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Stella Barra Hollywood

lil mikey | May 12, 2013 09:42 PM

Spinach and Kale salad is well-presented with dark green spinach, purple kale, red and white radish slices, cream-colored pecorino and brown dates. And there’s a nice balance of flavor and texture with the salty cheese counteracted by the sweet dates, whose chewiness offsets the crisp kale. The mustard vinaigrette dressing is applied sparingly to preserve the flavors of the ingredients. This was a nice starter.

A pizza can feed two, and we ordered one to share (we also shared the salad). The crust is not thin (although you can order Roman style thin crust), and puffs up in places where the air bubbled while cooking. It’s got a good bite, and a faint yeasty flavor, demanding the next bite. It’s a very good crust.

We ordered the porchetta and fennel version, a red pizza which featured meaty porchetta slices and good-sized pieces of shaved fennel. It had a very slight spiciness to it, provided by “calabrian chiles” which I’d never tried before. It also had paprika and a cheese called caciocavallo, which is similar to mozzarella. The flavors worked well together, and the crust was perfect for it.

The salad was $10 and the pizza was $16. Including a diet coke, we (two people) got out of there for $32 before tip. There are also cocktails, beer and wine, but we didn't have those this time.

Other items on the menu, in addition to a variety of red and white pizzas, are various other salads and starters ranging from burrata to baked goat cheese to an antipasti plate to organic meatballs.

Service was outstanding. The place is enormous (I forgot Boho was so large), and has several seating areas, including a section with normal tables and a large section of high bar top tables with tall chairs. I don’t like this kind of chair as it’s uncomfortable. Next time I’ll ask for the normal lower tables. There’s also a large bar, and two counters. One counter is at the chef’s kitchen, with only six seats, and another large counter is toward the front.

They’re serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there’s a different menu for each meal. There’s also a baked goods case with a variety of cookies, morning buns (which looked delicious), muffins and homemade English muffins… and an espresso bar.

For lunch, in addition to the pizzas, there are paninis and other items. And for breakfast, in addition to the baked goods, there is a breakfast sandwich and an Italian version of a breakfast burrito. And you can also order the prosciutto, Gruyere and egg pizza.

There’s a lot going on here. I hope they’re successful, as based on the quality of the first meal it’s a great addition to the neighborhood.

Stella Barra
Sunset & Ivar (in the Arclight complex)

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