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kevin Oct 24, 2011 11:55 PM

Is it pretty darn good? for the westside, which is better this joint or pizzeria il fico, on robertson, both of which i believe recently opened within the past few months.

Also, is Stella Rossa in the same location as the now-defunct La Grande Orange on Main Street?

Thanks.

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Main Street Cafe
12939 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840

La Grande Orange Cafe
260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Stella Rossa Pizza Bar
2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

  1. echoparkdirt Oct 25, 2011 01:34 AM

    yes consensus is that it is very very good. search for any of the latest pizza threads -- good one here

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/806687

    1. Michelly Oct 25, 2011 09:49 AM

      Haven't tried Stella Rosa yet, but it's next to M Street which used to be called Le Grande Orange. From what I hear, the owners parted ways, one of them taking the name with him, the other keeping the menu and the site.
      Their morning buns are THE BEST and I've never had a freshly baked English muffin until I ate here.
      Will report on Stella Rosa ASAP.

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        TracyS Oct 25, 2011 04:09 PM

        The pizza is quite good, but I didn't find it as mind-blowing as some other posters have reviewed.

        My standing favorite on the westside is still Gjelina and Pitfire Pizza is a very acceptable quick/cheap alternative for me.

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        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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          westsidegal Oct 25, 2011 09:24 PM

          TracyS,
          really?

          couldn't disagree more about Pitfire AND about Gjelina; both of them are, imho, ok pizzas, but not anywhere near the bar that Stella Rosa sets.
          Being a fan of Gjelina's food, in general, i pop in there whenever i can,
          Still, i never bother ordering the pizza when i go there.

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          samtron608 Oct 25, 2011 04:29 PM

          does this place have any connection to Stella Rossa winery?

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            lapizzamaven Oct 25, 2011 08:55 PM

            I have to disagree with Tracy S...Stella Rossa pizza leaves Gjelina in the dust...crusts are not even comparable...!

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            Gjelina
            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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              echoparkdirt Oct 25, 2011 09:23 PM

              But the real sin here is mentioning Pitfire in the same sentence as stella rossa. Pitfire is exceedingly mediocre, no love, not worth finishing

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                kevin Oct 26, 2011 12:18 AM

                damn, i gotta visit Stella on the double. Stella!!!!

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