Downtown's Cafe Strada Sells Handmade Gelato and One Looker of a Cheesecake

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

If the weather weren't so stupid this might actually be useful information. Do yourself a favor, bookmark this post and save it for later because when the sun re-emerges, Cafe Strada could end up on your permanent rotation.

Gianpiero Lorenzo and David Pedack opened the tiny shop downtown about a month ago. Look for the blue structure that might be the ghost of a newsstand between Campisi's on Elm Street and Sol on Main Street. If that's confusing just ask people where the giant eyeball is. Strada is right next to it.

If you stand close enough to the shop and squint you could almost pretend you're in Italy. Pedack and Lorenzo are constantly bumping into each other as they make drinks and scoop gelato behind the impossibly small counter. There's an open Pellegrino on a table and the espresso machine is hissing. All that's missing is a sexy brunette sipping a glass of wine and puffing on a cigarette at one of the tables. Oh, and then there's the chairs and tables shaped like melting ice cream cones -- yep, we're back in the States.

I tried warming up with a medium latte, and when that didn't work I tried a big slice of cheesecake. This picture doesn't really do they cake justice, you have to see it while the whole cake is still in the case. The blend of cheese and eggs rose when it was baked, but then collapsed leaving a perfectly ruffled ridge around the perimeter. It's a looker.

It doesn't taste bad, either. The cake that lined the bottom of my slice was a little dry, but the custard was moist, light and almost like a soufflé. It wasn't overly sweet. Dammit, I should have gotten two of them.

If you're not feeling sweets there are sandwiches potato salad and other savories available, too. You could eat here all day if you wanted to.

Cafe Strada, 1501 Elm St.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.