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Posted by Lombard on 02/08/2013
I live nearby, and have gone to Stella's four or five times over the past couple of years. The pizza is bland and overpriced, way overpriced. The wines are subpar to average, with the white wines especially sour. The restaurant is still going strong, so, obviously I must be missing something about it.
Posted by drunk on 10/16/2011
food was great, the rock shrimp was spectacular. it was really busy but the food was still quick, it hurt paying 14 bucks for a 12 inch pizza, i could have eaten a lot more of it. nice place we had the worst seats in the place and they were still nice. very expensive
Posted by Kerry on 05/25/2011
This is a wonderful little Italian bistro - excellent pizzas, pastas, and salads which can easily be shared and made into a great meal. I have gone twice - one time eating inside and one side out. Both times, we assembled a little mix of things to share and drank some of the house wine. It is on the pricey side relative to other italian restaurants, but the food is delicious, innovative, interesting, and reliable. I'd say it's a great spot - glad to have it in my neighborhood as a go-to!
Posted by CK on 01/10/2011
This place has phantastic pizza. I would call it Pizza Napoletana although the owner seems to have got his knowledge from US Pizzerias and not all of the typical types are available. I had pepperoni pizzas, which were perfect - light, crusty, wonderful taste. The oven is less high than what I remember from Naples, but the baking times are the same. They serve very fast. Downsides (less important): The pizza is a bit thin, so that I had to eat two of them, which was expensive. Also, I asked if they could add some black olives - which none of their pizzas has - and they would have charged three dollars. And the waiter & cook did not want to believe that they could just throw intact, i.e. olives with the pits, on there... Overall: excellent!
Posted by eastmusic on 04/22/2010
My girlfriend raves about this place, and I do like the atmosphere and friendly staff, but the food leaves me wanting more. First of all, they ONLY serve pizza as a main course, (actually, I had a mozzarella ball? appetizer and it was better than my meal). I've tried several pizza's here and they all are so bland. I got the white pizza once and it was so burnt I could only eat about half of it! Luckily they comped it. It doesn't taste good and it isn't filling. Every time I finish I feel so disappointed.
Posted by r on 02/03/2010
Went with a large party. Service was super attentive and the place looks good. The chairs are sweet! But we didn't come here for chairs, we came here for pizza, and alas- it was not good. I think we basically got every type off the menu. No one seemed thrilled, thou we were polite. The crust is the most favorable part of the pizza, but it had many burnt spots- not in a cute wood-oven way, just yuck, cut that chunk off way. Even still, I'll give them the crust, because that's about all they had going for them. Of the three I tried: The margarita pizza took me by surprise- hugely. It didn't even have tomatoes on it, just a bland, weak sauce. The pizza lacked flavor. As this is a basic style, I'm not sure how you could get it so wrong, hence the surprise. The truffle pizza was most preferable, though a bit salty. The egg was cooked perfectly though, and looked great when the waitress sliced into it and it oozed over the pizza. It tasted good, but honestly, the feta & truffle frozen pizza at trader joe's is better- and a hellava lot cheaper. The arugula & prosciutto pizza was WAY to salty- and I usually sprinkle salt on my pizza. It was completely covered in arugula. I couldn't eat more than a few bites of this one. After an extremely lackluster-to-disappointing pizza, I decided to give them a chance for redemption and tried the 'home-made-family-recipe' gelato. HUH? Unless this family is Byers, I don't get it. I got a single scoop of Acme chocolate ice-cream, even served with a spoon. I've NEVER been served gelato with a spoon. It doesn't happen, (you get a little stick-type thing). There's no way this was home-made, I'd put money on it. This tasted like they grabbed it from the wawa down the street. It looked like it, too. There was no resemblances that this was gelato, at all. I'd never go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2010
Growing up in New Haven I was disappointed by Philadelphias pizza. Luckily Stella opened. It doesn't satisfy my craving for thin New Haven style completely but it is close and far and away the best in town.