Made from scratch pizzas, custom subs and salads appear with just an order from the downtown Five Star Pizza restaurants. Owners Carl/Annette Thornton, who have been in the pizza business for over 30 years, are not afraid to reveal the secret to why their pizza is loved throughout the area.

Annette explains that every part of the process is completed by hand to provide the perfect pizza. It all starts with the dough, which is made fresh every day. The dough then has a time tested process which provides a specific environment to allow the dough to rise a minimum of 30 hours to achieve the perfect crust. The homemade tomato sauce combines the ripest crushed tomatoes and just the right amount of fresh spices. The cheese used in the pizza and sandwiches is grated from 5 pound blocks each day at the store to ensure the ultimate freshest cheese product possible.

Carl explains that they hand toss the dough after the order is given as each pizza is assembled from scratch. The ovens are solid block ovens which must be heated at least 1 hour before initial cooking to allow the base hearth to gain a consistent temperature to cook a perfect pizza. The expert staff constantly turns the pizza during the baking process with the old world wood paddles. Their goal is to make sure each part of the pizza obtains the evenly heated crust their customers know and love. Nothing about the process is mass produced, Carl emphasized.

Recently added to the menu is our 8" gluten free dough made to your desire. When we visited the warm and friendly shops, we spoke to town citizens and visitors. On a recent Saturday night one group mentioned the "Star Pizza" as a generous combination of pepperoni, ham, green peppers, mushrooms, onions and green olives. Kids interrupted to tell us the bread sticks were their favorite, with the cheese dipping sauce. Just mention to the local teenagers a Five Star extra cheese pizza and you have their attention!

It's not a sandwich, it's a custom made sub. Patrons not in the mood for pizza often indulge in one of several sub sandwiches offered on the menu. Built to order and toasted to perfection, these hunger blasters provide a tasty alternative. Salads of all types, nachos, mozzarella bread sticks, cinnamon sticks and flavorful wings are other menu favorites.

Want something different? Try our specialty frozen dessert pizza. Made with a freshly baked dough base, and contains whipped topping, crushed Oreos and sprinkles.

Escape the franchise restaurant rut and try the Five Star experience and become your own. Enjoy the flavor and taste.