We are a family that loves pizza and Pizza Express is one of our favourite restaurants, we have always found them to be family friendly and we’ve been to several different branches and it has always been the same.
Pizza Express invited us along to experience their new Piccolo menu and Ice Age theme, which we were all excited about. We booked our table for 5pm, as it’s nice and quiet and the girls can’t really wait any longer to eat.
We had barely sat down before Alice started to complete her Ice Age Activity Sheet, give this girl stickers and she is happy.
Once Holly was strapped in, she started colouring. I love that the crayons come in a customise old tin. Taking Holly to restaurants is getting that little bit easier every time. She will happily colour for quite a while and normally until the food arrives.
The girls were so busy they didn’t really notice us ordering the food. The Piccolo menu is really great value with 3 courses and a Bambinoccino for £6.95. Alice’s summer berries drink was £1.50 and Holly had her water.
The food arrived before the girls got bored, which is always a bonus. I ordered the Bruschetta Originale ‘PizzaExpress’, which is topped with chopped fresh tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and pesto. I love bruschetta and this did not disappoint me.
Andy went for the Garlic Bread with Mozzarella, he is pretty predictable when it comes to food!
The girls love the dough balls and Alice is always happy as it comes with lots of cucumber which is her favourite and she gobbles this up first. Holly couldn’t wait and took a dough ball before I could take a photo, there is meant to be four!
After our starters, Alice spotted her Pizza Express hat and of course she had to decorate it and then wear it. Look how happy a hat makes her…and yes it came home with us!
Our main course arrived promptly and the girls tucked into the La Reine pizza. There are also pasta options available and different topping on the pizza, catering for everyone.
Andy choose the American, on a Romana base, which is a bigger, thinner, crisper pizza, but uses the same amount of dough.
I went for the La Reine on a Romana base and Alice was saying ‘snap’ to me the whole way though eating it! I love that it comes with your own pizza cutter.
Andy really wanted to try the new Coleslaw ‘Pizza Express’, which is a crunchy coleslaw of white cabbage, carrot and onion with a chipotle spice in a rich and creamy dressing. It must be amazing because unfortunately they had sold out.
Instead he went for a side order of Polenta Chips, with rosemary, oven-baked and finished with Gran Milano cheese, served with a honey and mustard dressing dip.
Of course no visit is complete without dessert and the waiter was laughing as he approached our table as he could hear Holly shouting ‘ice cream please mummy’.
Holly’s ice cream arrived in a sundae bowl with an ice cream cone sticking out the top, which she loved. It was served with the Bambinoccino on the side, this was Holly’s first ever one and the smile on her face told us it was a hit.
Alice was predictable and went for the Chocolate Brownie…
I was tempted to go for the new Passionate Mess, which is a tropical twist on the Eton Mess. But when Andy told me he was going for the Chocolate Glory, I knew I would have dessert envy, so I went for it too.
The Chocolate Glory is vanilla gelato, chocolate sauce, chunks of chocolate fudge cake, served with a chocolate straw. The waiter said they were out of chocolate fudge cake and he would use chocolate brownie instead.
When it arrived he said he had popped some of the fudge icing on top, it was full of brownie. I told him I won’t be eating anything else for a week, it was so big. But it was also really delicious.
We had a lovely meal, the food was yummy and the staff were really welcoming and friendly. They were great with the children and it is still our favourite place to eat out with the girls.
Disclosure: We were invited by Pizza Express in return for an honest review, as always all opinions and views are my own.