The owner is Maurizio, and he is from Turin (Torino) which is the capital of the Piedmont region, and he decided to open a restaurant that not only has the typical dishes that people are familiar with, but he is also exposing Miami to food from other areas of the Italian peninsula.
The menu offers a plethora of options for small plates or sharing plates, like antipasti, foccacine, a nice selection of salumi with formaggi (cheese) and the daily "Cicchetti" which means small bites. With this selection you can try different options that are not really common in other restaurants, for example foccacina with Ossobuco or chicken liver mousse, Sicilian arancine (fried rice balls with different fillings) and check for the typical Piemontese cheese called La Tur which is a dense, creamy blend of pasteurized cow, goat and sheep milk. If this is on the special cheese of the day, you can't simply miss it because it is absolutely delicious.
The menu also offers rissoti, pasta, meat, fish, salads, and raw selections like carpaccio and salmon tartare.
The wine selection is a mix of Italian, South American and California options, including a Sicilian Rosé made from Nero D'Avola grapes that is dry, delicious and affordable. Again, something out of the ordinary.
The desserts are homemade and they can vary. Tiramisú is one of the most popular desserts but if you had enough to eat and prefer something smaller, get an espresso with some biscotti to conclude your meal.
When you walk into the restaurant, you have to go through a short alley which is decorated with hanging plants, it actually makes you feel that you are entering somebody's home, and with the interior decoration they actually accomplished to offer a relaxed and cozy atmosphere without it being too casual.
Strada is located in 3176 Commodore Plaza Coconut Grove, (Miami) FL 33133.
For reservations and information please call (305) 444-1312.