During a long weekend in Victoria... in the good way (more than two days), we found ourselves enjoying Neapolitan style pizza for lunch at Prima Strada on Cook Street on two of the four days we were in the city.
Our first visit was after walking the mile or so from the Victoria Art Gallery. Expecting to have to wait a bit, we were happily surprised to find that there were still a couple of tables open and we were escorted to a nice little window table where we could do some people watching as we enjoyed a local brew and waited for our order. First up... the house salad and the house meatballs. We had been told that the meatballs were "to die for" and although we are still alive, we were not let down. They were tender and meaty, served with a nicely seasoned red sauce and some house baked bread, they far too easy to consume. The salad, dressed and tossed with a light berry flavored vinaigrette and topped with just the right touch of shaved parmesan, was generous in portion and perfect for sharing.
Pizza was next. We shared the 'Rucola de Crudo'. Baked with tomato, mozzarella, pamigiano, and proscuitto the pizza is finished, out of the oven, with a handful of fresh arugula and a bit more parmesan to top it off.
Really a great pizza.
The crust is classic neapolitan style, made with 00 flour... light, crispy and slightly charred around the edges, thin and pliable, but not doughy, toward the center.
We finished lunch with a scoop of pistachio gelato and headed back toward the inner harbor.
Two days later we found ourselves back on Cook Street. This time after a long walk through Beacon Hill Park. We could not resist a second lunch at Prima Strada. And this time we sat at the bar and got a chance to watch the crew work the wood fired oven.
We shared a different salad, tried the salami selection, and opted for a little more robust pizza this time around and enjoyed it all.
In general we found Prima Strada offered really good food, a nice selection of beer and wine, knowledgable and friendly service and a fun atmosphere for watching people... both inside and outside... along busy Cook Street. It looks like they offer outdoor seating as well... when the weather cooperates.
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