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Pizzeria Stella

I see Marlon Brando’s character from A Streetcar Named Desire standing in the rain shouting “Stella” every time I read the name. I imagine any woman named Stella must get this often, just as I had the Journey song “Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl” sung to me a thousand times over the years. Yet somehow, I refrained from repeating the scene from the Tennessee Williams’ play outside of Pizzeria Stella in Philadelphia.

(Side note: I struggle every time I spell the word “Pizzeria”. Every. Time.)

At 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, the little restaurant was quiet, though pizzas were constantly being made. I have a thing for Italian food, so I really couldn’t imagine a better way to spend lunch than at an Italian restaurant with my good friend Carly who, coincidentally, speaks Italian (though she herself is not). We ate risotto balls, lingered over a lovely zucchini pizza, then indulged with homemade gelato.

And the culinary masterminds behind Pizzeria Stella know their gelatos as well as their pizzas. Olive oil gelato and honey mascarpone gelato topped with cookies ended the whole experience on a high note. And I drove back to DC in a blissful stupor.

What pizza and gelato combination would make your day?

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

14 thoughts on “Pizzeria Stella

  1. That pizza looks incredibly delicious. I may have to include Philadelphia in my cities to visit!

    Cookies and Cream and a veggie pizza always make me smile :)

    Cheers!

  2. Oh my gosh. I just ate dinner and now I’m hungry again. That food looks and sounds absolutely incredible. You keep finding the most incredible places!

  3. It all sounds amazing! We don’t have any traditional Italian restaurants where I live, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you for now :p

    The zucchini pizza looks fantastic and olive oil gelato? Yum!

  4. It is always so lovely to see you and share food with you. The pictures look beautiful, and the one of the olive oil gelato just made my mouth water… we may have to return soon!

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