If you've ever been in one of the many small cafes that dot the streets of countless towns and cities in Italy, then you've inevitably longed to go back. They're usually tucked away in a tiny storefront alongside a cobblestone road congested with Vespas maneuvering their way through traffic. Seating is somewhat scarce. You may find it outdoors on the sidewalk or maybe a few stools inside where customers neatly sip on espresso. A deli case is usually filled to capacity with a variety of cured meats, pungent cheeses, decadent pastries, and everything baked. They're the kind of places where you grab and go, or if you stay, you're more likely to stand, instead of sit. Just enough for a quick pick-me-up as you go about your day.
You may ask yourself why there are no such places stateside, and, trust us, we've contemplated that every time we've been cornered into settling for a premade, microwave sandwich and harshly roasted coffee at Starbucks. It's just not the same.
Enter La Strada Dolci e Caffe in Birmingham. It takes you away to those intimate little European bistros and, unlike the typical coffee shops here in the United States, they don't skimp on the niceties of service, ambiance, and, more importantly, food.