Monday, March 16, 2009

Pizza, Pasta & Ice Cream: Stella and Morelli's

Friday I dined at Stella Neighborhood Trattoria on Memorial Drive. The menu is quite similar to sister restaurant Osteria 832 as is the food quality. I enjoyed everything, particularly the bruschetta, which contained the perfect olive oil, balsamic, garlic combination to render the tomatoes, basil & toasted bread simply divine. The pasta and pizza dishes were tasty as well. This is good, simple food in a casual atmosphere, very kid-friendly.

After dinner we headed to Morelli's Ice Cream, one of Atlanta's best in my opinion. I tried the ginger lavender flavor - delicious - and stole a few bites of chocolate peanut butter swirl. The ginger and lavender really came through to make it a robust flavor. The chocolate peanut butter has huge chunks of PB in it, which is a little much for me but die hard fans would love it! Other unique flavors include jalepeno coconut and sweet corn. Morelli's is very convenient to or from Starlight Six, Atlanta's drive-in movie theater.

Delicious bruschetta with real garlic flavor.

Shrimp scampi pasta with parsley and tomatoes.

Veggie pizza - nothing fancy, but tasty nevertheless with a simple, plentiful tomato sauce. I don't like it when the sauce is invisible!

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