Saturday, April 21, 2012

Osteria Stellina: "Point Reyes Italian" food

This month, the San Francisco Chronicle released it's annual 'Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants'. Included on the list, for the third year in a row, was Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes Station, Marin County; which is described as "Point Reyes Italian" under it's cuisine (in the hard copy version). As you may know, perhaps from earlier entries here, that many of the towns founders and founding families were of Cisalpine or Ticinese origin. Of course, they continue to be a part of West Marin County, especially its dairy farming industry. That name is so cool; reminds me of "Ostara."

Osteria Stellina

11285 Hwy. 1 ( at B Street)
Point Reyes Station
Tel. (415) 663-9988      
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Christian Caiazzo gathers most of his ingredients from Marin County and calls his creations Point Reyes Italian. Even though the restaurant is still in the 415 area code, Point Reyes Station feels as if it could be on the Irish coast, and the downtown could easily be the set for a spaghetti Western. The food, while homey, is sophisticated; his Beans and Greens alone is well worth a special trip. The interior of this corner storefront is modest, but the care that goes into the restaurant is evident in the fresh flower arrangements and pristine produce displayed around the dining room.

Specialties: Oyster pizza; Tomales Bay mussels with house-made sausage; Beans and Greens; beef stew; braised goat with creamy herbed polenta; grilled cheese at lunch; any dessert.


Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily; dinner 5-9 p.m. nightly.


  • Italian



  • Beer and wine
  • Credit Cards: Accepted
  • Parking: Easy
  • Lunch
  • Seating (57)
  • Reservations: Accepted

Chronicle Rating


Chronicle Review History

Date Status Details
04/03/2011 Revisited Top 100 Restaurants 2011  -- Michael Bauer
04/04/2010 Revisited Top 100 Restaurants 2010  -- Michael Bauer
05/10/2009 Reviewed Osteria Stellina bursting with local goodness


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