Sunday, July 13, 2008

Daily highlight #51: Where ten dollars take you a pretty long way - Restaurant: Stella Trattoria

Thankfully, the economical downturn hasn't affected our dining pattern dramatically, but it doesn't mean we don't appreciate finding a place with prices that are good to the wallet. I didn't go to Stella expecting it to be such a place, but I am glad to report that it is.

J has an infatuation with caprese salads, so we ordered this six dollar version and were surprised to find the tomatoes nicely roasted and tarted up with a pretty decent balsamic.

The pork ragu pappardelle was slightly more expensive at thirteen dollars, but considering that the pasta was freshly made and the pork from Riverview farm, this was really not such a bad deal. The only thing the dish wants for was some salt. It would have dampened the mood had I paid premium price for the pasta, but sitting outdoor facing the "peaceful" view of the oakland cemetery, it really didn't bother me all that much. Plus, it wasn't my dish.

I got the simple margherita pizza at eight dollars. The crust wasn't the stuff of dreams, but it was delightfully crispy. You can't really go wrong when there was cheese on top and fresh basil scattered about.
We splurged on some peach gelato. And it was a worthy splurge. Creamy and fully of peachy essence, I finished the whole thing despite declaring at the outset that it was too much.

Stella Trattoria
563 Memorial Drive

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