Our History

What is La Strada? La Strada is a small family Italian restaurant in Long Beach that is owned and operated by Lisa Ramelow. A fixture in the Long Beach Italian restaurant scene, La Strada was originally opened as Caffe La Strada by her father in 1993. Lisa was on a break from her eight-year career working as a software engineer at Rockwell to care for her two small children. She offered to help her father out, and after a couple of years Lisa became the proud owner of the best not-so-secret Italian restaurant in Long Beach.


Since its opening, La Strada has become one of Long Beach’s favorite neighborhood Italian restaurants. It’s normal for customers to spend a couple of hours savoring our traditional Italian cuisine, laughing with family and friends as they enjoy our unforgettable selection of wines, and soaking up the unmistakable energy that makes so many customers say La Strada is their second home.


What does “La Strada” mean? “La Strada” means “the street,” and with our French doors open to the inviting ambience inside, we are definitely the café “on the street.”





Who is the lady on the menu cover? It’s Lisa’s beautiful mother, Rita. She is 16 in the picture (taken in 1947).


What are La Strada's hours? We serve happy customers at our famous Long Beach Italian restaurant 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A Traditional Long Beach Italian Restaurant With a Flair for Flavor