Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar and Pizzeria - Downingtown
Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar and Pizzeria - Downingtown

Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar and Pizzeria - Downingtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stellarossaristorante.com/
  • Phone: 610-269-6000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:30am - 10pm

    Friday & Saturday 11:30am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Dipascale
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, 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

  • Cross Street: Lincoln Hwy
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar and Pizzeria - Downingtown
Stella 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.

Dave Magrogan has spent three years searching for the perfect location and the perfect chef to create his authentic Italian concept, Stella Rossa. Chef Anthony DiPascale was exactly what Magrogan needed to create his ideal Italian Ristorante and wine bar. Chef Anthony grew up in South Philadelphia and in a family butcher shop. After years at Lambertis and several award winning Italian restaurants he has been brought to DMG to sha
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Stella Rossa Ristorante, Wine Bar and Pizzeria - Downingtown reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (61)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (42)good for groups (39)fit for foodies (33)scenic view (31)notable wine list (25)romantic (24)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (21)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (16)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Where to be if you are gluten free
    Soup
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My wife and I had an excellent dinner at Stella Rossa. I was especially impressed with the Gluten Free menu, which was nearly identical to the regular menu. Pastas, pizzas, and more. I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken parm, but was disappointed that I didn't order the local tomato mozzarella salad thing when I saw it arrive at another table. Wow! Definitely getting that next time! Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the place!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Three of us had dinner here for the first time. We expected a little pizza joint in a strip mall or something like that. Not at all! Wonderful, warm and upbeat atmosphere! The eggplant parmesan was huge and flavorful, as was the veal saltimbocca. We'll be back to try their pizza!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good, however at times the service was lacking. After having been seated 5-7 minutes, took a while to flag someone down to even get a glass of water. Once this was finally done, service improved. This has been a common problem at this very busy place and not sure I (or we) will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always awesome!!
    LoveBostonsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've been to Stella Rossa many, many times now, and it is always consistently great!! The food is delicious, the drinks are amazing - especially the Strawberry Bellini (my fave), and the ambience is perfect. Just consistently awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food here was good; the waitress unfortunately was not. We could not hear her description of the nightly specials because the noise level in the restaurant was so high. We told her we could not hear her and she repeated her "speech" three times, but never raised her voice! She continued to speak in the same monotone voice. We eventually gave up and ordered from the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So so for dinner
    Tinch72
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bar service was extremely slow as both bartenders seemed to be making drinks for guests at the table and not people at the bar enjoying dinner. A manager should have stepped in to help since the two bartenders were slammed. Food is so-so. We thought after our terrible experience at Firecreek that Stella Rossa would be a lot better. It was, but still not that great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    vegetarianmom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food, nice atmosphere, great service and very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Esjfromwc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waitress was attentive and on the edge of too chatty. Peach salad was good, but the peaches were not noticeably grilled. Eggplant parmagian was not hot when it arrived at the table. Monk fish special was very good. Pianola pasta was good, but too much garlic. Sangria was good, but nothing to rave about. Enjoyable evening out on the patio by the river and the food was good but not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Enjoyable
    VLfromWCVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed a casual dinner on the outdoor patio at Stella Rossa. Started off with a selction of salumi (most of the other appetizers were fried which didn't appeal to us). Like our entrees and thought the small wine list had interesting options. Plus you could get different size pours. And really enjoyed the atmosphere outside - one of the nicest outdoor dining spots in Chester County. Didn't have any pizza but they looked good so would go back and try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Sissy1123
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Met two girlfriends for dinner. Very nice outdoor seating along the river. Overall great experience. They also have a gluten-free menu which was a bonus for my gluten-free friend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza
    Pizzaguy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great pizza especially when it's half price on Mondays
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stella Rosa...Stellar
    RBLdineVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Dining on the deck, watching the river flow, enjoying top-notch Italian pastas, pizzas, an excellent house red and the huge tomato & mozzarella antipasto....Stellar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've had better
    SurprisedVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is located in a really great location...the decor is well done with an exciting vibe. The only thing I was not thrilled about is the food. It's just "okay". The menu looks good but I expected better from this chef. I've had better sauce at Olive Garden (and the prices are better there). I think this place could be outstanding, but they need to invest in the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Made it a happy birthday
    Foodie214
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Celebrated my daughters 7th birthday. Food and service were great. We eat there about 3 times a month and are never diappointed. Apps, pizza, entrees are always great!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been to Stella Rossa's quite a few times and never had a bad experience.... until now. As usual the food was excellent, but our server was awful! He never came around to see if we needed anything and he was not very pleasant to talk to. After our meals came we never saw him again, and when he came by and dropped off the check and did not ask if we wanted anything and left before we could ask. One person in our group was finishing their meal so we were just sitting and chatting, trying to get his attention so we could get some water but he never came by. We saw him about 10' from us talking for an extended period of time with a female server, and never once looked our way. Bad service ruins a great meal and he did that for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    GoodFood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I went on a Friday night for our anniversary dinner. We sat outside on their nice patio that overlooks the creek. The food was very good and our server was extremely friendly and competent. The only negative I would give is that our appetizer and entree came out at the same time. We had been there when it was Fireside and didn't really care for it. We thought this was much nicer. The restaurant was busy and the bar was also very active and looked like a fun place to go for a drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good, italian fare
    TeamGoGo
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Third time and still charmed. Nice setting to have a birthday dinner with the family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I was disappointed with this restaurant because I love all the others that are in this restaurant group. The wine list was very good and our salads were good as well. However the pizza was not acceptable. We were expecting a Tuscany style, thin and crispy with homemade taste. This pizza reminded me of store bought frozen Ellio's. Very dissappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    overall good, drink and salad order both were wrong
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeptembernightVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was good but the waiter had us on the pay no mind list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Debbie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Really great experience and very affordable. It's nice to have a good restaurant so close to home. Kelly was our waitress and she was very attentive. The patio dining was an added benefit!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner spot
    Moog35
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I checked up on the reviews for Stella and most seem to like the food but not the service, well we gave it a go and was very pleased. I was there for my wife's birthday dinner and everyone who greeted us wished her a happy birthday. Our waitress was the best, I know nothing about wines but wanted to try their sampler package they have, she had the names and styles of the wines printed out for me so I could find them later at the liquor store. The food was great, the staff was even better, I would definitely return and try out the lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stella Rossa
    Brockstar
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was delicious, server was friendly and attentive though not to the point of being intrusive. Servings are huge, my husband and I could have shared an entree...as it was we both ate leftovers for lunch and the food was delicious reheated!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Dani2469
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and drink. I would recommend if looking for Italian food. They have a good wine selection. Can accommodate small groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    HappyHubby
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Looking for a new place for romantic dinner for my wife on her birthday so I gave this place a try. Got there at 9:30pm and the lights were at a soft, romantic level. The server came right away to get us drinks and help with menu questions while also making us laugh a little. The bread served at the beginning was fresh and the app came out fairly quickly. Our entrees came soon after we finished our app. We asked to see their dessert menu and the server came back with a tray of desserts in shot glasses. We make our choices and think we have to wait for them but we were able to take them right off the tray which seemed wonderful, this not a dusty display used multiple times. The bill didn't break my wallet either and we will come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Norm
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Disappointed with the reception by the "front desk". This is the third time that we requested to eat outside when making reservations without them meeting our request. There was NO offer of a choice of "The outside tables are full. Would you want to wait for X minutes." We were offered a high-top table which we thought was outside and we took it. Had we known that the table was inside we would have preferred a regular table but no choice offered. Manager offered free drinks but we refused. They did not include the drinks on the bill so we paid for them anyway. There was an outside table that sat empty all night. We were told that it was reserved for the owner who I guess is more important than customers. The tone for the evening was set.
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  • Another great meal!
    werpnst8
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Been here many times and they never fail to impress! Great food and good service always!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland food alert!
    Maxmike
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our six person party was seated quickly on a busy Saturday night,, Drinks and service were good but 4 of the 6 diners complained that there entrees suffer from a lack of seasoning, i.e. the food was bland and uninteresting. My entree labeled sausage and peppers was particularly disappointing. It consisted primarily of farfelle pasta with only a few silver dollar slices of sausage. The peppers consisted of thin strips of red peppers that tasted like they were from a can.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great but….
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Been here many times, some hits and some misses. This night was a hit with the food, however, the service was lousy! Our waiter was on the order computer the whole time (I had a clear visual) drinks came very late, dinner came before appetizers. Complained to all side servers who came by causing our waiter to finally remember us. By then, my mood was sour. Should have suspected the service was going to be poor when he told us he was very busy and he had just come back from vacation and wasn't familiar with the menu (RED FLAG). I would definitely go back but change tables if he was our waiter.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    Tadd
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Both entrees, which included pasta, mushrooms, and chicken, were outstanding! Enough to take home for lunch the next day. Very Italian!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad bar dinner service
    Seating
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Let me first say the food was good. We came from N.J. with a Birthday reservation, the place was busy when we came in, but there were open tables inside, the wait was for outside. We were sat in the bar area, didn't really realize it at that time, but with a reservation, don't know why we would be put there. There was no server, it was the bartender, he made us feel he was in a hurry every time he came over, so we did not ask questions, and felt as though we needed to give any order we had fast, so he could keep on going. The support staff was good, would ask them for what was needed and they did get it. Not happy with our server and seating for our special outing, I was disappointed for my son.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!!
    Carabear1128
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Reasonably priced, delicious, fresh food - it was a great first-time experience here. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor ambiance
    Joyous
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I was joined by my sister and my mother for my birthday lunch as we sat out doors along the creek. I suggested the restaurant and the table. I have been there several times before, but it was the first time for my sister and mother. We had a lovely time and, as always, was grateful for the gluten free options! My sister and I returned the following evening with our husbands!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EinDtown
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had the mushroom bianca pizza, it was amazing! I love sitting on the outdoor patio overlooking the river. I really enjoy visiting Stella Rossa.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    NotSureIWouldGoBack
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    A year after it's opening, I still love Stella Rossa - great Italian food selection, great atmosphere, super friendly staff. I think it's a cool place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho-hum
    Marsha
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The only interesting item we ordered was the Arancini - rice balls with red sauce. Unfortunately the 'red' sauce is basic, acidic and boring whether served over spaghetti or the eggplant parm it smothered. The Atlantic Salmon with pasta was served with the quietest olive oil as to be bland. There are other local establishments that really 'do it better'. We expect more from any restaurant. We probably won't be back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Nice dining experience, portion size was just right, pasta was el dente' the way I like it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • signature martini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food was excellent (chicken Parm, pasta with clams. pasta with crabs, veggie lasagna), service was fantastic and the martini with Italian water ice was a hit. We will be going back for sure.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I've been to Stella Rossa a few times and am always happy I go! The food is awesome, the servers are friendly and the atmosphere is casual and inviting! It's turned into one of my favorite places and I will always accept an invitation to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for the very reasonable price
    love2eatout
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Loved the atmosphere, service was prompt. Food was not exceptional but pretty good. Outdoor dining overlooking creek was full when we arrived so we ate inside which was still very nice. Everyone found beer or wine they were happy with. Id definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.