Saturday, 9 August 2014

Lovin’ Summer at Pizza Express

I was recently asked I would like to go along and sample the new summer menu at Pizza Express with my friends Jac of Tinned Tomatoes and Genna from Blethering Boys.

Our nearest Pizza Express is in the town of St. Andrews on the east coast of Scotland. Famous for it’s golf and university, St. Andrews is a lovely town in Fife well worth a visit if you are in the area.

But on to Pizza Express and when we arrived we were put at a lovely table at the back of the restaurant, but I asked to be moved. Not that there was anything wrong with the table, I just wanted something closer to the windows, so I could photograph the lovely food for you.

We were asked if we would like drinks by the attentive waiter, whilst we perused the menu. As we were to be trying the summer menu, we all decided on trying the ‘Hugo’ – Prosecco flavoured with elderflower, fresh mint and lemon.

The drink was lovely and fresh and as it was such a hot evening, really cooled us down. I was the designated driver for the night, and only had the one. But I could have gone a few more!

To start with, we had polenta chips, shared a Leggera Superfood Salad and a Bosco salad. The superfood salad which come in at under 300 calories included seasonal leaves, squash, beetroot, mozzarella plus more. It was light and tasty.

My favourite however was the Bosco salad which came with mushrooms, mozzarella, avocado, tomatoes, spinach, rocket, balsamic syrup and a honey mustard dressing, served with dough sticks. Very delicious!

On to the mains and we each had, you guessed it – pizza! I went for the Emilia Romana from the Summer menu. This is what I would describe as a white pizza. No tomato sauce on this, but hearty mushrooms, goats cheese, a garlic oil and mozzarella base with rocket, lemon juice and black truffle oil. The truffle oil gave it a deep earthy flavour which I loved.

Jac, who was sat next to myself, tried the Caprina Rossa which included beetroot, goat’s cheese, red onion and pesto drizzled over the top. I tried a bit and loved it.

For dessert the ladies tried the two desserts from the Summer menu. Jac had the Leggera Lemon and Blueberry Glory, a lemon curd sorbet with blueberries, coulis and a chocolate straw. It looked heavenly.

Genna  had the Stawberry & Cream Glory which was gelato with strawberries, cream, mint and a sugar wafer curl. Again this looked fantastic (and I wish I had ordered it). I hate it when you get restaurant envy looking at other people’s dishes and wished you’d ordered that.

But my own dessert was not a disappointment! I opted for Dolcetti – a small and sweet treat to accompany coffee. I went for the Double Chocolate Espresso Torta with a machiatto. The torta had a rich ganache made from chocolate and espresso on top of a chocolate biscuit base. It was devilish and delicious!

It was beginning to get dark outside and we realised we had been in the restaurant for 3 hours. We were made to feel at home and there seemed no rush for us to move on. But we had to eventually and took away boxes of leftover pizza for our other-halves to try. We had a slow meander around St. Andrews as we were so full, before we got back in the car and made our way home.

A lovely summery evening was had by all.

If you want to try the Summer Menu at your local PizzaExpress take a look and book your table now!

Disclosure Statement: We received our meal free to review. We were not committed to writing a favourable review. Any opinions expressed are my own.  


  1. Looks like you had a fab time and the dishes chosen looks relatively healthy which is always fab :-) x

    1. Being with two vegetarians certainly helped on the healthy option side of things Charlene!

  2. Oh what an evil photo of me. Shame on you Stuart. Don't you know you are only permitted to post photos of girls if they are utterly beautiful or photo-shopped lol!


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