I got invited recently to review Pizza Express' new spring and summer menu and on Saturday went with my husband to our local restaurant in Basildon to try it.
For starters we shared the Dough Balls Doppio, which is a double portion of soft and tasty dough balls with a trio of dips: pesto, garlic butter and n'duja. Our favourite dip was the garlic butter, it was slightly sweet with a garlic taste that's not overpowering.
Then for main, my hubby opted for La Reine pizza with prosciutto, olives and mushrooms, while I went for the new Pollo Forza pizza: chicken marinated in chilli powder with chargrilled peppers, finished with Gran Moravia cheese and chilli oil - a great option if you are a spicy food lover like me. The portions are quite big, I couldn't really finish mine but didn't mind as I had to leave some room for dessert!
And to satisfy my sweet tooth I tried the new Vanilla Panna Cotta, which is a light set cream dessert flavoured with vanilla bean, and my husband had the new Summer Pudding, made with seasonal berries and served with fruit coulis and mascarpone. I was quite intrigued by the panna cotta, as I'd never had one before, I thought it would be lighter like a flan, but was pleasantly surprised to discover it was quite thick and creamy, with a vanilla ice cream taste.
I actually had a hard time deciding between the Pollo Forza and the Sloppy Giuseppe for main, and the Panna Cotta and the Sorbet for dessert, so I might have to go back to try them as well!
The staff was polite and helpful, the service was quite quick and the food delicious, so if you are a fan of Italian food you'll enjoy trying Pizza Express' new menu. Find your closest restaurant here.
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