All Star Pizza Bar is a classic pizza parlor with an intergalactic edge that has been tossing up the toppings since it opened in Inman back in April. Despite the mural of cartoon aliens lingering under the counter, All Star has a come hither and relaxed vibe—even from around the corner, the aromatic smell of pie fresh out of the oven met my nose, beckoning me to enter.
It was quiet when we got there, but that didn’t last long—soon enough, plenty of people began meandering in through the doors, and we were grateful to have commandeered chairs. Benches and tables at differing heights break up the monotony of run-of-the-mill pizzeria seating, giving customers the option to eat their goods picnic style as a family or more intimately at a table for two.
The atmosphere of All Star is affable and casual with a sociable staff that treats you like a friend dropping by.
We were offered high-fives, joked with, and overall made to feel welcome.
Deciding what to eat wasn’t easy—All Star offers a vast menu of pizzas, ranging from the traditional a la carte, where you design your own masterpiece to the chef’s specials that are eclectic and intriguing, as well as a rotating daily offering. My friend and I were feeling imaginative, so we opted to create our own combo. Our final work of genius, was a 16” thin crust pie with extra cheese, pepperoni, applewood-smoked bacon and fire roasted red and yellow peppers ($20).
I wouldn’t be doing the pizza justice if I said it was simply good: it was fantastic.
We had a running bit with one of the employees who thought we were incapable of polishing off the entire pizza, and unfortunately, he was right. My friend held up her end of the bargain, but my stomach was incapable of expanding to the challenge. However, it was a win-win situation, because now I have the opportunity to tantalize my mouth again at lunch!
Along with delicious food, All Star lives up to the ‘bar’ aspect of its name by offering a selection of adult beverages. At first, we overlooked the drink menu and stuck to water and a fountain drink, but what is the fun in that?
As soon as we came to our senses, we asked our buddy what he recommended, and he urged us to try the house sangria ($7), giving us a sample to try—
it was love at first sip, a pint full of red goodness that left us licking our lips.
All Star also offers beer, including the house special: a bucket full of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Overall, my rendezvous at All Star was a very positive experience. The staff exuded friendliness, just thinking of that food makes my mouth water, and the atmosphere was like nowhere else. To top it all off, everything was affordable, even for a broke college student like myself.
When the urge for pizza hits you next, head over to Cambridge and see for yourself what All Star Pizza Bar is all about.
ALL STAR PIZZA BAR
1238 CAMBRIDGE ST.