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Winners of the VIP Opening of Stella Rossa.

After a lot of deliberation, we finally picked our winners for this night of fun at the new Stella Rossa Ristorante. Dave Magrogan was so touched by all the warm responses that he wanted us to give SIX couples the chance to come to the event. We are so thrilled with the amount of responses that even if your name is not on the winners list you will still receive a special treat as a thank you for submitting your responses, so technically you are all winners!

The event is free of charge, however there is a non obligational donation of $20. 100% of all donations goes to The Lords Pantry of Downingtown.


So without further hesitation here are the 6 winners………CONGRATULATIONS!


Dawn Cassel:

I’ve lived in the Downingtown area for over 16 years. I love trying new restaurants and especially supporting the locally owned ones. Downingtown is a wonderful area with so much to offer in terms of cuisine and continues to grow and get even better. I’m also an oenophile and foodie and enjoy trying all kinds of new and different dishes and wines. I’m very much looking forward to trying Stella Rossa. It’s location is gorgeous and it sounds like it will be a wonderful addition to our area. I also share my experiences with my friends and neighbors. I believe word of mouth is one of the best ways to spread news about new restaurants, etc. and make sure our money helps support the local business owners who need it most.


Liz DiNardo:

So I would LOVE to attend this VIP opening for a few reasons. First, I LOVEEE Italian food. I am Italian and moved from Maryland two years ago & it has been so hard to find good Italian food in the area! Also, I recently graduated graduate school from West Chester with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and my boyfriend and I have been really tight on money for a couple of months now. We have been wanting to celebrate graduation, but haven’t had the extra income with just one of us working. I am still completing my internship credits, so I have not had the availability to get a full time job yet. I do love providing therapy and working with my clients, but it can be stressful at times, and having a nice dinner it would really be a relief to us! My boyfriend works as much as he can to support us and I know that he would appreciate having a nice Italian dinner!! He doesn’t like to share his appetizers (just a heads up for everyone, haha). We would really enjoy a night out to let loose and not worry about finances or stress. Finally, we would love to try this new Italian restaurant!! I was looking at the menu and it all looks so goooddd!!! Good luck to everyone entering & congratulations on your opening!!!


I’d love to be considered for the VIP dining experience at Stella Rosa. My husband and friends were long time patrons of Dave M’s former restaurant Grady David’s in Honey Brook and since it has closed, have missed it terribly. Of course we’ve had Harvest and the others to fill the void, but nothing quite as close to us as Grady David’s was. When I heard the news of Stella Rosa opening up in Downingtown, I was thrilled! First that though Firecreek was not a success, the beautiful old building was still being used and, even better, by a new Dave M venture! We love experiencing fine food and are thrilled to see the new life and restaurants becoming a part of the Downingtown community. We’d love to take part in this experience and spread the word about the wonderful food and drinks to all our foodie friends! Thank you for bringing a great new restaurant to Dtown and for your consideration for my entry into this contest.


Kim Null:

Would love to attend this event. I have lived in downingtown for the last twenty years and have seen many changes and so excited to see your new restaurant coming. I am not trying to pull the pity card but I really could use a special night out. This has been one of the most difficult years for me. I have had more stress and tears this year then in my whole life. Any opportunity to take a step back from some difficulty I’m going through right now is always welcome. It doesn’t seem to come my way often lately, so I would treasure the opportunity to be part of the grand opening event.


Jennifer Estrada:

My husband and I welcomed our baby girl in April…and her name is Stella. We were so excited to see that a restaurant that shares her name is coming to the area. We would love to bring her here for many years to come.  It will be the perfect place to celebrate many milestones and make lasting memories. How special it would be for us to be apart of the opening celebration, and to tell our baby girl that this great restaurant was born the same year she was!


Sue Macdonald:

My husband and I would love to be a part of the Stella Rossa Ristorante experience!  I am originally from New Jersey and my husband from New York.  We are forever searching for our “new favorite” restaurant! We would love the opportunity for you to win us over!  As Downingtown residents, needless to say, we are thrilled with the location and excited  As a member of the Klout Squad, I love to review and engage audiences with social media.  In other words, I like to spread the word!  Good luck with your restaurant!


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  1. Thank you! We are so looking forward to our evening!

  2. Thank you sooo much!!! Can’t wait to be there! I don’t see times??

  3. Thank you so much! My husband and I are looking forward to tomorrow night!

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