I went to Stella for the first time tonight, and ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. I was quite surprised -- the pasta was limp and boiled for too long. It was saturated in overcooked tomato sauce (sorry, I mean "sugo di pomodoro"). The dish should have had less sauce, with a brighter, cleaner tomato flavor. The meatballs were okay; I could tell that the meat was high quality from the supple texture but the meatballs were very plain-tasting. Perhaps garlic frightens the rich.
I have to say that I was excited about trying Stella but disappointed when I ate there. The room is quite romantic (if you don't mind loud music) with a wall of windows overlooking Blackstone Square Park. The white decor recalls a chic restaurant in Miami or New York. I'm willing to pay $17 for a spectacular pasta. I went to see fireworks and found a wet match.