Product Type: Pizza Express Ready Meals
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Pizza Express - American Pizza
Author Name: daisylee3
Pizza Express - American Pizza
Date: 09/04/12, updated on 09/04/12 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Tasty, easy to cook, good value for money
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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