The original Stella Barra adds pastas, tavern-style pizza, expanded wine list and more
Stella Barra in Santa Monica is transforming into Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, debuting a new menu that includes Italian wine bar favorites, in addition to featuring the restaurant’s signature hand-stretched pizzas. From Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin and Executive Chef Ben Goodnick, the new concept highlights seasonal antipasti, pastas, and tavern-style pizzas, alongside an expanded wine list featuring large-format wine pours and porrons, curated by Wine Director, Bobby Joe Rinaldo.
Executive Chef Ben Goodnick is taking Stella Barra’s new menu beyond just a pizzeria by adding artisanal antipasti dishes, fresh salads, seasonal vegetables, tavern-style pizzas, and pastas. Utilizing the freshest, local ingredients to prepare high-quality simple dishes is a top priority for the Stella Barra team; even the tomatoes are locally canned in the fields of California.
New to the menu, the Tavern-style pizza. This old school style of pizza is thin, light and crispy and is offered in three varieties including Sausage & Peppers topped with heritage pork, Spicy Hobbs Pepperoni and Double Cheese. Stella Barra will also introduce a pasta program for the first time which includes a traditional Spaghettoni Marinara, Rigatoni Bolognese, and more.
Stella Barra will continue to offer six of the favorite signature pizzas including the Classic Margherita, Hobbs Pepperoni and Shaved Mushroom pizzas. Pair these pizzas with the new crust dips which include warm tomato sauce, garlic butter or truffle gruyere fonduta. For our gluten-free diners, both gluten-free pasta and pizza is available.
Stella Barra has always sourced the best possible ingredients available both locally and from Italy and this new wine program is designed using this same sentiment. The expanded list was hand-selected by Wine Director, Bobby Joe Rinaldo and focuses on Italian varietals, to celebrate the diversity and regionality that make Italian wines so special. Rinaldo has traveled extensively in Italy, exploring various regions and developing relationships with producers. The selection also pays homage to Stella Barra’s West Coast roots. Stella Barra’s goal is to make wine fun and approachable. Guests can order porrons to share with friends or large format tableside pours.
Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar is located at 2000 Main St. in Santa Monica. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch. The hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. To make a reservation visit us at www.stellabarra.com. Follow us @stellabarra. Coming up next: Stella Barra in Hollywood will follow suit, transforming into Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar in early 2020.