A three-course meal at Strada
Every Monday from 12pm Strada have #PizzaMondays where you can have any pizza for just £5.
Main: Fiorentina pizza & side salad
If you follow me on Instagram you would have gathered by now that I'm pizza obsessed. I'm thinking Strada may have noticed this a few weeks ago when I was posting about Pizza on #NationalPizzaDay. So when they invited me to visit their Italian restaurant in Birmingham to stuff my face with pizza, I obviously jumped at the chance.
After a long day at university, I made my way to the Strada restaurant inside the International Conference Centre. When I arrived they gave me a window seat overlooking the waters edge at Brindley Place. They poured me a glass of Spumante Brut Prosecco, this was crisp with delicate flavours and was just what I needed to start off the evening. The restaurant has a contemporary setting with low hanging lights, so I felt very relaxed and couldn't wait to try out the three-courses.
For starters, I ordered the 'Arancini' - crispy rice balls stuffed with melting mozzarella. Served with spicy tomato passata and aged parmesan. Although I expected the crispy rice balls to be more crispy this starter did not disappoint. Dipping the rice balls into the tomato sauce and having some melted parmesan on top was delicious. This meal has since got me craving for parmesan, it's a cheese I haven't had much of before but having it melted in this mouthwatering tomato sauce has really got me craving it. If you were watching my Twitter feed at the time, you would have seen how tempted I was to lick the bowl, I could have easily ate more of this!
For my main meal, I picked the Fiorentina pizza - A bianca base topped with mozzarella, grilled tender stem broccoli, baby spinach and a free range egg. Firstly, I loved the stone baked base on this pizza, it was thin with a slight crunchy crust, which is just the way I like my pizzas bases. The mozzarella and thin slithers of parmesan was delicious too. I wasn't so sure if I would be a fan of broccoli on a pizza, but I surprisingly enjoyed it especially when dipping it into the egg. This was also my first time having a pizza with an egg in the middle so I'll definitely be having it again, as it makes a change to my usual classic Margherita.
Side: Mixed leaf & parmesan salad
To accompany the pizza I had a side of mixed leaf & parmesan salad - with watercress, rocket, baby spinach and parmesan with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salad was beautifully presented and contained all my favourites so this was spot on. Sadly, I did keep forgetting the salad as I tried to make my way through the large pizza, so next time I'll go for the lighter option - a small pizza with house salad, perfect for those with smaller appetites.
Salted caramel ice cream
To complete my three-course meal, I picked one of Strada's most popular desserts, the chocolate fondant - a warm and oozy chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream. As soon as I poked the spoon into the pudding, warm melted chocolate came pouring out and the salted caramel ice cream was the perfect companion. It tasted just like how it looks, heavenly!
Every Monday from 12pm all Strada pizzas are £5, so I recommend visiting to experience some delicious authentic pizza!
Got time to read more food & drink posts?
Disclaimer: Strada invited me for review purposes. All words and photos are my own.