Pizzeria Prima Strada Review
Pizzeria Prima Strada caught my eye when I was researching for foodie options in Victoria because they had a proper wood burning oven fired to 875°F, they use “00” flour, and they have Mozzarella di Bufala. They have two locations. The Cook Street location doesn’t take reservations but the Bridge Street location does for parties of 6 or more.
We went to the Cook Street location for an early Sunday dinner because I knew I’d be waiting in line if we didn’t. We got there at about 5:30pm and by 5:45pm, the place was full. Keep in mind though, it was a long weekend so it might be slightly less busy on a regular Sunday.
The restaurant is very family-friendly and feeds a mixed clientele. You can choose to sit at the bar and watch pizzas being made as you eat.
Service was without issue and food came at a reasonable time. The only thing that really bothered us was the amount of flies inside. There are no open windows and there were a lot of flies circling around above the dining room and sometimes they’d take a dip and come close…so we kind of felt like we were in the wild needing to guard our food.
Margherita Pizze ($15) – 4/5
Tomato, Fairburn Farms Mozzarella di Bufala, Basil
I was really looking forward to trying the Mozzarella di Bufala, which is real mozzarella made with buffalo milk. I am not sure if I set my expectations too high or if it was because I was eating it along with other ingredients, I didn’t find it as amazing as I would have expected. I tried comparing it to the cow’s milk mozzarella on the pepperoni pizze and the only difference I could taste was that the buffalo was was chewier.
Nevertheless, the pizza was tasty. You could see the beautiful leoparding at the bottom of the crust. If you eat it right away, you’ll enjoy a crispy bottom with a slight moist and chewy center. Thereafter, you lose some of the crispiness although it’s still tasty.
Traditionally, you’ll see three pieces of basil but Prima Strada chooses to scatter more around and I like that it elevated the fragrance of the pizza a lot more.
Pepperoni Pizze ($15) – 4.5/5
Tomato, Choux Choux Pepperoni, Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino, Garlic, Chilies, Oregano
If the Margherita Pizza was good, the Pepperoni was great. It had the same crust as I described above but it was also loaded with garlic chips and chili flakes and oh-so-flavorful! We thoroughly enjoyed this.
Tartufo Affogato ($7) – 3.5/5
Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato with a Vanilla Centre rolled in Cocoa Powder, topped with a shot of Espresso
The tartufo was huge and you really get your money’s worth. The gelato tasted fine and the vanilla flavors in the middle were very good. I have always liked affogato (i.e. adding a shot of espresso to gelato) because it balances out the sweetness of a gelato.
All in all, even if it may not be the most authentic Neapolitan pizzas, they are certainly tasty and worth a visit.