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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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Pizza and cask night, prima Strada
Cask & Pizza Night with Russell Brewing

Beer and pizza aficionados!  Join PPS Fort on Saturday, June 24th for a featured cask night.  We’ve partnered with Russell Brewing Company for the evening and will be introducing the Punch Bowl IPA, dry hopped with mosaic characters.

Bring the family & join us from 5pm – 9pm at our Fort Street pizzeria for a delicious pizza pairing featuring St. Agur blue cheese, strawberries and a really, really good beer from our friends at Russell Brewing Company.

For all of the beer enthusiast out there, we’ll be tapping the cask right at 5pm! Save the date and don’t be late.

Date: June 24, 2017 Time: 5pm – 9pm

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PPS Cobble Hill is open!
PPS Cobble Hill is Open! Come Visit, Eat Pizza!

It’s official – PPS Cobble Hill is open!

Our newest pizzeria (located in the Valleyview Centre, just off the Island Highway on Cowichan Bay Road) is open! Here are the details:

– Open Wednesday thru Sunday from 1130 am to 9 pm – 1400 Cowichan Bay Road – Want to talk pizza in Cobble Hill? Call us at 250- 929-4655 – 65 seats in the dining room + a patio w/a view of the valley – Grab a seat at the bar (there’s 2!) – Cocktails on tap! – Beers on tap! (8 – Driftwood, Hoyne, Riot, Peroni,  Broken Ladder Cider to name a few)

Similar to Prima Strada’s Victoria locations, we’re serving house made items using regionally sourced ingredients from Vancouver Island. Proudly produced by PPS: pepperoni, sausage, gelato and meatballs with fresh dough rolled daily onsite!

Great food with family and friends – it doesn’t get much better. Salute!

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Mobile wood fired pizza
Mobile Oven Season – Summer 2016

We’re firing up the mobile oven!

With the warm weather just beginning we’re ready for our mobile oven season! We’re so excited to be a part of some of our favorite summer events. Nothing says summer like enjoying pizza al fresco.

July 1 – Gorge Canada Day Picnic For over 15 years now, the Gorge Canada Day Picnic has been a must-see event! From parades to pancake breakfasts, canoe rides and bouncey castles there’s something for everyone. There are over 60 artisan market vendors and 40 food vendors! We can’t think of a better way to spend Canada Day than with good company and great pizza!

July 22-24 – Rock the Shores Located in Colwood, Rock the Shores is a music festival showcasing local talent. Their goal is to be an affordable and easily accessible rock festival! This year, children under 10 are admitted for free. We’ll see you there!

August 18 – Feast of Fields Feast of Fields is a celebration of local foods and sustainable agriculture. Guests walk from tent to tent (or mobile oven!) while listening to live music and tasting the freshest foods. Funds raised…

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