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“A Stellar Meal at Stella italianfare”

Stella Italianfare La Jolla
Ranked #51 of 1,239 Restaurants in La Jolla
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 16, 2014

After a long day of walking around San Diego and La Jolla a friend and I were ready to relax and have a meal. We spotted the outside covered dining area with it's great view on our way up the hill and decided to stop on our way back. Wow were we glad we stopped. We started with a glass of French Sauvignon Blanc (Arrogant Frog) and the Chef's choice Bruschetta. The bruschetta was the typical tomatoes and basil but with a delicious added twist of small pieces of filet on top. Fabulous! We then shared an Antipasti of Tortino di Melanzane--eggplant with three cheeses and marinara which was delicious. We also shared Tagliolini ai Funghi--fresh Tagliolini served with a truffle based sauce with mushrooms. The golden yellow pasta was cooked perfectly and the mushroom sauce was a mushroom lovers delight. Unfortunately we didn't have room for dessert.

The service was very friendly, helpful in making our choices and attentive throughout our meal. One of the co-owners was around in the dining room and stopped by for a chat to be sure everything was to our satisfaction which it was.

I'm not from the west coast so won't be able to go back any time soon but my friend says she will definitely be going again!

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We sat outside with a view. There are views from inside as well. The service was very good as well as the food. The gorgonzola, mango, papaya, beet dip was incredible. My husband loved the traditional lasagna and I loved the ensalta esotica. Add to that a nice bottle of Sangiovese, lava cake and a 3-person band playing flamenco sounds. We had a fabulous evening and will definitely go back!

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Reviewed May 26, 2014

I just had their seafood pasta - with homemade pasta, excellent !
A great Veiw of the water, great live music - this is wonderful
Perfect place to come with friends to have fun and great food.
Am I in Italy ? No.........it's la Jolla

Thank Gili A
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

First off, I'm not an expert in Italian food but for the money, it was good but not great. Firstly the location is good, service is excellent and the restaurant itself is in need of some TLC. Ordered the Lasagna and it was good but not memorable. Found Stella through Groupon, if paid full price would have been disappointed, for what we paid it was good.

Thank kpattison
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

this is a ok restaurant, they use allot of water and not enough cheese and beef. the pasta is nice but watery soup and sauce. a fun evening with the music.

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