Stella Di Mare Italian Restaurant
50, MingYi St, West District
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm,
No service charge.
This restaurant's namesake, Stella, is a cute little girl whose parents are Allie from Taiwan and Damir from Croatia. When the couple lived in Italy, Damir's mother passed down her cooking recipes to her Taiwanese daughter-in-law, and when they returned to Taiwan to open this restaurant they set about putting together a menu that woud truly combine Croatian and Taiwanese influences. This means that at Stella Di Mare Italian Restaurant you can enjoy both authentic European cuisine and local Taiwanese flavors. --By Niang Chen, translated by Angel Pu
A. While the southeastern European nation of Croatia may be quite unfamiliar to most Taiwanese diners, they are finding the food here to be is very delicious.
B. Croatian Pizza (NT$290-350) is a creation hailing from Damir's hometown and features a pastry crust that is thicker than normal Taiwanese thin-crust versions. Soft but a somewhat chewy, this pizza's ingredients include tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, large shrimp and Italian spices, resulting in a very mild but rich flavor.
C. Penne with Croatian Stewed Beef (NT$270) and Stella's Seafood Spaghetti (NT$250) are both popular entrees here. The former dish is prepared by stewing Australian beef and onions for two hours before vegetable powder from Croatia are added for seasoning. For the latter dish, the orange pasta topping includes a sauce made from cream, basil, minced garlic and chili oil. The noodles fully absorbed this sauce, making them smooth and flavorful.