While I enjoy dining in the many fine restaurants here in the Coachella Valley, there are some casual restaurants that provide a high quality experience for a fraction of the price. One of my favorite restaurants that my children also enjoy is Stuft Pizza in Old Town La Quinta. This restaurant boasts a very large menu that is certain to have something for everyone. On my most recent visit, I did not have one of their incredibly delicious pizzas or even a pasta selection; my guest and I went outside the box to see just what makes this restaurant packed nightly.
We arrived at 7:30 and because there are no reservations allowed, we waited with a crowd of over 50 for a table. Once seated, we were greeted by Bonnie, our server who was not only efficient she truly seemed to enjoy her job. We began with a couple appetizers to enjoy with our cocktails. The Cajun Ahi appetizer was fresh and had a subtle spicy kick. The Prosciutto flatbread was our way of getting our pizza fix without filling up too quickly. These two starters are consistently amazing and my “go-to favorites”.
For entrees, we shared a full rack of baby back ribs with a tangy smoky barbeque sauce as well as JZ’s Prime Steak Bites. I cannot decide which was best but believe me, the flavors were intense and the meat was as tender as one would expect in a steak house. Dinner entrees are served with a choice of two sides and there are many choices to consider, including a small garden salad, cole slaw or choice of potato.
I wish I could have saved room for dessert, but with all these amazing flavors, I had to finish my plate, leaving no room for even a bite! The menu is a large one, offering more variety than most restaurants in our valley. The service is always spot on and the owner and manager are always there with a smile, taking much pride in their much deserved success.
Stuft Pizza is located in Old Town La Quinta, open for lunch and dinner daily. Their menu is available online at www.stuftpizzalaquinta.com and one can order online for later pick up. No other restaurant offers such convenience. Stuft Pizza is by far my favorite family-friendly restaurant in our valley. But don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself.