Pizzeria Stella Adds Italian Craft Beers

Tomorrow Pizzeria Stella is going to be adding a selection of craft Italian beers to its menu. When you think Italian beers you may only think of Peroni or Moretti Larosa but there are now much more flavorful options. Italian craft beer has become quite the rage recently as small Italian producers have embraced craft brewing and have taken cues from the Belgian, English and even us Americans in creating beers that are particularly well suited for pairing with food.

The beers are all large format 750ml bottles and range from $19 to $25 which may seem steep but is a better price than we usually see for Italian beers in restaurants.

The beers featured are:



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  • Jacques

    Someone on http://www.BeerAdvocate.com lists BALADIN AL-IKSIR as costing $13.99 for a 750ml bottle. Hope you like getting gouged at Stella. With the lame reputation that Italian beers have, you would think they would be priced more reasonably, but I guess there’s a novelty in it for the great unwashed pizza munchers.

  • It is fantastic to see more support for “Italian Craft Beer” in Philadelphia. At The Farmers’ Cabinet we are huge supporters of Italian Craft Beer and we have been at all our previous restaurants. It is wonderful to see it catching on! Matthias at B. United International is doing a superb job bringing in fantastic Italian brews.

    Re: Jacques: Having purchased Baladin Al-iksir for our restaurants for many years now, I can assure you that Pizzeria Stella’s price range is right on the mark. In Pennsylvania, a case of Baladin Al-iksir (know as elixir in Italy) costs roughly $160 (for 12 bottles). That works out to be about just over $13 a bottle. Italian beer is not cheap! This is one of the struggles for Italian craft beer to really propel itself into the marketplace. It is incredible to see, however, now many bars, restaurants, and bottle shops now carry Italian craft beer. The future is looking bright!


  • barryg

    Is a 50% markup on beer price gouging?

  • Barryg: That is pretty standard for bars/restaurants. Bottle shops can vary. Some charge less while others charge more. New York and DC often mark up bottles three times the per bottle price, which is insane, but the clientele pays for it. That doesn’t work in Philly.

  • Now if Starr would only add German craft foods to the menu at Frankford Hall.

  • Seriously

    Matt, you have no credibility

  • Lesley

    This seems silly and contrived. I was just on vacation in Tuscany and couldn’t find “Italian craft beer” for the life of me, despite hanging out in off-the-beaten-path osterias and trattorias. When we would ask about it, servers would tell us that Italians are not that into beer and especially not their own beer. Just serve awesome American craft beers if diners are really wanting an alternative to nice italian reds.

  • Mike Z

    The brewer of Bruton will be doing a beer tasting alongside his families wines at Toscana 52 next week.

  • Tex

    The typical pairing with pizza in Naples is beer rather than wine. Of course, Naples is a third-world country. Skip the beers and order the chianti.

  • LipidLover

    A Starr menu/restaurant that is contrived? Never.

  • lilpit

    Matt, STFU you scumbag.

  • montgomery

    have any of you assholes actually had italian craft beer before? it is expensive and that is actually a pretty damn good price for any baladin beer. do i think starr restaurants are generally very overpriced ( looking at you el rey, piece of shit expensive rip off for whiteys afraid of washington avenue )but its rare and generally very well made craft beer, deal with it. i have only eaten at stella twice, my main complaint, small beer selection.

  • Mike

    Lesley – I think it probably depends on where you are. In much of the US, beers like Guinness and Heineken are exotic imports and Blue Moon is as close as they get to real craft beer. So off the beaten path can often mean more homogenous selection. At the other end of the spectrum, touristy places tend to have corporate taps as well. So just because you didn’t find it during a short trip, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

  • Jacques

    BarryG: Math lesson time. It’s nearly 80% markup.