23718 Bothell-Everett HWY, Bothell, WA | Directions 9802147.781101 -122.220201
Yum!. Stella Mia is my favorite restaurant. I've been going there for years and have never had a bad experience. I don't know if my favorite dish is their gnocci, spaghetti and meatballs, pumpkin pasta, or lasagna. Everything is delicious. The specials are always an inventive use of seasonal ingredients. I love you Chef Bruno!
Eh.. you're better off with Grazies. I always hesitate to write a negative review because it must be hard to run a business, but I also work hard for my money, and it was a complete waste on this place. It's basically like a renovated house. It smelled musty, and the sense of privacy was the same as if you set up a few tables in your living room. We also waited in this odd waiting area that was basically two chairs stuck behind a partial wall. We were then put at round table for 5 people, even though there were two of us, and they seated us next to each other which I guess is the most appropriate when you seat two people at such a large table. But the result was that we were basically staring at everyone else in the restaurant/living room and had to turn side ways to talk to each other. The staff was friendly, and I think we had almost everyone stop by our table at some point. The food was mediocre and simple: pasta with meatballs, pasta with cheese and peas, pasta with cream sauce. I felt like I was at someone's house instead of a restaurant, and the atmosphere was very awkward, and the food not really up to what I would consider restaurant standards. And our caraf of house wine, an appetizer, starter salad, and meals came out to about $100. You are MUCH better off with Grazie's down the street!
great service and interesting food.
A great experience as a whole. What the food lacks in finesse the very friendly staff and interesting setting more then makes up for it.
Very interesting menu choices, some would say even odd but it works.
On a sunny day the sitting outside makes you feel secluded even though you are but 100 yards from the Bothell Hwy.
Horrible Experience. My fiancee and I went to this resturant and were greeted by a seemingly confused waitress. For some reason, there was some mix up and we ended up getting served by three different servers (all of which made this dreadful experience even longer). My dish looked like catfood and tasted very bland. My fiancee felt her dish was average. We both didn't feel that it was worth the price. On top of that, after I expressed my dislike of my dish, they didn't do anything to accomodate me. All I can say to all readers, is to avoid this place at all costs.
Best Italian in NorthEnd.
I don't travel to the north end very frequently, but I do make the trip to Bothell for Stella Mia.
Chef Bruno's Italian Cuisine is the best I have tasted. Unique, yet authentic, Stella Mia offers something for everyone. I myself have a sweet tooth and savor the flavors of his pumpkin pasta. My boyfriend prefers the spicy lasagna, and claims it is the best is town. We'd also never heard of "tre colore" before dining at Stella Mia, and now it's my favorite Italian dish: basil, tomatoe, and mozzarella (the three colors of Italy) with olive oil and balsamic.
Stella Mia is situated in the quaint Country Village, which surely adds to the ambiance during your meal.
Good but NOT a 9.
My wife and I read the reviews, asked around and found that there were a lot of positive responses to our probe for a "good" Italian restaurant. We went, loved the dim lighting, the private table (we called ahead) and prompt service.
What we didn't like is that our appetizer was only moments ahead of the salads and within a minute of our main course. Timing aside, we found the soup to be bland, the salad OK and the appetizer luke-warm. We again said to each other maybe this is an off night and politely asked that the soups be returned and our appetizer be warmed while we ate the salads and main dish. While my Special was very good, my wifes regular menu item pasta was very bland.
We basically gave up, asked for the check and then spent the next twenty minutes wondering what was happening. After several inquires we recieved the check. We then spent the next twenty minutes asking why we were charged for everything that was sent back. We never saw the appetizer again the rest of night and the soup was broth, lots of plain broth.
If I go again, I'll stick to the basics, bread, no Appetizer even though I still have one coming, check the specials, and stay away from the Chicken pasta. You can bring your wine too, only it's 15 bucks to have them pull the cork. Highly recommend a screw top!
Best on the Northend. I've been dining at Stella Mia's for years. My mother brought me here when I was about 15 and I've been hooked ever since. The service has always been excellent. The food is amazingly delicous and always exceeds my expectations. The only downside for me is that I don't like wine, so I can't enjoy their vast selection of unique wines. If I have to drive out of my way for Italian, you can be sure that I will avoid those chain resturants. For the same price I can have excellent service, reasonably priced food, and a cozy atomosphere.
Quality dining at a friendly, warm restaurant that wouldn't be out of place in the city..
It's finally happening--quality dining choices are infiltrating areas north of Seattle. Stella Mia, a family operation headed by Chef Bruno Girardi, is one fine example of why people from suburbs such as Bothell, Woodinville and Lynnwood don't always have to drive into the big city for exemplary dining. The service is efficient and friendly, clearly demonstrating that it's a well-run family operation.
The extensive Italian menu covers all of the bases. The full-bodied puttanesca dances off the plate with exciting flavors. The penne salmon with caviar calls has full-bodied tastes that call even landlubbers to the sea. A gnocchi special was appetizing as it was but jumped to the next level with the deft addition of crabmeat. Pizzas are available for lunch and dinner. Lunch includes several frittata choices.
Amazing Italian Food and Atmosphere.
We were incredibly surprised by this place. Absolutely wonderful food - great flavors. Atmosphere Serene - we sat outside - the village is quaint and peaceful.
A relaxing place to eat good food with great service!
My favorite restaurant in Bothell!. We love Stella Mia's! We go there all the time for dinner and occasionally for lunch. The food is always good, the staff is very friendly, inviting and accomodating and the atmosphere is warm. I love the fresh sauteed veggies and polenta with the Secondi dishes. I just recently changed up what I usually ate and went with the Caprese Salad and Minestrone soup. They both were wonderful (not surprising!) and made for a great, light meal. If you come to Bothell, make sure to stop by and have some of the best Italian food in the area!
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