When I found out we were leaving Memphis, I wanted to make sure to hit up some of my favorite Bluff City hot spots (Restaurant Iris, Hog & Hominy, Gus's Fried Chicken and Muddy's Bake Shop, just to name a few). But, there were so many new restaurants to try. My fave dining buddy, Nikki, and I decided to try Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.
Everybody knows I'm a sucker for charcuterie. Give me some good accoutrements, all the better. Strano gave it a good effort. I appreciated the housemade jam and slightly spicy tomato condiment, but I'm not sure they paired very well with the cheeses, especially the taleggio and the cheddar.
For my entree, I had to try one of their housemade pastas. I went with the orecchiette (which Strano offers in half portion and whole portion options). They serve this particular dish with a simple marinara and shaved ricotta salata. The pasta had nice texture, but it desperately needed salt.
Dessert was a cannoli topped with chocolate and caramel sauces. It was a great rendition - crispy shell, fluffy ricotta cream and chocolate chips. It was the best part of the meal.
When I visited Strano, it had been open less than a month. The general manager came to the table and asked how we enjoyed our meal. We said it was fine, but he really insisted that we tell him where they could improve. We offered a couple of suggestions, and he seemed to really appreciate the feedback.
It has been a few months since I dined at Strano, but I feel encouraged that it will be a great, long-lasting addition to the neighborhood.
Strano! Sicilian Kitchen & Bar
948 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104