Stella Rossa - Dave Magrogan's Italian bistro/wine bar replacing Firecreek in Downingtown (20 E. Lancaster Ave., 610-269-6000) - will open to the public on Sunday, Aug. 4. It will run dinner only for the first week, and begin lunch/brunch on Aug. 12.
This restaurant - a rough-hewn former paper mill on the Brandywine - is a monster, with 350 seats, including a 225-seat dining room, 50-seat patio and 25-seat bar. Magrogan bought a large-bellied oven for Neapolitan pizzas.
It's the onetime chiropractor's foray into Italian food; he also owns Kildare's (Irish bar), Doc Magrogan's (seafood), and Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar (American food, portioned in 500 calories and fewer).
Anthony DiPascale, who has spent the last year as executive chef of the Harvest in University City, is Stella Rossa's chef. His past includes the former Brasserie Perrier and Max's Fine Dining, as well as Aldo Lamberti’s Tutti Tuscani.