|Family food - testing the quality|
I have to admit, I am not the biggest pizza fan in the world. Infact my experience of enjoying pizza is rare. It’s a food, my family experiment with no end, usually taking me as a passenger with a non committal “well I’ll eat it if everybody else wants it”.
|Dough balls proved a favourite|
with the children
The first thing that dawns on you when visiting PizzaExpress however is that you are presented with a more up-market dining experience. Clean tables and neat presentation are always a plus but as friendly staff members guided us to our seats even the children felt they were visiting somewhere special.
The children enjoyed the dough balls served with, garlic butter and n’duja, an Italian favourite of spicy softened sausage and olive oil. A delightful way of sampling new tastes and scoring full marks for pushing the boundaries of "I don't want to try it" resistance.
|Keeping The Heat - The Calabrese|
For the main course , I fancied something with a bit of heat and our waiter Caladin suggested Pizza Express’s own Calabrese inspired by food from guest chef’s Francesco Mazzei’s home town in Calabria.
The Calabrese features Spicy Calabrese sausage D.O.P, hot soft n'duja sausage, finely chopped red chillies, roquito peppers, red & yellow peppers, mozzarella, rocket, pesto, oregano, topped with a Gran Moravia cheese. I found the Calabrese very satisfying keeping its heat with an onmipresent kick that allowed you to enjoy the food without having to cross the pain threshold.
On completion of a very pleasant meal I was startled to note everybody including the children had cleared their plates and were ready for dessert. Rachel finished with chocolate fudge cake, while I sampled the Banoffee Pie, very tasty and a perfect follow up to the Calabrese.
The PizzaExpress experience is something I certainly intend to repeat on my next weekday off with tasty soups to perfectly proportioned pizzas, forming the new menu has been designed to give busy people an excuse to escape for a quick and inexpensive lunch. All items are available to eat in or take away from
Monday to Friday and main dishes range from £3.45 to just £5.95.
- Visit pizzaexpress.com for further information on their exciting menu's.