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“Good Pizza, Excellent Vibe, Great Bakery”

Stella Barra Pizzeria
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Ranked #17 of 768 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Cross street: Bicknell
Reviewed April 4, 2017

Back in town for the day, I caught up with some friends and enjoyed a satisfying lunch with the high point being the bakery.

Stella Barra can be pretty hectic on a weekend evening; around lunch time on a Saturday, four of us easily found a table. A steady stream of people followed. There must have been problems in the kitchen as our order took nearly 30 minutes. Apologizing for the inconvenience, the manager brought us a complimentary pizza as we waited though not one from our order...maybe from someone who walked out? It was spinach on a white topping; interesting but salty and who puts spinach on pizza?

My friend enjoyed his gluten-free pizza with truffles while my margherita had a great crust with an unseasoned tomato-ey topping. It was good, but no better.

The bakery has some big winners starting with a monstrous chocolate chunk (not chip) cookied. The cookie part has a great crunch, flavor and sweetness and serves as a vehicle for large chunks of chocolate. The chocolate walnut cookie, even more monstrous, was good and certainly looks impressive, but takes second place compared to the chocolate chunk cookie.

Overall, the experience as satisfying, especially the bakery. Given the strength of the crust, I'd come back to explore other pizza toppings.

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Thank doctorbobster
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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here, it was fabulous. Great vibe and delicious food. It was very popular on the Friday night we visited, there was a 30 minute wait at 7pm. Would recommend to book.

Thank sandra m
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Reviewed March 8, 2017

After 6-7 miles of traipsing around Hollywood my wife was getting a little hangry. We had seen this place while walking around the previous day. The menu looked entertaining so we opted to try it for a late lunch. We started with grilled grape burratta and then went with the shaved mushroom pizza. The flavors were delicious and the crust was just about perfect. We really enjoyed dinner and the place appears to be popular with the locals as well. Give it a try, I think you’ll like it. Recommended.

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Thank Curtis S
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Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

The pizza here is delicious! The crust is nice and crispy and the toppings were simple yet super tasty. We had the sausage & fennel and the cheese pizzas, both with the perfect amount of toppings. Good Italian wines on the list too. We walked in at around 10.30pm and it was a good atmosphere & service. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Sally A
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Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere and friendly staff. We had meatballs and a salad for starters and shared between us. Pizza was the main and we shared it was fantastic. Washed down with a beer and wine, what more could you ask for. They are open for lunch and dinner and close at 2 am. It was a little dark for my husband and l but we still managed to read it he menu.

Thank JaniceThomas
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