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La Strada Ristorante Italiano

335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 324-8300
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Ranked #81 of 316 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Florence Street
Transit: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
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54 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
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English first
Newark, CA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

La Strada is in a good location on a main street in downtown Palo Alto. After checking the outside menu we decided to give it a try for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere and decor are simple, but pleasing. They offer outdoor and indoor seating. One the first things we noticed was the wood-fired oven and the delicious... More

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Had a meal here with a work colleague. I was so pleased the menu had so few items on the menu, it showed they wanted to get the food right, it was about taste and not quantity. The service was great and we sat outside. I had a veg starter and main, very tasty, I would eat here again.

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Good service, good food, and good location! Reserved by a business partner for three of us to meet up at before an event at Stanford Faculty Club. Easy convenient parking on the street - free after 5 pm. We let them know we had a time constraint - they were right on it! Tasty pizza, our gluten free colleague had... More

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San Francisco, California
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116 reviews 116 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The setting is nice, on University Avenue in Palo Alto, with outdoor seating. Our server was very pleasant and efficient. However, the food was only OK. My friend and I both ordered the spinach salad with prawns. The prawns were very good but came with heads intact (very European but not to my liking), but the salad was overdressed with... More

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Ukiah, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Ate alfresco on a Sunday. Great eggplant parmesan lunch with salad and dessert and good sausage pizza. Attentive wait staff. Will go back again.

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Los Altos, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We were jetlagged and desperate .we were unable to find a table at our regular mayfield cafe,so decided to try this place.the house salad and fried calamari starters were fine. The bread basket didn't taste fresh and the person serving waters did not look very clean. We ordered lasagna and wild mushroom pizza with truffle oil and buckwheat pasta. The... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

First of all: food was ok so far. but calling this restaurant as an Italian is an insult to any real Italian restaurant and they abuse the term Italian I ordered a bruschetta. but got pizza with mushrooms and partly tomatoes on that thin pizza slices. the taste was mexican style (a bit like a Burrito). Bruschetta is one of... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Very pleasant to sit outside and watch everyone, heaters work! My waiter let me try my wine which was much appreciated. Food was excellent and nice wine selection. I was by myself and did not feel out of place at all.

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Mission Viejo, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was delicious and the location is even better. University is a wonderful street in Palo Alto for shopping and dining and the people watching from this location was great. I was there for lunch and look forward to trying dinner there very soon.

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Los Angeles, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We were looking for a good Italian restaurant for dinner in Palo Alto, and La Strada turned out to be just what we were looking for. it is located on University Avenue, the "in" street in Palo Alto. Our group of 7 tried out various dishes including salmon, chicken, pasta and pizza and all dishes were tasty and well presented.... More

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