Friday, October 30, 2009

Trattoria Stella's

Trattoria Stella's
3201 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80206
303.320.8635
www.trattoriastella.com

Trattoria Stella's is a surprisingly good restaurant that we forget to think about. We were underwhelmed with the original one in the Highlands and quite impressed with Cafe Star which previously occupied the spot on Colfax. Our first meal there was great but we didn't walk out thinking we couldn't wait to return. An evening event at school found us close by and hungry. We got a table easily at 6:30 on a Friday night, though those that came after us were not as lucky.

The menu was fairly standard with several pasta dishes and a few entrees as well as a children's menu consisting of the usual suspects: pizza, pasta, chicken fingers, grill cheese. I happen to prefer when there is no children's menu, because my kids eat better off the menu, but it does make life easier.

I started with a straight forward house salad with a house made basil vinaigrette. My husband started with the oyster special which he said was very good. I stay away from oysters in Denver- call me crazy, but we are a land locked state after all.

Our entrees were all delicious. Crispy Gnocchi came with Black Tiger Shrimp, Olive, Tomato, tossed in an Arugula Walnut Pesto. The gnocchi were firm and crunchy and the pesto added lots of punch to the dish. My butternut squash with Parmesan and spinach tasted like fall: sweet and rich and delicious. My husband had the special risotto with roasted garlic and chicken confit which was new for me and tasted intensely chicken.

With great wine and warm bread,(we skipped dessert) it was a fantastic meal. We will remember to remember Trattoria Stella's from now on when we want tons of flavor in standard fair with an unstandard twist.

Kids menu: Y
Kid friendly: ***
Food:***
Ambiance:***

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