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La Strada Dolci e Caffé /// A slice of European elegance in downtown Birmingham offers an impeccable little menu of Italian dishes and an array of coffees and espresso in a serene setting of crystal chandeliers, paintings, and marble-topped tables. All of the items were individually chosen by proprietor Zharko Palushaj of Tre Monti, Hour Detroit’s 2013 Restaurant of the Year. Panini, fresh green salads, minestrone, and pastries are prettily served, and the table appointments and furnishings live up to Tre Monti’s standards. 243 E. Merrill St., Birmingham; 248-480-0492. B, L, & D Tue.-Sat., L & D Sun. $12 H

 

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