Revolving Restaurant Doors: Downingtown’s Firecreek Out, Dave Magrogan’s Stella Rossa In

Firecreek Restaurant is on its way out of Downingtown, with Dave Magrogan’s new Italian concept, Stella Rossa, slated to fill its space later this summer.

Philadelphia-based restaurateur Dave Magrogan will introduce Stella Rossa, a 350-seat Italian bistro located in the soon-to-be-shuttered Firecreek Restaurant space at 20 E. Lancaster Ave. overlooking the Brandywine River in Downingtown.

“At Stella Rossa, guests will experience the art of Italian dining,” said Magrogan. Modern and traditional dishes will be prepared with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. An artisan cheese, charcuterie and olive program will be sourced by Philadelphia’s beloved Di Bruno Bros., and the bar will feature an extensive collection of Italian wines, international craft beers and specialty cocktails. The menu will feature inventive pasta dishes, house-made mozzarella, innovative salads and seasonally changing wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, entrées and appetizers.

Magrogan spent three years searching for the right location and ideal chef to develop this authentic Italian concept. Chef Anthony DiPascale, who has spent the past year as the executive chef of Magrogan’s Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar in University City, was exactly what Magrogan was looking for. DiPascale grew up in South Jersey and worked in his family’s butcher shop from the age of 10.

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“After opening Brasserie Perrier under chef Chris Scarduzio and experience working at several award-winning Italian restaurants around Philadelphia, including Aldo Lamberti’s Tutti Tuscani and Max’s Fine Dining in N.J., which earned three bells from Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan, Anthony was the ideal chef to build a fresh Italian dining concept around,” said Magrogan. “Anthony is super creative, seriously connected to local farmers, fishermen and artisan purveyors, and completely committed to making Stella Rossa one of the best Italian restaurants in the Philadelphia region.”

Look for Stella Rossa, the 14th restaurant for the Dave Magrogan Group, to open later this summer.

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