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100% top-quality food and service
Member Name: clockface
Advantages: Food is superb, and service is some of the best around in the UK
Disadvantages: Absolutely none; faultless!
I cannot praise the Strada highly enough.
I have eaten at the Strada (ICC Birmingham) several times now before evening concerts. The quality of service is simply superb, and the menu has a wide selection of items.
The Strada is perhaps most famed for its authentic Italian pizzas. I say 'authentic' because they are how pizzas should be, not like those thick flabby things you buy in the supermarket topped with peculiar things like pineapple! I can highly recommend the Pizza Florentine...how do they get that egg to be cooked so perfectly in the middle!?!? Alongside the pizzas, there's an interesting choice of meat, pasta, fish and salad dishes. There is a delightful selection of starters, and some extremely temping deserts (including a chocolate pudding to die for). The food is clearly freshly prepared with top-class ingredients.
For me though, the most important thing about the Strada, is the quality of service offered. No request is too menial for the staff to handle (right down to providing a bowl of water for a guide dog!). The fact that customers have the option to not pay the service charge is an incentive for the waiting staff to provide a really top-quality service. I have never yet seen anyone refuse to pay this charge, and in addition, I've seen many leave tips too.
These days, it's so difficult to find pleasant places to eat; there are so many faceless chains around, but luckily, the Strada really has maintained its individuality.
Summary: A first-class dining experience!