|The view into Stella 34 from inside Macy's.|
|The caricatures, the windows, and the view out the window of Herald Square.|
Bufala Mozzarella (mostarda di cremona), above bottom and top
K: "This was really good, and almost tasted like it was drizzled with honey? I have no idea what mostarda di cremona is. It’s not mustard."
A: "My favorite piatti, light but flavorful."
N: "A really refreshing starter."
Caponata (eggplant relish), above top
K: "Would have skipped this dish."
A: "Also could have passed on this one, but don’t generally like the texture of eggplant anyway."
N: "I was a fan of the caponata, great seasoning on the eggplant."
Arancini (fried risotto balls), below
A: "Unsure about the curry flavor, but otherwise anything fried is good in my book."
N: "Not my favorite. Too many overwhelming flavors that didn’t blend well for me."
A: "Loved, loved, loved the tortiglioni – not too rich, ham had touch of saltiness to balance the cream."
N: "Both the strozzapreti and the tortiglioni were memorably delicious. Great texture, lots of flavor, cooked perfectly, great portions."
A: "Thought the dough was a bit soggy, wished it was crispier."
N: "I actually really liked the dough and crust of the pizza. I like thin crust, I just wouldn’t get pepperoni again but would try the Barese pizza (tomato, sausage, broccoli rabe, and smoked mozzarella)."
Takeaways: Get the handmade pastas, delve deeply into the piattis (small plates), stop by for gelato daily, and "salami piccante" is pepperoni. Also, Stella 34 has an extensive wine list and takeout and gelato counters for Midtown diners' convenience. Hello, home of all future 34th Street lunch meetings.
Stella 34 Trattoria
Sixth floor of Macy's Herald Square