Will all the fuss surrounding this classic establishment I made sure I went a couple times before engraving my thoughts in online eternity.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good, not great (Most things were Waste of Ingredients).
I expected more. Nothing was very memorable and the second time was worse than the first.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Stella Pastry’s small store front is located on Columbus, in the heart of Little Italy. All the staff that I encountered have been very nice. There isn’t much to say, the location has a few tables inside and 1 or 2 outside.
What I ate:
- Chocolate raspberry cake
About $5 each
The tiramisu wasn’t that good, too sweet and none of the flavors really stood out.
The cannoli was just average. I read that it was stuffed when you ordered it, but the one I was given was pre-filled. The outer part was a little stale and it wasn’t very memorable.
The Sacripantina was excellent the first time I had it, it definitely outshined the tiramisu and I mainly went back just for that. However, the second time it was overly sweet and the cream to cake ratio was really off (read: less cream, too make cake).
The chocolate raspberry cake was gross, the cream had that buttery consistency that leaves your tongue slick and slimy. I was not a fan!The napolean was decent, the layers were a little too soft and the top was WAY to sweet. I had to take of the top to enjoy it, but even then it was just okay.
This is really disappointing because I’ve heard good things about Stella Pastry and I really wanted to like it, but I just found myself consistently disappointed and I felt that the desserts I did eat were just wasted calories. I want to give it another shot and maybe order their bread-based goodies (like cookies and such) next time, however, I can’t justify going back and spending money when there are places like b. patisserie, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, and 20th Century Cafe. If you’re in the area, I would recommend Cavalli Cafe instead.