So, we’ve dated strippers and actresses.  How about a model?  Yes, The Monster did date one as well.  Granted, she was a print model.  And it was regional.  And it was for a bad department store.  But still, she was a model.  She looked pretty, she was engaging, she was nice to be around.  The Monster might not have seen a forever with her but was plenty happy to have her in his company.  Such it is with Stella Rosa, a new pizza place on Main Street.  Taking over the space that was Goudas & Vines, and attached to what was La Grande Orange and now is M Street Cafe, this is the kind of spot one is thankful to live within walking distance of.

High tables surround a marble bar at the center of the room, good music plays, delicious looking pizza’s (both red and white sauced and quite tasty) and plates of vegetable antipasti are shared by groups who appear to be having a good time.  Attentive service and a nice selection of wines by the glass.  What’s not to like?  Well, the two televisions that play silently could go.  The Monster and his dinner date delighted in desert, a salted caramel pot de creme that delicately balanced sweet and salty.  While the menu is not terribly long, this does seem like a place that puts quality first and that is always appreciated.

Why go? You have a hankering for pizza, wine and good conversation.

Monster rating: 4/5 Monsters

2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-9250

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