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“Simply the Best!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Strada

Strada
Ranked #45 of 78 Restaurants in Harpenden
Price range: $11 - $31
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We're delighted to bring our blend of regional Italian cooking, warm service and stylish interiors to the picturesque and lively town of Harpenden. Serving a delicious menu of regional Italian dishes including pizzas, pasta, risottos and some fantastic meat and fish secondi, Strada Harpenden is the perfect spot for a mid-shopping lunch break or a relaxing leisurely dinner. Check out our Set Menu offering great value on fresh seasonal produce Monday to Friday
Harpenden, England
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Simply the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Having totally messed up my husband's birthday restaurant booking at a far fancier place we ended up at Strada for convenience and I am so so glad we did, it blew the socks off our usual 'special' restaurant.

The service was friendly but not intrusive, the location is lovely, looking out on the green but it was the food that made this meal so special. The scallop risotto was incredible, each flavour was clear and delicious and the steak on rocket salad was tender, generous and clearly a fantastic cut of meat.

At these prices we could afford a bottle of champagne too and the whole meal came to under £100 which means we'll be celebrating far more often.

This restaurant should be no. 1 in Harpenden ... try it and see.

  • Visited August 2012
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good addition to the Harpenden dining scene”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

This is a good example of the Strada chain. Although another Italian in Harpenden could be one too many, but this is working out OK. Our food was very good, fresh and well presented. Pleasant and efficient service too, so very positive really.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ZukeLondon
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Hertfordshire
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129 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Upmarket chain restaurant that does upmarket chain restaurant food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

Popped in for some quick lunch, taking advantage of the 50% off with the Taste card (I'll never pay full price at Strada, Pizza Express, Prezzo etc etc).

I ordered pasta that came with chilli, broccolli, sausage and pancetta and it was tasty and the other half got the Rossa pizza which was alright, but I prefer the Pizza Express pizzas. Staff were attentive and friendly.

Would be happy to come again on a lunch or for a quick meal, but it'd not be a choice for a special occasion.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Meh_81
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Highly enjoyable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

Couldn't fault our experience on a Friday night for 4 of us. Delicious food and excellent and genuine service - staff seemed like they were actually enjoying their jobs and were interested in providing great customer service! Will definitely go back and would recommend. I just hope the consistency is there in line with our first experience.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sonal R
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Herts, Uk
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83 reviews
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“Food Good, Service Friendly but Poor”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Not been there before as there are other places in Harpenden we always end up in.

In truth i shan't be rushing back. We were a group of 8 on a Friday night, and seated upstairs. They certainly appeared to have sufficient staff working - which was good, but our experience suggested they were only firing on three cylinders. Everything took too long.... we were sat down for far too long without menus, then we had to ask for drinks, then we had to wait too long for them, then we had to ask if we could order. This set the scene - although our waitress was nice enough it had the air of somewhere which has just opened. Which we know it hasn't.

I would also suggest that the drink is about 10-20% over-priced, and they don't do the large bottles of beer, only small ones.

The food didn't arrive together to the extent that the last person only got theirs when everyone else had pretty much finished.

But - the food itself was quite good. Well flavoured, acceptable portion size.

I shan't be busting a gut to return there as the combination of the food, drink and service did not wrap up into good value to me. Sort out the service, sharpen the prices and it would work for me.

Visited June 2012
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