Full House Tonight at Stella's for 'Restaurant Impossible' Taping

The Food Network's TV reality show will hold a grand re-opening tonight at the North Stratford pizzeria. Will you be one of the lucky ones in attendance?

Stella's Restaurant will be buzzing tonight as the restaurant unveils its new look in a grand re-opening as part of the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible."

According to the Connecticut Post, the Main Street eatery is sold out of reservations for tonight's event. In fact, reservations were sold out within hours last week.

The original report, posted last week, follows.


across from Sikorsky Aircraft already has a following in , but now the Italian pizzeria will get to shine on cable TV.

The Connecticut Post reports that a crew from the Food Network’s top-rated show "Restaurant Impossible" will visit Stella's next week to perform a two-day revamp culminating in a ceremonial "re-opening" on April 26.

Stella’s is a family-owned restaurant that has been in business since 1978, serving pizza and pasta dishes and providing catering services.

George E. Mulligan April 19, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Stella's was owned by the people who owned Luigi's in Fairfield, between the Appiza Center on Black Rock border and the traffic circle where McDonald's is, near the Fairfield Motel/Hotel/Motor Inn is on the former post road (US # 1). There seemed to have been a huge turnover in ownerships of Fairfield Bars and Restaurants in Fairfield in the very late 1960s, with far more in the early 1970s. Different FAMILIES? Different CONNECTIONS? Different politics about the time the BLUE LAWS faded away? Sometimes things are what they seem to be? Sometimes they are not? My personal experience people can think their choices are completely their own decisions. However since people will jump at the best deal or the apparent path of least resistance, or feel a bond that attracts a decision .... decisions can be influenced. When it comes to the media, the behind the scenes influences and decision are easily manipulated.
OldManTeenager April 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Lived in Stratford forever and been to Stella's only once. Hopefully this clown can help them out.
rich rousseau April 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM
got my reservation see you thursday rich rousseau
Theresa April 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
This is awesome!!! I haven't been to Stella's since I worked nearby in the eatly 1990s. I thought it had gone down hill somewhat, given it's location and the explosion of Italian restaurants in Stratford. This guy's show is great and he is less abrasive than Gordon Ramsey. Imagine, in our town!!
George E. Mulligan April 26, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Rumor? FBI Van with cameras and audio, will also be filming? Likely near where Stratford police had command post for Teamster's strike of Sikorsky Aircraft, helicopter plant. - Mobile command post? Police HQ is 4 miles away. - $ 80,000 a year workers with great benefits justify extra police at picket line & command post? Sikorsky Teamsters Local includes Stratford Police & Stratford Fire. Stella's food was always decent. Opened by people who owned Luigi's in Fairfield. No idea if they are still "connected?" Location near Sikorsky Plant should generate decent delivery & catering. It could also generate a good "back story." Often, a friend of a friend can cause good / bad publicity. I wish the owners / workers great success. They work hard doing an honest job.
Dale April 27, 2012 at 02:25 AM
When is the episode going to be on television? I am a big fan of the show
Jason Bagley (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It'll be on a Wednesday, at 10 p.m., in July.
qerim July 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Stella's has always been a great restaurant with hard working employee's who really care about the business the restaurant needed some fresh new ideas and a brighter make over always has been super clean! They are trying to get everything right to create a happy medium , give them a chance ,the food is great and nothing please' s them more is having happy customers the reason I know all this is that have been working at stella's for 15 years and nobody work's harder thon (MICHAEL and CAMMIE )I see it everyday , our food is always fresh and they buy only quality . ( COME SEE FOR YOURSELVES JERRY -JUSY ASK FOR MEE ...
Michael savoie July 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Stella's has always been a wonderful place to eat. They are only trying to improve themselves . Robert has great passion and sincerely cares about the restaurants that he helps.I thank him for his hard work and will try my best to make him proud . Sincerely , mike
Jason Bagley (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The episode airs on the Food Network tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 p.m.
JRP November 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
This place is doomed. It was the owner's job to understand why they absolutely needed the new menu to succeed, embrace it, believe in it, and convince the one or two loud mouth regulars to embrace and believe in it too with a positive attitude, letting them know that they'll find a new favorite on the new menu that is better than ever, and a month or two from now they'll wonder why they ever liked that old garbage anyway. But no, we're back to the same old menu with pizza and dishes that seem to look and taste worse than ever before, but with a cozy new decor that doesn't match at all, and a web site that seems to advertise new dishes with fresh ingredients and some non-zero effort in presentation, but we end up with the same old Stella's that, I swear, was serving better food just 6 - 8 years ago.
JRP November 18, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I meant to say the decor matches, but doesn't match the menu/food. Nice, cozy decor, disgusting awful old menu/food/ingredients/presentation.


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