Last week I visited Stella Notte (8809 Baltimore National Pike) for dinner and drinks with one of my best friends. My friend suggested that restaurant because it was a midway point between our residences. I actually drive by the restaurant when I’m coming home from Columbia Mall, but never noticed Stella Notte because it’s on the other side of the beltway. My friend mentioned to me that she saw online they had a martini bar and happy hour specials, so we both agreed to check it out.
We got there around 6:30 pm and the restaurant wasn’t busy, this was to be expected for a Monday Evening. When we walked in I asked the host if they were still offering Happy Hour in the martini bar, he didn’t seem to know about the happy hour specials or the happy hour – He actually told us “I don’t know, I’m not sure” and proceeded to escort us to the martini bar area. A host not knowing anything about happy hour – a little strange.
The martini bar is an intimate room on the right side of the restaurant with dim lighting and quiet corners. There is a bar located on the far wall with bar seating, five high top tables and five regular dining tables. The bartender came over to our table with menus and told us about the Monday night specials and the happy hour.
The Happy Hour offers $1.50 reduced cocktails Monday – Thursday and $2.00 on Friday. I ordered a Chocolate Raspberry Martini and my friend ordered a Blue Hawaiian Martini. The martini menu was very extensive, as it should be for a martini bar. There were 15 martini options on the menu along with wines and other drink selections. The martini’s were flavorful with just the right amount of alcohol. They also offer 1/2 priced bottles of wine on Monday.
The Monday nights food specials is “Create Your Own Pasta Dish for $9.99”. The pasta and sauce of your choice is $9.99 but there is an additional fee for meat and some of the other sauces.
I ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with Shrimp and my friend ordered the Fettuccini Alfredo with Sausage and Peppers.
The fettuccini noodles and alfredo sauce was tasty and the shrimp were slightly spicy with a cajun kick.
The real star of the show was the dessert. I’m not certain if they have a specific person making the desserts, but if they do kudos to the chef! This cheesecake was phenomenal. I could taste the Bailey’s Irish Cream in the cheesecake. This cheesecake was on the same level as the Cheesecake Factory. The cream inside the cannoli was sweet and the outside shell was flaky.
I would definitely come back to Stella Notte for the drinks and desserts.