A while back, we had the pleasure of visiting Stellina Pizzeria, and after trying their food, it was easy to see why Michelin named them a Bib Gourmand. This was pre-quarantine so we got to enjoy lunch at their restaurant, and it was really cool to see the team in action. They have an open kitchen so you can watch chef Matteo do his thing.
We went right when they opened so it wasn’t too busy, but as it approached prime lunch time, the place got packed so we recommend getting here sooner than later post-apocalypse. To start we got two items to share: their bresaola & guanciale bruschetta and their radicchio & noci insalate.
The bruschetta’s currently unavailable for pickup/delivery, but y’all definitely need to try it once this craziness is over. It’s fresh bread topped with mushroom crema, bresaola, guanciale, aureola, and black pepper honey. If you want something cheesier, they had one with burrata as well so that’s always an option.
However, this salad’s still available, and it was honestly one of the best salads we’ve had the pleasure of devouring. And we’re not usually big on greens so that’s saying a lot. It contained mixed radicchio, roasted pear, candied walnuts, and was tossed in a beautiful lemon-mustard dressing.
You’ll be happy to know that their pastas are also still available. They have three fabulous dishes on top of various lasagne. Back when we went, we resisted the urge to order their cacio & pepe and got their chitarra di pesce instead. For $18, you get a ginormous portion of house-made squid ink chitarra that’s loaded with shrimp, calamari, octopus, scallops, and tossed in a spicy tomato sauce.
It’s a seafood lover’s dream come true so definitely make sure to treat yourself during quarantine 2020. We’ll get through this together…with lots and lots of delicious take out to keep us sane.
Our meal wouldn’t be complete without pizza so of course we got two different kinds to share. We love all things with shrooms so we got their cotto & funghi as our first choice and then the mortadella as our second because who doesn’t want to enjoy pizza with a huge chunk of cheese on top. Both were insanely tasty, but if we had to choose between the two, we’d go with the former.
The cotto & funghi was topped with wild mushrooms, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, and tomato sauce, while the mortadella had mozz, ricotta crema, roasted potatoes, stracciatella, pistachio di Bronte, and of course, mortadella. They have a bunch of other options online though so take a look and see what tickles your fancy. Not gonna lie, the piccante sounds dope as well so we may indulge later tonight.
For those of you interested, Stellina Pizzeria is also selling Italian Butcher Boxes with premium, local meats so make sure you take advantage. They’re open for take out and delivery Tuesday through Sunday from 4-9PM, and you can order pickup via toast and delivery via caviar!
It’s so important for us to support local during this tough time! Let’s try to do what we can to keep our food scene alive and well. For a list of DC and SF restaurants currently offering take out and/or delivery, click on their respective tabs. We also put together a comprehensive list on fundraising efforts for local restaurants here so please consider donating if you can. Until next time, friends! Sending all the positive vibes from the DMV area.