Pizza La Stella: a place that combines a cool, rustic atmosphere with food that will leave your taste buds on a delicious adventure. Pizza La Stella is located in downtown Raleigh where Bolt Bistro used to occupy. They are a full-service restaurant that offers sit-down style seating, a counter-service order during lunch hours (if in a hurry) and an upstairs whimsical and quite trendy loft that is the perfect spot to grab a drink and completely relax with friends.
Pizza La Stella started serving weekend brunch three months ago and for all my brunch lovers, this is a place that you must visit and I suggest trying it out this Father’s day. Trust me when I say that your husband and/or father would greatly appreciate this spot to celebrate his special day. The food and drink menu ties together everything you love about brunch with a twist that your special guy in your life would enjoy. From their wings to their waffle sandwiches, your husband or father will leave very happy.
My husband and I were able to enjoy such an incredible brunch experience. We first started with a cocktail called, “Breakfast in Bed” ($6). This drink is everything you loved about your childhood with a fun adult twist ;). It is a combination of Crown Maple, RumChata, cinnamon simple syrup, egg white, and cinnamon toast crunch garnish ->how amazing does that sound?! This drink was not too sweet and paired very nicely with some of the other meals on the menu that had a touch of heat in them.
To start, we ordered the “Maple Black Pepper Wings” ($11), which is only available during brunch times. I must say, at first I was a little nervous that these wings would be either too sweet because of the maple syrup and powdered sugar topping, or that it would be overly peppery with the crushed black pepper but I was completely wrong. These wings were like none other I have had before. The flavors were balanced, it was not heavily battered and it was delicate in your hand. Right away you can taste the sweeter side and near the end it would leave you with the subtle heat from the crushed black pepper. You can tell how high quality these wings were. They were lightly crisped on the outside and the meat was so tender that it would easily fall off the bone.
We then moved into “Bloody Mary’s Revenge” ($11) which I must say, was the star of the show. Pizza La Stella titles their brunch style as “Italian Comfort” and this is nothing far from the truth. This dish is a wood-fired skillet that contains a mixture of fried eggs, Italian sausage, green onion, jalapeno, bloody mary vodka sauce, Calabrian peppers and a side of focaccia bread. When I took my first bite of the warm, parmesan topped focaccia bread and dipped it into the skillet, my taste buds were having a party and I literally wanted to stop ordering anything on the menu to just eat this entire dish. The dish is fun, not too heavy, touch of heat and TOTALLY satisfying. It is rich in flavor, not too eggy, not too cheesy and the heat does not take away from the flavors but adds to the complexity. This could be ordered as an appetizer that the whole family would enjoy or eaten by itself, which I plan on doing anytime I go there. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Our next course was the “Chicken & Waffles ‘Za” ($10). I mean, who isn’t a fan of chicken and waffles? I know I am and I have always been a fan of sweet and savory – the perfect pair. What I love about this dish is that it is not too sweet which you would think would be challenging, and it does not leave you feeling like you need to go home and take a nap. This dish is made with a cinnamon and sugar dough, scrambled eggs, apple-soaked chicken, pancetta, maple black pepper syrup and powder sugar. That ingredient combination sounds out of this world. The dough is light, the toppings are not overwhelming and everything flows and compliments each other so well. This is the perfect brunch entrée for anyone that is looking for a fun and quite delicious take on the famous chicken and waffles dish.
The last course we ordered was the “Southerner” ($11) which is one of the Smash Waffle-Wiches. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed this meal and was different than what I was expecting. The dish was constructed like an open-faced sandwich, which with the large amount of toppings that go on to this, it was much appreciated. The “bread” of this sandwich was two cheddar-stuffed waffles and on top of them were a heaping amount of pulled pork, one fried egg each, BBQ sauce and pickled red onion. This meal was portioned perfectly and left us completely satisfied. My husband plans on ordering this meal next time. Everything was flavored incredibly and this is the Executive Chef’s favorite dish which you know has to be good!
Overall, this was one of my favorite brunch experiences. The General Manager, Travis, was such a joy to talk to and the Executive Chef was extremely knowledgeable when it came to the menu and so down-to-earth. I will be coming back soon to enjoy dinner and a cocktail in the upstairs lounge and taking your dad or husband to brunch this Father’s day would be such a treat for them and the entire family.
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to try a restaurant or to taste new menu items. This meal is usually comped, as this one was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.