Wood-Fired Pizza and Handmade (Gluten Free) Pasta in Nanaimo

What People Have To Say About Us

Best Italian Pizza!!!  When I had a pizza at La Stella, I thought I was in Tuscany having one of their wonderful pizzas.  The whole meal was great!  We started with a drink – Prosecco – Valla Teressa (Organic), Kale Caesar, Pizza and Panna Cotta.  Go and enjoy for a real taste of Italy!

Malie39, Trip Advisor

Best pizza outside Italy.  Delicious, freshly made food, friendly staff and superb pizza.  Real Italian-style recipes.  Worth going out of your way for.

StevePF, Trip Advisor

Yum!  You should try this restaurant!  The smells and the explode-in-your-mouth flavours.  The pizza dough is so good it doesn’t need toppings.

Mrsdkba, Trip Advisor

Hours of Operation

Dinner: 5pm – 9:30pm | Wednesday through Saturday
Sunday Brunch 11am – 2pm Dinner 5pm – 830pm

#1 – 321 Wesley St, Nanaimo | Google Map

Please Look Under The Reservation Tab for Dinner Reservations or call us at 778.441.4668

General Inquiries: info@lastellatrattoria.com

Our Story

LaStella is about sharing our passion for fresh ingredients handled with attentive care using old world methods and technique to bring you our version of what Nana Zuvich would make. This is why we chose to import Nanaimo’s first wood fire pizza oven and why we create hand made pasta from scratch each and every day. For the gluten-sensitive folks out there we also make fresh, gluten free pasta by hand using our own in-house recipe.

Our passion is fresh, seasonal ingredients handled with care and attention using old world methods. Simple prepared dishes with minimal ingredients lets the products of Vancouver Island shine. Our wood-fired oven is the center stage, churning out our version of Napoli style pizza. Cooking at 900ºF, our pizzas are finished in about 90 seconds resulting in a fresh, crisp yet chewy crust, with slight wood fire char, The best in thin crust methods.

From our dough to our sauces, our meats to our pastas, everything is made in-house using the best of what the season has to offer. We hope you enjoy what we believe is a very special little Trattoria.

From the team at La Stella,

Grazie mille

Menu

Appetizers

ARANCINI $10
Crispy deep fried risotto balls, stuffed with melted cheese w/dipping sauces
*add extra arancini for $2/ball

HOUSE BREAD $5
Fresh baked in-house every day! Served with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil

ADD FLIGHT OF OLIVE OILS $5
Taste the diversity of Italy’s terroir. Three varieties of single origin extra virgin olive oil, each expressing a different region of Italy from grassy to spicy notes

BEEF CARPACCIO $14
Forno-seared organic, grass-fed beef, sliced paper thin and garnished with in-house pickled vegetables, house mustard & cipollini marmalata

MEATBALLS $13
The Stella classic! Pork & beef meatballs flame roasted in the forno and served with a slice of house made focaccia, tomato sauce and grated parmesan cheese
ADD SPAGHETTI $6

MARINATED OLIVES $9
A mix of 5 varieties of olives, marinated in rosemary, citrus peel and olive oil. Served warm

PRAWNS & GARLIC $16
5 argentinian prawns sautéed with fresh garlic, lemon and chilli, tossed with roast tomato and roast peppers
ADD TAGLIATELLE $6

Organic Salads

KALE CAESAR $14
Classic caesar dressing with locally sourced, organic kale, house- made croutons, crispy pancetta and parmesan cheese.

NANOOSE GREENS $14
Organic greens with ricotta, carrot & hazelnuts. Finished with parmigiano and an apple cider vinaigrette

ROASTED BEETS $14
With pumpkin seeds, ricotta salata, fresh arugula and a sherry vinaigrette

CONFIT SQUASH $15
With goats cheese, aged balsamic, almonds and arugula

Pizza

MARGARITA $16
tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil

PROSCIUTTO & ARUGULA $18
tomato sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, local arugula
*Add pear & pepperoncini $3

FINOCCHIO $18
tomato sauce, mozzarella, housemade fennel sausage, roasted red peppers

FUNGHI $18
cream sauce, fontina, confit garlic, seasonal mushrooms, local arugula, truffle oil

CALABRESE $17
tomato sauce, spicy soppressata, red onion, mozzarella, and an egg!

NAPOLETANA $15
tomato sauce, marinated white anchovies, confit garlic, basil

BIANCA $18
Bechamel sauce, fontina, ricotta, parmigiano & caramelized onions
*Add pesto $2
*Add soppresata $3

SWEET & SPICY PEPPERONI $18
tomato sauce, in-house smoked pepperoni, olives, pepperoncini, mozzarella, chili honey glaze

Pasta

SWEET & SAVOURY DUCK $19
Braised sweet & savoury duck leg ragu with marsala wine, tossed with our hand made chittara noodle and finished with parmigiano

GNOCCHI W/BEEF RAGU $21
One of our signature dishes! Crispy, golden pan-fried handmade potato gnocchi with braised beef ragu, tomatoes, sweet cipollini onions and house- made creme fraiche with just a hint of horseradish

WINTER RISOTTO $18
Creamy celeriac risotto scented with lemon and finished with thin slices of prosciutto, kale pesto, toasted walnuts and parmigiano

BOLOGNESE $17
Classic pork & beef cooked long and low with tomato. Served with our house made tagliatelle and parmigiano
*VEGETARIAN VERSION AVAILABLE

BUCATINI ALLA GRICIA $18
House made Gaunciale, crisped and tossed with bucatini in a creamy sauce, finished with a healthy amount of black pepper and pecorino

PIZZOCHERI VALTELLINA $18
Classic house made buckwheat pasta with house smoked bacon, sautéed cabbage and potato, finished with fontina & parmigiano

*Gluten-Free house-made pasta + $2

Beer

Hermann’s dark lager

341ml 5.5% 6.75

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

330ml 5.1% 7.95

Birra Moretti

330ml 4.6% 7

Phillips Analogue Kolsch

341ml 5% 6.5

Sofie Farmhouse Ale

765ml 6.5% 20

Matilda Belgian Pale Ale

765ml 7% 20

*ask about our beers on tap*

Prosecco

Villa Teresa Organic Prosecco

9/38

Vaporetto Prosecco Brut

40

Wine

House White: Cantina Tollo Trebbiano d’Abruzzo

6/gl 15/.5L 30/L

Arrowleaf Cellars First Crush White, Okanagan Valley

8.5/34

Little Straw Winery “tapestry”, Kelowna

38

Argiolas Vermentino, Sardegna

10/40

Miopasso Fiano, Sicily

40

KRIS Pinot Grigio, Veneto

10.5/42

Red Wine

Hourse Red: Cantina Tollo Sangiovese d’Abruzzo

7.25/gl 18/.5L 36/L

Cusumano Nero d’Avola, Sicily

9.5/38

Tollo Colle Secco Rubino, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

10/40

Stags Hollow “Simply Noir”, Okanagan Falls

40

Fontanafredda Briccotondo, Barberam Piemonte

42

Brunch Menu Coming Soon

There is no such thing as Italian haute cuisine because there are no high or low roads in Italian cooking.  All roads lead to the home, la cucina di casa.

Marcella Hazan, Chef

In Italy, how you eat is just as important as what you eat

Mario Battali, Chef

Team

Ryan Zuvich

Executive Chef, Owner

Ryan Zuvich has been cooking for some time now. He’s cooked in some pretty amazing places with some pretty amazing people and counts himself quite lucky for the experience.  6 years ago he and his wife moved to Nanaimo and continued to meet some pretty amazing people and have created a couple of pretty amazing places to share with their new friends. The goal, if I understand correctly, is for Ryan to continue to meet some pretty amazing people and build pretty amazing places for the years to come.

FAQ

1.Do you have gluten free options?

We have worked hard to develop an in house, hand made gluten free pasta that we swear you won’t be able to tell apart from a standard noodle. We have several gluten free options for our appetizers and salads. Unfortunately, gluten is required for our pizza dough.

2.What's this I hear about fermented dough being easier to digest?

Glad you asked. We use a three day fermentation process for our pizza dough. During the fermentation process, natural enzymes break down the starches, extracting their natural sugars along the way. This is what creates such a depth of flavour in our pizza crust. One byproduct of this process is that these same enzymes are doing the work your digestive system normally does allowing the wheat (and gluten) to be digested more easily by your body. Gluten sensitive folks have reported that they don’t feel any unwanted effects after eating our pizza!

3.Can I make a reservation online?

Yes! Go to the reservation tab and follow the prompts! You can also call us at 778 441-4668 to book your reservation.

4.Do you accept large groups?

For sure we do! We welcome your large parties up to 8 people. For even larger parties, give us a call at 778 441-4668 and we can talk about the different options!

5.Staff Parties, Holiday Celebration and Special Events

Book your staff parties, holiday functions or other large celebrations with us by buying out the restaurant for the evening!

For any questions call us at 778 441-4668

Contact

How Can We Help You?

To Book Your Table Go To The Reservation Tab or Call Us At 778.441.4668 and we will be happy to book you a table.

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