You want to love Stella's Pizza just for its exterior. Neon. Quilted steel panel. Big open window. Pretty. Ooooh. Looks like something sorta straight out of 1957.
And while love might be too strong a word, the pizza here is certainly good. It's maybe a little thicker than most, and the sauce is a bit too sweet, but if you stick to the fennel sausage slice ($3.50), like I do when I order from there, you'll be fine.
I like that Stella's uses nice big hunks of juicy, porky, fennel-spiked sausage that are baked into the cheese layer rather than the sliced discs that other places often use that are simply thrown on top and reheated along with the rest of the slice. The sausage here doesn't fall off like those other places — and you don't have to contend with the sausage casing that a lot of those sliced-round bits have on them.
Ask for your slice well-done on the reheat (or whole pies well-done to begin with), as slices here are sometimes underbaked.
It's not life-changing pizza but is certainly a good option in this part of Chelsea.