Strada seeking food reviewers

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Potential food reviewers are being sought by a city restaurant to sample their new menu.

With a brand new menu unveiled on Thursday, Strada is now seeking feedback from its customers to discover which will become the new menu-topper.

The restaurant is inviting 20 people to come and sample its new dishes for free and then write a review about what they have tasted. Budding reviewers are invited to register their interest on the website by November 9.

The six pasta dishes include the Strozzapreti Pugliese from Puglia in the ‘heel’ of Italy. The strozzapretti pasta – which means ‘priest choker’ in Italian because it is said to be too good to eat slowly – is mixed with fresh vegetables fired up with a chilli butter.

Rice lovers might vote for the ‘King of Strada risottos’ made from fresh Italian clams or a refreshing minty, green risotto from Umbria of freshly-grilled asparagus spears.

The eight pizzas on offer for top ranking include Pizza Speck, which combines certified DOP Gorgonzola cheese with juniper-flavoured Speck ham from Trentino Alto Adige in the North of Italy – a region that also invented Strada’s lamb shank in a wine and rosemary sauce.

Other meaty contenders include Pollo Milanese from Lombardy, a classic chicken dish that Strada has refreshed by adding lemon zest and Grano Padano cheese to the breadcrumbs. Or there’s marinated steaks served with a Lombardy-inspired Gorgonzola or Sicilian Marsala sauce, sea bass with basil mash, and Tegamaccio, a Puglia-style stew of red mullet, clams, squid, mussels and prawns in a piquant home-made tomato and white wine sauce.

Sweet-toothed diners will be torn between the Cioccolato Fondente with a melting chocolate centre and Tiramisu, the traditional trifle from Veneto which means ‘Pick Me Up’ thanks to its taste bud reviving mix of coffee, cocoa and Mascarpone cheese.

Milton Keynes Strada can be found at 500 The Hub, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2BE, 01908 238900.