Barra Rossa – Philadelphia fka Stella Rossa
Barra Rossa – Philadelphia fka Stella Rossa

Barra Rossa – Philadelphia fka Stella Rossa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barrarossa.com/
  • Phone: (215) 644-9074
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 11 am to 10 pm

    Tuesday: 11 am to 10 pm

    Wednesday: 11 am to 10 pm

    Thursday: 11 am to 2 am

    Friday: 11 am to 2 am

    Saturday: 10 am to 2am

    Sunday: 10 am to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Chef Anthony DiPascale
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking or Garage Parking.
A word from Barra Rossa – Philadelphia fka Stella Rossa
Barra Rossa is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino. Begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives. Next, try several of our signature hot and cold small plates. Then, choose from a selection of our wood-fired pizzas and pastas, or one of our signature entrees.

Creative and traditional dishes are brought to life with local and fresh ingredients. An extensive wine and specialty cocktail list pairs with each dish to complete the dining experience.
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Barra Rossa – Philadelphia fka Stella Rossa reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)good for groups (46)fit for foodies (37)great for lunch (28)special occasion (22)notable wine list (19)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (13)romantic (11)hot spot (11)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Italian delight
    Italian
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Hostess (Tiffany) was extremely friendly and welcoming. House red wine is superb! Food is reliably good, from salads to chicken to pasta. Salads are more interesting than main courses, which are standard Italian dishes, well prepared. Service is superb, atmosphere is calm and not loud. We had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I am not sure if our waitress was just having a bad night but she appeared to be having a very difficult time. First, she told us they were out of a wine that they were not out of. Then, we heard her arguing with another customer. Once we ordered our food, things were fine until we did not receive our salads until our entrees came out (so I really no longer wanted my salad). Also, when the entrees came, 7 of 9 of us got them and the other 2 took at least 10 more minutes to come. Finally, when we wanted to leave (and by then the restaurant was empty), it took over 30 minutes just to get the check. The waitress kept apologizing and told us the check was coming but then we finally had to ask another waiter for it and were never provided an explanation of exactly what had happened. The food was good but wouldn't go back there anytime soon as the service was far from ideal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kims
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Overall everything was great. There was a problem with the lighting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for pre-theatre dinner
    luvbyobs
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Quick service, consistently good food. Attentive service staff. We ate upstairs and it was fairly noisey but would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great neighborhood restaurant
    Italian
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Restaurant is freezing! Good food, wine, service, but not enough heat! Everything I've ever ordered has been excellent, the house wine is very very good and very generous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not cold weather friendly
    VegetariansFarmacia
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I came here with a group of 5 girls on a Wednesday. The restaurant was very full when we arrives around 7pm, and quickly emptied for a theatre show nearby that was starting at 8. The restaurant was cold, we were sitting near the door and the weather outside was freezing but I don't think we should have felt it so much. We could not stay for coffee or dessert as we all needed to get up and start moving to get warm. The food and service was great, they let us taste some wines before choosing a bottle and the restaurant let me change the number on my reservation very easily. The salads with an added protein were equivalent to an entree salad in our experience and a pizza can definitely be split between 2/3. If you are super hungry or a guy you could eat a whole pizza. We had a great night and I would go back, just on a cold day I would ask for a table away from the door and the floor to ceiling windows.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend before the theatre
    Arms730
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Overall, we had a very nice time here. The food was very good, as was the atmosphere. Our service was a little slow, but he was a very nice guy so that made up for it. It's definitely a great spot to go to before a show at the Walnut Steeet Theatre. I would recommend to family and friends anytime. :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three of us had a booth that was quiet.
    Italian
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Food was very good, if a bit oily, menu is imaginative. The house red wine was very good, but too expensive ($25/bottle) for a house wine. The hostess was especially warm and welcoming, and the waiters were friendly and funny. It was a fairly late Sunday night, so the place was not crowded and we could have a great conversation. Turning off the three televisions above the bar, playing football, would have been nice. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near the Walnut Street theater
    22cool
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is a very nice place for pre -theater dinner. Italian specialties and pizza give you a nice range of choices. though it is a bit noisy, we will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza without Flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Upon arriving there was a short wait. Seated upstairs where room was filled with smoke from venting problem. Moved downstairs to high table that was uncomfortable. Ordered salad and pizza. Salad was good, but ordinary. Pizza had no flavor. Was expecting a pizza restaurant to have a more flavorful sauce. Diner next to us waiting at least 15 minutes for a cappuccino. Ran out of coffee cups and served it in a paper cup. Will not return, too many restaurants to try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but far too noisy
    VisitorFromMKE
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We have dined here twice. The food is very good and the location is very convenient to many venues in Center City. The noise level verges on unpleasant at times.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner before a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My mom and I decided to go to Stella Rosa before our 8 p.m. Show at the Walnut Street Theater and it was excellent! We sat upstairs and enjoyed the nice ambiance the place had to offer. The food was delicious and service was fantastic. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to show goers and to those looking for a great meal to enjoy with friends and family. My mom and I will be back for dinner before our next show!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual, friendly
    frazer
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We came here after a weekend afternoon matinee. It was already busy at 5 p.m., so I was glad we had reservations. The atmosphere was casual but friendly. The waiter was very friendly. We were all adults, but I saw children there and think it would be a good place for a family. Would come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stella Rossa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really great food at good prices. Good service. Nice atmosphere. Gnocchi Bolognese was amazing - highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stella Rossa Ristorante
    foodizgreat
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Took my best friend to Stella Rossa for her birthday before going to the Walnut Street theater. The food was excellent! We both has the 3 course prix fixe menu. The waiter, Gerry, was very accommodating, attentive and professional, as well as cheerful! He made the dining experience even more enjoyable than I expected. We weren't rushed through our meal and were able to relax before our play. My husband and I always go to this restaurant before the theater and this visit definitely made me want to return. Keep the price fixe menu. It's a great addition to your menu!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Stuff
    LarryM
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was my first visit to Stella Rossa and I would go back. I went with a friend earlier in the evening before a show. There were only a couple of tables filled it wasn't a packed house. The service was great, the food was pretty good, the food and wine were reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • decent food, good service, noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Stella Rossa was OK. Been there several times and it is consistent but not great. Arrancini had some uncooked rice, otherwise OK. I'd rather have water in water glasses and wine in wine glasses, not the other way around
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating!!
    allergyfree
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My son has several food allergies, and besides having a gluten free menu with lots of options, the chef came out and validated all our concerns and prepared my son's dish with TLC. I highly recommend this restaurant. The food was excellent and they were very accommodating!!! Also, a great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Margei
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went here before going to the Theater. The service and food were great. We had plenty of time to eat and get to the Theater on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for before or after theater
    Chrisand4friends
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our group of 4 enjoyed a nice dinner with good wine selection and entres to suit all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will never understand why
    DissapointingDishVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    a restaurant can be empty, and they seat people next to your table especially 4 loud women cackling & speaking loud? Makes no sense, when the rest of the restaurant had a few diners at the other end. Lunch had a special and that was fine. A short rib sandwich, comparable to a steak sandwich was quite tasty along w/a salad Waiter very animated & had a few tables so he was in constant motion, but very good. Would go back & send others, good location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • found by accident
    JAL43
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We found by accident after a major traffic jam on 76. We were late for reservations at another restaurant. They would not hold our table. Walking by Stella Rossa we said could you get a party of 4 in and they said yes. They got us right in and the service and food was fabulous! We have now visited 3 times and each time the service and food has been exceptional ! I recommend the Oreo Cookie Espresso shooter for desert. It will not disappoint. ...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jasonVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Diner food quality. Very disappointing. It was inexpensive. It's off our list of places to go, no matter how convenient it is to the Walnut Street Theater. The server, Greg was nice. He should probably find a job at a good restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is solid!
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If in the area and want a little more low key dining experience, you should go here. Our waiter was a bit rude, but the owner made up for it. Would go back for the excellent gnocchi dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Very,very loud inside and not helped by the music being blasted right by our table. They also ran out of two of the wines we ordered. A wine bar running out of wine? We had gone for a special birthday celebration, but couldn't even hear the other folks at the table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Okay Meal
    KMary
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our meal at Stella Rossa Ristorante was okay, not bad, not great, just okay. I ordered a glass of wine and to my dismay, they were out of all red wines by the glass except one. Our appetizer came very quickly, braised meatballs. Our entrees were okay as well, penne a la vodka and eggplant parmesan. The service was acceptable considering how crowded the restaurant was. So would we go back? Yes, we would try them again but would order pizza next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After the show at Walnut St Theatre
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good for dinner after the show. Nice, friendly ambiance. Good service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Timing
    ros44VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is a convenient restaurant with a good menu for dinner before the show at the Walnut Street Theater. Plus a discount is offered for theater goers. Service is friendly and food is good. The pizza has a wonderfully thin crispy crust.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I went with a group of 9 people for dinner for my birthday on a Saturday, and we had the best time! The food was good, but even better, the service was fantastic (we loved our waiter, Jerry!) and we got to sit upstairs in a more secluded space allowing us more room and a quieter atmosphere to be able to talk with the group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem!
    FoodieFanatic
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great place to eat, drink and be happy afterwards. If you're in center city shopping or just handling business Stella is a great place to stop for lunch,dinner a cocktail or all the above. Friendly staff. Great ambiance. Awesome food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    ErinGlutenFree
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We arrived at the restaurant at 10:20am, and although they advertised opening at 10am, the doors were locked and no one answered the door until we called. The lights were not on and the waitstaff was not ready for customers. We didn't stay long before leaving for another restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Ate here for Restaurant Week--very disappointed. Ran out of one of the special entrees; food portions small; food was just warm, not hot; coffee was not hot; not at all a good value for the money. Overall a disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great waiter
    NJdiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My friends and I met at Stella Rossa Ristorante for a quick pre-theater dinner. The service was outstanding. George, our waiter, was knowledgeable and very helpful without being instrusive. The beet salad was especially tasty...sweet golden beets, crisp fresh greens and the dressing finished the dish perfectly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Willtryagain5
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    While the food was very good, the restaurant was ill prepared to accommodate the Walnut Street Theatre matinee crowd. The servers were friendly and curteous, however, it took over 20 minutes to receive our drinks, food was not delivered in unison for the table, coffee was served in paper cups which challenged my restrained comments. The manager intuitively sensed a problem and made some effort to compensate for the poor service. To be fair, the blame should be weighted on management not having the foresight to prepare in advance for a Thursday matinee crowd. I will go back because of the food and the way the issues were addressed. If however history repeats itself, Stella Rosa's existence will be short-lived.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My first time at Stella Rossa. The food was amazing. Yay for Restaurant Week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed.
    Brod
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Not impressed with the food and server only came over to get us our first round of drinks and food. We didn't see him again until we were done eating. We couldn't even get a second around of drinks cause no wait staff was around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a restaurant week discovery
    artpulc
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I were in for a theater show, coincidentally, it happened to be restaurant week and we chose Stella Rossa. They were flexible and courteous when we changed the timing of of reservation... twice. A brick oven kitchen and good bottle and tap selection. We would like to visit again for a pizza or two with friends. Their neopolitan crust was a specialty and very good. Thanks to the staff for a very pleasant meal and experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad info
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everything was great except they did not do 4pm restaurant week menu till 5pm. Our reservation was at 4
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, exceptional service
    JasonNEPA
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very attentive staff, great menu selections and reasonable prices. Food was great and timely, excellent place for small gathering or intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Theater Crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was an okay spot focused on turning the tables quickly. The food was average and portions are are the small side. The food itself was good but not exceptional. The service was below average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic