North Bethesda, MD – February 12, 2015 – Stella Barra, the artisanal pizzeria from chef/partners Jeff Mahin and Francis Brennan, opens today in the Pike & Rose community in North Bethesda, MD. The new pizzeria debuts adjacent another Mahin and Brennan restaurant, the California-inspired Summer House Santa Monica, which opened Jan. 22, 2015. RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises have teamed up with the chefs on these two North Bethesda ventures.

Stella Barra’s seasonal menu features Chef Mahin’s signature handcrafted artisan pizzas topped with house-made ingredients and farm-fresh vegetables, alongside a selection of seasonal small plates, salads and sandwiches.  Complementing the menu are handcrafted cocktails and a wine list rich with offerings that span the entirety of Italy. Stella Barra’s rustic dining room features exposed brick with modern industrial touches for a Downtown LA feel. A highlight of the décor is a wall-mounted Bixby model bicycle gifted to the restaurant by Detroit-based manufacturer, Shinola, who recently opened a store in D.C. The Bixby is both a nod to Mahin’s lifelong passion for cycling, and his deep admiration for fine craftsmanship.

Stella Barra is located at 11825 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD, 20852.  It opens daily at 5pm for dinner. Gluten-free and kids menus are available. For more information, call (301) 770-8609, or visit or www.stellabarra.com. Follow on Twitter: @Jeff_Mahin@StellaBarraNB and Instagram: @jmahin