Years before you heard about Stuft Pizza as one of the best restaurants in Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert or La Quinta, an entrepreneur named Jack Bertram and his wife, Pat, opened the first Stuft Pizza in Cerritos, California, in 1976. Before opening the store Jack experimented for close to 9 months, developing the recipe for the delicious pizza we have today. Although the small store did only pizza and was take-out only, its emphasis on the highest quality product led to its success. Jack and Pat opened their second store two years later in Whittier. The original over-the-counter concept kept growing, and in 1986, Stuft Pizza became a franchise.
Unlike the franchisee owned stores, which can be found outside the Coachella Valley, both Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill locations in the desert are unique. The Bertram Family owns and operates both the Old Town La Quinta and Westfield Palm Desert restaurants. We are proud to be a staple in the desert since 2004 in La Quinta and 2014 in Palm Desert. We have an expanded menu, full bar, full service, HD tv’s for our sports fans and an amazing wine list. The idea was to take the original “pizzeria” and put a fun spin on it. What brought people to Stuft Pizza more than 45 years ago is still what brings them through our doors today, delicious pizza, a friendly atmosphere, and great value.
To this day we are proud to still operate as family-run La Quinta and Palm Desert restaurants. Thank you for continuing to support us throughout the years, and thank you for being part of the Stuft Pizza family!