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Stellar Stella

herculesmulligan | Oct 14, 2009 06:49 AM

This week we went to visit Pizzeria Stella for the very first time. Our interest was keen as we have been very fortunate to dine at some of the best pizzerias in the United States, including Pizza Mozza, Spacca Napoli, 2 Amy's, Antica Pizzeria, Pizza Fresca, Sapori di Napoli, Bebbo, Pizza Ortica,and many more throughout Italy that would be too numerous to mention. We hope that this provides some bona fides about our dedication to authentic DOP pizza.

We had only our favorite, the Margherita, so as to provide a uniform comparison to the others. Frankly and sincerely, the Stella margherita would rank among the very top. The crown of the crust (cornicione) was crisp and well cooked; the inside of the pizza had the finest blend of tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and a generous decoration of basil leaves. The overall pizza was evenly cooked bringing the true flavor of the brick oven to the table.

The slices of pizza bianca served with the salumi selections was also extremely authentic with a crisp bite and a flavoring of good olive oil. The salumi themselves were artisinal in quality and were likely imported from Italy. The serving was generous and served attractively on a cutting board.

However, the antipasti we had were a bit disappointing considering the description. We would be will to try others, like the arancini or the scamorza, but will leave that to another time.

The gelato selection was not only impressively, but creative. The inventiveness of the flavors and the actual taste of the gelato was superb, especially the olive oil gelato. We will be back to try all of the other flavors.. Compared to the renowned Capogiro, which we rank very highly, this gelato had a comparable homemade and handmade quality.

We are not beer drinkers, and had wine. The wine list is well drawn from various regions and with varietals that we enjoy, like Fiano, but we found the bottles overpriced. You might stay with the house varietals or the beers. We skipped espressos (using La Colombe coffee) as they were overpriced at $4.

Overall the service was impeccable. Our particular waitperson was informative and interested in our experience and feedback and could not have been more helpful.

We are looking forward to another thrilling pizza experience now knowing that we do not have to travel to NYC or anywhere else when we crave a true DOP pizza.

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