I find nothing more satisfying than finding quality New York food in the most remote places. So when my in-laws were coming for a visit and my wife suggested a ferry trip to Victoria Island, British Columbia I couldn’t help but search for purveyors of New York style food. One restaurant that kept popping up in multiple web searches was Pizzeria Prima Strada. Now that I had a target all I needed to do was a pay a visit.
Now Pizzeria Prima Strada had A LOT going against it. First of all it’s in Canada! Second of all it’s about the furthest part of Canada from New York. Finally it’s in Canada … oh wait I already said that. But never fear, if I let something as simple as a restaurant being in Canada stop me from trying their food, I would never be able to write this blog.
Now after a fairly short ferry ride from Seattle to Victoria and a few days of begging my family to let me get some pizza I finally made my way to Prima Strada. From the second I walked in the door I had a strong suspicion I was in for something really good. There were two pizzaiolos slinging pies like they were truly devoted to their craft. Additionally this pizzeria contained a beautiful looking wood burning oven. Unfortunately having two kids, my wife, and my in-laws waiting in the car did not leave me a lot of time to debate what to order. So I ordered a Margarita and a being enamored with the Margherita pizza it turns out my family was enamored with the Salsiccia Piccante (sausage and roasted peppers) pizza and took them back to our rental house to eat.
As soon as I opened the boxes I was overwhelmed by the look and smell of these pizzas. The crust looked like the perfect width, it had just the right amount of char, and it wasn’t loaded with cheese. I went straight for the Margherita and I was in love. The sauce was that perfect blend of savory and sweet. The curst had great texture and that awesome slightly charred flavor from the wood burning oven.
Meanwhile while I was busy being enamored with the Margherita pizza it turns out my family was enamored with the Salsiccia Piccante pizza. It is a good thing I looked when I did because there was only one slice left. The Salsiccia was also amazing. The fennel sausage added great flavor to the pizza. And the roasted red peppers complimented the sausage perfectly.
Pizzeria Prima Strada was downright fantastic. I drag my family on a lot of crazy excursions for New York food and more often then not they have been unsuccessful. But this time I hit a homerun. I loved it, my wife and kids loved it, and my in-laws loved it. So if you find yourself on the very far west side of Canada on the beautiful island of Victoria I strongly urge you to pay Prima Strada a visit. It might just be the best reason to visit Canada!