So, I guess there should be a rule that you not write about “chains”. As the case is they normally lack in character and individuality. Someone from head office farms out a routine menu to be rolled out across the company with no sense of personal touch. Furthermore, for a place that is supposed to be Italian, you worry just how Italian it is when it is a case of mass production.
Strada in St Katherines Dock is not an impactful statement. It is okay food. What makes it more interesting is its location. A little dock with boats, outdoor seating, next to the river and a feel of almost being abroad. It is full of tourists and locals having a summer day wander. There are different levels of dining here from Zizzi to Tom’s Kitchen. Quick, easy, cheap dining or the opportunity to shell out that little more to feel special.
For starter, Valentina, who is Italian in case you didn’t know, had the flatbread with tomato sauce and pesto. I had what is normally known as tricalore with fresh basil, avocado and mozzarella. Both were tasty. Filled the gap for being hungry.
Orecchiette Pugliese, which is “little ear” pasta with luganega sausage, pancetta, tenderstem broccoli and grana padano. Valentina had Rigatoni Carbonara, with crispy pancetta, peas, black pepper and lemon in a rich grana padano sauce. Both mains were a little dry, but were still tasty and good size portions to take care of our hunger during our break from walking along the river.
2 Tower Bridge House
Saint Katherines’s Way