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About Permanently Closed - Stella Sera
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Stella Sera BYOB Restaurant in Chestnut Hill serves classic Italian cuisine with fresh homemade pasta in a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
At Stella Sera, you can have appetizers such as calamari, goat cheese stuffed meatballs, Caesar salad, salad with arugula, crab cakes and much more. For entrées, you can choose from risotto and pastas such as gnocchi of the day, tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and grilled items such as duck, veal and filet mignon with mushrooms and Roquefort cheese. Desserts include profiteroles and hazelnut mousse. At Stella Sera, you can bring your own wine to enjoy without being charged with any corkage fee.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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We are located at the top of the hill, conveniently across the street from the Chestnut Hill Septa bus terminal and close to the Chestnut Hill East and West train line.
Private Party Facilities:
As another option for Sella Sera costumes we offer private dining for up to 60 people. Offsite cattering is also available upon request.
Private Party Contact:
Anis: (215) 248-1980
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Stella Sera - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We have dinner at Stella Sera twice and both experiences were stellar. Stellar Stella Sera. So there is a lot of consistency in attentive, warm service and absolutely delicious food. The calamari melts in your mouth. And the gnocchi are a must! They are like puffy potato cumulous clouds. And the no cork fee is great too. We went once with friends and another time with our parents and can't wait to go back.
We had a lovely meal at Stella Sera and the food was delicious! The service was a bit weird though - our server rushed us to order and didn't put in our appetizers until our whole order was in. He didn't tell us this until we asked for more time deciding on entrees. He seemed to rush us due to future reservations but when we left there were empty tables.
I've enjoyed every meal I've had here. One small point, though: my wife is convinced that the website's claim to serve "homemade pasta" is inaccurate. She's a dyed-in-the-wool foodie and says the pasta we were served, while certainly good, was not homemade.
One final note: My melanzan appetizer was superb as was my wife's artichoke. We'll be back soon.
The restaurant has an old menu on line. The new menu is completely different and smaller. The day we went they had an even smaller more limited menu due to it being Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. I made the reservation on opentable but when they called to confirm the reservation no one informed me of the limited menu. We wouldn't have gone because we were going based on the menu on line.
Our server was completely uneducated about the menu. He was very disturbed that we weren't getting appetizers. He repeatedly asked if we were sure we weren't having apps which was annoying since we would have if there were better choices.
The restaurant was very understaffed. I did ask Who seemed to be in charge about the menu and she said they don't use the menu online anymore. We will go back again to give it one more shot but how are we to know what the menu is?
This is by no means an inexpensive dinner and what we did have was good but disappointed by the lack of communication of the menu and in the service.
We would definitely return. We all ordered different salads including the artichokes, spinach, arugula and goat cheese, crab and smoked salmon and we're pleased. Our pasta entrees were all delicious and worth waiting for. We tried the eggless pasta with clams, tagliatelle, bolognese and gnocchi. Try it, you'll like it!
Food was very good - mussel appetizer was great - fresh and a beautiful white sauce. Dinner for me was the duck breast, also excellent with a turnip mousse. My companion is a vegan and the chef whipped up something special for her. And desert was a shared orange rum cake. For a neighborhood BYOB, overall terrific.
We enjoyed a kid-free Valentine's Day dinner at Stella Sera. We had the arancini (fried rice ball), pear salad, Bolognese and Castagna pastas and the crème brulee for dessert. Overall, the food was very good, the ambiance was cozy and we had a lovely date night. We'd recommend this restaurant and do plan to go back.
We tried to get a 7pm reservation and could only get 6:30pm or 8 pm. So, we took the earlier one. When we arrived there was only on table with patrons and during the time we were there, I don't think that all of the tables were ever filled, which seemed a bit strange. However, the food was good, as always. The service was a bit spotty. I had to ask for an ice bucket for the white wine (its a BYOB) and it took quite a while to get our food, but otherwise, it was fine.
This is at least out forth time (lost count) and we have enjoyed every time the food is done to perfection and the service, lead by the owner is so attentive, last time we went we took friends and the owner was off, have to say we missed her, the service was not quite to her standard, but we will be back, great food, great service, great value... need I say more.
We loved this restaurant on our first visit, but this time many things made it a below par experience. We arrived on time for a 7 PM reservation on a Saturday night. The waiter was slow to greet us, slow to let us know the specials and slow to take our order. We didn't see our appetizers until we has been seated for and hour and a half. And with no apologies. Everyone thought the food was fine but nothing exceptional. We thought we had found a new gem, but maybe only go there on a week night.