By: Nancy Baker-Faul
Get your taste buds ready for the amazing flavors of Stalla at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. The menu is fit for a king and the atmosphere inviting. From the moment we were greeted at the door we could see that the restaurant had made some changes. The floor plan is now open and airy with a huge and beautiful piece of artwork in the center of the dining room. It isn’t immediately recognizable as a giant olive oil bottle but once you gaze at it a moment you can see its purpose and beauty. The area around that focal point is used as a bread and olive oil station where servers go to prepare fresh baskets of homemade bread and small platters of flavored oils.
Seating is comfortable and well lit with tables impeccably set. Dress for the restaurant is business and beach casual as it is a gathering place for hungry table games players during dining hours. Open from Thursday through Saturday with hours 5:30 to 10 p.m. each night, the staff is welcoming and attentive. Diners have a front waiter and a back waiter who watch carefully for any signs that you might need something. The meal flows effortlessly from one course to the next and timing is well accomplished.
The best deal at the restaurant is the $25 bottle of wine. These wines are the same ones that sell for $40 and more at other restaurants on Beau Rivage property. “We decided to do this special amenity for our clients as a way of showing our appreciation for their patronage”, said Manager Andrew Messina. Messina, along with Executive Chef Joe Friel, Executive Sous Chef Kristian Wade and Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Anthony Caratozzola has created a menu and a dining room that is relaxing and fresh.
The bar area is where diners can go to smoke or gamers can simply sit and have a drink while watching the action on the nearby floor. Huge caramel and orange-brown colored granite slabs cover the tall seating area in the center of the bar and there is ample seating for diners at tables that overlook the main dining room and gaming floor.
Whether you are in the mood for Chicken Parm, Veal Marsala or Osso Bucco you won’t be disappointed with the selection or taste. Everything is inspired by the Italian countryside with freshness always foremost in the minds of those who prepare your meal. Our favorite part was the dessert. We were served the most wonderful Watermelon Sorbet, luscious cheesecake and lemony Tiramisu. All the fruit was fresh and absolutely beautifully paired with each dish.
Reservations are recommended at all times but not required. The seating capacity is over 140 and there is a private dining room that seats 10 for your more intimate dinners with friends or business associates. Top off your meal with one of the coasts most hard to find libations that is an Italian Liqueur Classico known as Romano Sambuca. Prized for its dark and rich flavor it is a perfect after dinner end to a fine meal.