There are pizzas, and then there are Pizza Express pizzas… far superior to many others on the high street. But, you’ll find there are not just pizzas on the menu, and they even change things up around the seasons so I was delighted to go and try out the new Pizza Express autumn menu at our local restaurant the other day. The autumn menu consists of four new seasonal specials, inspired by old favourites following customer demand.
Pizza Express Autumn Menu…
- THE RUSTICHELLA ROMANA
The Rustichella Romana is a Pizza Express favourite, featuring pancetta, mozzarella and tomato finished with rocket, shaved Gran Milano cheese, roasted tomatoes and Caesar dressing.
- AL FORNO: CANNELLONI ( V)
This vegetarian Al Forno Cannelloni is set to be a firm favourite this season. Soft pasta is freshly filled with spinach and ricotta, baked with passata, béchamel, mozzarella, garlic oil and Gran Milano cheese.
- NEW BASILICATA ROMANA
The new Basilicata Romana features lamb, mint and chilli meatballs accompanied by red onion, mozzarella and garlic oil. All atop a capia pepper and tomato base, finished with rocket, shaved Gran Milano cheese and basil pesto.
- CHOCOLATE FONDANT ‘PIZZAEXPRESS’ (V)
A rich and intense warm chocolate cake with a soft melting centre, served with vanilla gelato, topped with fresh mint and icing sugar. Baked in the oven, the centre melts as you tuck into this delightful dessert.
The Pizza Express restaurant in Tunbridge Wells is really light with huge windows high vaulted ceiling and mezzanine level all overlooking the high street and it really is a pleasant place to dine in. I went to the restaurant with my oldest son, aged 22 years and youngest, aged 9 years old. M, aged 9 years old ate off the childrens menu which is always great value at £6.95 for three courses; he started off with dough balls, followed by an American pizza (pepperoni) and finished with a chocolate sorbet and bambinoccino.
H and I ordered starters off the main menu and main courses from the new Pizza Express autumn menu. Each dish also comes with a wine recommendation although I stuck with a sauvignon blanc and H had a gigantic Peroni.
Knowing I was going to have to try and make it through three courses I decided to start off light and ordered buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes. It made a change to have a fluffy ball of mozzarella in the middle of the tomatoes as opposed to it being sliced, and it was of course all drizzled with olive oil. It was lovely. H had the bruschetta which having had before I know tastes amazing.
I was quite tempted to try the starter on the Pizza Express autumn menu– risotto fresco, a salmon and risotto but it sounds quite filling so I was very happy with what I ordered instead.
I haven’t had cannelloni for years so it was an easy choice for me to make, the cannelloni was filled with delicious spinach and ricotta and had a really generous amount 0f creamy tomato sauce. Filling but oh so tasty!
H went for the Basilicata Romana, he loves his meat…the pizza looked fantastic, as you can see in the photo and he really enjoyed it but I think he would have liked a little more heat in the meatballs, however, I tried them and they were hot enough thank you. The pizza was so huge he struggled to make it through….that’s a first!
The meal was finished off, as were we, with a chocolate fondant ‘Pizza Express’. A gooey melting middle, I especially liked the firm chocolate cake though and served with a lovely vanilla ice cream. It was the perfect end to our meal.
As an aside, having a child with coeliac disease (not with us this time) and another with gluten intolerance I am always impressed that they offer gluten free bases (sadly a little smaller than their biggest pizza bases) and gluten free alternatives for the majority of the menu which makes it a fab treat if we want to eat out.
So, would we recommend the Pizza Express autumn menu? Yes, definitely, I think I would try the Rustichella romana next time as I love pancetta, rocket and Çaesar dressing but all the options we tried were really tasty.
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Disclosure: we were guests of Pizza Express to try the new Pizza Express autumn menu but all words and opinions are our own.