Mark Drinkwater is bringing a twist to the modern Italian dining experience with his newest development, Stella, which opened last month at 3160 E. Camelback Road.

Drinkwater has revived former restaurant Central Bistro—purchased by his Bistro Partners in the spring—and brought Stella to life with a menu that marries both the traditional and contemporary. Stella also is now the new home of Executive Chef Robert Eckhardt, formerly of Drexyl.

Stella’s menu boasts everything from wood burning pizzas and classic Bolognese to a sweet balsamic onion glazed pork chop. The brunch menu features dishes such as sweet caramel and cinnamon monkey bread, and a savory brunch burger loaded with bacon, aged Gouda, fried egg and roasted garlic aioli. Stella also offers a variety of small bites and a robust drink menu.

For more information, visit or call 480-646-8560.



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