In Collaboration with
Shawn Hausman Design
For the design of Pizzeria Stella in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, Stokes Architecture looked to traditional Roman pizzerias for inspiration. Using this archetype as a design template, a plan was formed focusing attention on the centerpiece of the space; the pizza oven. A sit-down counter surrounds this custom made wood-burning oven, affording patrons an up-close view of their pizzas as they are prepared. All chairs at Pizzeria Stella are reclaimed, with folding chairs salvaged from the old Philadelphia Convention Center and mismatched wooden chairs repainted and reused. Long community tables, made from wood reclaimed from the Coney Island Boardwalk, enable a large amount of seating in the small space. The interior, clad mostly in subway tile and reclaimed wood, is deliberately sparse, creating a simple, but stylish atmosphere that is appropriate for a more casual style of eating.