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      11.03.2014 22:32
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      Really nice pizza, but you should buy when they're on special offer.

      Pizza Express - American Pizza Express is a well-known chain of Italian restaurants. As the name suggests they primarily feature pizza but their restaurants also do pasta. At some point in the not-too-distant past they started to sell their pizzas ready-made in supermarkets. Nowadays they tend to have several rows of shelf-space in the chilled section and will often take up more room than a supermarket's own pizza brand. They have a selection of different names for the type of pizza, in this review I'll be talking about the "American", also known to everyone else as "pepperoni". -- Packaging -- The packaging for the Pizza Express pizzas follows their website and restaurant signage. The cardboard box is dark blue with the Pizza Express logo and name in white and the name of the particular pizza on the front of the box. The cardboard has a few spaces cut in the top of it so you can see through to the pizza underneath. On the back of the box is a description of the pizza, the ingredients list, a nutrition chart and cooking instructions. Inside the box the pizza rests on a polythene base with clear plastic around it. You just take the plastic off and remove the polythene base and put the pizza on a baking tray. These pizzas are wonderfully quick to cook, just 10 minutes if you've got it out of the fridge, going up to 15 if you've taken it out of the freezer, enough time to sort out a plate and work out what you're going to have on telly while you eat. -- The Pizza -- If you've ever eaten in a Pizza Express restaurant and enjoyed it then you'll like these pizzas. The base isn't what I would call "Italian-style thin" but they're not so thick that you feel like you're eating more dough than topping. There is a generous layer of tomato sauce, which actually tastes like it's made of real tomatoes, followed by cheese and small, thinly-sliced rounds of pepperoni. One of the reasons why I like the cut outs in the top of the box is that it lets me see how much topping there is. I have never been disappointed with the amount of pepperoni, although I do find that I need to rearrange a few slices as two or three will be stuck together in a vast pepperoni-less land. But personally I often find that there just is not enough cheese. Having eaten in Pizza Express I can tell you that this isn't a supermarket-bought thing, it's a general Pizza Express thing, they just aren't a cheesy-pizza type of company. That's fine by me though as I tend to have a packet of grated mozzarella in the fridge and so I just sprinkle a bit extra over the top. As I mentioned above, the cooking time is very quick. Once the pizza is done the base has become wonderfully crisp, the cheese is melted and the pepperoni is cooked to perfection. I should also point out that even though it's pepperoni it's not particularly spicy. I have a bit of a cat's tongue and tend to steer clear of anything hot, but this pizza is very, very mild. I should have mentioned that in the supermarkets these pizzas come in two different sizes, a small one and a much larger one. The large one easily divides in to multiple slices, but I have found that if I try to cut the smaller one into quarters I end up with very large slices, but if I divide it in to 8 slices then they are very small slices. If you get the small one you will need to do some basic geometry to get 6 evenly sized slices. -- The Price -- Now here comes the tricky bit. The price. You are paying for both quality (did I mention that the tomato sauce tastes like it's actually seen a real tomato?) and the Pizza Express name. To that end you will find the most common prices in supermarket are £4 for the small one and £6 for the large one. To be fair, you do get a lot of pizza for £6. But if you're buying for a family then suddenly spending £20 on two large and two small pizzas that you have to cook yourself will make you raise an eyebrow and reach for the supermarket's cheaper own-brand stuff. They're cheaper than going out for a meal, but not as cheap as most people expect from a cook-your-own pizza. However one thing I have found is that both Tesco and Waitrose (and I imagine Sainsbury's do the same) frequently have special offers for the Pizza Express range. Therefore I'd highly recommend that you hang on until you spot a "buy one get one free" or "two for £6 (small)/two for £8 (large)" deal and then stock up. These pizzas freeze very well, there's no real difference in taste if you cook from frozen, so you can have a stock ready to go for when you've had a bad day and can't face proper cooking but don't want to splash out on a takeaway. -- Overall -- There's not more I can say really that I didn't say above. I do like these pizzas, but I do generally wait until I find them on special offer, and then I tend to buy one for that weekend and then stick the second in the freezer. They are really delicious and easy to cook, but you're paying for the blue and white box.

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        09.04.2012 05:31
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        Yummy!

        Since becoming a mummy, life has changed a lot. No more care-free drunken nights out on the town & no more meals out whenever I and my boyfriend feel like it. Instead, we stay in pretty much every night with a film and a meal in, which sounds boring but I love it! I usually make all of our meals from scratch, however last Saturday we had to make a quick trip to Tesco to get some Easter eggs for some family members and I noticed these pizzas perched at the end of one of the aisles on offer - I love pizza express so I picked one up and popped it into my basket as at £2.50 instead of the full RRP of £5 it was a bargain! There was only the largest (510 and 480 gram) pizzas reduced and there are smaller ones too - 245 grams and 305 grams (RRP £4 each). Although the full RRP for the large pizzas (£5) does seem expensive, in my opinion it's not bad value; these pizzas are seriously huge and such good quality, and you'd pay more for a similar takeaway pizza in my local pizza shop - their pizzas that are the same size as the american express ones are £7 so don't let the price put you off. These pizzas are handmade and are available in a range of flavours, these include guiseppe, gustosa, margherita and pepperoni. I would usually get a pepperoni pizza but I made a recent decision to cut meat out from my diet and so opted for the margherita. This is described by American Express as 'a pizza base topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with black pepper and oregano, with our famous mozzarella cubes which melt into creamy pools on our original tomato sauce.' The pizza comes in a large sqaure cardboard box which is lightweight and easy to open. The colour scheme is simple; white and blue and the branding is clear. There's the Pizza Express logo on the right hand side which is the main focus and there's also a piece of cardboard missing enabling the customer to see what the pizza looks like. The back of the box has cooking instructions, calorie information and of course the ingredients. The pizza itself comes in a thick cellophane type wrapper to keep it fresh, this has to be cut off. The pizza is on a pollastirine white 'plate' which you dispose of once the pizza has been opened. The first thing I noticed about the pizza was the lack of cheese; it seemed like 80 percent of the topping was tomatoe sauce with bits of grated cheese here and there. There were about 20 cubes of cheese dotted around and although the uncooked pizza didn't look particullary cheesy, it still looked appetising and I was impressed by how thin the crust was; I hate the doughy, heavy pizza bases and this brand of pizza has a thin base and a nice thin but crispy crust. To cook the pizza I simply followed the instructions and drizzled a tablespoon of olive oil over the pizza and then placed it straight onto the oven shelf. I put it in at 250 degrees and cooked it for 11 minutes, which was long enough for the cheese to melt and the pizza base to crisp. The pizza smelt amazing and it was easy to cut neatly - it didn't crumble too much and it looked lovely. I served it up with a big saIad and a slice of garlic bread and sat down to eat. The pizza tasted gorgeous, very cheesy and the base was nice and crisp - not at all doughy or soggy and it wasn't too crunchy. The cheese was nice and creamy and full of flavour and the tomato base tasted quite garlicy and flavoursome. The pizza wasn't at all dry and both me and my boyfriend really enjoyed it. The pizza is quite high in calories as are all pizzas. Per 1/3 of a pizza contains 350 calories and over 10 grams of fat. One of these pizzas could serve around four people though so it's not as bad as it sounds unless you ate the entire pizza by yourself! The pizza is suitable for vegeterians and the box can be recycled. Overall, this brand of pizza is good quality and quick and easy to cook.. & it tastes amazing!

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          07.04.2012 14:07
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          A excellent restaurant quality pizza to eat at home.

          Pizza Express is a chain of restaurants specialising in you guessed it...Pizza! I had been a couple of the restaurants and found the pizza's to be very good indeed but they are rather expensive so when I noticed that Pizza Express had launched a range of its most popular pizza's in supermarkets I was eager to try them. Since then I have tried several of them with the most recent being the American. The pizza's come in small and large sizes, the one I purchased was the large 510g American which was on a half price special offer price at Tesco for just £2.50. I actually had a £1.00 off coupon for the pizza from Tesco so it actually worked out at just £1.50 which I think is a complete bargain for a branded pizza. The American pizza is a thin based pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cubes and thinly sliced pepperoni. The pizza comes in a blue box with the pizza inside laid on a thin polystyrene base, wrapped in thin clear plastic. There is a patterned cut away section on the front of the box allowing you to see the pizza inside. On the back of the box you can find very detailed ingredients listings, cooking instructions, storage instructions and nutritional information. As the pizzas are fresh and not frozen they do not take very long to cook. The cooking instructions tell you to place the pizza directly on the oven shelf and to drizzle with 1tbs of olive oil. The instructions for my fan assisted oven are to cook the pizza on 180 degree C or 350 degrees F for just 10-12 minutes. I found that 10 minutes was just enough and that the olive oil drizzle makes a huge difference as it stops the pizza from drying out. The pizza itself was really easy to cut up with a pizza cutter and the crust seemed nice and crispy while the base seemed to stay rather soft which personally is just how I like my pizza to be. Overall I was very impressed with the pizza as it was extremely tasty and fantastic quality and could have quite easily have been from the restaurant. With the base being quite thin it was not too stodgy and allowed all the lovely flavours of the topping to come through. The balance of the herbs in the tomato sauce was just right and complemented the creaminess of the cheese and slight spiciness of the pepperoni perfectly. I will certainly be buying this pizza again and would even pay the full price of £5.00 as it is still far cheaper than going to a restaurant and the pizza will easily feed 2-3 people as part of a main meal and it does not compromise on quality. In my opinion this is a restaurant quality pizza at a great price and one that I would certainly recommend anyone to try.

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            17.06.2011 20:30
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            4/5 a delicious pizza but too expensive when not on offer.

            Me and my girlfriend are big fans of Pizza Express' range of pizzas at the supermarket, however they're pretty expensive so it's not something we enjoy too often. Shopping at Tesco last week we picking up a Pizza Express American Simple Pepperoni Pizza for £2.50 instead of the usual £5 so it's a really good buy. The pizza comes in a square flat dark blue box with a rectangle section cut out and covered in film so you can see the pizza inside. On the box we're promised "Thinly sliced pepperoni and creamy mozzarella cubes on our original tomato sauce". Each pizza is handmade and this is very apparent when you take it out of the box, the pizza isn't as uniform as many of the other supermarket pizzas. The pizza is generously topped but the mozzarella cubes and pepperoni do need a little rearranging so that they're evenly spread. Then it's simply drizzled with olive oil and popped in the oven at gas mark 6 for 10 to 12 minutes, I find it takes a little longer though but that's just my preference to have it nice a crispy. On tasting the pizza we were very impressed, we'd never eaten this variety before but found it just as good as the Pizza Express pizzas available in their restaurants. The base is lovely and thin, it's very tasty and perfectly seasoned and you can really tell it's handmade. The base is topped with a lovely, rich tomato sauce which isn't too overpowering and has a lovely taste of basil. The creamy mozzarella contrasts with the slightly spicy pepperoni and the whole pizza works really well together topped off nicely with a sprinkling of oregano. Nutritionally the pizza isn't great, per 1/3 of the pizza there is: 367 kcals 16.6g Protein 50.9g Carbohydrates 4.9g of which sugars 13.4g fat 6.4g of which saturates 3.7g fibre 1.12g sodium 2.8g salt In all honestly the pizza is a decent size, but it's definitely manageable between two so these values will be even higher. It's a nice treat though and a lot better for you than most take away pizzas. Overall, I cannot recommend this pizza enough, it's very tasty as well as being easy to cook and is just as good as in a Pizza Express restaurant, and who doesn't enjoy pizza in front of the tele? The price is ridiculous though if the pizza isn't on offer, and although we might buy it every so often it wouldn't be a regular thing for us as it's too expensive.

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            17.09.2010 15:08
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            Pizza Express American Pizza

            Pizza express American Pizza Pizza Express is one of my favourite restaurants for a simple pasta/pizza meal and I have also become a fan of their at home range as well. I have bought a number of their pizzas from time to time and have always been impressed with the flavour and quality etc. In fact, according to their information they were established in 1965 and have been individually handmade since then. The Pizza Express range are easily spotted in the supermarket. They come in blue boxes, the same blue that is prominent in their restaurants with the Pizza Express logo on their boxes. The one I am going to review this time is The American Pizza or more simply put, a pepperoni pizza. What could be more American than a pepperoni pizza and being half American myself this is the one I often go for. The Pizza Express American pizza is described as the original Simple Pepperoni. Thinly sliced pepperoni and creamy mozzarella cubes are placed on top of their original tomato sauce. When you pull the pizza out of the packaging you do see big cubes of lovely mozzarella cheese so I definitely agree with what they are saying and I found that when you do cook these pizzas you see the cheese melting. The cheese is lovely and chewy and stringy, just like mozzarella should be in my opinion so they've definitely done a good job. The sauce is lovely and tastes just like a pizza in one of their restaurants, full of spices and seasoning and very tasty. The dough is lovely and tasty too. Apparently all their pizzas are individually handmade Using the same dough and tomato sauce that we have used in their restaurants since 1965. They go on to say that, "they are made by people not machines. We hand stretch the dough, spread the tomato sauce, place on the toppings and finish with a sprinkling of herbs. Since they are all made gently by hand, each pizza is ever so slightly different." The pepperoni is spicy and really chewy, just how I like it. There is not much fat on the pepperoni which you get sometimes with this meat so it's nice to to have that on this pizza. The pizza is really easy to cook. It only takes approximately 10-12 minutes in the oven but you do have to make sure that if you have frozen the pizza that you have defrosted it completely before you cook it. It's a bit of a shame it's not cookable from frozen as I find this really convenient with other frozen pizzas but it probably tastes better this way. They also recommend as well that you add a drizzle of olive oil to the pizza, I assume this is to stop it drying out whilst you are cooking it. Well, I did what they said and found my pizza lovely and chewy and not dry at all. What's great is that this doesn't have too many calories either. According to the sleeve, per half an 8" pizza there are only 303 calories. An 8" is also on special at the moment in Sainsburys for £1.99, normally it is £3.99

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              11.03.2010 12:04
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              Delicious as a treat

              Being very partial to this pizza when I visit Pizza Express, I decided to try the budget version at home since I'm meant to be trying hard to save some pennies. On first impressions, the box is quite attractive with its navy blue colouring and Pizza Express logo, which makes the brand instantly recognisable and helped the pizza jump off the shelf and into my basket. The packaging states quite clearly that the pizza is handmade 'by people not machines' so I had high hopes, especially since this pizza is my favourite when I go to the restaurants. At 256g, I was slightly disappointed when I realised this pizza is a good bit smaller than the ones I usually buy, but I quickly turned that into a positive by thinking of the calories I would be saving! So now for the verdict - the American pizza is NOT the same as the ones you get at Pizza Express restaurants, but it's still pretty good and tastes really nice. The toppings are generous and the pepperoni is slightly spicy but not too much so, while the cubes of mozzarella melt perfectly. The downside is that the pizza has a very thin base, meaning it was a mission to get it into the oven in one piece as it was very floppy! This also meant the crust was very crispy to the point where it crumbled as I was eating it. The ingredients are pretty simple and are as follows; Wheatflour Water Salt Yeast Sugar Flour treatment agent (wheat flour, dextrose, emulsifier, E472e, rapeseed oil, antioxident E300) The nutritional information per 100g goes as follows; Energy 216kcal Protein 9.5g Carbohydrate 27.8g, of which sugars 2.8g Fat 7.5g, of which saturates 3.6g Fibre 2.0g Sodium 0.59g Salt 1.48g I would certainly buy this pizza again, especially if I could get the same deal when I bought them, which was buy one, get one free. I think they are probably still a bit of an indulgence though as they cost around £4.50 each, when not on special offer.

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              08.11.2009 13:11
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              Not As Good As You'd Get In The Restaurants But Most People In My Family Liked It

              On bonfire night my dad went out collecting a load of wood and we went and got a load of fireworks from Sainsburys. I offered to get the food and cook it while mum and dad got the fire and stuff sorted, we were supposed to be having a bbq but the rain spoiled that so I got pizza and food like that instead. The Pizza Express pizzas were on offer in Morrisons half price at £2.49 so I got 2 of them, I love the Pizza Express restaurant pizza and have never tried the cook at home version before because £5.00 for a chilled pizza is a bit of a rip off even if it has got a big name on the box!!! I was a bit disappointed with this Simple American Pepperoni pizza though and it's mainly because of the base of it. It's very very thin and floury, I was scared putting it into the oven because the weight of the toppings felt like it was going to break through the middle of the base as I picked it up. There's just enough pepperoni on the pizza and they are quite small which I think is better than the massive slices you normally get on chilled pizzas because they don't leak so much oil all over the top of the pizza. It looks proper nice when it's cooked because there's quite a bit of cheese on it and when it melts in the oven it spreads to cover most of the top of the pizza and goes a bit golden in places. The base is very floury and doughy, it's got a bit of a brown bread flavour to it and tastes a bit nutty when you bite it. I love thin pizza better than deep pan (unless it's stuffed crust)! but this is too thin for me and even the edges of the base don't rise up much higher than the topping. I don't know, there must be a flavour in it that I'm not keen on but I can't put my finger on it apart from to say that I'm not mad keen on the base of the pizza and it's deffo not as good as in the restaurants. The tomato sauce under the cheese is nice and herby, it's got a lovely sweet taste that goes proper nice with the cheese and pepperoni. The pepperoni isn't as spicy as on some pizzas and that's ok with me because I'm not mad for very spicey pepperoni but my dad said he could hardly taste it because he thought it was bland. For £2.49 it's worth the money I think even though I wasn't that happy with it, but at the normal price of a fiver it's a total rip off.

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                31.10.2009 15:33
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                Thanks for reading

                ** This review is for the Pizza Express American Simple Pepperoni Pizza ** Earlier in the week I posted a review on DooYoo regarding my disastrous attempt to heat up an Iceland frozen pizza and ended up throwing the whole lot into the bin. Still fancying a pizza and with the Pizza Express range being half price at the moment in Morrisons I picked up one of the Pepperoni variety and am pleased to report that my faith in pre-prepared pizza has been restored! Housed in a simple dark blue flat box, the information tells us that this is "individually handmade" and it contains "Thinly sliced pepperoni and creamy mozzarella cubes on our original tomato sauce" The back of the box explaines that the dough and tomato sauce is the the same as what they have used in their restaurants since 1965 and that they are made by people and not machines. Upon taking the pizza out of the box you notice straight away that they dough is handmade and hand prepared, there is no uniformity to the edges that you expect to see on mass produced, pre-made pizzas and the topping is distributed across the top in an even but haphazzard manner. There are generous splodges of mozzarella cubes and pepperoni slices and green sprigs of herbs and spices can be spotted. Cooking instructions are simple, just heat in an oven for 10-12 minutes at gas mark 6, olive oil is recommended to be drizzled over the pizza before heating but as we are not keen on the taste we didnt bother. The taste is sublime!, possibly one of the tastiest pizzas I have ever had that has come from a supermarket. It reminded me of a takeaway pizza or one that you eat inside a restaurant it was that good. The tomato sauce is rich but not overpowering and the flavour of the cheese and spicy pepperoni really compliment one another. The dough base is not at all stodgy and doesnt take away from the topping whatsoever. Sometimes I find supermarket pizza to be all base and no topping, but this balanced the two perfectly. Even after finishing you can still taste the pepperoni but rather than it being unpleasant it lingers nicely behind and is a great reminder of what you have just eaten. GDA information is listed on the box as being: (based on 1/3 pizza) 367 kcals 16.6g Protein 50.9g Carbohydrates 4.9g of which sugars 13.4g fat 6.4g of which saturates 3.7g fibre 1.12g sodium 2.8g salt So, as you can see it not exactly the healthiest thing to eat, but like lots of other delicious foods that are bad for you I dont see if being too bad if eaten in moderation or once in a while. Ingredients are listed as containing: Dough: Wheat flour, water, salt, yeast, sugar, flour treatment agent, dextrose, emulsifier, E472e, rapeseed oil, antioxidant E300. Topping: Tomato sauce (tomato, salt, basil, pepper) Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, rapeseed oil, tomato puree, cows milk Allergen advice warns that the produce contains Milk and Wheat Gluten and although the pizza is produced in a nut free environment to a nut free recipe they cannot guarantee the ingredients will be 100% nut free (makes you wonder where the pesky nuts could come from then really...) In conclusion then, I really enjoyed this pizza, its a perfect Saturday lunch/tea whilst chilling out watching the sport or Xfactor. High in carbs and sugar and other nasties, but a treat every now and then isnt going to hurt is it? I would buy this pizza again, even when its back up to its original price of £4.99 (!!) Quality product gets 5/5 from me.

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                  31.10.2009 00:38
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                  Buy a supermarket freshly made pizza instead

                  The Pizza Express American is like a bog standard supermarket fresh pizza except with stingier portions. Of course it is true that quality is more important than quality, and I would be happy to pay for quality food, but I was honestly dissapointed when I tried one of these, there are much better supermarket pizzas around for a lot less money. Pizza Express has developed brand recognition which is basically what you are paying for. Most people (like i did too) buy this product thinking of pizzas they have eaten in a restaurant and think ooh wouldn't it be great to be able to do that at home and eat it in my dining room with a nice glass chardonnay or a bottle of Peroni. You may even enjoy the smugness of sheling out for the 'quality' brand in the shop. Ultimately you will pay for the experience, but you wont get it, I t is nowhere near the quality of the pizza in their restaurants. Instead you'll get a child size pizza with about 5 cubes of cheese and a few tiny peices of meat, in fancy package, for about £4, unless of course they are on BOGOF or half price etc which is really the only time they are not a complete rip off.

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                    01.08.2009 16:30
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                    A good value, tasty pizza to share

                    Being the proud mother of three young but beautiful children my husband and I do not have much of a social life but I am not complaining. Saturday night is our night and we get the kids sorted and then spend some time together relaxing, this usually involves a late tea and a bottle of something chilled to share. We usually have a pizza, shop bought, and a bottle of wine. I normally do my shopping in Asda so usually get one of their Asda deli counter pizzas, however I recently did my shopping in Tesco and opted for a Pizza Express American simple pepperoni. I knew Pizza Express as a chain of pizza restaurants and take-away but I had never bought a ready made pizza with their name from a supermarket. The pizza I chose came in quite a good quality box, dark blue with Pizza Express motif in white lettering and the name of the pizza. The packaging is quite attractive and did stand out from the rest, my only criticism is that you didn't get a great view of the pizza through the box. The pizza is described as "individually handmade", and there is a short description of the pizza, "thinly sliced pepperoni and creamy mozzarella cubes on our original tomato sauce." On the back of the box there is a little of the history of the Pizza Express and the nutritional information. Our pizza weighed 510g and was large enough for my husband and me. I found the pizza very easy to prepare and the cooking instructions were very accurate, for a fan oven 180 c for 10-12 minutes. When I opened up the box the pizza was contained in an inner cellophane covering and was set on a base disc, the pizza did look appetising and did have a good covering of topping. I counted 34 individual pepperoni discs and there was a good covering of the mozzarella cubes. The pizza base seemed good and firm, not soggy and didn't look doughy, the edges were quite free rather than rounded off. The pizza smelled fresh and there was a slight waft of the herbs, in a good way. When the pizza was cooked it was equally appealing, there was a good strong smell from the oven as it cooked and I was not disappointed when I took it out. The pizza was easy to cut, and the base remained of a good consistency not too crumbly but also not too doughy and it was of a good thickness. We cut the pizza into 8 slices, for ease of eating and it cut up fairly easily and evenly. So how did it taste, well it tasted of pizza, like a pizza from a pizzeria rather than a frozen or shop bought one. The mozzarella melted well and was good and stringy but still creamy and the pepperoni has a good strong but not overpowering flavour. There was also an understated taste from the herbs, which I enjoyed as it did not take away from the pepperoni. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed our Pizza Express American simple pepperoni and I would definitely recommend giving them a try, I will look out for them when I am next in Tesco. Although I bought our pizza in Tesco I am sure they would be available in other outlets. I think it cost £3.98, so for a Saturday night in it wasn't an expensive night but it was enjoyable.

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                      06.05.2009 20:09
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                      Lovely pizza by Pizza Express just like in the restaurants

                      I love pizzas, I do quite often make my own but sometimes its easier to have a shop bought one when you don't have time to make your own. One of the recent shop bought pizzas we have tried is the Pizza Express American. Pizza Express as many people know is the very popular pizza chain of restaurants that you can find in most cities across the country and I have eaten there many times and I do enjoy their pizzas so was keen to see whether the shop bought ones would match their freshly made ones in their restaurants. The pizzas do come in various sizes we had the 250g one. The pizza comes in a blue cardboard box with the pizza express logo in white on the front and underneath the fact that it is American and the description "pure pepperoni for those who like their flavours strong and simple." There is no picture of the pizza which is in contrast to most pizzas where you can either see the pizza or see a picture of it. Pizza Express obviously believe that people will buy it on the strength of their name rather than having to see the pizza itself. On the back of the box is a little postcard that tells how the American pizza was invented, supposedly back in 1965 when an American came into their restaurant and described the pizza he loved back at home and they made him their own Pizza Express version covered with spicy pepperoni and then they added it to the menu - not sure if that's true or not! Opening up the box the pizza itself is wrapped in a polyethene wrapping and on top of a plastic disc. You must remove both of these before cooking. The pizza looks homemade which is appealing, it doesn't have the perfect uniform crust like some shop bought pizzas have, its wider at some bits than others. The pizza has a lovely tomato topping, slices of pepperoni and lots of cubes of mozzarella. Pizza Express suggest drizzling a tablespoon of olive oil onto the pizza before popping it in the oven which I do. It takes only 7-9mins in the oven, cooking instructions are included for electric, fan and gas ovens. Taking the pizza out of the oven it smells and looks very tasty. The mozzarella has melted into each other so the whole pizza is covered in a lovely thick cheesy layer. The pizza has a wonderful crisp base, the tomato topping is rich and flavoursome. The pepperoni has a nice taste, spicy but not too hot. All in all my husband and I both felt that it was the best shop bought pizza we have ever tasted. We had the small pizza between us for lunch along with some bread. I think if you wanted to have it as a main meal for two you would need to buy the larger size. The only downside in my opinion about the pizza is the cost. At £3.99 for the smaller size pizza (this is the price in Waitrose, it may be cheaper elsewhere) it is quite expensive. However we had bought them on a buy one get one free offer so it worked out at only £2 each and for the quality and the taste of the pizza it was a price I was happy to pay. The pizzas are in the chilled cabinet but can be frozen once you get home so my advice is stock up when they are on a BOGOF offer and keep a few in the freezer. These are my favourite shop bought pizzas. They are expensive but they are made with quality ingredients and taste just like the pizzas you would buy in the restaurant. I am off to try some of the other varieties in the range. Further Information - Allergens - Contains milk, wheat gluten. Is produced in a nut-free environment but they cannot guarantee the ingredients are 100% nut free. Nutritional Information - Per ½ pizza Energy - 283 kcal Protein - 14.3g Carbohydrate - 33.9g Fat - 10g Salt - 1.5g

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