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Stella Barra Pizzeria

Italian Restaurant

Stella Barra Pizzeria14
meatballs • prosciutto • pizza • salads

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  • Photo of Dawn Kontry
    a year ago
    Been here 3-4 times and still not impressed.
  • Photo of Justsaygrace
    4 months ago
    Such great Pizza here that it's always a struggle choosing! So good to be able to order half & half different choices. The Crust is perfect. Creative drinks - enjoyed the Siesta, quite refreshing, grapefruity. They ran out of passionfruit juice so couldn't make this other special I had my eyes on. So, the 2 of us got to try 4 kinds on 2 pizzas! Our Fav: Wild mushroom... Tried the Spinach/Kale & really liked that too. The Sausage & Fennel did not have enough Fennel. The Tomato Jam with Arugula was good but did not enough strong Jam. Their bakery makes yummy Cookies - PB is one of my Fav...
  • Photo of Rebecca K
    5 months ago
    We were visiting our son in Chicago and ordered 2 pizzas for delivery. They took almost 2 hours to arrive with a phone call during that time from the restaurant saying they were 20 minutes away that turned into 45. When they arrived they were stone cold - really disgusting. Having dined in the restaurant several years ago - and a great experience - this was beyond belief. If this is their idea of delivery quality, get out of the delivery business now.
  • Photo of 1Rahhalatun
    5 months ago
    The pizza is great, but I did not like the atmospheres...plural because there are 2 LARGE rooms. One has open windows, is summery, has flies. The second is darker and more of a pub atmosphere. I did not like either because the places are large, noisy and bustling. The pizza is great....all about the crust, right? Drinks are creative. Salads were good and creative...try the kale salad. A bit pricey for a pizzeria. I liked it, but would not return.
  • Photo of John D
    6 months ago
    Stella Barra’s pizzas are made with fresh, sustainable ingredients from local farmers markets. The toppings are almost endless (and some a little bizarre.) Prosciutto, sausage, shaved fennel etc. We always get the lighter “Thin Sin” pizza crust and you can get gluten-free dough. Red or white sauce. Best to get a variety and share. Craft cocktails and decent wine list. Good for groups and kids welcome. Pizzas are about $16 and a bottle of wine is in the $45 range.
  • Photo of cgm309
    6 months ago
    Stella Barra Pizzeria is a very good pizza restaurant. We had a nice experience on a Sunday evening. We reserved a table through their website, but it turned out to be unnecessary when we dined at 5 p.m. on a Sunday. While it was not busy at that time, the dining area is not very large and reservations might be a good idea on weekend nights at more traditional dining times. The restaurant is clean and comfortable, but it is dimly lit and has very loud music. It has an upscale bar feel to it. There is no parking lot, so parking is where (if?) you find it on the street; par for the course in much of Chicago. The service we received was average. Our waitress took care of our dining needs...eventually. She was polite but not very prompt. We ordered a half and half pizza- one side with cheese and one side with the butternut squash specialty toppings. Both sides tasted delicious. Our waitress advised us we could get any combination of pizza in a half and half, including with two different kinds of sauces if desired. Stella Barra Pizzeria serves really good pizza and is definitely worth a visit.
  • Photo of RusPat_704
    6 months ago
    We went here on a Sunday night with grandkids where they were able to make their own pizzas. These are picky eaters but they finished everything. Only comment was how the pizzas came out. The adults were served before the kids. Really enjoyed the avocado and arugula with goat cheese pizza.
  • Photo of Alamills
    6 months ago
    We went to Stella Barra for a late lunch one Saturday afternoon. We didn't have reservations but the wait wasn't long at all - about 5 minutes. The place was crowded and a little noisy. Tables are a bit too close for comfort in my opinion.The food however was great - the Brussels Sprouts, Pepperoni Pizza, and Mushroom Pizza.
  • Photo of fancypants2014
    7 months ago
    Right in the heart of Lincoln Park. You can eat inside or outside. Drinks were good. Appetizers were good. Many choices of pizza. Delicious. Will return. Know that there is aren't parking, sometimes hard to find.
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    Not so special. Summer House next store is great but this place is pretty basic. Service only ok. Basic menu.
  • Photo of Traveller60035
    9 months ago
    exciting and family-friendly atmosphere with service-with-a-smile attitude. desserts are amazing (gluten free cookies) but the pizza is not fantastic and crust is salty. you will find better pizza but not cookies.
  • Photo of Eleni P
    a year ago
    Excellent meal! One of the best pizzas in Chicago! Cool atmosphere - Fun to dine at the bar. The staff is very knowledgeable and provide great service. The Pork Meatballs and Fresh Burrata are delicious! Highly recommend the Hobbs Pepperoni and Shaved Mushroom pizzas! Love that the half & half option allows you to mix both red and white pizzas. Must try pizzas with the spicy lemon aioli! The brunch buffet on the weekend is wonderful!
  • Photo of Terry Z
    a year ago
    We had a very fun evening at this restaurant and excellent service. We had reservations for 4 at 8pm but ended up with 5 in our party. We expected this might add time to our wait which was understandable. The hostess told us an extra 30 minutes as they were very busy. We went to the bar and found a nice spot to stand and have a drink. The wait turned out to be at least 45 minutes (maybe 60). We were all hungry when we sat down at a great table. The waiter told us that he knew we had been waiting and was on they way with Burrata and Crispy Brussel Sprout appetizers-complimentry. Those arrived within 2 minutes of sitting down and made everyone happy! The pizzas are interesting and tasty. We especially enjoyed the Prosciutto and egg pizza. Will return!
  • Photo of WTNChicago
    a year ago
    Pros: The food is truly excellent. I love a good pizza, and their pizza is uniquely great. The service is friendly and attentive. Cons: The music is over-the-top loud. I took an older friend to dinner and it was impossible to have a conversation without practically shouting. Bottom line: I live in the neighborhood and would love to make this one of our "go-to" restaurants, but the atmosphere doesn't represent the quality of the cuisine and the appropriate higher price.
  • Photo of PamDSapphireSky
    a year ago
    For the past 2 years, I have been routinely driving between Ukranian Village and Wrigleyville always passing by a very popular pizza restaurant: Stella Barra. During any given time of day, the restaurant is packed. Recently, we had an opportunity to dine at Stella Barra. Stella Barra does have valet parking but, we choose to park in a local garage. Upon entering the foyer of the restaurant we discovered there are actually 2 restaurants sharing the same entrance: Summer House, a light, bright California style restaurant on the left and Stella Barra on the right. It's a little confusing on your first visit. Heads up, they also share the same bathroom which is located in Summer House, kinda awkward to navigate back and forth. After waiting for over 2 years to dine at the restaurant, our overall impression left us wanting more flavor and menu choices. Though the restaurant has been there several years, the decor is very simplistic. It reminds me of a temporary restaurant that has been set up for a cooking show finale. The menu is limited to pizza, salad and a few appetizer choices. We passed on the appetizers, just couldn't get pass paying $12.95 for pork meatballs and $13.95 for cauliflower humus. And no thanks to brussel sprouts as an appetizer. We ordered one white and one red pizza. Our waiter informed us that there would be a wait for the pizzas to cook. OK, but we didn't really understand why the long wait due to the fact pizza cooks very quickly in a wood burning oven. Our two pizzas did arrive within 15 minutes or less. The margherita pizza was basic and bland, no hearty flavor to the red sauce. The prosciutto and egg had more flavor but, only so-so. We had to flag down our waiter to get a steak knife to cut both pizzas even though they had been "pre-sliced" only not all the way through. For 2 pizzas and 1 glass of wine, which I counted a total of 9 sips, our bill was $45, kinda pricey. We were not impressed.
  • Photo of Taylor B
    a year ago
    I came across Stella Barra Pizzeria at 1954 North Halsted Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood by accident. I was going to my favorite butcher shop, Gepperth's on North Halsted Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and Stella's is right next door. A quick Google search revealed it is one of the newest members of the Lettuce Entertain You family of restaurants. That was good enough for me. My wife and I decided that the next time I got to see Otto Demke at Gepperth's for my monthly quota of veal scaloppine, we'll stop at Stella's for dinner. So we did. Stella Bara, which also has locations in Los Angeles and North Bethesda, Maryland, is a chic Italian restaurant that specializes in California thin crust pizza. What is California pizza? Invented in 1980 in San Francisco, it is a style of single-serving pizza that combines New York and Italian thin crust with toppings from the California cuisine cooking style, like greens, eggs, bacon and garden vegetables. They use handcrafted dough and flour milled in California, filtered water, sea salt and fresh yeast that creates a crisp Roman-style, extra thin crust, chewy center and a unique artisan flavor. At Stella's, they serve 400 to 500 artisan pizzas nightly from an open kitchen. The signature pizzas are shaved mushroom with Guyere and house-made organic sausage. The menu also includes salads, pastries, breads and even breakfast items. Honestly, I was absolutely blown away by the butterscotch custard dessert. For starters, we enjoyed fresh bread and organic pork meatballs and Caesar salad. The Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes with sausage was exceptional. In fact, we ordered a second pizza and took it home. Truth be told, it is just as good when re-heated. Don't worry about parking. Stella's has a valet service. On Halsted Street, you'll need it. And if you have time, say hello to Otto at Gepperth's.
  • Photo of gasjoliet
    a year ago
    Great location on Halstead St, street parking, no wait for a table on a Saturday @ noon. Great service, very attentive. The breakfast buffet had a good variety to offer- scrambled eggs, egg whites with spinach, bfst enchiladas, chicken sausage, candied bacon, mini cinnamon rolls, French toast, and more! We enjoyed coffee, orange juice, & Bloody Mary's. Brunch cost $20 per person.
  • Photo of SusanRR9
    a year ago
    Our dinner plans changed so we popped into Stella Barra Pizzeria for a pizza. The food was excellent - we had pizza and the calamari appetizer. If you can't decide what pizza you want you can have half of your pizza with one topping and the other half with something else.
  • Photo of Mitchell F
    a year ago
    Much to choose from. Share it all. Try the cookies for dessert. Ask for water to take a Lipitor. The selection of pizza is incredible. Order a salad or a starter. Share with others. Huge wine and beer choices. Valet parking is available (fee?). A favorite for the locals. Bon Apetit.
  • Photo of Lisa H
    a year ago
    Loved everything about this place. Calamari app was amazing. We were a party of 11 so we ordered 5 different pizzas and they were all great. My two favorite were the goat cheese one and the 4 cheese and egg one. The iced tea was great. Even the aroma was great. The service was just right. I wanna go back now!
  • Photo of KauaiLover
    a year ago
    This is a difficult restaurant if you want to have a good conversation. Very hard to hear across the table. Nice wine list, but very short pours. Loved the pizza but wish there were more options to choose from. Liked the fact that you can do a half and half pizza. Had the burrata appetizer. It was good but not great. Loved the sausage pizza. The pizza with corn and salumi was too spicy for me. The white truffle mushroom pizza was also pretty good.

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