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Trattoria La Strada

San Diego – There are so many restaurants that have morphed Italian gastronomy into eclectic nuances of flavor. While many are original and good, it’s still not the robust, rich, meaty sauces that are synonymous with Italian food. If it aint’ broke…….! Enter Trattoria La Strada, bringing that welcome talent of just serving up fabulous, flavorful Italian food.

Trattoria La Strada exudes comfort. From its large, open space dining room with high ceilings, oversized windows and simple décor, it just embodies Italy. The brick lined walls are vibrant reds and yellows leading to the very open kitchen providing all of the cooking sights to behold. The servers are strikingly Italian and it all completely creates a sense of Old World charm.

The menu has an abundance of delicious choices. Dozens of appetizers, entrée, antipastos, salads, soups, vegetarian, seafood….the list is endless and La Strada has it all. If that isn’t enough, the chef creates a Daily Menu to delight you with even more choices.

Since we were yearning for a traditional Italian meal, we went for some classics. For starters, the Bruschetta Toscana (grilled Tuscan bread topped with chopped tomatoes, extra Virgin olive oil, fresh basil and garlic) was pleasingly crisp, light with awesome texture and flavors. Simply Lovely. Pairing that with the robust Minestrone Di Verdure (vegetable soup) sprinkled with a thick layer of parmesan cheese made for a hearty, rich beginning.

Appetizers out of the way, it was time to dig in for the main event. Capellini In Barca (angel hair pasta tossed with clams, green mussels, shrimp and scallops in a tomato white wine) warmed us with its fresh shellfish components and a very delicate, light sauce. Almost a little too delicate as it lacked the punch of flavor that befits all of it’s amazing seafood components. Add the fact that the plate was heavy on pasta and light on the seafood weakened the ensemble a bit. The shellfish were cooked perfectly and it would’ve been nice to have more included.

To round out the night we absolutely savored the Polpettine di Filetto Spaghetti (beef filet meatballs prepared with onion and basil, served in a marinara sauce tossed with spaghetti). The dish was rich, robust, savory, ummmm just delicious and one worth waiting for with its unpretentious, classic taste. Just what the doctor ordered for these pasta freaks.

We were so satiated, we actually chose to skip dessert. A rare occurrence. Hey, pasta is really filling and there is only so much room you know? Even here they have the basics covered from Tiramisu, Cannoli, Gelato and the always present Vulcano (warm chocolate cake oozing (that’s their words) with melted dark chocolate). Spying our neighboring diners, La Strada certainly looked up to the task of satisfying a sweet tooth.

Trattoria La Strada is a good-natured find of a restaurant that strives to deliver well-honed timeless recipes of European flavor. We will be back. Most dishes were in the $20 to $25 range and it’s a great place to bring the kids. There is also an appealing bar/lounge area for clandestine cocktails and dark rendezvous. Enjoy!

The good – an amazingly endless menu, with lots of options.

The bad – while not a deal breaker, service was a tad lackluster (in all due fairness the place was packed to the gills on a Tuesday night) and the shellfish dish needs more shellfish

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  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: 619-239-3400
  • Name: Trattoria La Strada
  • Address: 702 5th Ave