Located in a beautifully renovated 1880s building on a main thoroughfare in downtown Asheville, Strada, meaning boulevard or street in Italian, bears the ambiance of a storied neighborhood trattoria. Rich woods, warm reds and ochres, low-lit chandeliers, and custom copper architectural elements strike a welcoming tone that’s in accord with the friendly service.
The menu sets forth authentic Italian fare representing all regions of Italy and many of owner Chef Anthony Cerrato’s traditional family recipes. Hand-tossed pizzas, savory pastas, grilled or sautéed meats and seafood, house-made desserts, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options are all made to order and feature locally sourced ingredients from Asheville Urban Farms and Fork Mountain Farm, among others. The drink selection includes local brews on tap, biodynamic and organically produced Italian wines, as well as a host of fine liquors and cocktails. Strada also sells artisan loaves that are baked in-house daily—a great souvenir to savor your dining experience.
Chef Anthony ran his family’s business, Fiore’s Ristorante Toscano in Asheville, for eight years before opening Strada in March, 2012. He is a graduate of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community’s College’s esteemed culinary program, and grew up learning Italian cooking alongside his mother and grandmother.
While staying true to Italian cuisine, Strada sets itself apart in several ways. The restaurant uses all gluten-free flours in an effort to cater to the health conscious and those with food allergies; it boasts a full bakery and produces homemade artisan loaves, cakes and pies; and it is a 3 Star Green Certified Restaurant. Recycling, composting, and utilizing green cleaning supplies and sustainable building materials are a few of the ways the restaurant adheres to an eco-friendly ideology. Strada adjoins Chef Anthony’s other establishment, the Social Lounge & Tapas, a cocktail bar offering bites from the Mediterranean, plus an inviting rooftop patio. Guests dining at Strada may order from the Social Lounge’s cocktail menu, and are also welcome (by request) to enjoy Strada’s menu on the rooftop patio next door. Catering and private dining are available.