Strada’s pizza bases pass the thin and crispy test. The toppings are fresh, the flavours authentic and the price is right – such things matter to the foodies who will eat here, but won’t consider other high-street chains. However, superior wood-fired pizzas aren’t all Strada has going for it: readers also praise ‘accommodating’ service that achieves a fine balance between ‘unhurried and speedy’, plus clean, contemporary surrounds that are appealing enough for business or pleasure. There are clearly some serious Italophiles making the decisions at Strada, and this filters through to menus that embrace less-predictable options of stuffed and breaded olive ascolana, Sardinian fregola and clam soup, black tagliolini with crab, and nougat semifreddo ‘affogato’. Italian wines, with lots around a fiver a glass, are a bonus.