Best of Boston

2008 BEST Late-Night Dining

Stella

Three years after its feverishly hyped opening, the South End’s Stella draws a dinner crowd that’s more Newton-Wellesley than bright-young-thing. After those diners have retreated is when the insider action at this stylish modern Italian restaurant gets under way. Until 1:30 a.m., Boston’s movers and shakers perch on the tall bar chairs and inhale mushroom and white truffle oil thin-crust pizza and fantastic (and only available late-night) burgers—welcome tidbits for those who would otherwise be scarfing greasy New York-style slices on their stumbles home.

1525 Washington St. Boston 617-247-7747 bostonstella.com