The original Stella’s was founded in Suffern, New York in 1973 by Billy’s mother, Stella Rizzo.  She opened her Deli on Airmont Road and featured the finest cuts of meat, fresh breads and her Italian family recipes.  Over the years, she perfected the art of authentic New York Italian cuisine.



In 1998, Billy brought the “family business” to Lubbock.  He opened Stella’s Restaurant & Deli on 14th street across from Texas Tech. With Stella’s help, he was up and running and in 2001 he purchased, completely renovated and moved the restaurant to the Steak & Ale building at 50th and Utica.


Today, Stella’s has grown into one of Lubbock’s most popular upscale Italian restaurants, including an inviting bar and lounge area, patio seating (in season) and live entertainment on weekends.  It’s authentic New York Italian cuisine made fresh from Stella’s family recipes.