Owned and operated by hospitality savant, Julian Andrei, who created and designed the space integrates his artistic vision referring to his theater directing background to set the stage and bring forth a culinary show for guests every night. The contemporary space is constructed with Andrei’s worldly travels drawing inspiration from avant-garde theater and street troupes in the form of Venetian plaster walls, Romanian artwork and a curated video art installation created by Nataša Prosenc Stearns.
Strada, which is derived from the Italian word, “street,” meticulously blends cosmopolitan world fare drawing utilizing imported flavors from Europe and South America to consciously assemble delicious made-to-order dishes. At the helm, Executive Chef Naziana Herascu and Andrei collaborate to create a shared-plate concept offering a cache of Spanish-style tapas, wood-fired pizzas, leafy greens, hand-made pastas, fresh seafood and prime meats to create an array of options for every palate.
Menu highlights include Andrei’s perfected recipe of Romanian Toast, Amsterdam Croquettes, battered and fried beef served on a creamy dijon tomato sauce, The Mici, a Valarian delicatesse made with homemade sauce with open faced pork and beef sausages served with a mustard and garlic sauce. Other standout dishes include The Nomad Sandwich which layered with pork belly, gypsy bacon, tomato, pickle, chipotle aioli, avocado and cheese on a lightly toasted ciabatta bread and The Embrace Charcuterie Board, loaded with formation of various meats and cheeses including Lomo, sobrasada, gypsy bacon, Pamplona, chorizo, fig cake, green onion, olives, Manchego cheese, red wine goat cheese, ciabatta bread, Jamon Serrano, Truffle Manchego and Valdeon blue cheese.
Strada’s sprawling outdoor patio area plays host to an eclectic Jazz Sunday performance in partnership with KCRW’s Legendary DJ LeRoy Downs paying homage to the rich history of the culture.
The restaurant is open from dinner on Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with an extended late-night menu on Friday and Saturday evening. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Brunch is available on Friday and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.