Located on Main Street, Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill is definitely making a name for itself lately in the La Quinta culinary community. Rated #1 on Trip Advisor and voted business of the year by the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce in 2015, this family-run business is doing really well and it is easy to see why.
Stuft is actually part of a franchise, with stores all over California and Oregon, but the La Quinta location is unique, with quite a few differences from the other chain stores. For example, their menu is larger, their wine list is well thought-out and they’ve got a full bar with full service. The original premise of the restaurant is still there, which was to use the highest-quality products, with pizza that is great value.
Eating on their patio is always a favourite of locals, especially because you can bring your dog along. Heaters keep you warm on cool nights and sprinklers help on hot days. If you prefer, head into the restaurant, where you’ll be greeted by large-screen tvs and a friendly and fun atmosphere. Reviewers all rave about the great service at Stuft Pizza.
The menu is extensive, but of course their wood-stove cooked pizzas are their shining glory. Brimming with toppings, there are so many kinds to choose from. You can get different crusts, as well as gluten-free options. The Hawaiian is actually an award winner.
More than just pizza, their full dinner menu boasts items like Prime N.Y. steak, pepper-crusted Ahi steak, Chuck’s homemade baby back ribs, Mama’s meatball sandwich and seafood cioppino. The salad list will fulfill any appetite – large or small – with favoured items like the wedge salad, roasted beet salad, antipasto salad and summer salad.
The wine menu is loaded with ideas and in 2014 Stuft won an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Happy Hour means $2.50 pints of draft and $4 glasses of wine and well liquor. It happens every day from 3 – 6 pm.
If you just want some light reading, their blog is filled with great content about pizza, drinks and more.