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Stella Rossa............WOW

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bigredd Aug 2, 2011 12:06 PM

Tried it for the first time last night and while I ever hate to declare any restaurant the "best" I believe Stella Rossa has to be in the discussion for best pizza.

Great crust, high quality cheese and toppings and you have one great pizza.

Excellent friendly service, reasonable prices, good beer and wine and I think I am in love!

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    foodhappy RE: bigredd Aug 2, 2011 01:28 PM

    I dined there Saturday night, and it certainly was as good as you describe!

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      wienermobile RE: foodhappy Aug 2, 2011 02:22 PM

      How busy are they yet? What is the wait time for a table? thanks.

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        bigredd RE: wienermobile Aug 2, 2011 02:34 PM

        I was there on a Monday about 7. No wait but tables were about 90% full. When we left around 830 there was a wait.

        I think they take reservations for larger parties but I could be wrong.

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          westsidegal RE: wienermobile Sep 12, 2011 03:09 PM

          there was no wait last night at about 5:30pm.
          was perfect timing for grabbing a pizza before the movie started.

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        paprkutr RE: bigredd Aug 2, 2011 02:35 PM

        Where's it at? TIA

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          wienermobile RE: paprkutr Aug 2, 2011 03:16 PM

          Main Street in Santa Monica just south of Pico.
          http://stellarossapizzabar.com/

          2000 Main Street
          Santa Monica, CA

        2. TonyC RE: bigredd Aug 2, 2011 02:36 PM

          it's in the discussions: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797691,
          ( http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives... ) but...

          (again), they're crushing Sotto on the "new pizza in '11" front, with Baker's Pride no less. Chef Jeff Mahin absolutely backs up his statement on not caring about the imported Italian/wood-burning oven, Caputo 00 flour, ad nausea. For him, it's just about the end product, and the research they've done in reaching said damn fine product.

          With these new class of '11 pizza joints in LA (heck, I even like DTLA's Pizzanista), no one should still be eating Petrillo's, Casa Bianca, etc.

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          Pizzanista
          2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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            lapizzamaven RE: TonyC Sep 12, 2011 02:42 PM

            ugh, Casa Bianca...how can anyone(are you listening, Jonathan Gold?) crave that pizza...? Sotto is damn good too...the Stella Rosa crust is not Neapolitan style and though i luv a great, Caputo based pie, i do prefer the crispier crust at Stella Rosa...tried Urbano downtown a few weeks ago...def not worth returning to unless your already downtown.

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              echoparkdirt RE: lapizzamaven Sep 12, 2011 03:18 PM

              Love chicago-style club pizza, and Casa Bianca comes closest to it. Their sausage, well done, has given me lots of pleasure. Completely different than Stella Rossa, of course. Stella Rossa is a gem.

          2. wienermobile RE: bigredd Aug 2, 2011 03:21 PM

            They have a happy hour Monday through Thursday from 10PM to 12AM, Friday and Saturday from 11PM to 1AM and Sunday from 9PM to 11PM, $3 bottled beers, $4 drafts and $5 glasses of wine. $12 pitchers of our Red or White Sangria to go with your pizza.

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