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Thursday, December 1, 2011

This Holiday Season: Buy a Gift, Get a Gift.

The Pizzeria Prima Strada gift card is the perfect holiday gift! And, we have a little something special for you, too. When you purchase $100 worth of gift cards, we'll give you a free Prima Strada hat or t-shirt! Yep, buy one card for $100 or two for $50 or your favorite combination and you choose a PPS shirt or hat as part of the package. You can include the goodie with the gift card for an extra special gift or keep the treat for yourself (we understand, sometimes it's hard to give). PPS shirts are American Apparel brand and come in multiple sizes and we've got three different styles of hats for you to choose from. Hurry, this promotion is only available while supplies last.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tuscany Long Table Recap!

For the last Long Table Dinner of the year, we decided to go big! Tuscany is one of the most recognizable regions of Italy and is well known for its delicious food and luscious wines. This past Wednesday and Thursday we gathered to celebrate, Tuscan-style.
The meal began with a house made Crostino of chicken liver served on toasted bread. The velvety smooth chicken liver was paired with the aromatic white Vermentino by Poggio Morino.
The next course consisted of a hearty vegetable bread soup called Ribollita, which was a perfect companion for the stormy island weather beating at the garage doors. The soup was served with a traditional Tuscan style bread, which is made without using salt. While it is uncertain why the Tuscans did not use salt in their bread, many believe that it is because of a high salt tax. Either way, the end result is a wonderfully crisp crust with a dense, surprisingly sweet interior. This course was paired with a Prima Strada favourite, a classic Chianti by Castiglioni Frescobaldi.

The soup was followed by what was, in my opinion, the best dish of the evening. Pappardelle alla lepre e chanterelle is house made pasta with braised rabbit and chanterelle mushrooms for those of you not fluent in Italian. The tenderness of the rabbit and the meaty quality of our local chanterelles created an unbelievable dish. And not to be overshadowed, the meal was paired with a knockout wine. The Bolgheri DOC from Tenuta Argentiera Donoratico was simply outstanding. After decanting for hours, this wine was one of the smoothest reds I have ever tried.
And finally, the dessert course was a Panforte Senese. Unlike any other cake I have ever had, this can only be described as a pepper cake done Siena style. Full of hazelnuts, candied orange zest and spices, it was both crunchy and chewy with a rich caramel taste. Served with a scoop of gelato, it was the perfect way to end our Tuscan tribute.The Tuscan dinner was our last Long Table of 2011. But have no fear, the Long Table Dinner series will resume on January 25 & 26, 2012! You don't have to wait until January for another special meal at Bridge Street. We are putting the finishing touches on a very special multi-course Italian New Years Eve menu. Details soon.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Prima Strada Gang Goes to Italy: Finale

And so ends our pretend journey with the Prima Strada crew as they gallivanted around Southern Italy. From the wine tastings to the ping pong tables, it has been quite the ride. Luckily for us, they saved the best for last!

A couple of months ago, a lovely man named Peppe came to Victoria and deemed our pizza VPN worthy. For those of you who are not sure what VPN means, it stands for Verace Pizza Napoletana, or "True Pizza of Naples." Similar to the DOC label you find on that beautiful bottle of Chianti, the VPN certification is awarded to those pizzerias who follow the traditional method of pizza making that has been used in Naples for hundreds of years. And just to give you an idea of how strict the regulations are, only a handful of VPN pizzerias exist in Canada. It only made sense that we received our VPN certificate in the motherland of pizza, Naples.

The gang headed to Ristorante Umberto in Napoli for an unforgettable dinner. Seeing as how the restaurant is run by Massimo Di Porzio, the President of the VPN, you can bet his pizzas taste pretty darn good! After the certificate presentation, the guys couldn't resist jumping in the kitchen to show the Italians their skills.

All in all, the trip was a success. I didn't even leave Victoria and I feel like my life got a little more exciting! If you want to see more photos (they only took around 800) please check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pizzeriaprimastrada. Grazie!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Prima Strada Gang Goes to Italy: Making Fior di Latte

When the Pizzeria Prima Strada gang went to Italy, they learned how to make fior di latte (fresh mozzarella) from an Italian primo! At Prima Strada, we use only fresh mozzarella and fresh buffalo mozzarella on all our pizzas. Ever wanted to know how it's made? Now you can!

Bridge St. Will Be Closed Tomorrow at 7PM

Thursday November 10th we will be closing our Bridge Street location at 7PM for a private function. We will be open for dinner as usual until 7PM, so please feel free to come for dinner before the private function. Also, we will still be open for take out orders until 9PM. I encourage anyone who is interested in a late dinner to head to Cook Street as they will be open until 10PM.

Thank you all for understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Join the List!

Are you wondering what will be on the menu for the next Long Table Dinner? Join our mailing list! Just go to www.pizzeriaprimastrada.com and sign up on the right hand side of the page. It takes seconds and will give you the latest news about our amazing events, like the Long Tables. The newsletter with the Tuscany Long Table menu has yet to be sent, so sign up now to see what will be featured at our last Long Table of the year. Grazie!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Throwing a Holiday Party? We Can Help!

It is almost that time of the year when everyone gets together to celebrate the holidays. And whether it is a large corporate office party or a family dinner, Pizzeria Prima Strada on Bridge Street can help!

With a holiday menu available, booking an amazing party is as easy as telling us how many people are coming on what day. Let us take care of the rest. The menu offers two different price options and is available for groups of 8 or more. Also, our Bridge Street location features long family-style dining tables making it comfortable for large groups to sit together.

If you are interested in booking a holiday party with Prima Strada please email Andrew@primastrada.com for availability and menu options. Grazie!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Umbria Candlelight Long Table Dinner Recap

Wow the last couple days have been fun, am I right? For those of you lucky enough to get a spot at our coveted Long Table Dinner the last two nights I want to start by saying thank you! You were all absolutely wonderful people to have at the dinner and made our romantic ambiance very enjoyable.
The region of the month was Umbria and the food was phenomenal. Also, in cooperation with BC Hydro, we reduced our energy consumption and lit the dining room with only candles!
To kick off the dinner, we started with a Piatto di Salumi. On the plate was house-made bread and butter pickles, oven roasted roma tomatoes, house-made dried fig mostarda, house-made quince paste, spicy cappicollo and lomo from Choux-Choux Charcuterie, with lardo salami and cacciatore from The Whole Beast. A good salumi plate really is a thing of beauty. Paired with this lovely mix of goodies was the wine Est!Est!!Est!!! Di Montefiascone by Falesco. A great wine with a great name!
Next on the menu was what most people considered to be the best dish of the night, the Trota e Funghi. It was an elegant presentation of rainbow trout with chanterelle mushrooms and fingerling potatoes. Served with the trout was a white wine some loyal customers might remember, the Orvieto Classico from Ruffino.

The third course was a Minestra di Farro, which is a house cured ham and spelt stew complete with braising greens. A nice hearty dish for the cold weather outside. It was paired with a wonderful Merlot by Falesco.
And last, but certainly not least, dolci! The dessert of the evening was a Zuccotto which is a sponge cake dome soaked in liqueur and filled with chocolate and hazelnut ice cream. And yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.
Next month will be our last Long Table Dinner of 2011 as we will not be doing one in December. But have no fear, we saved one of the best regions for last. The November Long Table Dinner Series region will be Tuscany! Known for its great wine and amazing food, it will surely be a great meal. Also, because we want to showcase some of the outstanding wines Tuscany has to offer, November's dinner will cost $60 before tax/tip. To book your place for the Tuscany Long Table please email longtable@primastrada.com. Grazie!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Prima Strada Gang Goes to Italy: Part 3

After a few days of relaxing and eating gelato, the Italy crew has got to work. First up on their agenda, eating the local pizza. They went to Pizzeria Da Franco in Sorrento to begin.

Da Franco's pizza is not Sorrento style. It's not Napoli style. It can only be described as Da Franco style, with a mix of fresh and smoked mozzarella on every pie. From the pictures it looks like they asked the right locals! Next on the busy To-Do list is visit a vineyard (talk about tough work!) And while Andrew is all business it appears his wife Vanessa has the right idea.
And what trip would be complete without a visit to Caputo, the company that makes the flour we use to make our authentic pizza in Victoria! They meet up with Directorre Eugenio Caputo for the VIP tour.

They all get a hands on lesson on the milling process and watch the bags fill with flour. These are the exact same bags we use in Pizzeria Prima Strada.

And it looks like Enzo just got hired! Head to toe in Caputo gear, he's ready for duty!There's more work to be done, the gang is heading out for pizza in Napoli next. My mouth is watering already...

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Prima Strada Gang Goes to Italy: Part 2

As if just the thought of the gang in Southern Italy wasn't enough to make you jealous on this rainy Friday, there's now photographic evidence. Fresh off the plane in Napoli, the crew sat down to enjoy the feeling of jet lag. Some took the flight easier than others (I'm guessing) as there is already a beer on that table.

From Napoli they hopped on a bus headed for their temporary home in Piano di Sorrento. Along the way, Cristen managed to snap a picture of the Italian coastline near the city of Meta. When they arrived, their hosts Anna Maria, Emma, and Maria showed them around and made them a true Italian caffe. The next day they explored the markets and the beautiful city of Sorrento. And after a long day of walking they returned to the Villa Jenny to prepare a pork roast with fresh rosemary from the garden, fennel with honey and walnuts, and some rapini (aka broccoli rabe). And what else is there to do while dinner is in the oven than bring the ping pong table into the living room for a couple games?
There are many more photos to come, so put on your best "I'm not jealous" face and get ready because I'm sure that they are only going to get better from here. Ciao for now.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Prima Strada Gang Goes to Italy: Part 1

At this very moment, a group of Pizzeria Prima Strada staff (and some very lucky +1's) are on a plane to Southern Italy. The trip is part reconnaissance, part adventure, and a large part fun!
I'd like to invite you all to join my vicarious trip to Italy as we follow Kathleen, Matt, Geoffrey, Cristen, Vanessa, Ben, Andrew, and the children explore the birthplace of pizza. I will be posting updates about their journey (and pretending that I'm the one holding the camera!) I'm excited, are you?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Best Staff Party Ever!

I want to start off this post by thanking Cristen and Geoffrey Dallas for throwing such an amazing staff party! Every member of the PPS team had a great time and it was fun to see everyone together outside of work. Thank you again.The party began with a little socializing at Bridge St. The team suited up in some Prima Strada baseball t-shirts and started mingling. Thanks to some Driftwood beers and the guys at Puerto Vallarta Amigos serving up some Mexican fare, the soiree started on the right foot. After having our fill we all hopped on a bus and headed down to Sidney for some five pin laser bowling! All in all, the night was wonderful. Bowling with buddies is the best way to spend an evening! To see more photos of the evening please check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pizzeriaprimastrada

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Just a Reminder!

Just wanted to remind everyone that Cook Street will be closed for the next two Mondays. Monday, October 3 we will be closed so that the staff from both locations can get together and have a little fun, and October 10 we will be closed to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanks for understanding and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sardegna Long Table Recap!

Although it is hard to believe that it's the last week of September already, this month's Long Table Dining Series has come and gone. If you are unfamiliar with what the Long Table Series is, I'm going to break it down for you.
On the last Wednesday and Thursday of every month at Bridge Street we host a four course meal accompanied with three wine pairings all focused on a particular region of Italy. The tables seat 24 guests and reservations are a must (to reserve email longtable@primastrada.com). The entire thing is reasonably priced at $50/person (not including tax/tip) and is a great way to meet some new adventurous people! Who wouldn't like to enjoy a dinner with guys like Mark and Jean, who were at last night's Long Table.

This month's region of choice was Sardegna, one of Italy's Mediterranean islands. To begin the night, diners were treated to an Insalata Pomodoro with heirloom tomato, shaved percorino, red wine vinaigrette, basil, and red onion. I managed to snap a photo of Andrew bringing one over to the table before it was devoured. This course was paired with a Cannonau di Sardegna from Santa Maria la Bombarde.

Next on the menu was Calamari Ripieni, which is squid stuffed with anchovy, breadcrumbs, pecorino, garlic, and parsley served with salsa verde. For this course the wine was Vermetino di Sardegna from Argiolas.
And just like the rest of Italy, Sardinians love their pasta. The calamari was followed by a hand made Malloreddus, which is a saffron pasta with sausage and tomato sauce. The sausage was gorgeous, with a slight hint of orange flavour coming through. The chefs work hard to get the pasta to the table while guests sip on a Montessu from Argicola Punica.

And what meal would be complete without a little something sweet? To finish off the night, diners indulged in some Torta di Mandorle which is an almond cake with a berry compote.

Are you left feeling like you missed out? Have no fear because the Long Table Dining Series happens every month! Next month's region will be Umbria and will be held on October 26th and 27th at Bridge Street. (Insider tip: Oct. 27th will also be our Conservation Candlelight Dinner with BC Hydro. We will be conserving energy by lighting the room by candles!) It is bound to fill up quickly so once you know are committed to attending email longtable@primastrada.com to reserve your spot! Hope to see you soon!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Why can't every weekend be Rifflandia?

Those people who made it to the four day festival know exactly what I'm talking about. We proved that there's more to Vancouver Island than giant trees and beautiful beaches. There are also a lot of seriously cool people who love to have a great time! It made me proud to be an Islander and I couldn't be happier that Prima Strada sponsored such an amazing event.

The Prima Strada mobile pizza oven was a part of the action at Royal Athletic Park. We were perfectly sandwiched between WannaWafel and Pig (not bad, right?) and had an unobstructed view of the mainstage! After Kurt, Matt and I got the tent set up, the sun broke through. (I actually heard someone asking for sunscreen!) It was the ultimate weekend for an outdoor festival in Victoria.

Of course, many people took the opportunity to dine al fresco. What could be better than listening to Mother Mother and eating a Margherita?

A couple lucky Facebook and Twitter followers got a free Prima Strada bandana. Check out Bridge Street regular Chris rocking his bandana in the beer garden. Looking good, Chris!

The best part about Rifflandia was that there were so many different venues. Although the usual haunts hosted concerts, this was my first time going to the Phillips Brewery for a concert and it was amazing! I got there just in time to see KO put on an amazing show for the near capacity stage/loading dock set up. And for a day that started off pouring rain, Sunday quickly became my favourite. The sea of afternoon partiers grooved to De La Soul as a final farewell to Rifflandia. The worst part is that I'm already looking forward to Rifflandia 5. Only 364 days and counting! See you all there!
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