May 11, 2018
Run by the same team behind Charles Street’s late, lamented Torch, this agreeable South End Italian spot has a lot going for it. Stella serves up reasonably priced pizzas and pastas, way above average grub. Portions are generous and those wanting to wet their whistles will enjoy their Italian cocktails (including such tempting concoctions as cantaloupe martinis and basil lime gimlets) and their dizzyingly large range of grappas. (Those with a sweet tooth may want to skip dessert and instead order a Mint-Chocolate, which mixes mint Baileys with crßme de menthe then again, the desserts really are tasty, so why not do both?). In the warmer months, people tend to gravitate towards the large, welcoming patio area, either for drinks or a lovely, lingering dinner. It’s also a great place to do Sunday brunch (try the Rising Star breakfast) and they also do late night dining from 11pm 1.30am Thursdays through Saturdays , so you can enjoy your meal accompanied by live music in relaxed surroundings. For lighter bites, there’s also the Stella Café, which offers breakfast and lunch (including takeout) from 7am-3pm, and is a popular spot for coffee, especially when it’s warm and that patio comes into its own. Those on a budget should check out the appetiser menu or pre-theatre deal, and they’ve just introduced a new kids menu to keep the little ones happy. There’s a private dining room for parties and they even sometimes hold cooking classes. It’s certainly not flash or showy, but then it doesn’t aim to be: just a friendly, casual hang out where you can enjoy good food in good company.