La Strada serves homemade Italian food in Belmont Shore

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la-strada-pinupEverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Lisa Ramelow, owner of La Strada Italiano, via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a restaurant in Belmont Shore.

How long have you been in business?:

15 years

For those that don’t know, describe La Strada:

The Best Homemade Italian… La Strada!

La Strada is your neighborhood restaurant. Our customers are a treasured part of the La Strada family and many say we are their second home. Your visit will begin by being greeted by a friendly face, followed by the arrival of a basket of our famous bread that has just been baked in our pizza ovens. What comes next will be the most delicious home-cooked Italian food you will ever taste. From the simple and basic Penne Pomodoro to the more elaborate Lobster Ravioli, all of our dishes are cooked to your order with the freshest ingredients and with extra care.

A new customer commented once that there was something special about the energy at La Strada. We feel that energy comes from the fact that everybody there, both guests and employees, want to be there, love to be there. It’s a good feeling. Come by and visit!

Why did you start La Strada?

I “fell into” this business while helping a relative who was in over his head.

What makes La Strada stand out?

We are family oriented and provide not only good food, but a positive experience of being well-cared for.

What is the biggest success La Strada has had?

Our biggest success has been to thrive in the current economic climate. We are very proud that we continue to serve our guests each day and are humbled at their loyalty.

What is your favorite part of running your business?

The people, both customers and employees. I have watched so many wonderful young people work hard to put themselves through college and then go on to create their own dreams and families.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Trying to keep everything running smoothly requires alot of hours…

What unique talents do you bring to La Strada?

I think my unique talent is that I like to make people feel that they are cared for and accepted for who they are. I extend open arms to all who enter and treat them all with the same loving care.

How is La Strada involved with the community?

La Strada is involved with the community at every level. Our donated gift certificates can be seen at every Silent Auction, and we make substantial food donations to many charities. Lisa, the owner, and the employees volunteer many hours at business association sponsored and other events.

Do you have any future plans for La Strada?

To continue to grow and support our families and the community.

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

“Don’t ever think that if you just finish with all this stuff today, then everything will be fine. You will get a whole new set of issues tomorrow. Once you accept that, it will be easier.” –Bob

One Last Thing:

La Strada has created a 2010 Pinup Girl calendar to support pancreatic cancer research, featuring our servers as the models. We are donating 1,000 to the troops overseas, each one signed by a grateful American. We have received many letters from the troops and it has been an amazing experience to have made a difference in their morale overseas.

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