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“Quiet Elegance”
Review of Trattoria Stella

Trattoria Stella
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Ranked #8 of 316 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Stella's lives up to its deserved reputation as one of Traverse City's finest restaurants. The setting is unique, in the basement of a former state psychiatric hospital with impressive architecture. Our wait person, Cathy, was a consummate professional. The entire meal was sumptuous, with my wife's selection of butternut squash, pistachios & basil soup and Atlantic scallops as the entree truly delicious. My selection of field greens salad with herb vinaigrette and pan-seared Scottish salmon on a bed of soft polenta was also mouth-watering. The wine selection is extensive and well-chosen.

While somewhat pricey, Trattoria Stella does not disappoint and is an excellent choice for a special event.

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Thank LouBobHarborSprings
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We heard alot about this place and had to check it out! The staff was nice and our waitewr was very knowledgable about everything on the menu and the wines they had to offer! was impressed by that and the wines they had! The location is likewise a bit unusual as it is inside the basement of an old mental health facility that is renovated as a village shopping location. Once inside, it is cozy and sufficiently quiet for a conversation! the experience was worth the money!

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Thank GIGI_E_MAR_MAR
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This will be remembered as a truly exceptional dining experience, from the ambience, top-notch wait staff, and amazing meal. Our waiter Andrew was very knowledgable and helpful, easy going and friendly. If we return to Traverse City, and I'm sure we will, will definitely return to this amazing restaurant.

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Thank Lori B
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

If you go to Traverse City, this is the one place that is a "must visit" on your list. This is a delightful and exceptional restaurant. The food is intelligently and carefully prepared with a lot of value added quality and the service is impeccable. The restaurant butchers its own meats so there are some highly unusual items on the menu, such as sweetbreads. We are not fans of such choices but there were lots of others from which to choose. I had a wonderful butternut squash soup, a lovely leg of lamb entre that was sliced very thin and mixed with lots of other tasty peppers, etc. And then we had a dessert that was a sort of chocolate ganache that was unbelievably delicious. Also, the cocktails are well prepared and tasty and the wine list is extensive enough that one can choose a range of grapes and prices.
The location is likewise a bit unusual as it is inside an old mental health facility that is renovated as a village shopping location. Once inside, it is cozy and sufficiently quiet for a conversation and generally a wonderful venue. For us, this is was indeed one of the best meals ever in a restaurant.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This basment restaurant, in the revitalised mental health building serves excellent Italian dishes. The restaurant sources much if it's food locally, with emphasis on organic produce. Excellent service by an attentive but not obtrusive staff. Extensive menu with daily seasonal specials. Highly recommend this restaurant, great atmosphere, food and staff

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Thank 2011casUSA
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