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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!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


My fellow Rifflandians, if you are giddy about the festival (like me) than no doubt you have already picked up your classy wristband. With Rifflandia kicking off tomorrow night, its time for everyone to put it in high gear!

Until Sunday, September 25, Pizzeria Prima Strada will be giving a free panna cotta (with the purchase of a pizza) to everyone with a Rifflandia Wristband at either of our locations ! The best part? Bridge Street is just a short jaunt away from Royal Athletic Park.

So, if you need a pre-park pump up location or a looking for a post-party wind down, come join us and reap the benefits of that pretty little wristband. Think of it as our way of saying "Thanks for supporting such a cool event, Victoria!"

See you soon, either at one of our restaurants, our Rifflandia tent, or in the middle of the dance floor!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Busy Week for the Mobile!

This week, our mobile pizza oven is making the most out of the nice weather. This past Sunday, we went to Marley Farms in Saanichton for the annual Feast of Fields, and it was GREAT! When we first pulled in, the sky was covered by grim, dark clouds. Then, miraculously, the clouds parted and Feasters were treated to a brilliant blue sky.

As soon as the gates opened, we had a line up and it stayed that way until we ran out of pizza! We gave out over a thousand slices of pizza in three hours!

And although we were too busy to visit most of the other tents, luckily nice people like Gary from Driftwood stopped by our tent to bring us goodies! All in all, it was an absolutely fabulous day!

Missed Feast of Fields? Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTXR_QuvD_A to see what people thought of our delicious pizza.

If you weren't able to catch the mobile at Feast of Fields, have no fear because we will be bringing the oven to the Oak Bay Market tomorrow evening and then setting up shop at Royal Athletic Park for Rifflandia Friday-Sunday. Also, for those with Rifflandia wristbands, you get a free dessert with the purchase of a pizza at our restaurants thanks to Wristband Connect. The Rifflandia Wristband Connect has already begun and will continue until Sunday, September 25, 2011.

With all thats going on this week, theres no excuse to not come out and enjoy some pizza! See you soon!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Winter is Upon Us!

If the weather outside hasn't alerted you to the fact that winter is lurking around the corner, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news: our short, but sweet summer has ended. With the drop in temperature also comes some changes to our hours at Cook St. The Bridge St. location's hours will remain the same (Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00am-9:00pm)

Already in effect, the Cook St. location will now have the following hours:

Monday 11:30am-9pm

Tuesday 11:30am-9pm

Wednesday 11:30am-9pm

Thursday 11:30am-10pm

Friday 11:30am-10pm

Saturday 11:30am-10pm

Sunday 11:30am-9pm

Also, the Cook St. location will be closed Monday, October 3 for a Pizzeria Prima Strada staff event, and Monday, October 10 for Thanksgiving.

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