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  • Lunch at La Strada

    6/23/2015 9:49:03 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    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 aroma of fresh baked pizza. We were seated inside and after examining the menu we found several entrees that interested us. Our server was attentive and courteous. He immediately brought bread to our table (and it was warm and tasty). From our table we were able to observe the kitchen staff at work and they appeared to be quite organized and functional. Our food arrived quickly. I ordered one of the lunch specials - Buckwheat Pappardelle with roasted chicken and vegetables, which came with a small salad of mixed greens with a light viniargrette dressing. My husband ordered the Chicken Alla Diavola, a half semi-boneless chicken with roasted vegetables. The portions were decent. The chicken was well-prepared and flavorful. However, the vegetables were undercooked and did not have much taste. A starch like mashed potatoes or rice would have rounded out the meal. Just chicken and vegetables left a lot to be desired. If I had to rate the restaurant I would give it a C, because was just average. Nothing stood out as being particularly good or particularly bad. There are so many other dining choices in downtown Palo Alto that we probably wouldn't go back.

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