Starting today, Tuesday 2nd July, popular Italian restaurant group Strada has revealed its bold series of menu changes that are sure to surprise (and delight) its customers.

Prior to the launch, the new menu items were piloted at 19 restaurants, providing Strada with an insight into customer’s reactions. Additionally, Strada conducted a customer survey (over 2,000 respondents) which has had a large impact on the direction of the dishes and ingredients.

The changes, overseen by newly appointed Executive Chef, Nico Tortorelli, include a completely new style of pizza (listen for the crunch!), many casual additions to the starters section, and a wave of easy-going, Italian dishes across the pastas, salads, and all the way to summertime desserts.

Pizza, according to Chef Nico, was one of the most important elements of the change: “We cook our pizzas longer to create a crisper caramelisation in the crust and toppings”, he explains. From mushroom and walnut pesto, drizzled with lemon juice, and shredded chicken with smoky paprika and tomato marscapone, to superbly spicy ‘Nduja sausage, guests are sure to be ‘wow’ed in the summer line-up of both meat-lover’s and vegetarian friendly pizzas being fired up (always hand-stretched to order). It’s also down to the top secret, new pizza sauce recipe which includes both sundried and vine-ripened tomatoes.

“In Italy, food is all about sharing, and more than ever, diners want to try many different flavours in one sitting, which is why we’ve delivered with a really fun starter selection for them to explore and share”, explains Nico. Just a few of these fresh, bold flavours to experiment with on a sunny patio include:

  • Funghi al Forno, sliced mushrooms, walnut pesto, baby onions, charred baby tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon juice, served on grilled focaccia
  • Panzanella salad, a zingy mix of baby tomatoes, capers, cucumber, red onion, basil, parsley and crisp focaccia pieces, served in a rocks glass
  • Polpette meatballs, topped with smoky paprika and tomato marscapone

Guests will notice ‘spicy’ plays a big feature in a number of dishes on the new menu, which comes in part from the results of Strada’s survey. “Thousands of guests shared their thoughts on everything from flavours to preferred herbs”, Chef Nico continues, “and from that, over 60% said they wanted spicy, which we’ve given to them in our starters, pizzas, and pastas.” Look out for the Strozzapretti Roberto, a masterpiece of luganega sausage, salty pancetta bacon, spinach, hand-twisted pasta, coated lightly with chilli butter and hard cheese, named after the Chef who brought the recipe to Strada, named Roberto, based at Strada Horsham.

Last but not least, desserts are another area Strada’s chef paid a lot of care to when making these exciting changes, including:

  • Cherry & Ricotta Cheesecake of juicy cherries and creamy ricotta cheese on a biscuit base, served with berry coulis
  • The new summer hero is a Limoncello Trifle, with layers of limoncello soaked sponge, lemon curd, amaretti biscuits and fresh whipped cream, with blueberries and fresh mint.

Not to miss is the Strada summer drink list changes, including some new Italian wines, Champagnes and Prosecco, such as a pink bubbly named ‘Val D’Oca Punto Rosa Millesimato’ which boasts a floral bouquet and flavours of strawberry and cranberry.

Strada is a group of contemporary Italian restaurants with 69 sites across the UK, serving simple, freshly prepared dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients.

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Notes to editors:

  • Strada Wimbledon is launching the new menu on Tuesday, 9th July
  • Strada offers great quality, freshly prepared pizzas, pastas and risottos served in stylish, contemporary surroundings.
  • Website: www.strada.co.uk
  • Twitter: @stradatweet; #StradaSummer
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