We have eaten in several Strada restaurants, mainly in and around London, and have always found them to be reliable, good value, with very good food. The Milton Keynes Strada was certainly not as good as others we have visited. When we arrived, we ordered some flatbread, which we were hoping to eat whilst deciding what to order for our main meal. After quite a lot of debate with the waiter about which bread and which flavour we wanted, our order was taken - or so we thought. We then ordered a bottle of wine, which arrived quite promptly. Assuming that the bread was on its way, we ordered our starters and main courses. After a while the starters were brought to us by a different member of staff. We asked about the bread, only to find that the order had never been made. To his credit, the waiter who had taken the order did come over and apologise when his colleague asked him what had happened. But we were really looking forward to the pesto flatbread and were disappointed not to get it.
The food was mostly good - bruschetta and pollo milanese were average; the mozzarella in the tricolore salad was very good, as was the sea bass and pesto mash. The dessert I wanted wasn't available, so we both had chocolate fondant, which was nice, but not the best we've ever had. The Chianti was good.
We did receive a free glass of limoncello at the end of the meal, perhaps to compensate for the missing bread, although that wasn't clear.
The restaurant is in The Hub, which I can imagine is very lively at times, but it was very quiet early on a Friday evening and the restaurant felt quite cold.
If this was my first Strada experience I wouldn't hurry to find another one.
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