Located high above midtown on the top floor of Macy's department store, Stella 34 serves Neapolitan pizza that's worth talking about. The Cavolfiori is a white pie with a base of creamy cauliflower purée, strewn with thinly sliced Meyer lemon and roasted cauliflower florets, and finished with golden breadcrumbs for texture. Although your kitchen may not have the same stunning view of the Empire State Building as the Stella 34 dining room, you can still recreate the restaurant's Cavolfiori pie at home.
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On the chicken milanese ($12), chicken breast is pounded thin, lightly coated with seasoned breadcrumbs, and fried to golden brown. It loses its crisp under a blanket of fresh, melted mozzarella, but is still tender and juicy.
Stella 34 shares an address with Macy's: 151 West 34th Street. But the newly opened trattoria is above the store, with its own entrance on the corner of 35th and Broadway. If you don't enter there, you'll find yourself wandering the belly of the department store in search of an elevator. Once you find one, a clean, open, sprawling space awaits on the 6th floor. So too does the polpettine pagnotelle ($12).