Lyme, New Hampshire

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Italian Restaurant and Market

Restaurant, Grocery/Bakery/Deli

Stella's is an Italian restaurant with an Italian market attached. The menu has two items that are labeled "vegan," as well as a few pasta dishes that can be made without dairy. There are a number of vegan sorbets on the dessert menu.

Added by Lola on Jul 19 09 (last updated Jul 19 09)

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Stella's is one of the only places in the Upper Valley to offer an upscale atmosphere and specifically labeled vegan dishes.

I tried the penne pasta dish (one of two vegan dishes; $12.50). It was pretty basic: penne pasta with some vegetables in a tomato sauce. I thought the dish could have used more vegetables and more tomatoes; the whole thing came across as sparse, which is disappointing given the price of the dish.

If Stella's had more vegan options (how about some vegan cakes for dessert?) it could be a winner. As of right now it's just a nice place to get a drink and hang out with friends, but don't expect the food to wow you.

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When Stella's opened last year, I found the sole vegan option (pasta with marinara sauce) to be disappointing. I was recently persuaded to return, only to discover that the menu has since improved significantly. There are two items that are actually labeled "vegan" on the menu, a very rare occurrence in this area.

I decided to order the vegan penne, which consisted of whole wheat penne tossed with sauteed vegetables in extra virgin olive oil. My friend ordered the vegan white bean cassoulet, which was a stew of white beans, arugula and artichoke. Both dishes were light and flavorful.

There were two other options on the menu that are suitable for vegans: pasta with marinara and pasta with aglio and olio. For lacto-ovo vegetarians, there is an artichoke ravioli dish that another friend of mine raves about.

The desserts are pretty impressive, even for vegans. There are usually four flavors of homemade sorbet. I tried the fresh berry cabernet and the balsamic pear sorbets, both of which were incredible.

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11am - 3pm;
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11am - 3pm;
5pm - 10pm
11:30am - 4pm;
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