Stella Italian Fare UTC

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to Stella UTC, where your dinning pleasure is our top priority. We pride ourselves on offering a fun dining experience in a casual and upbeat atmosphere. The Stella UTC menu is a combination of innovative and traditional recipes with a Roman style touch. Manager and owner Maurizio Cacciamani brings his extensive restaurant experience directly from Rome into UTC. Stella UTC is the ideal venue for lunch and dinner to celebrate a special occasion with your family, friends or colleagues.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.4
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R
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lasagna was good, however, plate was ice cold and food was not hot. Bread wasn’t good. I won’t return.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was terrific! Definitely a gem tucked into this little strip mall.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My son and I were visiting LaJolla from Florida. I was looking for an Italian restaurant nearby. Came across Stella and we were pleasantly surprised. Food and service were great.

JM
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit this neighborhood gem. Excellent food, service and ambiance.

FK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and they were very accommodating to my nine year old son (they don’t have a kids menu) who tends to be a little on the picky side. The food was good, I enjoyed my ravioli very much.

BM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small Christmas party of 8, and we had a wonderful time. Great food, and fantastic service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was just ok. Nice people, attentive service but the food didn’t have anything special about it.

GA
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food. We had a group of people and everyone loved their dishes.

MS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, nice wine selections, horrible parking

FJ
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

M favorite restaurant in the San Diego area.

L
New Mexico
33 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. I had the Angelo’s special which was a cream sauce with asparagus and chicken! Fantastic! Great service! Sweet people! ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏👏 yummy!

R
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went for father-in-law’s birthday dinner; we like this place because it’s quiet enough for conversation and usually available even without a reservation. This time his veal osso bucco could have been more tender, and our pasta dishes were too buttery rich - could only eat half. We’ll prob take a break from eating here for a while. Tiramisu dessert was very sweet but excellent, and service is always great.

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the ambiance of this cozy family-run restaurant. The food is also outstanding!

JM
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very high marks. Wine & food all wonderful.

FG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food, authentic people, memorable experience! Will definitely come back when I am in town

h
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Below par food fir high prices

RE
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend Stella Italian Fare UTC to anyone who wishes great food, great service and Italian experience!

DB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Italian dishes. Two of us went with the specials. They were very good and large portions.

RN
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Hardly anyone in restaurant. Staff was friendly but very slow. Our waiter was new to us and it took forever to get our main dish. He talked me into a pasta dish as I wanted to get a light white wine sauce instead of the heavy creamy flour one. I asked for mushrooms or some vegetables with it. All I got was
plain pasta noodles with a cream sauce and some mushrooms. Very bland pasta was on the dry side. Food and service used to be better there. Service was really bad. We had to keep asking for things and then it took a real long time to get anything. We split a caesar salad and he plated our salads which we didn't want him to do, but was ok. Then it almost was 30-40 min before our main dish was served. There were only 2 other tables occupied with party of 3 & 4. Wine is very expensive per glass, Food is Way Overpriced too! Won't be returning.

j
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, large portions, got 3 meals out of pasta dishes, service was very good
We will return

HB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Salmon was fishy and the pasta with mushrooms didn’t have any mushrooms.

S
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic and homely Italian food that both Italians and non-Italians would love. People are friendly and helpful. Mushroom spread with bread is our favorite plate to start with in a group of 3+.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Fine delicious carefully prepared food. Special care for our special requests to fit diet. These people are true professionals. Yummy.0

WT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an ideal location to celebrate a birthday and after attending the Plácido Domingo 50th anniversary when he made his debut at the Arena di Verona. A fantastic meal with the family enhanced the Italian theme for the day. Everyone loved the food, fresh bread, and dessert. We all enjoyed the very accommodating and friendly server.

As some of the family members have a challenge moving about due to their mature age, the parking here was effortless to get into with disability parking, and the restaurant itself was spacious, clean and comfortable.

Finally, I appreciated the OpenTable booking app, which made it easy to make a reservation. Moreover, we appreciated the server's attentiveness to make this an exceptional and memorable meal.

s
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always delicious, good service and quiet enough to have a business meeting without having a lot of background noise.

SB
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian meal! House made pastas. We had bruschetta, an arugula salad gnocchi bolognese, chicken piccata and tirimisu for dessert. All delicious! Would definitely go again! Small, quiet location in a strip mall.

RE
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stella Italian Fare is one of the finest authentic Italian Restaurants! Every time I visit Stella Italian Fare I am impressed!

c
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food all the time.

OT
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and good service. This is the 2nd time I've been here with a big group and this place does not disappoint.

Lamb was cook perfectly, and the gnocchi was perfect.

SE
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We Always have a wonderful meal at Stella's. Service is great too. Love their new menu.

SK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is truly a gem! Great food, attentive waiters and an authentic wine list. Thoroughly enjoyable!

SD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was delicious.

A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excusite italian fare in a truly italian environ!!

BR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and peaceful atmosphere!

CV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived, we were treated like special guests. My wife had chicken piccata, and I had veal piccata. Both dishes were delicious, and ensured our next visit will be soon. The employees made me feel I made an excellent choice.

PM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had a much better experience with this restaurant three years ago. The appetizer we ordered never showed up, our server blamed it on the kitchen. Entrees were served in a matter of minutes from the time our orders were taken. All of our dishes seem to have been pre-made and reheated, which probably explains the clumpy linguine and pasta. Seafood in our cioppino did not have the freshness we expected.

CE
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food are consistently good. Will willingly work with you to accommodate special needs.

s
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Quiet noise level good for business meeting.

LP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, but a little pricey. Lunch for 2 people was $54.00.

HE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Reasonable prices. Really enjoyed our dinner