About La Strada Ristorante Italiano
Chef Augustus Remo's seasonal menus span from the traditional homemade pastas and pizzas to the most contemporary dishes exhibit the expertise and precision of Chef Remo's training and passion.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Abundant free parking adjacent to La Strada in the multi-level Florence Street parking garage.
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
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:
Nancy Morita: (650) 440-4798
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
La Strada Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
While the food is reasonably good and the location is very convenient, I am sure I will never go there again, furthermore, will probably spread the word on other forums about my experience. My wallet was stolen from my purse (hanging on the back of my chair) by a very shady looking guy sitting behind me. He and his equally shady looking company left before us, and on my way home, I received several alerts from various credit card companies about his many attempted fraudulent charges on my cards. After reporting the theft and freezing all my accounts within an hour, and filing a police report the next day, I went back to the restaurant just to see if I could recover my drivers license and other miscellaneous items in case the thief had thrown them in the bathroom garbage. While one of the waiters was very nice and trying to help me, I was asked to leave (three times!!!) by the manager (an old guy who looked and behaved incredibly unprofessional), since he was more concerned about diners possibly looking and wondering what I was talking about with the staff, than being a decent human being and helping me.
We have been to this resturant many times in the past but this was a first time inside seating because of weather. We found our party alone in the resturant at 3PM quite surprise since when trying to book the time Open Table said there was nothing available for the time I originally wanted. Next time I will call the resturant directly or just pop in. Food is always good.
I had the butternut squash ravioli - normally a favorite for me. Instead of emphasizing the simple, delicious quality of homemade ravioli, they served a heavy, mushroom sauce that completely overwhelmed the dish. My friend had an ahi tuni salad and rated it only so-so.
Open Table stated that restaurant hours were until 11PM. We were flying in late to SJO and thought we could arrive by our 9PM reservation time. At hotel check-in about 8:15, I got a call from the restaurant whether or not we would be coming because they had a lot of cancellations and they would be closing at 9PM. I explained that our reservation was for 9PM. We rushed to get there before 9PM and were served, but felt rushed and did not really enjoy the dining experience. Food was good; the waiter was polite; the eggplant parmigiana was not good. It looked and tasted overcooked and tired as if it was waiting all evening in the oven for someone to order it. When I took the call from the restaurant, I should have taken the hint to cancel and go somewhere else. We will not go back to La Strada.
The overall food quality was good but there were a few areas that were definitely lacking. The waiters weren't really informed about the food but merely servers which for a restaurant that offers +$25 per plate meals is a bit alarming. They couldn't answer a question about an entree on the specials menu and deferred by saying the head chef had left. The outdoor heat lamps were both not working and it was a bit chilly, while not cold outside, where we chose to sit.
The waiters didn't bring bread initially, until mid-way through our meal, one asked if we would like more, and we replied that we had never received any bread. We didn't know this restaurant routinely provided it.
I don't fault the waiters for the service, or the lamp failure but the restaurant management. They could use some training and more attention to detail.
During our lunch, both my girlfriend and I ordered the lunch special (salad and pasta). When we got our salads delivered, my girlfriend noticed a piece of paper in her salad. We quickly returned the item. Instead of an apology or acknowledgement, the waiters/servers just laughed. Quite unprofessional. We will not return.
We split the beet salad, which was delicious. They served the split order on two plate, and the servings were very generous. The bread was good too, but the salmon and halibut ravioli special was mediocre. The ravioli didn't even taste like fish. My boyfriend had a sausage pasta dish, which he said did not have any sauce on it. The service was good, and the dining room was quiet enough to have a conversation.
My friend and I had a really nice dinner of three shared courses. We started with the grilled scallops and prawns appetizer, which is served on a very generous sized warm barley salad, more than enough for two. We had the pasta dish she especially likes and which I have never seen elsewhere: the buckwheat pappardelle in cream sauce with vegetables and pieces of roast chicken. The pappardelle were very wide and had a good buckwheat flavor. Our entree was the grilled lamb chops (4), served on arugula salad with asparagus and grilled eggplant slices. The lamb chops had a good flavor but I do wish there had been more light so that I could see to trim off the fat. It was a chilly evening, and every time the door opened we felt the cold air even though we were not sitting near the door. The restaurant was quiet enough for easy conversation, and the service was excellent.
Celebrated New Years Eve with friends and we all loved our meals. The daily specials added a nice variety to choose from. My Italian friend said the lasagna was the best she had ever eaten. Others ordered the Fruit de mare, Chioppino, and NY Steak - all wonderful. Generous portions. Will definitely be returning.
I wanted to eat light so I ordered the Romaine salad and a soup. Romaine, cheese and croutons for $10 is a rip off. My fault for ordering it. Lentil soup taste like it came out of a can. Uninspired food. Tiramisu was good. At least we had a good dessert and our waiter was pleasant.
Have eaten here many times. Food is delicious. Service was so bad this time don't know if I'll go back. Half hour wait , with a reservation. Seated and waited 20 min before anyone came to the table. No bread ever offered or brought. No water refills during dinner. Tried to get someone's attention during all of this, no one acknowledged our efforts. Sad.
We had the two salmon dishes. Mine, the sautéed salmon with grapes and mashed potatoes and vegetables, was ok, but not outstanding. The grapes sounded a little strange, but were good. They didn't taste sweet at all, I guess because they were cooked with savory items. My friend's roasted salmon looked like the better of the two dishes. I think the pasta dishes are a better choice in terms of taste and cost.
We are regular customers and really like the food, a lot more authentic Italian compared to other Italian shops in bay area.
Everything was great except a very awkward/rude comment by someone I later found out to be the restaurant owner, about me resting my injured foot by the front window base which for some reason he found as inappropriate! Still, you don't talk to customers with such attitude.
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