Pizzeria Prima Strada (Victoria, BC)

Prima Strada Pizzeria (Victoria, BC)

I had heard great things about Pizzeria Prima Strada from the online community (you can find Prima Strada on Twitter), as well as on my media kit. I figured I had to try it at least once during my Victoria trip.

When my friend Chris Parsons and I were making decisions on where to dine I mentioned Prima Strada and he agreed it would be good to try it out. Located almost kitty corner from my beloved Rosie’s Diner on Cook and Oxford, Prima Strada looked like a very happening place. So happening that the 10-15 minutes wait that they promised Chris when he called on advance quickly transformed into 45 minutes to an hour.

There is no place on this planet where I will wait for 1 hour to eat at. Well, that’s not true. Perhaps the only restaurant where I would wait that long for a table would be Maxim’s in Paris, France. And I did feel like telling Chris and his girlfriend that there would br NO way I would wait for so long to get into Prima Strada (we were 3 people so it’s not like we had a huge group). But I didn’t, and so we waited.

Prima Strada Pizzeria (Victoria, BC)

We decided to put our names down in the wait list and cross the street to get a drink at The Beagle. Prima Strada promised to call us when our table became available. We had a beer for about an hour and then walked back. We still waited a few minutes still but our table was ready quickly and our server was extremely prompt.

We ordered an appetizer of meat balls (absolutely delicious with the meat cooked to perfection and the sauce seasoned just right). We then ordered a Carne pizza (with lots and lots of meat) and a Rucola Pizza (packed chock full of the most exquisite prosciutto and arugula).

Prima Strada Pizzeria (Victoria, BC)

Both pizzas are thin crust and they were so filling and tasty we couldn’t finish them both between the 3 of us. Our combined bill came to about $60 which is not unreasonable at all for a night out in the town with friends.

Prima Strada Pizzeria (Victoria, BC)

Would I come back to Prima Strada? Yes, of course. Is the hype warranted? Totally. Was the food good? Not only good, absolutely fantastic. Did I enjoy waiting for an hour to eat? Absolutely not, and if the next time I come back the wait is predicted to be 45 mins to an hour, there is not a chance in hell I will be waiting that long.

Prima Strada is one of those restaurants you need to try at least once in your lifetime. Prima Strada’s pizza could, very well, be the best pizza I have ever had in my life.

Pizzeria Prima Strada (Cook St.) on Urbanspoon


Disclosure: While I visited Victoria invited on a media trip, we all had dinner at Prima Strada on our own dime. I just wanted to share my experience having dinner at a place that was heavily recommended online and on my media kit. I wasn’t paid to write this post, nor was I required to do so either. In anything I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.

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Comments (4)

Michelle ClausiusNovember 2nd, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I always appreciate so much your transparency Raul.

RaulNovember 2nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Thanks so much, Michelle! Disclosing any sort of material connections and anything that would put my integrity as a blogger at risk is important to me. So when I am offered a complimentary meal, I say so. And the feedback I got from others is that they also appreciate when I am NOT getting a complimentary meal (or anything like that). I prefer to be an over-discloser :)

Lornna OlsonNovember 2nd, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Raul, you probably might know that Pizzaria Prima Strata has a second location on Bridge st that is not only way more contemporary in design but it never has a line up -ever!! The food and service are the same-supurb!

GillianNovember 5th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I’ve actually found that the wait is not usually as long as they say! More than once I’ve only been 1/2 way through my excellent Driftwood Farmhand Ale at the Beagle when they have called to tell us our table is ready!! The pizza is definitely worth the wait though!!

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