Stella Pizzeria

Stellllllllaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!

Been dying to go to Stella since I heard about it a few years ago.  Stella is Stephen Starr’s version of a Wood Oven Pizza place.  What does that even mean?  For those of you unfamiliar with Stephen Starr’s restaurants… it means a fabulous funky-yet comfortable atmosphere with decor fully committed to the theme (in this case- pizza), a great menu with yummy food and delicious but expensive drinks.  Does that sorta cover it?

Stelllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Several people have recommended Stella to me, calling it their favorite pizza place.  It was really REALLY good!  Two of the people who have been raving to me about Stella all these years is Allie (from All I Eat Food) and Jay (her once very picky eater boyfriend).

Loving our company!

Boyfriend 🙂

Allie and Jay are two of our very close friends and favorite people to go out to eat with.  Jay and Dave give into our foodie/blogger “big eyes” and let us order whatever we want 🙂  It’s always so fun!

We started our night out with some wine and beer.  We ordered the Arancini & Chopped Salad for starters.

Three pizzas was the perfect amount for us piggies to share, so we ordered:

#3 Piccante- capicola, crushed red pepper, aged provolone, tomato

#4 Sausage- wood roasted sausage, long hot pesto, mozzarella, tomato

and the “Bianca”, Jay’s favorite, an off-menu white pizza with some fresh herbs

Arancini, fried rice balls… wow.

Take a peek inside the Arancini!

So many crunchy delicious veggies in the chopped salad

Everything was delicious, especially the pizzas.  We devoured the Arancini and salad within just a couple of minutes and the pizza came soon after, piping hot.  The four of us ate every. single. slice.  I told you… piggies.  Yup.

Okay, now go… enjoy some pizza food porn.

The smell is almost coming through the computer! Yummmm!

The Sausage Pizza… and who thought of “Long Hot Pesto”?! Genius!

Jay’s Bianca Pizza… wowwww

I think this one was my fav! The Piccante. Yum.

We also went to an AWESOME German Bar called Brauhaus Schmitz afterwards for some more beer and fun times.  I wished we were hungry because their food looks great too.  We stuck to some beers recommended by the bartender who seemed to be entertained by our antics.

Allie & Beth with more than one drink = always a fun time.  Hehe!

What a spread!

Bier Vom Vab… duh

One last Stella reference, i SWEAR…

The best Stella of them all!!! My little puppy girl!

Radicchio Cafe

I’ve been torturing myself for the past two weeks staring at the pictures I took of the food at Radicchio.  Now it’s time for you to salivate as I tell you about this delicious little BYO on 4th & Vine in Old City, Philadelphia.

My friend from Penn State, Meredith and her husband Mike recently moved from NYC to Philly.  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Mer & Mike are huge Penn State fans, they are so fun, and apparently (i now know…) love food!

Before I go into the details of our fab Italian meal, I have to tell you just one more thing about Mer & Mike.  They ARE Moho Creative.  They turn wedding videos into art.  I’m serious.  They make what used to be hours of boring video into a shorter 25-30 minute video (plus a 3-5 min highlight reel, perfect for sharing), using creative shot composition, music, fun editing, etc.  I watch every single one of their videos, not knowing the bride, groom, or anyone at the wedding… and LOVE THEM!  Please check it out, you will love it too!

So, it was Mer and Mike, and two of their friends that took me on as a 5th wheel to Radicchio Cafe.  My boyfriend, Dave really missed out this time!

Radicchio is a BYO, so we of course came equipped with two bottles of white wine.  After sitting down, we were served “on the house” Bruschetta.  Since I’m new to tomatoes, it was a nice treat for me.

The table decided to order the Ceasar Salad w/ Prosciutto and the appetizer special which was Calamari.

Both were delicious.  I love prosciutto and loved the idea of having it over Caesar.  MMM!  My friends had never tried grilled calamari (and if you can see they were huge pieces too) so they were a little intimidated, but enjoyed it.  Grilled calamari is one of my favorite appetizers and this one was cooked perfectly.  The fresh tomatoes and capers were a nice touch too.

I couldn’t resist ordering one of the nightly specials for my entree.  Homemade papardelle pasta with lamb ragu.  OMG.  It was so yummy.

Ragu ❤

Everyone else ordered:

Paccheri al Telefono (Homemade wide rigatoni w/ pieces of meatballs, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella)

Farfalle Toto (Bow tie pasta served in a vodka pink cream sauce, shallots, and prosciutto)

&

Chicken Sorrentina (their version of Chicken Parm w/ linguine)

Left: Paccheri al Telefono , Top: Farfalle Toto , Bottom: Chicken Sorrentina

As if free Bruschetta isn’t already enough, Radicchio serves a small little bite of dessert at the end of the meal.  It seemed like it was a little biscotti… what a nice surprise!

Everyone was very pleased with what they ordered.  I thought that Radicchio’s prices were really very fair for the quality of food as well as quantity.  The service was top-notch and I also really liked the decor- one entire wall was covered in wine corks!  It’s hard to find such a good BYO in the city and I’ll definitely be coming back to this one.

Now, do yourself a favor and check out one of Moho’s Wedding Highlights!