The History of Stella’s


From New York to Texas

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 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 his mother’s help, he was up and running right away. From 2001 he purchased, completely renovated and moved the restaurant to the Steak & Ale building at 50th and Utica and it remained successful for 19 years. In 2020, Stella’s re-opened at a new location on 82nd near Frankford Ave. The new, larger Stella’s is completely renovated to better serve our customers while remaining true to the Stella’s that Lubbock has grown to know and love.

Today, Stella’s has grown into one of Lubbock’s most popular upscale Italian restaurants, including an inviting bar and lounge area, patio seating and live entertainment on weekends. Stella’s offers authentic New York Italian cuisine made fresh from family recipes.
Billy Rizzo – Owner


Mon – Thur: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Reservation Info:
(806) 785-9299
General Info:

Courtney Spruill (Email)
Live Music Booking:
Rachelle Schiffner (Email)
Catering & Private Events:
Will Harper (Email)
Marketing and Press:
Lisa Edwards (Email)