Over Easter weekend we were invited to our nearest Strada restaurant, in Reading, for a family meal. Easter is a great time for spending time with family and what better way to do it but in a nice restaurant where you can try new food, take your time and then not have to do the washing up?
Strada was empty when we got there – one of the reasons we love eating out at 5pm. The lunch rush had finished and it wasn’t quite late enough for most dinner times. So we picked a table in a corner and the children settled down to investigate their activity packs whilst Hubby and I browsed the menu.
The children’s menu was great with three courses and a drink for under £7 but until 10th April Strada are offering that same children’s menu for just £1 when purchased with a full prices adult main course – incredible value!
For starters the children had a choice of veg sticks or garlic bread with mozzarella. We ordered one of each and they shared, with the staff giving us extra plates for them. Both were good portion sizes and the veg sticks came with a lovely homemade tomato sauce.
I chose the Antipasti for my starter which was a great mix of meats, mozzarella, avocado, breads and pickles. The addition of avocado was lovely and I really enjoyed the dish – just the right portion size to start with.
Hubby had the Arancini which are crispy balls of rice with smoked mozzarella, spicy tomato sauce and parmesan. The crispiness of the arancini and the sauce worked perfectly together and it’s a starter we would definitely recommend.
The children had a great choice of mains with not only pizza or pasta – like most Italian restaurants, but also steak, risotto, chicken or fish. It was a much more varied and grown up menu for children than many other restaurants and it’s lovely that children can eat pretty much the same as their parents if they want to.
Little Man chose to have his favourite tomato pasta – Penne Pomodoro, and LP had the Margherita pizza although the staff were happy to put pepperoni on it for her too. The children’s portion sizes were great and the children loved their meals although all children’s mains came with either a side salad, fries or potatoes and so they both filled up on fries and didn’t eat all of their pizza and pasta. In hindsight just the pizza or pasta would have been enough for them.
For our mains I had a pizza. I chose the Rustica as I loved the sound of the toppings – tomato, buffalo mozzarella, roast sausage, caramelised onions, capers and artichokes. It was heaven on a plate and a really lovely mix of flavours for a pizza.
Hubby went for a steak as although we love traditional Italian restaurants and the great choice of pizza or pasta it’s so lovely to also have the choice of something from the grill – or even a burger. Hubby’s steak was cooked to perfection and came with a good size portion of fries and peppercorn sauce. He really enjoyed it and would order it again.
We couldn’t go out for dinner and not have desserts – especially as the children always expect ice cream in any restaurant! They weren’t disappointed as they were presented with dishes of strawberry gelato complete with a chocolate straw. The perfect dessert for any child!
Hubby chose the Pannacotta which he said was lovely and reminded us of our pre-children holiday to Rome – a fantastic place with amazing food – including the Pannacotta! He also had a latte which was the perfect way to finish off his meal.
I went for the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake which came with both lemon curd and berries. I would have happily had it just with the lemon curd but the berries added a nice twist to it and made for a really lovely dessert.
Our meal at Strada was perfect. By the time we left the restaurant was filling up but it still had a lovely ambience, candles on the tables and a really welcoming feel. The children were made to feel like extra special guests and were even presented with a Strada bag of goodies as they left – just another activity book, crayons and a balloon but it’s something they loved and made them feel so lucky – even after such a lovely meal too.
Strada was a great place for a family meal. The service was great and the menu was really varied, great quality and just so enjoyable. We will definitely be back – maybe even before 10th April to make the most of Strada’s Kids Eat For £1 offer.
Disclosure: We were invited for the above meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are our own.