Well, I guess we needed a straight ahead craft Pizza place near the Arclight in Hollywood.
Is it just me or have we been waiting for some more actual dining options in and around the Arclight complex for a while.
They’ve had the space available for a long time now, for years actually. And a few places have rotated in and out of there. None of them memorable. None of them staying in business for long.
Meanwhile, you can hit 3 Dog Catina up the street, or the Blue Boar. Chan Darae has been there like…forever. And there’s even an Umami Burger if you know where to look. Hell, you can even eat at the Arclight if you wanted to, and it’s not a bad option in of itself.
But no, it’s taken a while to get something going inside the Arclight’s complex…something that’s not the Body Factory or 24 Hour Fitness.
Now, there’s nothing about Stella Barra that’s going to set the Pizza world on fire, as thought the Pizza world could be set on fire. A pie is basically a pie, even to me. What you want at the end of the day is a place you can bring a date to with a modicum of comfort, and devoid of shame. You want Pizza made of ingredients that are actually close to consumable food, and maybe, just maybe…if you’re lucky…you’ll get a touch of inventiveness about what you order.
Stella Barra does pretty much all of that.
Gotta admit, it looks dark, and mysterious rom the outside. Like it’s more of a dive bar than a Pizza joint, but a Pizza joint it is. Once you’re inside, I got a similar vibe to the Yard House in Pasadena; lots of room despite it’s deceptive exterior. An funky, large, oversize, mammoth hostess station that seemed to come out of a German Expressionist film. It feels more intimidating that it has to be, but hey, the staff is welcoming and friendly. They want your business. You can kick back, have a glass of wine, or a brewski while you wait for your pie. And, while you do that, you can even watch your pie get cooked up through the open air kitchen that’s going on in the back.
Overall, not bad. Not bad at all. Stella Berra isn’t going to set the world on fire, or change the world of gastronomy as we know it, but its comfortable and fun. Friday night before or after a movie, you’re going to want to go there. I can see it being a very popular destination for people too lazy to cross the street.
(And yes, I have been too lazy to do that at times.)
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: There is wine. There are salads. But in the end, you’re here for a Pizza.
They are comfortably sized. Yeah, you can split them among two, or go all in and have it yourself. So of course, seeing the words Prosciutto and Farm Egg, I was immediately hooked.
This was a nice pizza. The lovely creamy taste of fried egg and pork together, and sprinkled with black pepper, sitting atop a bed a hand rolled dough. It’s a memory that’s slipped from my memory for a time, but now that I’m back writing about it? Oh, I want it again.
That and a beer.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing too major. It is oddly placed, on the outside edge of the Arclight. It’s not like you can blink and miss it if you’re not careful. It’s just not the most obvious of restaurant entrances. With the light and color of this part of Sunset Blvd., with the neon flashing lights of Amoeba just across the street…it’s just a little weird to have a block of black and chrome sitting there, almost blending into the background.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
6372 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: (323) 301-4001
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday-Saturday: 8:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm