Monday, April 16, 2012

Cerrato opens Strada Italiano on Broadway

After an unexpected closing of Fiore's Ristorante Toscana last month, Anthony Cerrato opens his new Italian restaurant called Strada Italiano.  Strada is part of the Booker Cerrato Group (Eric Booker and Anthony Cerrato) which also owns Sazerac.

A peak in the window of Strada
I talked with Anthony who had the following to say about Strada.
Strada means street or boulevard in Italian. Broadway is a main boulevard within Asheville and is an up and coming food destination within the city. I feel like Broadway, as a high trafficked street, is the right location. We want to keep the food fresh and the restaurant fun and affordable. My family is from all over Italy and the cuisine is Italian regional using family recipes as well as researched recipes in order to use the fresh products from Western North Carolina. Strada is a truly authentic Italian restaurant combining the best of Italy and Western North Carolina. Now I can do everything that I wanted to do that I wasn’t able to do previously.
Strada takes the history of old family recipes and concepts and adds fresh ingredients with Anthony's personal touch. Some old favorites can be found on the menu alongside of some new menu offerings as well.  Strada Chefs, Cameron Langston and Chris Bangert, worked with Cerrato on new menu items.  This includes stepping into a lunch menu that is authentic Italian using traditional ingredients such as chick pea flour, which is gluten free, to make the lunch wraps.

Bread is baked in-house and available for purchase to take home as well
Strada also offers a full Italian bakery offering fresh baked choices daily.  A stone oven was installed to bake the bread and pizzas for the restaurant to give it that fresh hearty taste.  In addition look for the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu which also incorporates that wonderful taste of Italy.

Pesce Fritto is an appetizer of battered White Fish and Scagliozzi (fried polenta sticks) with Marinara ($7.)
Cerrato bragged on Trey Greer, owner of Elm Construction that did the remodel of the building creating Strada.  He said that Greer gave him inspiration in the design of the restaurant and was amazing to work with.  Anthony stated not only did Greer know all the codes, worked well with the city but also cared about the new business they were building.  Cerrato also was impressed that the crew was hard working and professional.  The entire remodel was impressive in scope and timeliness taking only 2 1/2 weeks to complete.

The Gabriel is a delicious salad with caramelized Pancetta, Fennel, Arugula Citrus Vinaigrette ($12)
A soft opening for Strada was held on March 27 honoring the restaurant's address of 27 Broadway. While it really wasn't planned that way, it served as a good lead into the new location. The space has a different feel and look to it than Fiore's but not so much that you won't recognize the personality.

Pizza with house made dough is available.  Classic Cheese offers Buffalo Mozzarella and Provolone Cheese mix:  10in $9 14in $12 18in $16
Additional Toppings Available:
Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Sweet Sausage, Spicy Sausage, Meatballs, Chicken, Salami, Beef, Mushrooms, Red Onion, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Spinach, Brocollini, Tomatoes, Figs, Goat Cheese, Basil
Cerrato seems to keep himself busy around Asheville. Besides opening Strada, he is also the President of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, Consultant/Owner for Best Chefs LLC, Board member of the Asheville Downtown Association, board member of Pack Square Conservancy and is also co-owner of Sazerac with Eric Booker.  He has been an active part of the downtown Asheville community for some time and is obviously planning to continue to influence the city moving forward.

Contact Information
(828) 348.8448
27 Broadway
Asheville, North Carolina  28801

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