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“Great Italian at the Beach” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Al & Stella

Al & Stella
Ranked #214 of 686 Restaurants in Clearwater
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Lindon, Utah
Level Contributor
84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Italian at the Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Absolutely terrific meal at a great location. Al & Stella's is 1 block off the beach and offers a terrific menu of italian cuisine. Stella came out from the kitchen to check on us and to share time with us and the table next to us.

I will asbsolutely return to this restaurant during future visits to this area.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Mike T
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Family restaurant with 5-star food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

This was my second trip to this restaurant. The first time was year ago. The waitress, Stella's daughter, waited on us. She remembered not only our faces, but what wine we had ordered the previous year! The food is AMAZING with every entree prepared by the beautiful and talented Stella. This is by far my most favorite italian food restaurant on the East Coast.

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank duccessoftravel
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North Canton, Ohio
Level Contributor
45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Reminds us of Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

My family ate at Al & Stella's and really enjoyed the meal and ambiance! Like a true Italian restaurant, the meal wasn't rushed, and we had time to enjoy our wine and appetizers. The menu choices and the daily specials were so varied, we each a difficult time deciding which to eat! We enjoyed the goat cheese ravioli, veal gorgonzola, and sea bass picatta. After dinner we walked to the neighboring wine bar and enjoyed outdoor music and excellent weather for a Florida summer evening!

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank Lovestoeat33
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Bring back the MAGIC!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

It is my sad duty to report the loss of passion this restaurant has suffered! Once upon a time this little gem was located on Indian Rocks Beach...perfection! A quaint establishment ...warm welcomes...soft music & candlelight...food prepared & presented with a true passion....
"Nothing lasts forever"....now it seems the owners have given all that up to cater to the "tourist" crowd! Our reservation was not logged in, our favorite dish was no longer offered....too much effort to make the stuffed pasta... a waiter dropped a pitcher of water, it splashed us, we were handed a napkin each.....when we should have been handed a complimentary cocktail!
The homemade Gelatto.....gone! Our meals lacked the gusto flavors of the past! The kalamata bread dip swam in a pool of oil!
Man, I hate change! more so, I hate to see such talent gone the ways of a new business model:(

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Cece944
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Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food, average service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

The food was pretty good but service was very slow and they seemed like they were shorthanded. Tables are very close together so there is not much privacy. Soda is in the can and no refills like most places. They also automatically included gratuity which I found odd.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank nygator79
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