La Strada Ristorante Italiano
La Strada Ristorante Italiano

La Strada Ristorante Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lastradapaloalto.com/
  • Phone: 6503248300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Augustus Remo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring a taste of Italy to your family reunion or holiday celebration with catering from La Strada. Chef Augustus Remo will bring his talents to your table. With his menu personally tailored to your desire, your guests will leave raving about the culinary creations.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Saletta Private Dining Room seats up to 25 guests and has a 30 guest capacity for standing cocktail parties. We offer 3 - 6 course prix fixe menus personally catered to your desire by Chef Remo. For larger parties of up to 120 guests, we do offer the option of a buyout of the main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Stella 6503248300x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florence Street
  • Public Transit: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Abundant free parking adjacent to La Strada in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.
A word from La Strada Ristorante Italiano
The Giovannotto family and Chef Augustus Remo welcome you to La Strada Ristorante Italiano in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. Chef Remo's seasonal menus meld the finest of Italian ingredients with the freshest local produce. In addition, a daily "La Cenetta," a 3-course dinner, offers the savvy palate with items a bit above and beyond the seasonal menu. Each and every dish from the traditional homemade pastas and pizzas to the most contemporary dishes exhibit the expertise and precision of Chef Remo's training and passion.
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La Strada Ristorante Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (12)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (6)romantic (3)special occasion (3)notable wine list (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Don't rush me!
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We like this restaurant and eat here often, but on our last visit we were rushed through the meal. Salads were brought minutes after ordering, and the waiter attempted to clear the salads before we even finished them because entrees were already being carried to the table. We literally had to ask him to give us back our beet salad! I was also disappointed with the pan-seared duck, which had no crisp skin at all and was rubbery and very hard to cut. We're hoping it was just an off night.
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  • Less than spectacular
    DanaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My daughter attends Stanford so we have visited this restaurant on ever visit. Each time, we have booked our table on Opentable and each time they have put us at the back table, although we requested an outside table. The food was okay. On several occasions, they seated people without reservations before us. For the price you pay, you would expect better service and food.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Horrible service
    DontIgnoreMe
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I made reservations and got there maybe about 5 minutes early, checked in and told her we would like to sit inside. She said okay just wait right here and we will get your table ready. Meanwhile another party of two came up and they did not have reservations yet were seated inside right away. The waitress took our order, but failed to ask us if we wanted anything to drink. She never came back to our table until she have us the check and our appetizer never made it to our table. I have tried to eat here before with out reservations and the host has always been so rude I always decide to go elsewhere. When I finally made a reservation I still received horrible service and the host is still rude. the food was great but I would never go back
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  • Nice
    Travellingmom
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Goid food , clean and upbeat. Not my faborite menu but good chooces and i will come again
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bom restaurante
    Jujuba
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Fui com meu filho de 8 anos. Comida ok (risoto vegetariano e frango com pure de batatas) e servico simpatico. Ambiente agradavel...
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the food and service outstanding. 5 stars. on university avenue and parking around the corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Strada is lovely
    JudithlhVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This was our second lunch at La Strada. The first time was unexpected -- we ended up there because they had a table. But this time we took friends because our first experience was quite nice. It's a pleasant place, with open-air tables that are near but not on the street. You can have a modest, well-prepared three-course lunch (pasta, salad, gelato) for a really modest $15. The sandwiches are huge and the ahi salad I had, while not unusual, was tasty and attractive. The wine list is better than average and the service was excellent. You can sit, enjoy your lunch and watch the world go by on University Avenue. Why not?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not that great
    Maven
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I ordered pizza, thin crust, vegetarian, and there was way too much water, so the crust was soggy. My partner's pasta with seafood was good. The salads and antipasti were quite good. The risotto for another companion looked like it had been spooned out of a big pot and plopped into a fried tortilla shell, cute but not real risotto. The noise level was highly uncomfortable. Our waiter was attentive, but after the bill was paid and we wanted to linger (it was 10 pm and there were lots of empty tables) we were ignored when out water glasses were empty, and one participant who ordered decaf coffee got no offer for a refill. Mind you, this was ordinary decaf.
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  • Always a good meal
    RhinoVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Never been disappointed by the meal or service. Had the fish, the pastas and meat offerings without a bad meal.
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  • Perfect!
    FoodTraveler
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    On a warm Palo Alto evening, we were lucky to be seated outside. A good people watching spot. The service was great, unobtrusive but dependable. We ordered the caprese salad and beet salad, and enjoyed them both (although the beet salad could have used a bit more greens). Our entrees were lasagna (him) and the butternut squash ravioli (yum!). The wine by the glass was reasonably priced. Overall, a great experience and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • mixed bag
    chocloveVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My daughter and I ate at La Strada on a lovely summer evening. It was my first time there, I have been meaning to try it for many years. The ambiance was wonderful, and the service was terrific, we told the waiter we had to leave for a movie in under an hour, and he had our food at the table very quickly. I had a beet salad that was excellent. I also had a seafood ravioli special, but found the ravioli to be under cooked and I also felt the dish was quite over salted.
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  • Great for Lunch
    outoftowner1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Perfect lunch spot. Conveniently located right on University. Menu has great variety--everything tasted as god as it sounded on the menu. Plenty of options for foodies, grownups and kids too. Some outdoor dining which is nice. Staff attentive and food arrived promptly. Ambiance was comfortable and casual but not chain-y or kid oriented. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eatout
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    salmon was perfectly prepared; good Italian both basics and beyond
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • good neighborhood staple
    JjnycVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    i had fish and it was good but overcooked/slightly dry. Wine list is nice. My friend is vegetarian and there were only 2 options and the waiter wasn't willing to discuss having some of the pasta dishes served without meat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 186 reviews are from the La Strada Ristorante Italiano reviews archive.
  • Nice Italian Bistro
    GreatLunchVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    THe ingredients are fresh and great taste. For lunch they have very good menu. Great wine. Great Service. Nice location.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect vibe for friends
    battlesysadmin
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Four of us had a mini reunion here. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The entrees were delicious and generous. I don't recommend the pizza, but both fish dishes, pasta, steak, and the side dishes we had were all good. The bread was warm... I love that. It seemed towards the end that the place was closing, as we had stayed a long time and were beginning to be hovered over, Not sure if it was indeed closing time or not, but nevertheless, I had a 100% enjoyable evening out with friends at La Strada.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • la strada palo alto
    oliverVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    used to be really good but i suspect that ownership has changed and there isn't an italian within a mile.......
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  • Good Food. Very Good Service.
    klinpv
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food is good, but the menu & wine list is a bit limited. Buckwheat pappardelle & pizza both good, sausage ravioli very good.
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    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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  • Average food at great location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great location in Palo Alto downtown. Nice outdoor seating but food was pretty average and little disappointing. Service was good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Not your average Italiina fare
    RDM1234
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I like this restaurant a lot. It's menu is a less ordinary than most moderately priced Italian restaurants. The service if friendly without being officious or pretnetious. The wine list is small but well chosen. I've eaten here for lunch and dinner and always feel I got very good food a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food...but service subpar...
    SusanneVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed every delicious dish at this University Avenue restaurant in Palo Alto. The pasta are particularly wonderful. However, the service did not measure up. We had to practically trip people to get refills of water glasses, wine, and bread baskets. Maybe service is not so chaotic on a weeknight. (We were there prime time Saturday evening.) I think we will return because of the good food we enjoyed!
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    great for lunch
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  • Foodie Lover
    FoodForThot
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Loved La Strada Ristorante. 5 stars on all categories. Will plan to go again and again. Presentation of food was interesting and artfully thoughtful. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brusque Service
    Mitch
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal here, but our waitress was abrupt and neglected to ask the appropriate questions, e.g., when one diner asked for coffee, she nodded and walked away instead of asking if any of the other diners wanted coffee too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An old favorite. Good people.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    An old favorite. Good people. Good food. A little "worn" around the edges, but comfy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a good dinner here last Saturday night. Te panzanella was delicious and the butternut squash ravioli quite tasty. Others at our table had the vegetable and quail risottos and both were enjoyed. Only downside was that they would not pour a 1/2 glass of wine after we had already ordered a few glasses. They lost out as we then did not order any more wine. Still, would recommend to friends and we will likely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • This used to be extremely good!
    KyraEVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I had a lunch meeting with a banker and suggest La Strada since they really had good food in the past. I was so apologetic to my guests because it took 1hr 15 minutes to serve our food and the rest of the tables are getting theirs before us! Very, very disappointing. Out of the 4 main courses we ordered only the pizza was good. I will never return here again. What happened to this restaurant? This used to be so good- food and service wise!
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  • Mediocre food, bad table position
    Francopd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food is very mediocre. Being born and raised in Italy, I always doubt of Italian restaurants that have Italian words misspelled ("rissotto", "proscuitto"...). It's usually a sign that it's not authentic Italian. The pizza was average, the gnocchi with ragu were of poor quality. However, my main complaint is that I booked 2 days in advance and requested a table next to the wall or on a corner, not in the middle of the room. Repeated my request when they called me in the morning to confirm my reservation. At the end my table was in the middle of the room and in front of a door that they were keeping opening and closing. Dessert was the only good part. Not coming back.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Strada - Good but ....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made a reservation for Valentine's Day and they required a credit card. I didn't care for that, especially when I saw that it wasn't all that busy when we arrived. The house salad was delicious, the grilled salmon was a bit dry and the lamb chops were excellent. They get high marks for service; very attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!
    cdhl
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We like to sit at the bar. At La Strada we could watch the pizza oven being used to produce fancy looking appetizers. We chose to have dinner from the Appetizer menu. Absolutely delicious! Barkeep was very friendly and Johnny-on-the spot with service. A large party was in attendance. The noise level was energetic, but not disturbing. A wonderful three hours spent at, and we highly recommend, La Strada Ristorante Italiano.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    launcher000VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    To be fair, the restaurant for the most part is a good restaurant, great location, food and service was good, not great but good. Would I go back, not likely! unless someone else were paying. My biggest complaint was when our server told us about the steak special, we ordered it, only for her to comeback and say they were out of it. ok! so the night went on, now it's time for desert, exact same thing told us about the special, only to come back saying the were out. I could understand this if it was 8 or 9 at night, but our dinner reservations were at seven. So there it is.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looks good - not so good
    JillVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    La Strada has a lot going for it - great location and lovely interior design with an open kitchen. Lots of kitchen and waiters standing around looking bored - talking with one another and not paying attention to customers. Our appetizer plates weren't cleared before our entrees came - spills on the table were ignored - water glasses chipped and then not filled. And the food was uninspired - a lot of rosemary and some heat - but dry and dispassionate. La Strada is an idea that hasn't quite come to fruition.
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  • Casual but high quality
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Sit outside (with heatlamps) and watch the passersby or at a table in the cozy interior or at the bar and observe the kitchen. La Strada accomodates children, but is more adult oriented and less of a "familly restaurant". The service is competent and prompt but not pushy. The food is beautiful to look at and delicious. There is a full bar (my personal favorite is the Cosmo Italia). We have eaten here several times now and have never been disappointed in the menu. Among our favorites: beet salad, petrale sole with olives and capers, grilled salmon, any of the pizzas, pork gnocchi. It's easy to find something that is delicious and healthy. Prices are within reasonable limits for what you get.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was excellent
    DHC22
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I haven't been to La Strada in a long time and was pleasantly surprised how good it was! The fish in parchment was fantastic as was the salmon ravioli. Very good service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We have been to La Strada many times and this time did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We always are surprised by how reasonable the menu is for how good the food is. If you haven't tried the calamari appetizer you should! It is lightly breaded and mixed with asparagus and is about the lightest calamari we have ever had. The pesto sauce (one of two) is tart and tasty. We had a risotto dish and a pasta dish and both were perfectly cooked and succulent. The service observed everything but did not interfere with the evening conversation. Kudos, La Strada!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Small, but very comfortable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Small, but very comfortable. Wouldn't go in group larger than 4. Menu has very nice selection both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Been here twice, all items on the menu were excellent, except for Fruit de Mar pasta. Espresso with ice cream dessert incredible. Best Italian in PA so far.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ciao Bella
    Victoria
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    I loved La Strada. It was my first visit to this lovely little neighborhood gem. I met a friend there and we chatted at the bar for awhile waiting for another friend to join us. It was casual, friendly, and we had great wine. No one ever rushed us. When we were ready, we migrated to a nearby table and spent another couple of hours enjoying the food and the wine. I will definitely keep La Strada on my list of favorite Palo Alto choices.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent food
    Michelle
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We will be going back for sure. We have eaten there many times and always enjoy sitting at the bar having a glass of wine and eating their delicious pizzas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food with Fresh choices
    GizmoLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We come to this restaurant for the whole grilled Branzino (after another Croatian restaurant down the road went out of business). The food is very good and fresh. We like the Calamari or Brushetta or Caprese for appetizers. The Branzino is large enough tobe shared. Dessert choices vary but the Panna Cotta is good
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Considering this restaurant
    boccioniVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Considering this restaurant was on University Ave, I expected better. But this place is just OK. Service critique - Waiter brought main course while my guest and I were still in the middle of our starter salads. Forced us to clear what little space there was on our table. Food critique - I ordered the spaghetti w seafood. Flavors were bland - lacked salt and spices. No herbs, and the sauce was very watery.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • La Strada is holding it's high bar!
    SLOPELOVERS
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    This is our 4th or 5th Saturday night visit to La Strada. Each time at least one of the 4 of us considers their entree in the "best ever" category. This time 2 of us thought so: Gnocchi entree and lamb entree. The other two had high praise for their meals: risotto w/quail and grilled salmon with roasted veggies. Saturday night, so can't get away from the noise, but all things considered, we still could hear each other across the table, which is impressive. Very pleased that La Strada seems to be holding up it's quality level. Only complaint: wine quite pricey.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.