Birmingham newcomer La Strada Dolci e Caffe, launched a little more than a week ago on Merrill Street. The new venture by Zharko Palushaj (general manager at Tre Monti Ristorante) oozes European style with a menu to match. Though espresso is available don't expect a trendy barista behind the counter. As promised, bistro staff are dressed to the nines in tuxedos and bowties. In addition to the necessary cappuccino, customers can find a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dessert options at La Strada including everything from bombolone (Italian doughnuts) to pizza and gelato.