New Italian for the Suburbs: Bar Lucca and Stella Rossa RistoranteBy Danya Henninger
July 30, 2013
Two new Italian restaurants are coming to the region west of Philadelphia. After Brian Pieri of StoneRose returns from visiting family in Lucca, Italy, he’ll open Bar Lucca, also in Conshohocken. The rustic, open air trattoria will go into the former home of Conshohocken dining pioneer Totaro’s, and will serve brick-oven pizza, housemade pastas along with an “adventurous but simple” wine list. Distrito alum Will Langlois will be chef, per The Insider. An opening during the third week of August is targeted (639 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken).
Farther out in Downingtown, the new opening will come sooner. Sunday, August 4 is the official launch date for Stella Rossa Ristorante, a huge, 7000-sq.-ft. Italian bistro from Dave Magrogan (who already has 13 other restaurants under the names of Harvest Seasonal Grill, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House and Kildare’s Irish Pub).
At Stella, cheese and charcuterie will come from Di Bruno Bros, and chef Anthony DiPascale will transfer from the West Philly outpost Harvest to oversee the kitchen. Expect wood-fired pizza, pastas, entrees and an expansive wine list. The dining room seats 225, and a 50-seat patio overlooks the Brandywine River. After starting with daily dinner, lunch will launch on Monday, August 12 (20 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; 610-269-6000).