Submitted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:51pm [Dine in]
I too took my daughter for dinner last Monday. The patio entrance looks really nice and inside the decor was neat and clean but a bit sparse.
We were the only ones there but it was a Monday in November so not entirely surprising. Our server was very friendly.
They have a small menu - not always a bad thing but this time just not quite enough options. My daughter and I shared the couscous with Chicken. It came steaming hot and had a very generous portion for us to share. The couscous and chicken were cooked perfect but the vegetables were a bit over done for my taste. It seemed a bit under seasoned but I declined the salt and pepper offer when the meal was brought out and it could have used it.
It felt like comfort food on a cold November night - a meal my mom would have cooked.
We ended with the baklava, which was good.
A couple of things to note - for whatever reason the lights seemed to have power surges and would flash very bright every few minutes - it was a bit concerning.
They did not have juice to drink - only soda, coffee and tea.
The bill came to $21 and I felt it was a good price and we will probably be back another time that we are too busy to cook. I would like to see some other items added to the menu to try, however.
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Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 10:55pm [Dine in]
I've certainly heard the buzz about Prima Strada, so when the opportunity came up last minute to go in for a quick dinner on a Monday night, I thought it would be the perfect place to go. For a Monday I was surprised to see how busy it was - a good sign. There was a line when arrived but we were willing to sit at the "bar" overlooking the cooks making the pizza, facing the oven. It was great to be able to watch the process from start to finish. Our service was quick and efficient although it was too busy for anything more. The room was quite loud and certainly not a place to linger over conversation. I ordered the Cannollini beans, which were very simple white beans with, olive oil and parmesan baked on top. I thought the flavor would shine through it's simplicity but it was very disappointing, uninspired and flavorless. The side bread sticks which came with the dish were fantastic. Next the Romano pizza came out. This time the flavors were incredibly strong, so much so that I could not finish but my husband loved it. Our waitress apologize several times for knocking my husband's elbow each time she passed to cover off her section, due to the close quarters. She promptly brought out bill but it was the wrong one. As she immediately walked away after dropping off the bill we had to flag down another server who then had to go find her.
Over all it was good - not great and if I lived in the neighborhood I think I would pop in to grab a pizza to go or a casual bite but it wouldn't cross my mind as a place to go for dinner.
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Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 8:41pm [Dine in]
We were greeted by our very personable and professional host /server. The Chef was actually making the pasta by hand when we arrived and upon ordering we were invited into the kitchen to sneak a peak at the process - an experience I have never had anywhere else. Nearly all of the ingredients used in our meal were local and during dinner service we actually witness a local supplier stop by with a huge barrel of freshly picked chanterelle mushrooms. We later heard that those would be put to immediate use and incorporated into our pasta dish. The Chef came out to check on us and spent time to explain the dishes and the region in Italian that the recipes came from.
I started with the Bresola that melted in my mouth with the complimentary bread - from The Italian Bakery with beautiful olive oil and Modena balsamic vinegar, my partner had the Insalata di cesare which was equally impressive. We both had the special pasta - how could we not?! A rich and savory rabbit ravioli, with grilled chanterelles and local seasonal veggies, paired of course with an amazing wine.
We finished with a latte and tiramisu - which I never thought I would be able to finish but it was so light and airy that there wasn't a bite left on the plate.
It was an incredible meal and I plan on returning many times.
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