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Milo & Olive or Stella Rossa?

dotrat Apr 14, 2012 01:55 PM

I haven't been to either and want to go to one today. Which do you prefer?

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    Ogawak RE: dotrat Apr 14, 2012 03:46 PM

    Milo & Olive over Stella Rosa, although I like them both.

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      maudies5 RE: Ogawak Apr 14, 2012 05:30 PM

      Picked up M&O today after Broad Theatre. Duck leg, radicchio and arugala salad (with all kinds of good stuff,including fried capers), mushroom pizza. We specifically ordered a pizza which reheated well in the oven. The mushroom really works well. Never got around to reheating the duck leg a we devoured it the minute we got home. Can you get a comparable duck leg at Stella Rosa?

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        Servorg RE: maudies5 Apr 16, 2012 05:49 AM

        I stopped in yesterday at M&O about 2:30 PM and I've never seen the room so empty. Weird. The unfortunate thing is they are no longer cooking their full size quiche and then selling it by the slice. Now you need to give them about 20 minutes notice and they cook an individual one (at least that's what the counter person told me). Next time I'm calling ahead and ordering my quiche (in fact I'll order a large one if they still make them and just freeze some of it).

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          maudies5 RE: Servorg Apr 16, 2012 09:21 AM

          I wouldn't read too much into the fact that there was no crowd at 2:30 on a Sunday. I picked up food at 4:00 on Sat. and there was not one empty seat.

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            Servorg RE: maudies5 Apr 16, 2012 09:23 AM

            I don't know. Always before at that time on a Sunday the place has been filled (and with a crowd waiting to be seated). Maybe it was an anomaly but I wonder if sticker shock isn't part of the problem (along with the small space and communal tables + no reservations policy)?

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              Savour RE: Servorg May 14, 2012 01:51 PM

              I went at 11:30 on Friday and it was pretty packed. The garlic knot, BTW, is worth all the hype.

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                Servorg RE: Savour May 14, 2012 01:55 PM


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      yogachik RE: dotrat Apr 14, 2012 05:33 PM

      Stella Rossa is better than M&O, in my opinion. I'm not a fan of thick, bready, crust, and find M&O more bread than topping - with the toppings sparse.

      1. wienermobile RE: dotrat Apr 16, 2012 10:46 AM

        Really good pizza at both but I think Milo & Olive has a better menu plus all the wonderful bakery items in addition.

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          namstermonster RE: wienermobile Apr 16, 2012 03:17 PM

          IMHO, stella for pizza and m&o for anything else. on a side note, i tried the much touted m street choco chip cookies when i went to stella - was sorely disappointed to say the least. it most def is a ginormous, weighty thing, but the taste and texture had nothing to offer, sadly.

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          FoodZealot RE: dotrat Apr 16, 2012 06:58 PM

          Milo & Olive. Stella Rossa is pretty good also.

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            maudies5 RE: FoodZealot Apr 16, 2012 09:11 PM

            I don't think that Stella Rossa is open for lunch. M&O opens for breakfast at 7:00 and starts serving lunch at 11:00AM. My understanding is that M&O fires up that pizza oven way way before dawn. I remember ordering a pizza in Rome around around lunchtime at a "pizzeria",only to be told that they didn't serve pizza during the day, as good pizza has to be baked in an oven which heats nearly all night. That is Milo and Olive. Actually, AFIK, they may have someone babysitting that beautiful pizza oven 24/7.

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            cacio e pepe RE: dotrat Apr 17, 2012 02:48 PM

            Milo and Olive is simply a better restaurant, from top to bottom. I've also had lousy (but friendly) service at Stella Rossa on two phone orders and three dining room visits. The other occasions were great. Milo and Olive, on the other hand, has always offered me superb service. Zoe and Josh know how to run a restaurant right.

            That said, I prefer the crust at Stella Rossa just a bit more to Milo and Olive's offering. Just a preference, though, as both make pizza with care, thought, and top-notch ingredients.

            Short story: SR if you're only having pizza. M+O if you want a better overall restaurant with some very fine pizza thrown in the mix.

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              maudies5 RE: cacio e pepe May 13, 2012 07:05 PM

              Be sure to check Milo and Olive's menu on a regular basis as it can change from day to day. Fortunately I did that today prior to picking up someone from LAX at 4:30. As I left LAX, I called in an order for the M&O chopped salad, which is a new item and just great. There were 3 of us. 1 salad and 2 pizzas were perfect. (particularly, with a hungry trans-con traveler on-board). We had the pepperoni pizza before, but the newer item was the Shrimp
              sungold tomatoes, red onion, Sicilian oregano. One of the most delicious dishes I have had anywhere.Truly, I cannot thing of a better preparation of pizza. I don't know how they figured this all out, but the tomatoes were just right, the dough was perfectly done and the shrimp and onions were not undercooked nor were they overcooked. Sheer genius at work here,

            2. echoparkdirt RE: dotrat Sep 11, 2012 12:51 PM

              I've been a huge fan of Stella Rossa but I just tried the Milo & Olive pepporoni pizza and i may like it better than SR! The crust was magnificent -- much brawnier than SR with a crispiness, char, and crunch that made me feel like I was eating real pizza and not a "dish" or "entree" like SR. Fantastic.

              1. westsidegal RE: dotrat Sep 11, 2012 12:55 PM

                for a margherita pizza, i prefer stella rossa.
                for an anchovy pie, i prefer milo & olive

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                  Ciao Bob RE: westsidegal Sep 11, 2012 01:19 PM

                  Interesting answer WSG - can you elaborate?
                  I was underwhelmed by Milo+Olives margherita so I did not try any more pizza there (and I like so many other things there, this has not been a concern). However, I love a good anchovy pie.

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                    westsidegal RE: Ciao Bob Sep 11, 2012 05:25 PM

                    sorry, can't say more than "this is what my taste buds like."
                    be aware, though, that the milo and olive anchovy pie is made without cheese.

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