Restaurants Reviews

Christmas Comes to Pizza Express

I hope all my American readers had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday! In case you want to get your mind off turkey, but are still in the mood for food, I have a treat for you. Lots of pictures of delicious Italian food.

I’ll admit it. Going to Pizza Express is a guilty pleasure. It’s not fine dining but the quality rarely ever disappoints. I got to preview the Christmas menu and I have to say: it’s an awesome deal. 3 courses and a glass of Prosecco for £19.95. (And it’s great tasting Prosecco as well!). We went to the Pizza Express in Dulwich Village, which is an absolutely precious part of London.

Sam started with the bruschetta originale, while I had the arancini provola. Sam’s bruschetta was delicious. It had a great balance of tomatoes, red onion, garlic, basil and pesto. Plus the dough itself was light, airy and nicely oiled. I kept sneaking bites of his. My arancini were nice. The risotto was mixes with spinach and provola cheese, but they were missing a bit of pizzazz. There just wasn’t quite enough flavour to make them sing. To be fair to Pizza Express, they had a long way to go in impressing me with their arancini. I love those little balls of risotto. They are one of my favourite things to eat and I’ve had some killer ones in my time.

We both felt like we really won with our mains. Sam ordered the Pollo ad Astra pizza and I had the Francesco Mazzei Calabrese. Both pizzas were phenomenal. I ordered the one I did because it was touted as the hottest on the menu. And I absolutely love a spicy kick, but more often than not, I’m a tad disappointed and think that the “extremely spicy” warnings are for nought. Not so in this case. It packed just the right amount of heat and I gorged myself on the entire thing. I wish I had leftovers. I guess it just means I’ll have to go back for it soon! Sam’s pizza had great Cajun spiced chicken and sweet peppers on it. I usually don’t like chicken on a pizza (despite my love for chicken) because I think the chicken gets too dry and I find the texture off-putting but Pizza Express nailed it in this instance.

For dessert I ordered the Christmas special “Chocolate Tartufo” while Sam ordered another of the specials, the “Mince Pie Cheesecake”. My tartufo was delicious. It was so rich, with a decadent chocolate shell and a praline mousse centre. It was balanced with some very plump blackberries. However after a few bites I decided that I was just too full for something so rich. I took a bit of Sam’s cheesecake. It had a crumbly biscuit based with clotted cream cheesecake and rum soaked fruit and I immediately wanted to eat all of it. Sam tentatively took a bite of my tartufo and immediately declared that we should swap. That way we both happily ended up with the desserts that we wanted and I was in cheesecake heaven.

If you were in the mood for a more festive pizza they had a special pulled duck pizza (Anatra Romana) as well as a delicious sounding brie and pine kernel pizza (Festiva Romana). This special menu is available from November 11 to January 5th.

Even though the special Christmas deal is from a set menu you’d have the option of ordering gluten-free alternatives as well.

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The arancini.

Sam’s bruschetta.

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The Francesco Mazzei Calabrese pizza.

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The Pollo ad Astra pizza.

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The Mince Pie Cheesecake.

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The Chocolate Tartufo.

Our meal was free but my opinions are solely my own.

Do you feel the urge to go to Pizza Express anytime soon?

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  • Looove pizza express, but I always end up having the same thing – the Rustichella

    That mince pie cheesecake looks nice though!

  • We so rarely eat here b/c we normally just get take-away pizza from somewhere cheaper, but the two times I’ve been I’ve loved it! That chocolate tartufo with the berries looks delicious! And I’ve never had arancini – it sounds like I’m missing out!

    • If you like risotto and mozzarella sticks, think or arancini as a delicious amalgamation of them! 😀 xx

  • Definitely feeling the urge to have a pizza right now!.. And there’s a Pizza Express almost opposite my office. This may have to happen at lunchtime 🙂 x

  • This looks delicious. I want that bruschetta!

  • I don’t think we have Pizza Express in Germany.

    Mince Pie Cheesecake sounds so interesting!

    • It’s delicious. It doesn’t actually taste like mince pie at all (in my opinion) but just like good cheesecake with some wintery fruit. xx

  • Pizza Express is my guilty standby – especially since they launched their gluten -free menu which is pretty good!

  • It was the great. I’m a huge dessert person (obviously) so it can really make or break a meal for me! x

  • Clotted cream cheesecake?!?!?!?! I had no idea this existed and now can think of nothing else. The savory eats look delicious, too! I think I’ll go for the pulled duck pizza when I try this place out.

    • I almost ordered the pulled duck but then I decided I was in the mood for something spicy instead. You’ll have to tell me how it is if you try it! x

  • This sounds SO good!! <3

  • Oi that chocolate cake looks amazing!

  • We have a pizza express here in Jakarta too! I love going!
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  • Don’t have pizza express here, the chocolate cake looks bloody good

  • Guilty pleasures are the best!

  • I’m headed to London for 5 days next week (!) and will definitely be checking this place out 🙂 xo

    • Hurray! How exciting! What’s on your “to-do” list? x

      • Oh goodness, well because I lived there one summer, I’m playing tour guide for my sister! I really want to try brunch at The Modern Pantry (you should join us!). It is supposed to be super yummy 🙂 and obviously the Christmas markets 🙂

  • I LOVE Italian food. These pics are making me hungry. Perhaps I shall have pizza for lunch today! 🙂

  • Em

    Pulled duck pizza? SOLD! I think one of my tastebuds just exploded. PS – This American had sushi for Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Christina L

    I can’t believe i’ve never been. sounds wonderful 🙂

  • Wow that chocolate cake looks amazing! Italian is my favourite food, carbs galore! 😉 x

  • I must admit, I’m slightly disappointed there aren’t any turkey and stuffing flavoured pizzas! It’s certainly a good deal though – I love the pizzas with the holes in them, makes me feel less guilty.

    • The holes that are filled with salad? I always feel really proud of myself when I order them, like i’ve done something super healthy for the day (even when I haven’t really….) x

  • Wow. As I scrolled down through each successive photo I felt my mouth watering more and more. This place looks incredible.

  • It is weird that they don’t cut it! I totally agree! M&S crispy duck wraps are the best… mmmm….. x

  • i’ve never been to pizza express, haha.. it looks so good, though! xx

  • WOW!!! Those pizzas and desserts looks mouthwateringly delicious! Is Pizza Express just in the UK (is it a chain restaurant). It kind of reminds me of a similar place we have in Aus called Pizza Hut but Pizza Express looks WAY better! Yum to all that food! x

    • It is a chain, but it’s way more upscale than Pizza Hut (if Pizza Hut is the same in Aus as it is in America). x

      • That’s what I was thinking – it definitely looks and sounds way more upscale than how I remember Pizza Hut (it’s been the longest time since I went to one!) xx

        • I can’t remember the last time I’ve had pizza hut either! Probably a take away in an airport a few years ago! x

  • oh man, pulled duck pizza? yes please! I love pizza express, and one just opened up ten mins away from us, dangerous!

  • Ok I totally like Pizza Express too but always feel like I should want to go somewhere fancier or something!

    • I totally feel you. You feel like if you’re spending money going out you should branch out from a chain, right? But daring, it is good! x

  • Ala

    I totally agree, Pizza Express is a guilty pleasure. Whenever you go out for a meal you feel like you shouldn’t be going to a chain… it feels a bit low budget BUT as you said the the food never disappoints. I always come out of there feeling happy and satisfied. And also, I am totally all about what you said about chicken on pizza – it is grim and I never go for it but I love chicken, so odd! xxxx

    • Yes, yes, yes! I’m glad we have the same feelings about both Pizza Express and chicken on pizza. These are important factors is future pizza eating meetups. x

  • Pizza Express is my husband’s all time favourite restaurant – every birthday/ special occasion he requests that we go here and sometimes I let him! But despite all my complaining, it never lets us down!

    • Hahahaha I LOVE this! The man knows what he likes if he has all of London sitting at his feet and he still wants Pizza Express. Does he have a “typical” order? xx

  • Pizza Express was our go-to for group dinners out when I was studying here. ah, the memories!