Review: Stella Public House, San Antonio TX

On a prior visit to San Antonio, I was able to visit a branch of the

Stella is located in the Southtown section, a trendy spot with bars, restaurants, stately old homes, and bikes to rent. It’s very much a different world than the north end of the River Walk or the Alamo tourist area. Stella is among the the artisanal restaurants working in the “farm-to-table” mode, opting for local sourcing where possible.

From the website:

Stella’s “farm to pizza” concept is centered on strong partnerships with local growers, ranchers, and purveyors. The star is Texas-sourced wood-fired pizza baked in an Italian Modena oven, using oak and pecan wood. Shared plates, house-made cheeses, and fresh salads are made with locally-sourced ingredients. There are 20 rotating craft beers on tap and an internationally-curated wine list.

I arrived around 11:45am on a Sunday, and the airy open space was about half full. By 12:30, Stella was packed and buzzing loudly. There is a mix of seating options – conventional tables, bar seating, and long common tables. The space seems to be a converted factory or warehouse, and the interior has a pleasant hipster vibe.

The menu includes small plate appetizers, salads, and pizza. I would have liked to sample some of the non-pizza items, but I was dining solo and opted for just one pie. There are several interesting options for these large personal size (14″) pizzas, and I chose the Spicy Italian Sausage pie ($15).

As with any pizza worth the calories, the crust is the key element. This one seemed to be a Neapolitan hybrid. It sported the leopard spots and puffy cornicione common to Neapolitan pies, …read more

Source:: Pizza Quixote