promote one dollar sales cheapens the entire experience. It makes me wonder, "What's going on at Stars?"
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simple requests too complex?
    KarenTVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I ordered the classic salad with no olives and an extra side of balsamic dressing. I got a classic salad WITH olives. Not many, they'd clearly put them on and then pulled them, but there were a few. I'm not allergic to olives, I just hate them. But such carelesness? It could be a real problem. Just make another salad. They're not that expensive. I definitely AM allergic to chocolate. I'd pre-ordered the vanilla cheesecake, and when it arrived it was covered with a lovely drizzle of . . . chocolate syrup! I sent it back (had it wrapped to-go) and received a second piece, half the size of the first, which was wet. Like someone had sprinkled water on it. I didn't eat it. WTF?!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok but could be better.
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Wait staff is very attentive. Food could be better, it is just average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok food, but weird prices, meh svc
    PostmasterousVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Deep dish and thin crust pizzas were tasty and fresh (and faster than expected) Appetizers were super stingy for the price. 5 small meatballs for $12?? Really? Service was otherwise slow and lacking. More experienced waitstaff is expected at a restaurant of this level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Hands down, my favorite Pizza spot in the east bay. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good pizz
    mchillsVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I'm from Chicago and had yet to find good pizza in Oakland. The Star fits the bill. I like thin crust best so that is what we ordered. Excellent crust, not to chewy or crisp, and the sauce was spicy and full of flavor. Cute cocktail menu. Reasonably priced for pizza here (which tends to be more expensive than other places). The small salad is plenty for two to share; get the dressing on the side as it was drenched. Nice wait staff if a bit inattentive and overloaded.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pizza
    SoulshineMuse
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Their thin crust pizza is amazing! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and great food
    Mark
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Best Pizza in Oakland! Staff was wonderful. Accommodated all 12 of us with no problem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy thin crust pizza
    MoDiz
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We enjoyed appetizers, salads and the Tribune thin crust pizza. Super yum!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    slim35
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Ordered cheese with sausage pizza. Overcooked, almost burnt, and very very salty. Did not care for the crust. Teenager liked wings. Went early so nearly empty and therefore quiet. Waitress helpful.
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  • Affordable good food
    headbongerVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We went here with a large party at 8pm on a Wednesday night. There were plenty of open tables. It took awhile to get drinks (and keep them coming). The Goddess Salad was delicious. Both thin crust and deep dish pizzas were good. With plenty of drinks and food we each spent a little over $40 per person (with tip). I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Enjoyable Dinner!
    Kristin
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Our waiter was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable about wine, and while he did make a small mistake with our order he expedited our food to make sure we did not feel any repercussions from the mistake. our food came quickly as well as our drinks. overall a very happy experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This was my second dinner at The Star, and we will be back. The pizza is excellent, the salads are tasty, and there is a good selection of beer on draft.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time for lunch - LOVE
    PaigeVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Had a great business lunch at The Star, with great service. Goddess salad with baked wings was just the right balance for lunch, reasonably priced, and great service. A nice addition to the neighborhood with a definitely cool vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • salemowalk
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The experience overall was great. We were sat right next to the front window, which was amazing and gave us an incredible view of twilight over...the Texaco station (funny, but still beautiful). The food was solid. I lived in Chicago for 3 1/2 years, so I'm familiar with Chicago-style pizza. This place uses cornmeal in their crust, which is not my favorite. With that said, the flavors were great. We got the Grand pizza, which is baseline Chicago-style (spinach & mushroom). We also added roasted garlic, which gave it a sweetness that cuts into the bitterness of the spinach. The server seemed pretty nice, as was the host and other staff. But, the best part was the ambiance. It's elegant, yet stylish, without being gaudy. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent pizza and salads
    Newbie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good neighborhood addition for thin or deep dish pizza; great salads, cocktails and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Our server forgot my beer three times. In fact, it never came, but it still showed up on the bill, and we had to ask to have it taken off. Aside from that, we asked for garlic bread twice, but it never arrived either. The pizza was great, but our server seemed really out of it- like she didn't want to be there. In fact, she even told us we were here last table and she couldn't wait to go home...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yelpers are wrong again.
    PizzaPower
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Hoping to find excellent, thin crust pizza, I was SO disappointed in the cracker like, under risen, under proofed, non-interesting dough. The toppings were meager, esp considering I ordered mine with fresh mozzarella. I had a taste of my dining companion's gluten free pizza, and thought the kitchen gave us TWO GF pizzas. I thought the quality MIGHT have been as good as the uneven Boot & Shoe, or the more reliable Pizzaiolo. I was NOT expecting a Mario Batali experience, but jeesh, even the occasional Lanesplitter can be better than this poor excuse for a pizza. I have had better from Amazonia (even with their WAY too much sauce), or of course Chez Panisse, or Tony's in the city. The goddess salad was good. Good service. Won't be back
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  • Great pizza spot!
    greggerman
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The deep dish pizza here is truly wonderful! We've been three times so far, and it's been consistently great each time. One of these days we'll try the thin crust as well. But judging from their sister restaurant Little Star Pizza in Albany, I expect it will be great as well. Also had the brussels sprouts appetizer that was very nice as well. We will be returning here again and again... :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy & Delicious
    Dickson
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    By far the best pizza in town. Not too gimmicky but certainly original enough to be unique. Love the fresh ingredients and OMG that take on the old fashioned cocktail is on point!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the The Star reviews archive.
  • Awesome Pizza
    Love4food
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Absolutely love The Star. The pizza has a delicious corn meal crust that makes gives it a great crunch and texture. The toppings and sauce are great and they have some delicious combinations which you can also alter and make your own. Their portion size of their salads are more than generous and the stuffed pizza is definitely filling. You definitely won't leave feeling hungry! The Star also has a full bar with experienced bartenders ready to serve. The restaurant was not crowded (probably due to the impending holiday) but we were well catered to and had a great experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of our favorite dinner spots
    uhhleeese
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The Star's menu is simple, but craveable. Whenever we can't decide where to go for dinner, but want something less casual than usual - we end up at The Star. They have great vegan & gluten free options, as well as a crowd-pleasing cocktail selection. All of the waitstaff have great senses of humor & they never fail to deliver great service. Order the Green Goddess salad. It is a must!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Thank you for making the surprise birthday party an enjoyable and friendly experience. Our server was great, and we'll be back for more common and special occasions.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't make the cut
    Pizzadiva
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    There are so many damn good pizza places in the Grand-lake and Temescal neighborhoods that do an amazing job with thin crusted pizza - Arizmendi, boot and shoe and their sister place, etc. So I don't know why anyone would open another pizza place unless their pizza was out of this world....and it just isn't at The Star. In any other town people might find their pizza stellar but in this town, with the hot competition, if was really just ooookay. The service was great - staff were friendly and efficient- which was the only standout of my experience there. .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic East Bay "Little Star"
    MrsShankar
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This member of the Little Star restaurant family doesn't disappoint. The pizza here has that same, substantial cornmeal crust, with a delicious sauce and fresh ingredients -- a welcome local find for anyone who's craving but doesn't want to make the trek for the San Francisco original. The specialty pizzas come with East Bay-themed names (i.e., "The Grand") -- and there are a few menu items I don't remember seeing at previous locales (i.e., meatballs). Great bar with a decent wine selection and local beers (had the Linden Street Hop Candi on this visit) -- and service has been great, even with a group of six. (Our waiter really kept up with the water, which was welcome after a long afternoon at the ballpark.)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty treat
    raebabydoll
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were in town for just a couple days to visit family and friends and decided to try this place due to location and reviews. The food was very tasty, the atmosphere was cool and comfortable. Also, because it was a sunny day, they had the front section open so the tables were half outside in the front, and it gave it a more relaxed feeling. Our server was excellent with great suggestions and quick service. We were definitely happy with our decision and will come back on future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy!
    albavee
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great pizza and awesome drinks! The waitress and hostess both offered their suggestions that we ended up loving. Great place for groups, pizza is decently priced, and drinks are creative.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great addition to Grand Ave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had to wait about 10 min to be seated with our reservation. But the pizza is great, the salads are good, the beer/wine selection is pretty awesome for a pizza spot. We had the Yerba buena pizza and small wedge salad (enough for 2-3 people). When the salad came, the server came over and asked if there was too much dressing and offered to remake it. It did have too much dressing, though we hadn't noticed yet! Wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic all around
    outandaboutVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    First time here last evening. Ate the Tribune (garlic infused olive oil, ham, bacon, ricotta, emmentaler) & Diablo (spicy calabrese sausage, cherry peppers, red onions, crushed red chilies, served with hot sauce) pizzas. Highly recommend the thin crust pizzas. For a person who doesn't care for bread & never eats the crust on pizzas, I ate every single bite. The Old Fashioned on the cocktail list was delicious as well. The chocolate & orange bitters were a nice touch. Service was fantastic, prompt and not at all overbearing. I visited with a large group and we were all very LOUD (sorry!) having a great time but the staff was gracious and didn't tell us to shut up. They totally could have. A great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes, they're always good
    KarenTVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Great food as always. Great space. They need to hire more waitstaff. Our person was too busy to pay enough attention to all the tables. Understandable, but irritating when your drink is empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time, still a charm
    Ollie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Overall great meal. Been a fan of Little Star in SF for years. Glad they opened here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 Things.
    OaktownFoodie
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great food, Great pizza, Great service. 'Nuff said.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thin Crust Pizza
    kurtd
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Haven't tried the deep dish. I really liked the corn meal crust. I would also say that Star is very generous with the toppings which are also of high quality. Its really nice to be able to make a reservation at a top Pizza restaurant so as to not have to wait in line for ages to get a table. We also had a small Greek salad that was more than enough for two. Very fresh ingredients. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Chicago style pizza
    ecotype
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    An offshoot of Little Star, which has 3 other locations in the Bay Area. Have eaten at the other locations and the Chicago style deep dish pizza was as good as those. This restaurant seems roomier because of the high ceilings. I prefer it to the other locations. The cocktails were very good. But the service, although friendly, was a bit slow. Pizza took an hour to get to the table. And the servers looked a bit overworked. I still give it a thumbs up. Definitely need a reservation on Friday nights. Line was out the door!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always nice to have a decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Always nice to have a decent pizza place in the neighborhood that has great toppings, fresh salads and a variety of appetizers AND doesn't cost an arm and a leg! Very comfortable ambience. Quick service. Great drinks. Modern look. We'll make this a weekly spot for quick balanced dinner.. Try the Gluten Free crust!! Crispy, golden brown - best flat bread ever and the fact that it's GF is a huge bonus!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the cornmeal crust and vibe
    bbk937
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    This is my second time here and I still love it and would definitely go back. The deep dish is delish. The bread with roasted garlic is so indulgent. I loved every bite. I was stuffed at the end of the meal and very satisfied. The space has high ceilings so noise seemed to carry. . .or that could have just been due to the kids that were there that night playing hide and seek around the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizzas
    Kiwi
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Great pizzas - generous size and interesting names and ingredients. The salads are huge and very good too. They seemed a little understaffed so service was a bit slow. It was fine as we weren't in a hurry, but it could be a problem if you were in a hurry. I would certainly eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Boo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Service was terrible; understaffed? After waiting ages to order anything including drinks, we were then told that there was no bread for sandwiches or garlic bread as the order had not come in yet. It did not seem like the place was that busy, but of course this always happens when my critical parents are in town.....bad showing for the The Star
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  • We went to Star primarily
    RandolphBelle
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went to Star primarily because the offer gluten free option as my wife has celiac. A was also interested in knowing what replaced Milano. We always liked frequenting the neighborhood restaurants when we lived in the area and Star fits is a nice addition to the local fabric.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.