We were really pleased when we were asked to review Pizza Express‘s New Autumn Menu which has just been released through out their chain stores in the UK. Being complete foodies, we love doing food reviews as we get to try different types of food and test out the latest seasonal menu. Here’s a short slideshow of the photos and video taken of some of the dishes served on the day, read on to find out more about Pizza Express’s Autumn Menu.
Located strategically on the main high street in the town centre, Pizza Express is situation between the Town Hall and the Library. Founded by Peter Boziot, the first Pizza Express restaurant opened in London’s Soho in 1965, and since then the brand has grown to be UK’s largest casual dining chain with over 420 restaurants nationwide.
The deco in the restaurant is simple with lots of nice soft touches like lights, framed photos hanging on the walls and the blue water mugs on the table. Staff were very attentive and pleasant, even offering us olives and roasted tomatoes while we decided on our main course. It was almost 7pm when we arrived for our dinner, as most of Macclesfield town shops were closing, Pizza Express was still busy with all walks of life from young kids to elderly people just enjoying a lovely evening.
We started our order with appetizers which were the classic dough balls served with garlic butter. This was fluffy and soft and the garlic butter complimented the plain balls really well. A great vegetarian and kids-friendly option too. These were priced at £3.95.
Our second appetizer was Nduja Arancini Risotto Balls. Baked creamy risotto balls with spicy nduja sausage and mozarella. Priced at £5.95, these were totally yummy and I loved every bit of the spicy sausage bites. The bed of rocket and the pesto gave the balls even more flavour, complimenting each other.
We washed down our meal with the newly introduced soft drink which was Seedlip Garden 108 Special. It was light and refreshing and tasted like mojito (an unalcoholic version of it). The mint flavour shone through very nicely. The drink is prized at £5.15
Pizza Express in Macclesfield has an open kitchen concept. You can watch the chef make your food if you want.
A quick shot of our pizza just before it went into the oven
We ordered the Romano (Thin Crust) base Caponata Special. The pizza was topped with fried aubergine which is cooked in green olives, tomatoes, onions, capers and vinegar. Topped also with mozarella cheese and fresh basil. This was a vegetarian option, but you would not have guessed that. The flavours were great and there were no chunky pieces of olives or aubergine as they were all minced together. Priced at £13.15, the pizza and can be easily shared between two people.
Our second main was the Bolognese Rigatoni. The sauce was made with porcini mushroom, tomato and red wine. I felt the wine coming through strongly but enjoyed the lightness of the dish, this was served with gluten free pasta. The dish is priced at £10.95
We decided to try their new Dolcetti (mini dessert) – the Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake which came with a double-shot Gingerbread Latte (this separately would have cost £2.95) this cost £4.95. The dessert was delicious and not too stodgy. Perfect to end the meal with.
Finally, our last dish and this had to be our favourite dessert, befitting the lovely Autumn weather we are experiencing. The Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake was served warm with a decadent toffee sauce and topped with salted caramel gelato. Truly over the top and rich but so worth every calorie and bite. We loved every bite of it especially the crunchy caramel which pops in your mouth and this is priced at £6.15.
Online bookings – You can book online, visit their website and click on your preferred day, time and number of people. Its that easy.
Gift cards / Email a Gift / Text A Gift – A great way to present someone with a lovely pizza meal as a present
Kids Party – Lost for ideas on where to hold kid’s birthday parties? Head over to Pizza Express and your kids will love their pizza making party.
They’ve also got gluten free options and a famous children’s ‘Piccolo’ menu to choose from so speak to a staff for more information.