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Stella Restaurant Review: White-on-white, chic design and a minimalist flair lend Stella the look of a Scandinavian furniture showroom, but its coldness is more than offset by the heat the party people who frequent it emanate. Chef/owner team Evan and Candace Deluty hit on the right thing at the right time: a sleek spot in the South End that would serve up snappy modern Italian fare to the sophisticated residents of a neighborhood which, for all its culinary riches, lacked precisely that. Dinner highlights include antipasti, grilled pizzas and homemade pastas, their twists on tradition still true to tradition. Consider a pie with mushrooms and truffle oil. The real standout is the braised short rib with fig preserves and Gorgonzola topped with balsamic: the dish pairs up well with a glass of vino. "Siciliano" swordfish finished with capers and accompanied by roasted potatoes and asparagus is another solid choice. For dessert, don't miss the apple crostada with burnt caramel sauce. Foodies feast, while fashionistas flock to the terrazzino for cocktails. Weekend mornings here are more distinctly American but no less fun with bacon, eggs, omelets, french toast and frittatas along with some Italian specialties (think breakfast pizzas with prosciutto and linguine carbonara made with a poached egg). Plus, the people-watching is incomparable.