Stellina Pizzeria isn’t yet ready to open its storefront on the perimeter of Union Market, but the new modern pizza counter will offer D.C. a first taste of its pies this weekend with a pop-up in front of the food hall at Neal Place NE.
A representative for Stellina tells Eater that the pizzeria, soon to be located across from Shouk at 399 Morse Street NE, will sell margherita and bianca pizzas made in its mobile oven for $10 starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18. The pies will be sold “al portafoglio” style, with whole pizzas wrapped in paper for portability. Fried artichokes will also be sold in paper cones for $5.
Stellina Pizzeria is expected to open its brick-and-mortar location before the end of the year. The restaurant comes from co-owners Antonio Matarazzo and chef Matteo Venini, who used to work together as managing partner and executive chef, respectively, at Lupo Verde on 14th Street NW.
In a story published in August, Venini told Washington City Paper he was crafting a hybrid pizza with the lightness of the Neapolitan style but the crisp crust found in Rome. There will also eventually be sandwiches and a variety of fried items, including seafood and arancini.
In the past month, Stellina’s Instagram account has been posting pictures of test pies geo-tagged from Union Market.
Nearby in NoMa, Menomale is hoping to have its second pizzeria location open by next summer.