Wood-Fired Wings:
Who knew all the things an Italian oven could bake!

There’s a new “sheriff” in town, and bourbon is its debut badge.

Story by Brittany Murdock
Photos by Pamela Varela

Looking for fryers, grills, or microwaves? You won’t find one here. The authentic, Neapolitan pizzas at Pizza La Stella are cooked in custom-made ovens, imported straight from Italy. And these ovens bake the perfect wood-fired pie in just under 90 seconds. But even before the baking starts, the pizzas are works of culinary craftsmanship—with fresh ingredients and never-frozen dough, along with toppings like quality San Marzano tomatoes and their unique buffalo cheese—all of which make Pizza La Stella the place to be.

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And did we mention their wood-fired wings? That’s right! While pizza might be a fan favorite, their wings come out on top. Before making their way to the table, the wings are marinated for several days, cooked on each side for just a few minutes, and then headed to the oven in a metal skillet for a great charred texture and taste. And don’t forget the sauce. From honey habanero, Jamaican jerk, and garlic Parm, who knew it could be so difficult to choose a favorite flavor for wings?

Top off your meal with a s’mores skillet for dessert, and make sure you don’t leave without trying one of the craft cocktails. While Pizza La Stella might become your go-to spot for lunch and dinner, it’s also the perfect place for a night out on the town. Seasoned bartenders are on hand to mix up their famous sangria and classic martinis, and 20 local craft beers are on tap at all times.

With an established and successful location in downtown Raleigh, coming to Cary was a logical progression when managing partner Rudy Theale set his eyes on expansion. Pizza La Stella recently opened off Kildaire Farm Road and, in addition to its signature food and beverages, the Cary location will also include some infectious tunes. The outside patio will feature live music on the weekends, helping to shine light on rising stars and artist duos. The space will be available year-round for entertainment, thanks to heaters in place for cooler temperatures.