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stella redux

twentyoystahs | Sep 16, 2005 02:12 PM

Had another enjoyable experience at Stella last night; this spot is proving to be a consistently reliable choice.
Started off with a Magic Hat beer on tap; mmmm tho' not my favorite "number 9" still good. We were served bread with a little side dipping dish filled with olive oil, a delicious garlicy spread --was it roasted garlic pureed, or a version of hummus? I'm honestly not sure, the garlic overpowered which is just fine with me, really tasty...) Then the ample (and somewhat overly dressed ceasar). This is really good, served in a big bowl which can easily feed 2 or more. Tangy, garlicky dressing is just right,though they probably could get by with a bit less of it. Followed by a 1/2 order of the bolognese which was plentiful (i actually thought perhaps the waiter had been confused and gave me the full order,but no, this was the 1/2, and more than enough for me, I left with some for lunch) It was good; not as knockout good as I remember from the last time I had it..but definitely a pretty good rendition. My companion had the ribeye steak, served with "frites" wrapped in a paper cone. Phenomenal steak, cooked perfectly medium rare. Fries hit the spot too.

Service was terrific --from the very accomodating host who let me put my name in and remembered me when I came back; to the waitstaff, very attentive. I will say they've got some bus-people who are not all that fluent in English --not that there's anything wrong with that, but I did witness a few communication gaps...

Still an overall very good experience. No, the menu isn't the most inventive you'll ever see, but that's just fine with me. Simple, classic, Italian "regional" fare --when someone asked the host what sort of food they had, that was how he responded: "regional Italian"...
however you wanna say it, it's good, and a welcome addition to the neighborhood, still. Hope it stays that way.

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