Visited Stella for the second time last week, and had my second pleasant experience. Overall I think the menu is perfect for a reasonablely-priced, neighborhood-upscale experience. I have heard of others having poor service, but I had great service both times.
Focaccia bread arrived with olive oil dipping sauce and a spoonful of the italian version of hummus (I cannot remember the name). 'Hummus' was flavorful, good texture, full of garlic. Bread was very fresh with crunchy salty crust and soft light middle. I hate when focaccia is a) dry, because it should be made with enough olive oil to avoid that, or b) lead heavy. This was yummy.
Appetizers, arugula salad and a caprese salad. Both were very fresh, good portions. The caprese salad with cherry tomatoes, baby balls of mozzarella and red onions was especially good. Each bite with a bursting tomato and fresh cheese flavor.
Pasta choices, I thought were not too enticing...nothing you couldn't make at home. Taglietelle bolognese was alright, although (a danger with bolognese) it was a bit blah.
Entrees, the half chicken (which is really a hen), overall delicious, chicken was slightly overcooked, but the skin was browned and crisp. Came with 2 polenta cakes - very tasty. Pork Milanese was fantastic all around, a huge piece of pounded pork with very crisp and well seasoned panko crust sits on top of a chunky tomato pomodoro and covered with large thin slices of melting fresh mozzarella. I would go back for that dish every week!
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