We arrived at 6pm when the restaurant was quieter and just a few couples were dining. Our waiter greeted us with a friendly smile and showed us to our table at the back of the restaurant in the conservatory-style extension. It was a nice bright area to sit in and our waiter made sure we had adequate time before taking our drink order. We chose cokes and a bottle of Rose wine which was nicely chilled and very pleasant to drink.
For a starter my husband chose Dough Balls “Pizza Express” style and I opted for Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad.
I was very impressed with the generous number of small, firm tomatoes and the creamy buffalo mozzarella which was beautifully complimented with a light dressing of pesto and a drizzle of olive oil.
My husband enjoyed a nice light portion of doughballs and liked the fact that the garlic butter was on the side.
It was difficult making a final decision for the main course, as so many dishes sounded very appealing. My other half was eager to taste the iconic “Pizza Express” Calabrese pizza. This attractive rectangular pizza provided a double act of mozzarella and Gran Milano cheeses with a combination of tantalisingly spicy ‘nduja and Calabrese sausages. The pizza was hot, tasty and filling.
For a main course I selected the Legerra Pollo ad Astra and when I requested no red onion on my pizza, the waiter instantly offered to swap the onion for an alternative topping of my choice.
My pizza, at less than 600 calories, had a hole in the centre of the crispy base which was filled with a selection of green salad leaves. Our only criticism of the night was that generous portion sizes allowed no room for dessert and it had been a wise decision to opt for the two-course special menu priced at £10.
It was around 9pm when we rose from the table. The restaurant was bustling and as we walked past the open-plan kitchen it was fascinating to watch the chefs in full action preparing the food. Several members of staff thanked us for coming and wished us a good night. It is also worth mentioning that there was a wide range of gluten free and vegan dishes on offer.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and, at such great value for money, we would recommend a visit to Pizza Express during Restaurant Week.