A welcome addition to the riverside in Reading's Oracle Centre, Strada has been well received since it opened its doors.
The restaurant has an open kitchen so you can eatch the chefs as they spin the pizza theatrically by hand. The restaurant seats 118 including an al fresco dining area overlooking the river.
- Outside seats
- Large print menu
- Free wifi
Address20 The Riverside
The Oracle Shopping Centre
Contact detailsTel: 0118 939 4861
Fax: 0118 951 3081
Mon - Sat:
11.30am - 11.00pm
11.30am - 10.30pm
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Highlights were numerous when we visited Reading’s Strada to sample their menu.
We thoroughly enjoyed the piping hot Sciacciatella Aglio Flatbread with its garlicky crispiness. Our antipasto was delightful-especially the unctuous Campania Buffalo Mozzarella, which was nothing like the supermarket blandness I am used to.
The mains were a mixed bag. The pizza was delightful and I would order again especially for the flavoursome mushrooms and tasty, textured artichokes. For me it was a little under-done and I would have preferred it a little crispier. The Orata Al Forno was delicious and cooked perfectly. The Saltimbocca Maiale also went down a treat. I was mostly looking forward to the Risotto Zucca and it his home with the flavours but unfortunately the pumpkin/butternut squash was underdone and not edible.
Our desserts were all a massive hit. Each one was wolfed down but I especially appreciated the beautiful flavour and texture of the Bunet Piemontese which gave an even better chocolate hit than the menu promised.
Service was, as always, excellent. Your manager looked after us well.
A fantastic experience from start to finish. I was joined my wife and two young children. The kids were immediately supplied with colouring crayons and a picture whilst my wife and I were offered drinks and time to choose our meals.
We decided to experience all that the Tasting Menu could offer and really were not disappointed.
The starters were enjoyed by everyone - particularly the Schiacciatella Aglio Flat Bread - absolutely gorgeous.
The mains (of which there were five!) came out to us staggered - which was ideal. We began with the pasta and risotto dishes; the pasta wasn’t to everyone’s liking as it included a chilli ‘bite’ but the Risotto Zucca was a really interesting surprise - it was the one dish my wife had ‘written off’ before we arrived as she doesn’t like ‘sticky rice’ - but this wasn’t that at all and was in fact our stand out favourite dish!
The Quattro Stagioni pizza came next and was pleasant - the artichoke quarter wasn’t popular but was balanced by the lovely, meaty, Luganica sausage.
By the time the final two mains arrived Saltimbocca Maiale & Orata al Forno) we were feeling quite full so maybe didn’t appreciate these as much. The pork fillet was very chewy and whole Sea Bream a bit too boney - but the mashed potato that accompanied the pork was fantastic - creamy and just slightly sweet.
We eventually reached our desserts - typically my daughters loved the ice cream but the Affogato with a hot espresso shot was definitely the adults’ favourite.
This was the first time we had visited a Strada and will, without doubt, be making a return visit; exceptional service with mouth-watering food - a truly perfect combination.
Myself and 3 guests came to Strada Reading to share the tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed it :)
To start, we had
Olives - not so keen on these, very fleshy and green. Maybe one for olive fans!
Schiacciatella Aglio Flat Bread - nice flat bread garlic and rosemary. A good combination of not being too wet or dry. Very tasty.
Antipasto - very nice standard combination of parma ham, salami, speck ham, mozzarella, tomoatoes and bruschetta. Special thumbs up for the olive tapenade.
For mains we had -
Strozzapreti Pugliese - this was by far the tastiest pasta I have had in a long time. It was covered in a delicious red chilli butter and accompanied by luganica sausage and broccoli. Spicy without being overpowering, and very moreish.
Risotto Zucca - nice basic risotto, but I wanted more of the pasta :)
Saltimbocca Maiale - pork with sage butter sauce. This pork was nice and tender, and the sauce very moreish. Top marks for the creamy mashed potato as an accompaniment.
Orata Al Forno - nice sea bream with a very refreshing green salad.
Then we had desserts -
Affogato - this was absolutely delicious! Semi-Freddo Ice cream with hot espresso poured over the top. Could eat this every day!
Bunet Piemontese - a chocolate custard (similar to pannacotta) with crushed amaretti biscuits & a shot of amaretto. This was absolutely delicious and my favourite!
Pistachio Gelato - nice ice cream, but not as exciting as the other desserts.
Overall, the meal was delicious and a high standard which I did not expect from a restaurant chain so I was very pleasantly surprised. The serving team were very polite and efficient. My three favourite dishes and ones I recommend are the Schiacciatella Aglio Flat Bread, the Strozzapreti Pugliese and the Bunet Piemontese. When can I come again?! ;)
Quattro Stagioni - nice 4 seasons type pizza. My guests enjoyed the artichoke slice most.
I was looking forward to trying the new menu at Strada. My husband and I have visited both Florence and Rome, and our memories of the luscious food we enjoyed on our visits are still as vivid as the day our memories were created.
We started with the Olives and Schiacciatella Aglio Flat Bread. The olives were plump green olives in olive oil. They were absolutely divine and their subtle saltiness a great way to whet our appetite for what was yet to come. The Flat Bread had a wonderful crunch around the edges, but still maintained a softness you expect from bread. I found it a bit salty, but it was still a perfect accompaniment to the meal.
Next came the Antipasto. We knew what the ingredients were, but what was delivered was a kaleidoscope of colours. The cured meats were divine. I had expected them to be quite salty and overpowering, but they were the opposite which meant you could taste their subtle flavours. The Napoli salami in particular was very mild in flavour, and unlike the strong and sometimes oily salami’s I’ve had in the past. The olive tapenade had fantastic flavour. Here was the saltiness with the taste of olives and sardines. The buffalo mozzarella was soft and the tomatoes were juicy and had good flavour. The bruschetta was probably the most uninteresting of all the options on the plate, but it too was very nice to eat. The only thing I would have changed would be to remove the bruschetta and instead just offer plain toasted bread on which to spread the tapenade or mix with the other items on the plate.
As the evening we dined at the restaurant was American Thanksgiving, I had to order the Risotto Zucca because of the pumpkin ingredient, as a nod to my American roots. The risotto was creamy with good sized portions of squash mixed in. It was topped with lovely crispy pancetta, rocket and pine nuts. This added to both the textures and the colour of the risotto, and every bit had a different flavour or texture which was very pleasing. The portion size was enormous, so I’m afraid I left some on my plate.
My husband ordered the Strozzapreti Pugilese. He loves spicy food, and said that the sauce had a wonderful ‘kick’ to it. The fresh broccoli on top gave the pasta dish some colour. The pasta was the perfect texture, and the dish as a whole was very pleasing.
We then tried the Saltimbocca Maiale. When we had visited Florence, we had the most amazing pork meal. This Saltimbocca Maiale was just as flavoursome and memorable. The meat was tender and I was almost hesitant to marry it up with the creamy mash, as it was good enough to stand alone. The mashed potatoes were absolutely delicious and the green beans tender. The sauce had enough of a hint of sage to tantalise the taste buds, but not too much to overpower the already tasty and flavoursome pork. It was a great accompaniment to the meat.
I tried to save enough room for dessert, as they all sounded amazing. In the end we ordered the Affogato and the Pistachio Gelato. I’ve never had semi-freddo ice cream before, but I never want to go back to regular ice cream again. The nougat flavour was delicious, and the texture of the ice cream was so light and whippy it was like eating a bit of heaven. I have to admit that I did not create the dessert as I should have done, as I did not pour the espresso over it. But I did use a bit to get the flavours as they were intended. The bitterness of the espresso helped to balance the sweetness of the ice cream. But I preferred it on its own.
The Pistachio Gelato was as I had hoped. Again in our visits to Florence and Rome, we consumed massive quantities of gelato. This gelato was equal to those we had in Italy. Creamy with good, yet not overpowering, pistachio flavour. A wonderful and light way to end a truly fantastic meal.
The menu, flavours and textures took us back to Italy. We were impressed with not only the quality of the food we ordered, but also with the quantity. I cannot imagine anyone would leave hungry or unsatisfied after trying the items on this menu. The flavours, textures and colours with each dish drew excitement for us as it was brought to our table. We both agreed it was the cheapest visit to Italy we have made, and we look forward to returning again soon.