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Rich Says You’ve Gotta Try: Stella Barra Pizzeria

Rich Says You’ve Gotta Try: Stella Barra Pizzeria

Jun 13, 2018

Summer time is typically synonymous with (trying to) eat lighter but what if we told you that what Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman is recommending this go around involves eating all of the pizza AND still eating lighter? Yeah, you read that right!

Happy summer folks, we’re back with our next rendition of “You’ve Gotta Try,” our periodical posts from our founder Rich Melman about what he’s loving and eating in our restaurants right now.

Today we’re highlighting Stella Barra Pizzeria, an artisanal pizzeria from Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin that dishes out deliciously seasonal pizza from coast-to-coast with locations in Chicago, IL, North Bethesda, MD, West Hollywood, CA and the OG in Santa Monica, CA.

Let’s first make something clear: Rich loves all pizza but currently his favorite is Stella Barra’s Thin Sin.

Stella Barra's Thin Sin pizzas

“I love pizza but I really love this pizza, I could eat the entire pie myself and not feel full. I eat so much in the restaurants so I try to watch what I eat. Stella’s Thin Sin is just very light.”

What is Thin Sin?

Thin sin dough is a cracker thin dough that the chefs roll out as opposed to stretch to make it extra crispy.

Stella Barra has always been known for their classical hand stretched crust and now they have a new, dedicated Thin Sin section on the menu as these particular toppings shine on this crispy, crust consistency from Cacio E Pepe pizza with pecorino, parmesan cream, black pepper, egg and garlic to the Pecorino & Rosemary pizza with organic tomato sauce, grana padano, olive oil and sea salt.

cacio e pepe thin sin pizza at stella barra

“They have this one pizza called Vacche Rosse that’s made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, chili flake and olive oil and they grate 60-month old parmesan over the top, tableside and I just love it, it’s really great.”

thin sin pizza at stella barra

What makes this cheese that’s on the Vacche Rosse so special?

It comes from the milk of red cows, which is literally what Vacche Rosse translates to. The cheese is aged for 60-months which add a complexity of flavor

And the best part about the thin sin? Any of Stella’s signature pizzas (or seasonal special pies) can be ordered on thin sin in place of the regular crusts.

“If you haven’t had the Shaved Mushroom pizza before you’ve gotta try it on thin sin. It’s topped with caramelized onion, rosemary, truffle oil and gruyere cheese. The Bloomsdale Spinach and Purple Kale pizza is also a favorite of mine to make thin sin.”  

Shaved mushroom pizza at stella barra

Stella is no doubt known for their pizza, but let us also tell you what Rich recommends you order on the side.

“The Burrata with grilled grapes started at Stella Barra in LA and has really caught on here in Chicago. It’s been on the menu since the beginning.”

burrata and grilled grapes with bread from stella barra

“The seasonal veggies there are really good. The chefs are always going to the farmers markets and they are always changing up the menu based on what they find there.”

What’s on the seasonal docket currently at Stella Barra?

For lunch there’s a king crab roll that’s Alaskan King Crab served in a house-made brioche split top bun (New England-style). The crab is then lightly dresssed with Calabrian chili oil and drawn butter before stuffing it into the roll and garnishing it with crispy garlic, chives and parsley.

King Crab Roll from STella Barra

Next up is a roasted pencil asparagus dish from Mick Klug Farm in Michigan, that’s served with an emulsion made with green garlic and olive oil, and a cheese called Tartufino which come from a cheesemaker called Il Palagiaccio in Tuscany. This cheese is only aged for 3-months and contains pieces of white and black truffle.

Asparagus at Stella Barra

And for dessert, a brand new special summer dish of local strawberries, pistachio whipped cream, Sicilian pistachios and fennel pollen. The strawberries come from green Acres Farm in Indiana and are very petite and sweet. They are tossed lightly in sugar and lemon zest to allow some juice to escape, which is use to make a dressing with Sicilian pistachio oil, for the whip we mix sweetened whipped cream with pistachio pastry cream to make a diplomat. The dish is garnished with chopped Sicilian pistachios, fennel pollen and lemon zest.

Strawberries dessert from stella barra

So, moral of this story is that you don’t have to sacrifice pizza this summer to be beach ready; even Rich Melman says so.

We hope you’ll come check out our new fleet of thin sin pizzas at Stella Barra for yourself.

Make a reservation at Stella Barra Chicago

Make a reservation at Stella Barra North Bethesda.

Make a reservation at Stella Barra West Hollywood.

Make a reservation at Stella Barra Santa Monica.


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