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La Strada Ristorante Italiano

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335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716 (Florence Street)
(650) 324-8300
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's my second time eating here. Overall, the food was fine, including the appetizers, salads, pastas, pizza, etc. However, the service was very disappointing, from mistakes they made, lack of attention, to minimal flexibility from the time we arrived to checking out. It's the second time they delivered low end service.

Thank Ed H
New York City, New York
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We grabbed a table at random at this Palo Alto Italian and we were pleased that we did All the classic Italian dishes including pasta and pizza served up in a family friendly environment with reasonable prices Decent list of wines by the glass too so you can round out the meal I recommend the Al Forno - baked pasta,... More 

Thank MaxBethune
Santa Cruz, California
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would have given a better rating, but our waiter was very average. He didn't come by very often and got my specific order wrong. When I reminded him what I asked for, he really ignored us after it was corrected. The rest of the staff pitched in and we had great service from them. The food was very tasty... More 

Thank timteresa0
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

An early evening stop for 3 hungry travellers. Seafood frittura was great as was the squash ravioli with wild mushrooms. The wine was a very reasonable price, good portions and a comfortable ta ble with an open window out onto the street. Service was attentive without being overbearing.

Thank jayteacat
San Mateo Ca
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

On a day excursion to Palo Alto as we walked along University Ave I spotted a menu with Spinach Salad that sounded good. After touring the popular street frequented by all ages and numerous businesses, we luckily found the menu again which was at La Strada. As it was lunchtime we sat at a sidewalk table and I ordered the... More 

Thank Goldig
Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

Pastas and pizzas are wonderful. My husband and I visit at least twice a month. We love to sit outside with our dog.

Thank Karen B
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

We sat outside under the heaters and enjoyed the street life! For me, the wild mushroom and Sonoma quail risotto was seriously good. Absolutely delicious and can't wait to try again!

Thank Vicki M
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Stopped for lunch here after walking up and down University Ave looking at all the restaurants, definitely a great choice. The food was obviously personally prepared, not not mass produced and reheated, for instance the vinagerette for the salad was just how we make it at home.

Thank Jason C
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the food, ambience and casual but helpful service. One of the better evenings we have had in San Francisco. Good genuine Italian style food.

Thank Malvoleo
Quezon City, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

It was like a family reunion of college friends and their families. We were 13 at that time we went there. The service was great and I ordered New York Steak, salad and pizza. The steak was medium but the consistency and taste was bland, I sually don't put anything when I eat steak to really taste the meat but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 335 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1716
    (Florence Street)
  • Public Transportation: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is just a few blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 324-8300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?