- by Samuel M. on 11/21/2014
Best Pizza I've had down here in NC - the closest I've had to New England Pizza. We get the 16 inch "Brooklyn" hand tossed pizza and a Chef Salad. Wow! The crust is fantastic and the sausage is like nothing else you will find around here, sauce is awesome. The salad was fresh and this meal is enough food for at least 3 or 4 people. For around $40 you really cannot beat it... getting there is a joy, driving through the mountains with all of the great experience of enjoying some of the most beautiful driving... and as you sit there eating you overlook the famous Lake Lure (where Dirty Dancing was filmed). The staff is friendly and attentive and the owner is just awesome. Fantastic in every way! Do yourself a favor and try it out when you're in town.
- by Joseph M. on 06/27/2014
Maryann, Thank you for your communiation and I'm glad you enjoyed your pizza. You have just visited Lake Lure on Memorial Weekend, one of the three busiest weekends of the entire year. Our freshly brewed tea is warm when brewed and being so busy, we were brewing fresh batches of tea all day long. If the tea was not chilled enough, all you had to do was request additional ice from your server if you needed it. Our pizza is made by hand and freshly baked. It takes approximately 20-25 minutes from start to finish. I'm sure that there were many other orders ahead of yours (both in the 240 seat dining room/patio and carryout) and it may have taken an extra 10 or 15 minutes before we even got to your order and that's with staffing as many cooks as can possibly fit on the cook's line. A few guests waited up to 45 minutes for their meals during peak volume times this weekend. This is the nature of Summer resort area restaurants on Summer holidays- every year. No matter where you dine, if you are unable or unwilling to wait a few extra minutes, I would recommend dining before or after peak dining hours or avoid dining out on holiday weekends. Regards, J. Mazur General Manager-Owner Partner
- by Maryann C. on 05/26/2014
We ate in La Strada yesterday. Ordered two ice teas and a 12" pizza. The ice tea was warm when arrived and the pizza took 35 minutes to get to our table. Food is delicious, but you must wait a long time to get it.
- by Joseph M. on 07/31/2013
In response to the review below by Alismiles. The guest complained to her server that she didn't like any part of her entree. She was offered another selection and chose not to order anything else. She said she would eat some of her husband's pizza. Although the entree is one of most popular pasta specials, Parmesan encrusted shrimp and grilled salmon over pesto angel hair, we apologized that she didn't like the dish and the entree was removed from the check. When the check was presented the guests became irate that the entire meal was not free. Wanting to speak to a manager, they then proceeded to complain about their disappointment. They were apologized to again and then started to complain that the pizza (which they finished) and child's spaghetti was terrible as well. The husband stood up and said That's it! You just comped this meal! (revealing his objective), refusing to pay the bill. When law enforcement was called the husband threw his payment on the floor and left before they arrived. Although we strive to make every guest's experience exceptional, if an error is made on our part that negatively impacts a guest, we do everything within reason to make amends. If it is just a matter of personal taste, as in this case, we are more than happy to accommodate with a different selection as replacement or removal from the bill if a selection is not eaten. In our 40 years in business, nearly all of our guests have found this policy reasonable and acceptable.
- by alismiles on 07/03/2013
Went to LA Strada on a recommendation and was highly disappointed! As if the food wasn't bad enough, when we tried to address the manager with our concerns, he was beyond rude!!! This was the absolute worst customer service I have ever experienced!
- by paigestanfield on 05/14/2012
La Strada is the greatest hidden jewel on a hill in all of Lake Lure. I’ve eaten here several times and the Pizza is consistently wonderful, the grilled chicken sandwiches are amazing, and the Fettuccini Alfredo was very delightful as well. To top it all of the view is absolutely breathtaking! I highly recommend it to everyone.
- by on 05/27/2011
“Outstanding, fabulous and delicious.”\r We had my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner at La Strada last weekend and it was incredible. The staff was friendly, courteous and professional. Food was fantastic. Everything was delicious, there was plenty of it and we had a wonderful variety of choices. The view of the lake was breathtaking. All in all, we had a fantastic experience at La Strada. \r \r Kudos to Joe Mazur and his wonderful staff! All of our guest were also impressed and many have said they plan to return. Thank you quys for everything! \r \r
- by on 01/01/2009
My wife and I were visiting Lake Lure, which is an absolutely beautiful area set in the mountains of North Carolina. We visited La Strada simply because we were behind schedule and didn't have time to go to the other restaurant we had chosen. However, we were greatly blessed by this turn of events.\r \r As usual, I asked about their specialties and house favorites. The waitress told us of several specials that day and mentioned their lasagna. She also mentioned that many like their pizza. Looking around, I began to notice that several had ordered pizza.\r \r We ordered their ""Brooklyn"" pizza, adding fresh tomato. Our pizza was excellent! I know that we have been privileged to have experienced some of the best pizza in the world, including Lombardi's of NYC (newyork.citysearch . com/profile/7108110), but we couldn't have been much more pleased with the pizza we ate at La Strada. The crust was great, being just crisp enough and without overwhelming our taste buds with sauce, the ingredients flooded our mouths with flavor. \r \r The service was very good and the decor, including the view was excellent. I don't know about the other items on the menu, but from this first-time experience, we will definitely return to La Strada when we have the opportunity.
- by on 04/19/2008
The view was great, one of the locals told us she loved it. When we got there another customer warned about slow service but we had a great waiter. The food was OK, I have had better italian at chains. But it was in the middle of NC, not italy. I did think it was a little too pricey for what we got.
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