If the creations from Chef Alex Stratta, at the restaurant that carries his first name, are a little too far out of your budget, try the more casual restaurant that carries his last. Acting almost as a dress rehearsal space for the main event, Stratta has everything to love about its fancier brother, with a much more affordable bill at the end.
We didn't want to like Stratta, taking over the space of our much beloved Corsa Cucina as it did, but we were immediately won over by the low-key, loungelike atmosphere, the convivial service, and the casual vibe that seems to encourage sitting and relaxing despite the fact that two of the four walls are open to the casino, thereby putting you under the microscope of gawking tourists.
What you will be eating is a simple yet effective menu of Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, starting with a basket of warm ciabatta bread and homemade pesto, and then graduating to bruschetta, beef carpaccio, and delicate prosciutto. Main courses include wood-fired pizzas, a variety of pastas, and main courses such as osso bucco, veal Marsala, lasagna, and various cuts of meat and seafood. Check to see if they have the potato gnocchi available as a starter; Chef won't put it on the menu unless the potatoes are perfect, and the results are creamy and delicately spiced. Pork chop fans would be remiss in not trying the superior thick cut stuffed with cheese and prosciutto. Yes, that's pork stuffed with pork. You got a problem with that?
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010