*Disclosure - We received a complimentary meal at Strada in exchange for coverage - all thoughts are my own*
We were recently invited along to Strada in Cardiff Bay for a family meal for an introduction to their fresh meals, which includes homemade foods and local produce. Strada is an Italian restaurant and serves a wide range of foods including pizzas, pastas, burgers and more.
On arrival we were greeted by a friendly waitress who quickly showed us to our table, which had a baby seat waiting for us. We were handed adults menus and a child's menu, complete with stickers, crayons and activities.
We decided to order some bread and olives to pick at while deliberating over the menu. On the recommendation of our lovely waitress we ordered genovese which is an Italian flatbread topped with Passata sauce, fresh oregano and basil pesto (£4.25). The olives were marinated in fresh rosemary, lemon and garlic (£3.25) and were super tasty. I can't believe that just a few years ago I hated olives, I love them now!
To start I ordered the Arancini (£5.95) "Crispy rice balls stuffed with melting mozzarella. Served with spicy tomato passata and aged Parmesan". Spencer ordered the Bresaola (£5.95) "Tender slices of cured beef carpaccio, shaved Parmesan, rocket and sticky balsamic." We wouldn't usually order a starter for Aria, she takes so long to eat that we tend to order her main to come out with our starters, at Strada you get a starter, main course, side, dessert and drink for £6.75 if ordering from the kids menu. As the starter was included lucky Aria got to have a starter too.
For our main courses I ordered the classic Strada Burger (£10.75) "7oz burger, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and skin-on fries" and topped it with caramelised onions (£1) and avocado (£1). Spencer ordered the Cotto Ham & Funghi pizza (£11.25) "Tomato, mozzarella, Cotto ham, brown cap mushrooms, Kalamata olives and fresh oregano" and for Aria we ordered the Margherita pizza with a side of skin on fries.
Regular readers and friends will know that where I am concerned no meal is complete without a pudding, preferably a chocolate pudding. Naturally I ordered the chocolate fondant (£5.45) "Warm and oozy chocolate pudding with salted caramel ice cream", Spencer ordered the Panna Cotta (£5.45) "Smooth and creamy, served with smashed honeycomb and fresh berry compote" on the recommendation of our waitress and for Aria we ordered the chocolate and hazelnut pizzetta "Warm dough topped with melting hazelnut chocolate spread".
We really enjoyed our meals and overall experience at Strada, Cardiff Bay. The staff were amazing and super helpful, the food all arrived in a decent time frame and tasted delicious. As you can see by Aria's varying facial expressions even she thoroughly enjoyed herself.
Aria did end up eating a bread based dish for every course, but that wasn't through lack of options on the menu, just poor choices on my part! The only drinks on offer for children are water, milk and organic juices and smoothies which are a great alternative to the usual sugary drinks on offer.
While we were at Strada we took a look at their Christmas menu and were impressed to see that almost all of the menu is Gluten Free and caters for pretty much everyone.
We will definitely go again.
Have you eaten at Strada?