There’s nothing like a Saturday girly date with your sister. There’s also nothing like a pizza date either! So the other weekend Little Pond and I headed to Strada in the Mailbox for an epic pizza feast.
Situated in the Mailbox, Strada felt very chilled out when we arrived and we were able to choose a table somewhere out of the way. This was probably because we were on the later side of lunch so it was quieter, but this was perfect for catching up.
My sister picked the Arancini, these were wonderfully crispy and the melting mozzarella inside was perfect. The Arancini were served with a spicy tomato passata, topped with Parmesan, which was delicious- the perfect accompaniment. I picked the Crispy Squid with caper mayonnaise and sweet paprika. The batter was perfect, not soggy at all and the mayonnaise complemented the squid, I could’ve had a bigger portion, but that is me just being greedy!
We also had a couple of cocktails, both spritz style drinks. My sister the Lemon Spritz, which is limoncello, limonata, topped with prosecco. I had the Elderflower Spritz, St Germain and limonata, also topped with prosecco. Both were refreshing and perfect to start a meal with, if it wasn’t for our plans later in the day, we probably would’ve had a couple more of these!
The Main Event: Pizzas
Next was the main event, the pizzas. At Strada they make it really easy to customise your orders so you can have what you want. My sister went for the Margarita, but added Cotto ham and caramelised onions. I picked the Rustica, a pizza with roast Luganica sausage, caramelised onions and I went with roast peppers instead of capers and anchovies. Both pizzas were perfectly cooked, not greasy at all and the bases were wonderfully thin and crispy. My sister and I were both very impressed with the standard of the pizza.
Whilst we were pretty stuffed but still thought we’d check out dessert. My sister picked the Chocolate Fondant, which can be hit and miss as a choice, but this was definitely a hit! Wonderfully gooey in the middle and it was teamed with the most wonderful vanilla ice cream. I picked the Tiramisu, sadly not realising it would be alcohol free. Yet another disappointing restaurant tiramisu! The coffee wasn’t particularly strong either. So I stole some more of my sister’s, she definitely won out of the dessert choices here.
Despite the dessert, the rest of the meal was very good and the pizza was incredible. The service was fantastic, and nothing was a problem for the staff. If you want to check out Strada, you should head there on a Monday. They have £5 Pizzas on Pizza Mondays, you can pick any from the main menu! My sister and I are already planning on heading back for Monday night pizza.
Have you been to Strada before? What pizza would you pick? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We received our meal at Strada free of charge. As ever all words, opinions and photos my own.
P.P.S. For the yellowy photos, the lighting wasn’t brilliant – food blogger woes as per!
P.P.S. Strada is located at The Mailbox, 109-111 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1XL.