Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Authentic Italian Pizza + more at Pizza La Stella on Fayetteville Street Raleigh

Last week we had the pleasure of having dinner at the new Pizza La Stella restaurant located in the former Bolt Bistro space on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. The whole place has been completely renovated and changed. Much cozier and warmer. High ceilings with floating wood beams make for a great casual atmosphere. You order upon entering and then you can select where you would like to sit. The first thing you notice if you head to the bar is the view of the two blue brick ovens in the kitchen. Everything is cooked in these custom built Stefano Ferrara ovens that were made and delivered from Italy. These ovens easily reach 900 degrees, cooking Neopolitan style pizzas in under 90 seconds. 

We started with some antipasti dishes, trying out the Fire-Roasted Brussel Sprouts (Bacon bourbon whole grain mustard, rosemary, honey) and Honey Burrata, (Sweet Italian cheese, accented with honey, basil, Focaccia breadcrumbs). Both very good starters. We also ordered a Caprese salad that was delicious with cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Not to be missed are the Wood-Fired Wings! We sampled a mix of the Honey Habanero (VERY HOT), The De La Casa featuring caramelized onion garnish, and the Old-Fashioned with apple cider bourbon, cinnamon and charred orange (my favorite).

Finally the real reason we are here...PIZZA! And yes we will be back for more! The Neopolitan-style pizza cooks fast (like in 90 seconds!) and for sure our teenagers will LOVE it!  Definitely a cool casual place to come back to as a family. We ordered the Margherita pizza (Mozzarella di bufala, San Marzano tomatoes, basil) and the Carnoso (Fontina cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, soppressata, Italian sausage, guanciale (Italian bacon), garlic confit). SO good!

There are several local NC beers on tap to choose from as well as Peroni, red and white wine, and craft cocktails. I had a fantastic Montepluciano that paired nicely with pizza.

While downstairs is cooking up delicious pizza and other tasty offerings from the wood-fire ovens, my personal favorite was exploring the Loft upstairs. This cozy and eclectic space is just perfect for escaping the hustle of Fayetteville street for a while, relaxing and enjoying a craft cocktail. A definite potential Raleigh "hidden gem". Once you discover it you will be back. Live music on Thursdays.

Lastly, Pizza La Stella is a great lunch spot. It's conveniently located to many downtown businesses, the space has lots of seating and you order when you arrive and food arrives quickly, making the most of your lunch hour!

Arrivare rapidamente and try it out for yourself!

Pizza La Stella - The Craft of Pizza and Cocktails

Fire-Roasted Brussel Sprouts

One of two ovens made and sent over from Italy.

Margherita + Carnoso

Honey Burrata

Caprese Salad

Fire-Roasted Wings

The Loft at La Stella