La Stella Trattoria

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can. You really can. We went to La Stella Trattoria for the very first time last night. Reservations are a must. Be sure you know they are closed Monday and Tuesday.

We had a table close to the kitchen and we could watch a young fellow named Jake toss the pizza dough. More on that later.

I have a thing for Arancini, having been treated to it in Calgary with my step-son a few years back. I also have made it at home (from frozen of course) BUT this is to absolutely die for. It is presented so beautifully and you do what we did…dive in and try it out. Okay, it is 5 ‘balls’ to each order and we each had 2 1/2. We had to share.

I ordered a beautiful Shiraz red wine and Don had his usual beer. Then we ordered our main dish. I had the 3 cheese pizza and Don ordered the Bucantini.

The taste of the pizza dough is unreal. We asked to speak with Jake and he is the one who uses local ingredients and he keeps testing them out to see which one is the best. Sorry people, we picked this one.

Don sampled my pizza and I sampled his dish. So yummy.

Now I saw they also have Cannoli for dessert and I am not leaving this place until we order some. Three to the order and I have never tasted anything so light, crispy on the outside and the middle so unreal. OMG!

Our server was a most delightful lady named Liz. She is so on the ball and checking on everything without over doing it. We have made reservations next week for our family coming from Alberta and we have asked that Liz be our server again.

You absolutely must go here in the Old Quarter and enjoy a remarkable meal from start to finish. Our meal with all of the above was about $90.00 not including tip.

We will be back many, many times I promise you.

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