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get a slice a stella's, part deux

hyde Aug 8, 2009 11:08 AM

sorry mc slim jb, know about your grammatical thing, and am sorry about the apostrophe.
that said, a few words about the post.
i cant lie, part of my (new found) love for this place has to do with "the christopher point", a mathematical concept introduced, (and so named), to me by my brother (apologies to the originator), which posits the idea that there is a point where one feels the item recieved for a certain amount equals or exceeds the expectation of said item for said amount.
for me pizza, is the ultimate arbitrator in this regard.
an aquaintance told me of a trip to UPN (hard core pizza people know of where i speak) his final bill for four actually made me laugh out loud and wonder if for the same dough i could feed an entire hungry soccer team at santarps and still pay for parking.
it constantly annoys me that for a certain "brick oven cooked" chain pizza you are charged almost twenty dollars for about 2.50 worth of materials, and while i understand there is labor involved, we are not talking about "wild gathered mussels, flamed with absinthe, served on a house made cracker with a seaweed foam", my go- to pizza (well done garlic and sausage siclian from Imperial Pizza, 329 washington street, brighton center) clocks in at 13.25 and will feed six, easy.
stella's works for me.
their 18" thin and crispy, two topping, comes in at 14.55, and the slices are as big as your head.
i would personally be uncomfotable at O-ya and freely accept that people enjoy this experience and are willing to pay for it. this is pizza. its peasant food. try not to gouge.
to sum, ive got a new place and isnt that what this is all about?

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    hyde Sep 15, 2009 06:09 AM

    sorry, update bump. still love this place, but have a few caveats now that i have been here 8 or 10 times. the extra large 18" is the same amount of dough as the 16" rolled out thinner. makes for a wonderful pie, but does not travel well. this is what they use for slices and should be eaten in house.
    there is a thick crust option which i imagined would travel better, but pies made with this option seem a bit gummy. fail.
    whether they responded to this thread or patron feedback, the topping amount seems to be fine. actually in terms of the specials, too much! the veggie special is so overwhelmed by toppings the essential cheese pizza underneath is obscured.
    buffalo chicken calzone is fine, as it is in pizza form, spicy but not overwhelming, big favoriteof my 16 year old daughter.
    if you live more than 10 minutes away, large pizza, hove to the two toppings max rule.
    eat the extra large there.
    sandwiches and salads are fine, but pizza is the gig here.

    1. Gio Aug 13, 2009 06:59 AM

      "the christopher point." I love that! Now I guess I have to trundle off to Stella apostrophe ess for a taste of TCP pizza.

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      1. re: Gio
        hyde Aug 14, 2009 01:14 PM

        yeah, well, he is the smartest person i know personally. it has to do with "giffen goods" and "marginal utility", but graphing a squishy concept like pleasure vs. value is always questionable but it gives me refrence.

      2. Alcachofa Aug 13, 2009 06:19 AM

        Adding a place link for the helluvit. (or is it helluvit's?)

        Stella's Pizza
        605 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

        1. MC Slim JB Aug 12, 2009 11:04 PM

          My grammar peeve is only when customers add the apostrophe+s where it doesn't belong, e.g., Sonsie's for Sonsie. Nothing wrong with a restaurant that deliberately puts one in its name, like Stella's Pizza.


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          1. re: MC Slim JB
            newhound Aug 13, 2009 03:45 AM

            Perhaps there is a special place in grammar hell for Friendly's, which in my youth was actually just "Friendly" and eventually (1989) added the apostrophe and s themselves. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

            My only gripe with Stella's (which is our family's favorite) is that their hand with toppings can be bit light-- I would describe the sausage pie as lightly speckled with meat.

            1. re: newhound
              StriperGuy Aug 13, 2009 06:19 AM

              I agree about Stella's toppings. Skimpy and not particularly noteworthy. I have recently come to the conclusion that their plain cheese (not my usual preference) is the way to go.

              1. re: newhound
                MC Slim JB Aug 13, 2009 06:26 AM

                I don't know: I got a slice the other day that the owner piled, I mean piled, with fresh sliced button mushrooms.


                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  StriperGuy Aug 13, 2009 06:33 AM

                  That is definitely unusual cause they are usually pretty light on the toppings. I don't need to smother the darn thing, but in the past say if I order a sausage pie, some slices have one piece, maybe two of sausage...

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              yummieeee Aug 11, 2009 08:27 AM

              Stella's has been one of my longtime favorites. I'm off to try a few slices for lunch today. Does anyone know what's going into the old W-house of pizza spot in watertown There doing some work in there but i haven't heard anything about it?

              1. GretchenS Aug 10, 2009 12:39 PM

                Dang, that is one decent slice of crispy pizza, thanks for posting, I never would have known. Plus, very nice people -- I said I wanted it hot enough to burn the roof of my mouth, and they heated it to volcanic, just the way I like it -- with a certain amount of very good-natured ribbing. $2.25 for a slice of cheese pizza that, as hyde says, is as big as your head. Gawd, I love Chowhound!
                PS for bear: sauce not sweet to my tastebuds.

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                1. re: GretchenS
                  StriperGuy Aug 10, 2009 01:40 PM

                  Stella's has been a chowhound favorite for ages.

                2. Science Chick Aug 10, 2009 07:48 AM

                  Hey hyde,
                  Don't apologize about the apostrophe...Stella's uses it too (see their website, link above)!

                  1. StriperGuy Aug 10, 2009 07:06 AM

                    Flew back to Boston from an out of town wedding last night. On the way home from Logan called Stella's (their spelling): www.stellaspizza.com

                    A large cheese, was delivered just as we got home.

                    Dang that hit the spot. $15 including tip.

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                      bear Aug 10, 2009 04:36 AM

                      I haven't had Stella's pizza in years. How's the sauce? Hopefully not sweet.

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