As if I haven’t bombarded you enough with sheer amount of carbs I have consumed in the last month, here I am, back again with another carb-fest post featuring the one and only, Pizza Express.
Pizza Express launched a specials menu on the 3rd of January and I was itching to try it out. Comfort and warmth were at the forefront of their minds when considering the post-festive season menu. So instead of changing anything massively, they decided to bring back past favourites thanks to customer demands, both equally as satisfying for both customer and the restaurant themselves.
Let’s start with starters shall we? To be honest, I am not even sure what else we could start with and also, you know when they say ‘save the best until last’, well that’s out the window with this one because my favourite of the three course menu was the Pennette Formaggi (also available as a main). Technically, a pot of mac’n’cheese, but this is no normal mac’n’cheese in my opinion, it is probably one of the best I have tried in a long time and that is no joke. Baked to perfection, the pasta is mixed with a three cheese sauce, including with mozzarella and Gran Milano. It is then finished off with garlic oil, black pepper and basil.
For mains, there are two pizza choices, the summer famous, Barbarcoa Romana is a thin base pizza with a spicy chipotle salsa, mozzarella and passata, coupled with barbecued pulled beef marinated in chilli, lime and garlic and finished off with chopped tomato, red onion and fresh coriander. The second choice was actually a tie between bringing back the Etna Romana or the Rustichella Romana and the Rustichella actually won by a short lead, however the demand for Etna continued to rise, so the guys at Pizza Express decided to bring back Etna in January and save Rustichella for autumn. The Etna is actually named after a famous Italian volcano and sure lives up to its name. Featuring a fiery combination of sweet roquito peppers, salty pancetta and hot, soft and spicy nduja, this one will definitely make you sweat, but in a good way. Both pizzas are stomach-warming and perfect for the cold, winter weather.
Dessert-wise, it was definitely the perfect choice to bring back the scrumptious Chocolate Fondant Pudding. It is a super indulgent chocolate cake with a soft melting centre served with vanilla gelato, topped with fresh mint and icing sugar. The texture of the cake is light and fluffy, yet tastes rich and intense. Baked in the oven, the centre melts as you tuck in and is literally a sweet tooth fan’s dream.
Alongside the specials menu, there are also two cocktails to compliment the food nicely. Sloe Prosecco is a glass of Prosecco spiced up with a splash of Greenall’s Sloe Gin and a fresh raspberry and Flat White Martini is a creamy cocktail of Baileys and vodka combined with an espresso kick.
Pizza Express has always been one of my favourite restaurants to visit for pizza. My all-time favourite is the Padana - caramelised onion, spinach and goat’s cheese, sounds simple, but super delicious. Have you visited Pizza Express before? If yes, what is your favourite?
*Thank you to Pizza Express Greenwich team for the lovely food and great service. All opinions are 100% my own.