King of Cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano: Buy bulk, freeze and don’t throw away the rind! Arguably, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan or Parm) is one of the more expensive cheeses you’ll find at the market. That’s due to it’s aging process (between 12 – 36 months) and strict regulatory inspection by the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano.  It’s the real deal and it’s worth it!

Although you’re not going through wheels at home, we do recommend buying in bulk if you can. We’e confident you can find plenty of uses for that large wedge of cheese. It’s our go to snack and we add it to so many dishes: eggs, salads, soups, pasta and of course pizza!  Don’t be fooled by the seemingly inedible hard rind of the real Parmigiano Reggiano. It’s a keeper and it just so happens to be one Italy’ s biggest kept secrets.

Collect the rinds, store in an air tight container and toss in the freezer. They’ll store for as long as you want, for years if you need them to but we suspect they won’t last long.  Keep a keen eye for them at the market. We’ve seen them for cheap! Don’t mind the strange looks received in the…

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Melanzane alla Parmigiana
From the PPS Kitchen: Melanzane alla parmigiana

Melanzane alla parmigiana is a classic Italian dish, a hit on the PPS summer menu and a great recipe to share! With the official arrival of Fall just days away that means the PPS menu will be changing too.  We’re shifting away from this popular dish to try something new.

eggplant prep

Eggplant: Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Lightly salt both sides and lay on a cooling rack with a bake sheet below for 30-45 minutes to allow the eggplant to release it’s bitterness.

Place eggplant on lightly oiled roasting pans, flip slices over ensuring to oil both sides and roast in the oven at 400 degrees until browned and softened. Breadcrumbs: Use day-old baguette or bread and cut into a small dice. Toss in olive oil, butter, coarse salt and pepper and toast in the oven.  While still warm, re-toss with parmigiano and finely chopped parsley.

Melanzane alla Parmigiana Prep Prima StradaUsing an oven friendly dish, ladle a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom. Layer…

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Summer Bruschetta Recipes We’re Making

We can eat bruschetta for every meal – from indulgent breakfast to an afternoon snack, crostini are the perfect vehicle for cheese, meat, berries, honey – the list goes on.  Most of all, we’re fortunate to live near and feast on the many local farms on Vancouver Island.  Try one of these simple recipes for your next block party or summer bbq!  Mangia!

Breakfast Bruschetta: Use your favourite baguette sliced in rounds and toasted.  Smear with mascarpone, top with fresh berries (all of one or a medley – blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, logan berry).  Drizzle with honey.

Figs & Gorgonzola: Preheat broiler. Slice your favourite baguette in rounds and place on baking sheet; brush with olive oil. Slice fresh figs, layer crumbled gorgonzola & thinly sliced prosciutto. Drizzle with honey & top with fresh cracked pepper.

Strawberries & Ricotta: Preheat broiler. Slice your favourite baguette in rounds and place on baking sheet; brush with olive oil. Smear with ricotta and top with fresh sliced strawberries, basil & drizzle with a balsamic reduction. Season to taste.

Buon appetito!

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Summer Spritz, Prima Strada cocktails
Summer of Spritz at Prima Strada

It’s the Summer of Spritz Cocktails at Prima Strada and our new line up is both tempting and delicious.  These 4 thirst-quenching beverages are made for summer. We know you’re going to love them, trust us.

Our outdoor patio is the ideal setting, but honestly these beauties are just as refreshing indoors paired with the classic Magherita or perhaps the Rucola e crudo.  With a nod from the Cocktail Gods, our talented bartenders collectively inspired these drinks! It was very much a group effort (We bet they had a fun time during the testing phase too).





Blueberry, Saffron, Mint-Basil or the classic Italian favourite Aperol Spritz.  We’re excited for you to try one, or all!  Let us know which one is your favourite by tagging #summerofspritz.

Cin cin!

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Harbour Cats Baseball

Summer and Harbour Cats baseball – it’s a winning combination! We know there’s more eat and drink options at the park these days, but we can’t think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon or evening than with a hot dog, soda, peanuts or popcorn cheering for our home team!

During the first week of July, we handed out ballots to all of our guests in all three pizzerias.  Congratulations to all of our daily winners who received Victoria Harbour Cats regular season 2017 tickets plus a PPS swag bag!  Thank you for dining with us – we hope to see you again soon.

Go Harbour Cats go!








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