The children just LOVE Pizza Express so you can imagine the squeals of joy when I told them that as part of the Pizza Express Family, we would be visiting their restaurant in Richmond for lunch.
The Pizza Express in Richmond is on Red Lion Street just off the main George Street. The restaurant has recently undergone a refurbishment and there are tables as well as 4 and 6 seater booths. We chose to sit in a booth and it was quite comfortable for 5 of us.
Pizza Express has quite a range of pizzas on their menu so it does take some time to make up one’s mind.
For drinks, we decided on the new Watermelon chiller which is light and refreshing and we all ordered seconds. You must try it if you visit. Hubs had the ginger beer and Aeryn had apple juice.
We decided to start with the Calamari and Antipasto and ordered some olives to go with it too. The olives were really tasty and the Calamari was fresh and delicious as it was not chewy. The antipasto platter had some pizza slices, mozzerella, sun dried tomatoes, olives and salami. It was great as an appetizer. Aeryn and Ethan ordered from the Piccolo menu and they had dough balls. I love the Pizza Express dough balls.
For mains, Aeryn had the Magerita pizza and Ethan had the American (pepperoni) from the Piccolo menu. I decided to have the Pollo Forza, Jadyn settles on the Hawaiian and Hubs had the Calabrese. The Pollo and the Calabrese are spicy and great tasting. The Hawaiian was delicious too with a pineapple paste rather than pieces. A nice twist.
The kids did really well and cleaned their plates obviously signifying how good the food is.
And then it was time for dessert. I was a bit disappointed to see that there was no Panna Cotta on the menu. It is really scrumptious there. Maybe it’s done seasonally. There was a good choice of desserts however and I settled on the Passionate Mess served with Mascaporne as suggested by the manager Sanda. It was a dream – slightly tangy with sweet meringue and the cheese to balance it. Hubs had the Tiramisu which was the usualy great taste. Aeryn and Ethan had chocolate ice-cream and Jadyn had the Chocolate Glory.
Needless to say, we will not be having dinner tonight and may also need to skip breakfast!
The prices are also pretty affordable expecially the Piccolo menu which is £6.95 for a 3-course meal. The antipasto platter is about £7.75 and the pizzas range from £10 upwards. The pizzas are quite large and can easily be shared especially if you are having starters too.
I was pleased to see that though the restaurant was very busy (all the tables were taken), the food was served promptly. It was amazing to see the staff coping with a full house. It is also commendable that they still managed to be pleasant to the customers. We were asked several times whether the meal was okay and whether we required any drinks etc. I was even more pleased to see that this was not only where we were concerned but with other customers too.
In fact, to be honest, I have visited Pizza Express quite often. One or two occasions have been blog related but we have even been on our own and each time it has been a pleasant experience which is why we always go back.
Thank you Pizza Express for the lovely Easter Monday meal and keep up the good work of keeping customers coming back for more.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary family meal part of the #PizzaExpressFamily campaign. All ideas and opinions are my own.