The All Star Pizza Story
It all began back in 1979 when Sal Corrao moved his family to Mission
Viejo from New Jersey. Sal’s boys, Jeff and David, grew up
participating in all of the local sports leagues. In the spring, Sal coached
baseball in the North Mission Viejo Little League. In the fall, he coached
football for Saddleback Valley Pop Warner. In 1981, Sal helped build
the little snack bar at Los Alisos for the football program. He dug an
18” deep trench from the school all the way to the snack bar for
electricity - approximately the length of a football field. Jeff and David
also swam with the Nadadores at what used to be called the Marguerite
Rec Center. Jeff and David attended O’Neill Elementary School, Los
Alisos Jr. High and Trabuco Hills High School. Sal’s sons have gone on
different paths in life. While Jeff has remained in Mission Viejo, David is
currently a coach for Miami Dolphins in the NFL.
In 1991, Jeff went to work for Ball Park Pizza Team NMV. The location
All Star Pizza occupies today is the same location where Jeff worked for
Ball Park. A few years later, Jeff partnered with 4 others and opened
The Clubhouse Grill & Pizza which was located at what is now Oggi’s
Pizza by the Alicia Softball fields. When an opportunity arose that
allowed Jeff to work for his high school football coach, Jim Barnett, at
Daily’s Sports Grill, he left the Clubhouse. Jeff would stay in the food
industry until 1998. From 1998-2012, Jeff had a successful sales
career in the concrete construction industry. During those years, Jeff
and Sal often talked about opening a pizza place where teams and
families could come and enjoy fresh, tasty food, ice cold beer; a place
where everyone felt at home.
In early 2012, a space in the Los Alisos Village shopping center opened
up, and those dreams about opening a pizza restaurant started to
become a reality. All Star Pizza was born. For the next several
months, the space went through a complete remodel. There is only one
wall left from previous tenants. There is new plumbing, electrical, and
air conditioning. Sal and Jeff wanted their customers to have a clean,
brand new environment in which to enjoy their food. Construction
ended approximately September 1, 2012, and All Star Pizza opened for
business on September 6th..
The rest of the story will be written by you, our customers. All Star
Pizza thanks you in advance for allowing us to bring you great food, lots
of TV’s, ice cold beer, and fun for all the family.
Thank you for making All Star Pizza a success.
Sal & Jeff Corrao