by Sophie Gayot
UPDATE 05/13: Stella Rossa Pizza Bar has changed its name to Stella Barra.
When I read the bio of chef Jeff Mahin, I was intrigued. By the age of 27, he had trained at The Fat Duck in England, Nobu in New York and Arzak in Spain. Mahin is now making pizzas in Santa Monica, Calif., for the reputable restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (among 41 dining concepts, they own Everest, a 2011 GAYOT.com Top 40 US Restaurant, and L2O, a 2010 GAYOT.com Top 40 US Restaurant). He is also a partner in the company. I decided to head to Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and see what these pizzas were all about.
What makes his pizza so special? Chef Jeff has a semi-secret for his dough. I write “semi” as it is somewhat explained on the menu, and he spells it out even more in my exclusive video interview. Read my just-published review of Stella Rossa Pizza Bar to learn even more about this restaurant that has earned a place on GAYOT.com’s Los Angeles Top 10 Pizza list.
Also there the evening I was dining was “Top Chef” season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio, who is soon opening his own restaurant, ink., in Los Angeles. He wanted to make sure that I reported what he said: “Jeff Mahin’s pizzas are the best in Los Angeles.” There is only one way for you to agree (or disagree) with him: Go to Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and have some pizza. There is only one way for you to agree (or disagree) with him: Go to Stella Rossa Pizza Bar and have some pizza.
Check out the rest of the list to learn what other places are among the Top 10 pizza restaurants in the Los Angeles Area.
You can click on each photo to enlarge to see dishes from Stella Barra restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.