Pizza Express is one of our favourite restaurants to take the children to; the Piccolo menu is such good value for money (£6.95 for three courses and a bambinoccino), there’s usually a very friendly atmosphere, and the staff have always been fantastic with the kids – and very understanding about the mess that comes with dining out with two children.
So when we were invited along to dine as part of the #PizzaExpressFamily Blogger campaign, and try out the new spring menu, we couldn’t wait! We took along my sister from another mister – Zoë – and her Husband Tim (also known as Auntie Zoë and Uncle Tim to the children), who were up from the homeland of Sussex to stay with us for the Easter weekend.
We were greeted with smiles when we arrived and shown to our table, which was right next to one of the beautiful, huge windows.
Busby and H-Bear were given some Easter-related activities when we arrived, along with the standard pot of crayons and stickers (no hats this time sadly!), and we started by ordering a glass of prosecco each.
I was desperate for H-Bear to join in with the meal, but with his milk and soya allergy it’s fairly difficult to find places which cater for him. The staff were amazing at finding out whether certain dishes had dairy or soya in, and consequently he was able to eat out with us for the first time, and I didn’t have to resort to the homemade sandwich in my bag. Hurrah! He thought this was the BEST. THING. EVER. and kept giving us incredulous looks of “THIS TALL MAN KEEPS BRINGING ME ENDLESS FOOD! WHY?! HOW?! KEEP IT COMING!”
Our starters arrived swiftly. Busby had the classic dough balls with garlic butter from the Piccolo menu, H-Bear had the classic dough balls (plain) from the Piccolo menu, and I had the adult portion of classic dough balls with garlic butter. We are a family of dough ball fiends!
Zoë and Tim shared the dough ball Doppio (sharing platter), which came with garlic butter, pesto and a harissa spiced tomato dip. All of the dips were delicious – but the harissa dip really stood out as a winner from the three – the depth of flavour was outstanding.
Our mains were brought promptly to the table.
Busby had the pollo pizza from the Piccolo menu. She’s a creature of habit, and has this every time we visit Pizza Express!
H-Bear had the bolognese from the Piccolo menu, which he gobbled up! My goodness, he loved it so much!
It was quite the clean up mission…
I had the brand new Hawaiian ‘PizzaExpress’ pizza which was utterly divine! The chef who invented this pizza is a genius. Instead of the usual tomato base, this pizza has a creamy white béchamel base with fresh basil, fresh parsley, and chilli oil. The topping consists of a sweet chilli pineapple chutney which works wonderfully with the salty prosciutto crudo, and the red onion, Gran Milano cheese, mozzarella and garlic oil are superb together and really finish the pizza off. Yum! I couldn’t manage it all, so I’m actually noshing on the rest of it right now!
Zoë had the brand new Risotto Fresco, which she thoroughly enjoyed. The risotto was fresh and light on a creamy white wine base, and had just the right warming notes of chilli in. It was also full of salmon!
Tim had the Pollo ad Astra pizza (Chicken, sweet Peppadew peppers, red onion, mozzarella, tomato, Cajun spices, and garlic oil), which looked delicious and was apparently very tasty! It looks so good (below):
Finally, Nick had the Melanzane pizza (Marinated Italian aubergine, light mozzarella, tomato, chilli flakes and garlic oil, finished with fresh basil, Gran Milano cheese and fresh parsley), which he enjoyed – but wishes he’d chosen the Hawaiian after having a slice of mine!
Our puddings also arrived in good time. Busby had the Piccolo sundae (vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce) and a bambinoccino, which she enjoyed immensely.
H-Bear had the fruit ice lolly from the Piccolo menu. It was his first ‘proper’ pudding and he absolutely loved it! In fact his joy caught the attention of the table next to us, who spent a good 5 minutes watching him eat.
Zoë and I had the brand new Passionate Mess, which was gorgeous and thoroughly adored by us both! The Passionate Mess is a tropical twist on the Eton mess. It’s a zingy passionfruit cream, topped with broken meringue pieces, on a delicious biscuit base. We both had it with vanilla ice cream, but you can choose for it to be served with mascarpone. I think it would be even better with a tart raspberry coulis, as the ice cream dulled the zing of the passionfruit slightly.
And finally, Nick had his favourite pudding – a tiramisu, which he loved and it paired his latte perfectly.
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Pizza Express, and it was a lovely way to spend Easter Sunday; slowly eating our way through delicious food, chatting, laughing, and enjoying our time together as friends and family. You can salivate over the brand new menu here.
Thank you so much for having us Pizza Express in Beverley!
We (the #PizzaExpressFamily team) hosted an awesome Twitter Party today on 31st March 2016 at 2-3.30pm, where we trended! Woohoo! If you missed out on the party, or didn’t win anything, don’t despair because below is the chance to win a family meal of your own at Pizza Express! Yum! T&Cs apply. UK Entrants only please.