“ Brand: Pizza Express / Type: Pizza „
We have always enjoyed going to the Pizza Express restaurants and their offers and discounts from time to time prove a little too tempting. For once though me and my fiancée decided to stay in and try an oven one from them. It comes boxed and shrink wrapped on the usual polystyrene pizza base.
Popped it in the oven for about ten minutes straight on the shelf, time it well or obviously it doesn't matter if it's pizza express or supermarket own brand, it isn't going to taste good.
With it not being freshly cooked the base is a little thicker than in the restaurant but the taste isn't far off the classical Pizza Express taste. The taste is recognisable but not quite the same, and nor did I expect it to be, you simply can't beat a freshly cooked pizza.
For an over pizza however it is one of the best I have had, it tasted good and you know it is pizza express. I think at the price it is marketed as a top end oven pizza and this in my opinion is correct, if not just for the pizza express sauce alone.
I would recommend the pizza to fans of the restaurant, it has that taste, not quite the restaurant quality but for an oven pizza it is good.
I love Pizza Express and have had a few home cooked ones from time to time, I recently had a small sized one as I found one for half price in my local Sainsburys. Being a poor, poor student I would not pay the £4 it was at full price. The pizza comes in a cardboard box and is shrink wrapped inside on top of a polystyrene pizza base.
The instructions are extremely easy and no fuss, drizzle a tea spoon of olive oil around the pizza and put in the oven for 7-9 minutes, you don't even need to put it on anything. My flatmates often buy these plain margheritas and add more cheeses and their own toppings, often left over from other meals so nothing is going to waste!
So most importantly, the taste of the pizza! Sometimes if you go too over board on the oil your pizza can be a little soggy and greasy and if cooked too long the bottom becomes very hard making it hard to eat and not very enjoyable. The home cooked pizzas differ from the pizzas in the restaurant as obviously they are not freshly made and the bases are often thicker. They still have the classic, recognisable taste of Pizza Express though and are my preferred pizza of choice to eat at home. The balance between cheese and tomato puree is perfect and you can add more cheese if wanted which I have only needed to do once.
Overall these pizzas are very yummy and quick to do, I would not pay full price (even if I wasn't poor!) but they are often on a half price offer somewhere if you shop around.
I love a good pizza and I have tried many varieties, unfortunately nothing comes close to the lovelyness that is pizza hut, unfortunately that lovelyness also comes with a very hefty price tag so most of the pizzas I eat are of the supermarket variety.
I have tried many different kinds of pizza, mostly supermarket own as the branded versions tend to be a lot more expensive. I recently noticed in tescos that pizza express 8" pizzas were half price, they are £4 normally and there is no way I would pay that for a pizza from a supermarket, but at £2 I thought it was worth a shot.
Pizza express is a well known restaurant chain which offers sit in dining or take away (though a quick look at their website suggests that they don't deliver food, you have to go and collect it). I personally have never been to a pizza express restaurant as there isn't one where I live but I have friends who rave about pizza express so its somewhere I'd like to try out at some point! In the last few years they have branched out to making pizzas you can buy in your local supermarket, so you can have some pizza express taste in your own home wherever you live.
The pizza itself comes in a blue cardboard box with white trim. It has a fancy cut out pattern on the front so you can see parts of the pizza through the holes. It also says pizza express in large letters on the front and the side as well as stating the type of pizza it is, in this case margherita. The pizzas are also available in different flavours and sizes such as Sloppy Giuseppe and american hot and they also do dough balls and garlic bread. I like just a plain cheese pizza hence my buying of and reviewing of the margherita.
The pizza should be kept in a fridge and can also be frozen (have stocked up while they are on offer, thats how much I like them!) you cook it in the oven (as with most pizzas) and it takes 10-15mins to cook (a bit longer from frozen) you may need to alter the cooking times depending on your oven and how "well done" you like your pizza!
The pizza base itself is relatively thin, but with a raised crust round the outside. The pizza is generously covered in tomato sauce and bits of cheese, once cooked these bits of cheese melt down to cover the whole pizza in delicious melty cheeesy goo yum!
Once the pizza has had the necessary cooking time I take it out the oven and cut it into 6 with scissors (yes scissors, seriously they are awesome for cutting pizzas, forget pizza cutters!) and leave it too cool for a few minutes before tucking in, the topping is pretty much molten when you take it out of the oven so its best to leave it to cool a bit. I tend to have the pizza by itself and I find it is enough for me, if I'm sharing it I might have it with salad or chips.
The taste of the pizza I have to say is lovely, the base stays nice and crispy and there is a good amount of cheese and sauce on the pizza (some cheap pizzas are kind of lacking in the amount of topping). The tomato sauce is tangy and nice without being too overpowering and the cheese goes that nice stringy way. Half a pizza contains 287 calories and 8.5g of fat which I think is pretty good for a pizza with a fair amount of cheese on it.
Some people might find a plain margherita pizza bit boring but the great thing is that you can add any toppings you like to it to make it your own, My boyfriend likes to put jalepenos in his (I'm not a fan of spicey food!) I like sometimes adding a few tomatoes or some bacon (get your scissors out again to cut the bacon up!)
Overall this pizza definitely gets a thumbs up from me, the only downside is the price so it will have to lose a star for that, I definitely wouldn't be buying it if it wasn't half price.
I love Pizza Express and whenever I see their pizza's on offer in the supermarket I like to pick one up. A 8" pizza normally costs around £4 in Tesco and Asda, although they are frequently on offer for £2.
Pizza Express state on the packaging that the pizza's are handmade, and they use the same recipies for dough as they use in the restuarant.
The margherita pizza comes in a blue cardboard box, the Pizza Express logo is in white and ther box has a window to the right through which you can see the pizza.
The nutritional value is listed as;
per 1/2 pizza as sold
Sat Fat 1.5g
To cook the pizza you need to preheat the oven to 200 degrees (electric) or 180 degrees (fan assisted oven) and after drizzling the pizza with olive oil bake on the top shelf for 7-9 minutes.
Unlike most supermarket pre bought pizza's the Pizza Express pizza has a really thin base, and also rather than being covered in masses of cheese this pizza only has a sprinkling of cheese and some mozzarella cubes scattered over the top. This means that the pizza is also less fattening than alternative pizzas.
The pizza itself tastes really nice, the tomato base has a nice hint of basil and oregano, it also tastes like real tomatoes not artificial like some pizza toppings. The mozzarella cubes melt into little 'pools' of cheese throughout cooking and provide a nice cheesy taste without dominating the pizza. The base is also thin and crispy.
I really enjoy this pizza, it tastes more than simply bread, tomato and cheese. It is great served with a salad.
I would recommend this pizza but I would only give it 4 out of 5 stars because even though it is delicious I think that it is overpriced for a pizza.
The popular Pizza Express restaurant chain also do some of their pizzas in a home version which you can buy from most supermarkets. As a vegetarian, the only one which I can have is the margherita, with Pizza Express's base, tomato cause and topped with mozzarella cubes and herbs. It comes in two sizes.
The pizza is cooked in the oven, and for me only takes around 10 minutes from chilled - I don't like my pizza browned, I like it with the cheese just melted, so if you prefer it a bit crispier you can leave it for longer.
After a few minutes in the oven a delicious smell starts to appear, which makes me keep checking the pizza to see if it's ready...
Once you take it out of the oven, it's clear that the pizza is different to most supermarket bought pizzas. It looks more like a pizza you would have in a restaurant or from a takeaway.
In terms of taste...oh me. The base is fairly thin, with a thicker crust, and is not too doughy nor too thin. The tomato sauce is just right - I don't like too tangy a sauce. What makes the pizza for me though, is the mozzarella and herbs. The mozzarella melts unevenly, so in some parts of the pizza you get a nice thick bit of cheese, while on others it's quite thin - like a restaurant pizza. The mozzarella is deliciously creamy. The herbs just finish it off nicely - many supermarket pizzas don't have much in the way of herbs so I add my own, but the Pizza Express margherita has the perfect blend to add that nice flavour you expect from a restaurant pizza.
Texture-wise, the Pizza Express pizza is just how I like it - not doughy, not crunchy, and really quite soft and liquid-like (I don't mean it's liquid, I mean when you pick up a slice it droops and doesn't keep its shape).
The Pizza Express pizzas aren't cheap. I think the general price for the smaller size is £3.50-£3.99, while the larger size is £4.99 (but currently half price in Morrisons). However, when you compare it to the fresh pizzas that most supermarkets do, it's quite comparable, and personally I think it is worth the money. Sometimes I prefer to buy a supermarket own one as they do veggie toppings, but the Pizza Express margherita has it all - great topping, great base and great texture.
It's not quite as good as eating in the restaurant, but the Pizza Express supermarket range is a really good attempt to replicate it for eating at home. Highly recommended.
I should point out I'm reviewing the chilled supermarket pizza, not the restaurant version, which is a very different animal!
Unlike, the restaurant pizzas, this is mainly notable for its meagre toppings. On removing the thing from its plastic wrapping, I immediately noticed how the tomato sauce was orange, rather than red because it had been so sparingly smeared on that it only just covered the base. Mozzarella consisted of a few sad and yellowed cubes dotted about.
After cooking, the toppings seemed a bit more appealing. The cheese had melted to be more substantial-looking. The texture, though, was rather flacid and even soggy. No crispiness there. So I'd recommend a pizza stone if you have one, or adjusting the temperature slightly higher.
A plus point is that the pizza does cook very quickly, so you'll be eating it within ten minutes.
I found the taste a bit sickly. The base doesn't taste of much, but the tomato sauce turns out to be paste, which is a bit too rich. The cheese is not good mozzarella either, and I didn't enjoy the flavour at all. It didn't taste like a decent mozzarella should.
I tried this several times because it's often on offer and because I like the restaurant pizzas, but I've given up now. I prefer supermarket own brands, which are also cheaper, and won't be buying Pizza Express chilled food again.
Anyone who knows me know that I am addicted to dining out at Pizza Express. I love their authentic Italian style pizzas and fresh tasty toppings so when I heard about their 'at home' range I was very excited.
The pizza's come in blue cardboard boxes with the classic white 'PE' logo and in plastic wrapping, a little excessive packaging but they are trying to portray quality through their packaging. However the packaging can be recycled and should be!
As I'm vegetarian Margherita was currently the only option from their range of Pizzas I could eat. I do believe they are releasing some more vegey ones soon though. I do find Margherita quite boring, but if made right, I do enjoy them from time to time.
This pizza has the classic thin italian style base with the signature 'PE' dough base, a juicy base of tomatoes and cubes of Mozerella and seasonings. There are 220 calories per 100g of the pizza, which is quite typical of pizza. I would recommend eating 1/3 of the pizza which is 374 calories with a fresh salad or homemade chunky chips.
The pizza is easy to cook. Remove all packaging. drizzle with olive oil. Put on oven shelf and cook for aprox 8 minutes as 200 degrees.
I do believe the olive oil adds a nice authentic kick to this pizza. My particular pizza seemed a little dry and I would have liked a lot more tomatoes on the base as it seemed too dry. The topping itself was somewhat tasty but nothing special.
These pizzas usually sell at £3.99 which is so over priced for what you get as it doesn't stand out from any other Margherita pizzas. As im vegetarian and can't currently try the other flavours I don't know if there variety makes them any more special, however my boyfriend loves the sloppy G pizza and thinks its much better than any other frozen pizzas. We do usually wait until these are on offer for half price or similar as that seems more reasonably priced.
Pizza Express was founded in 1965 by Peter Boizot, when he opened his first restaurant in London. The brand has gone from strength to strength and luckily for us, their pizzas can now be purchased in supermarkets.
Pizza Express Margherita Pizza can be found in the chilled cabinet and is suitable for home freezing. It is packaged in a dark blue cardboard box, with a fancy cut-out shape, through which you can view the pizza. The lettering on the packaging is coloured in white and yellow and it states that the company was 'Established 1965' and the pizza is 'Individually Handmade'. The box does look very classy and gives the pizza, a quality feel before even opening it!
On opening, you find a thin based pizza which is covered with a nice layer of tomato sauce and a very generous amount of cubed mozzarella. You can also see pieces of basil througout and it does look very appetising.
The pizza only takes 12 - 14 minutes to cook and when you remove it from the oven it looks wonderful and tastes even better. The base is crisp on the outside and still slightly doughy on the inside. The tomato sauce tastes fresh and is full of flavour, but you can still taste the basil , which thankfully is not overpowered by the other ingredients. The mozzarella cubes are my favourite part. They melt, spread and bubble all over the surface and taste smooth and creamy. It also stretches as you bite into it, which is rather messy but great fun. The pizza itself may sound quite plain, but it is definitely a taste sensation!
*Nutritional Value Per Half Pizza*
Energy - 287 kcal
Protein - 12.5g
Carbohydrate - 40.1g
of which sugars - 3.0g
Fat - 8.5g
of which saturates - 1.5g
Fibre - 3.3g
Sodium - 0.62g
Salt Equivalent - 1.6g
This product contains gluten, wheat and milk. It is suitable for vegetarians.
Pizza Express Margherita Pizza is available from Tesco in a 249g pack for £3.99
This is an expensive pizza and I bought two between the five of us. It is however far cheaper than a Dominos or Pizza Hut and is lovely as a treat.
I would definitely buy it again, as it did taste gorgeous and the kids all loved it and remarked that it tasted really special. We made a night of it and followed up with snacks and a dvd.
Great pizza and a welcome treat!
I love eating out, and Pizza Express is one of my favorite restaurants. With the credit crunch anyway to save money is a good thing so the fact that Sainsbury's have started selling this Pizza Express bake at home range was quite exciting to me!
Next time I was shopping I picked up one of the Pizza Express Margherita pizzas. They are in the fridge section rather than the frozen one. They are in blue boxes decorated very similarly to the Pizza Express menus and their signs with their logos on. You cannot miss them in their section. The great thing about their packaging is that it is 100% recyclable as it is cardboard.
The pizza itself is quite large and thin, which makes the box look really big. Because the pizza is thin it is less filling than the box would give the impression. The pizza cooks from fresh very quickly (although check your own oven instructions compared with those on the box). The Pizza tastes stone baked, it has thin floury dough, a tomatoey layer then some mozerella on the top. The mozerella on the top is very thinly spread out and to be honest there wasn't much of it, it was quite a let down. The pizza tasted more like eating some thin floury bread with a heavy tomoato coating.
Unfortunately the pizza was no where near as good as you can get in the restaurant. Even though the pizza was cheaper than restaurant prices it was more expensive than most of the other pizzas you can buy in the supermarket, and I am afraid to say it wasn't worth it.
In future Ill either go to Pizza Express myself, or buy a cheaper supermarket pizza.
Last night I ate a Margherita Pizza for my tea. It was from Pizza Express, but not the actual restaurant, this one was a ready-made one that I just needed to put in the oven.
I had bought it from Sainsbury's as they are currently on offer (2 for the price of 1) and they are sold for £3.99. I found that quite expensive, but as it was on offer I thought it was about right.
It comes in a navy blue box and has white writing on it in large letter saying it is a Pizza Express Pizza. It also has a gap in the box where you can see what the pizza looks like. When I took the pizza out the box it did look very nice (strangely it looked better once out the box). I'd say it was around 10inches big, for some reason it didn't actually say how big it was on the box. It didn't take long to make at all which was a bonus as I was starving! The box said 12-14 minutes.
Once I had cooked the pizza I tucked straight into it. It was very nice however I found it very thin, a lot thinner than your average thin pizza and because of this it wasn't very filling at all. I ate the whole pizza to myself and was still hungry afterwards, so I can imagine if I had bought this pizza at full price I would have been massively disappointed. The crust is very hard and crunchy and slightly floury, I wasn't really a fan of that. As the base was so thin it meant that I could taste the tomato paste on it really strongly, luckily for me I like that but I can imagine that a lot of people wouldn't. There also didn't seem to be enough cheese. If I was to ever have this again I think I might add my own cheese and also add my own topping to try and make it a bit more filling.
I won't be buying this again unless it is on offer and then I will only be eating it as a snack, this can be very fattening though which is another reason why I have only rated this as two stars. It doesn't taste anywhere near as good as the pizzas from the restaurant Pizza Express, but the name might just get people to go out and buy it.
I'm not normally a fan of ready-made pizzas as I prefer to make my own (a naan, tomato puree, cheese and choice of toppings - yum! Cheap and done in 10 mins), but I was browsing in Sainsbury's and noticed a deal on Pizza Express pizzas. I think it was something like 2 for £3, and as they are normally £3.99 each, I decided to snatch two up quickly before they changed their minds!
I went for Margherita because the other options contained meat, and thought I could add my own toppings if I wanted. This pizza is about 10" I think, although helpfully it doesn't seem to say the size on the box. It was definitely a break from my diet as half the pizza is around 287 calories and over 12g of fat - as a main meal you'd probably want to eat the whole thing so that's a bit on the steep side for me because I like to have small meals and snack regularly around them.
The pizza is found in the fridge section but can be frozen on day of purchase. I ate one the same day and froze the other. If you freeze it you need to completely defrost it before cooking, which is kind of annoying...It has a nice soft crust and a fairly thin base.
The pizza comes in a dark blue cardboard box and has a little window for the pizza. The first one I ate looked fine once I took it out of the box, but the second one I ate (weeks later by the way!) had a bit of a damaged crust and some of the sauce had leaked off. The cheese topping was reasonable though, not like pizzas from certain other brands where you only get topping where it shows through the small window...
Inside the box the pizza is wrapped in plastic and has a Styrofoam type base to support it. This annoys me, as although the box is recyclable is states that the inner packaging isn't - I can understand the need for the plastic wrap but they should really make the box thicker and do away with the Styrofoam base. The box has clear instructions for cooking, and states to add a dash of oil to the top before putting in the oven. I've used oil for cooking about three times in my life, so I ignored this instruction and put the pizza in the oven without adding toppings because I was hungry.
The box says to cook for about 20 mins on Gas Mark 6, but again I decided to take matters into my own hands and put it on 7 for less time. When I took the pizza out and tasted it, it looked cooked but didn't taste incredibly nice. Just average really, and was worth £1.50 but no more. The second time I decided to try it I added chopped shallots, fresh garlic and slices of fresh tomato to the top and then baked as stated on the box. This time it turned out much nicer though the cheese does tend to get a bit clumpy so you'll often end up with a stringy mouthful of it or barely any at all. I did enjoy it much more though, and if I'd had more time I would have made a big salad or cooked some veg to go with it. As it was I had just over half and though it wasn't incredibly filling, it would have been more than enough with a salad.
So basically, it tastes nice if you follow the cooking instructions! Also, I would suggest adding your own toppings because they really bring out the flavour. One star off because it's too bland without extra toppings, or possibly the addition of oil which I'm against, seeing as it's so unhealthy already.
The other star off is for the price. At the full price of £3.99 it's a complete rip off. My local takeaways do the same size pizza for less than that (2 for £7), and I don't have go out and buy it, add the toppings myself and then cook it! Making my own pizza and cheating with the base costs me about £1.20 (for a bigger pizza), so the offer I got in the supermarket was fairly good, but at full price it's just crazy. I think they've just taken the (expensive) Pizza Express name and decided to run with it.
I'm a massive pizza fan and have eaten ridiculous numbers of pizzas all over the world, and this one is slightly below average and definitely unimpressive.
There was a thing in the newspaper yesterday with Antionio Carluccio, the Itallian TV chef insisting that the spaghetti bolognese as cooked and eaten by people up and down this country is nothing but a pastiche of a dish, made up by people who have no idea what Itallian cooking is really like.
You get the same sort of claim arising now and again for things such as vegetable pakora, which apparently don't exist (despite them being freely available at every Indian restaurant I've ever been to, as well as my having seen a lady on last night's edition of 'The Hairy Bikers' Mums Know Best' cooking up a batch of them from scratch), and curries of every type, and so on.
I wonder what the definition of a 'real pizza' would be in the light of all that. Probablly not a great deal like the Tesco version of Pizza Express' Margherita Pizza - but it's one of the best cook-chill pizzas I've encountered, nonetheless.
Currently it costs £1.99 for a basic cheese and tomato pizza weighing 249g - but bear in mind this is when they're selling at 'Tesco' for half-price. You get a nine-inch-diameter thin-crust pizza for this, which means that if it was selling for the RRP this would not be the greatest of all deals. However at a half-price offer it's all right.
The thin crust crisps up very nicely during the 10-12 minutes recommended cooking time in the oven; there's a bit of topping-free turned up bread-crust on the pizza (about 1cm of it, all the way round) which detracts from the overall edible size of it quite a bit, but as what you do get is of definitely higher quality than you'd get on a larger, cheaper supermarket pizza, this is by no means a big problem.
The pizza topping is a thinnish smear of tomato-based product, with grated cheese, and little cubes of 'hand-finished' cows'-milk derived mozarella strewn over the top. It all cooks down and melts quite beautifully, to give you an attractive, appetising and tasty result.
The outer packaging is all (attractive, dark blue) cardboard, so that part will biodegrade quite nicely, with less environmentally-friendly plastic wrapping and a polystyrene base on the inside.
These are definitely better-quality and tasty supermarket pizzas, though I'm still not convinced that they're worth the full £4 that they'd cost when they're selling at the usual RRP.
My mate popped round on Xmas Eve to give my sisters their pressies from her and her family, I knew she'd be coming about tea time so I put a pizza and some garlic bread in for a snack. She's a bit fussy about pizza toppings so I played it safe with a plain Pizza Express Margherita pizza.
It cooks in about 12 mins and on the box it tells you to drizzle a spoon of olive oil over it before cooking, I deffo recommend you do this because it makes a big difference to the pizza when it's cooked. If you leave the olive oil off it tastes like frozen pizza but with the oil it gets the flavours of a pizza you'd actually eat in Pizza Express.
It's a very basic pizza but proper nice anyway, I'm not for tonnes of different toppings and usually just have a pepperoni pizza but this cheese and tomato one is delish. The base is a cross between deep pan and thin crust, I think it's got a perfect thickness and the crust goes lovely and crunchy when it's cooking. I always dip my pizza crusts in blue cheese sauce and the flavour of the sauce goes wicked with the doughy taste of this pizza base.
The tomato sauce is gorgeous too, it's quite tangy and has got a delish tomato flavour. It's not gone overboard with the tomatoes though and I'm glad about that because I like to be able to taste the herbs in it, this one has deffo got basil in the sauce because I can taste it quite strong and that gives it a wicked Italian feel.
I love the mozzerella because when the pizza is cold it's in tiny cubes instead of being grated onto the pizza. That means it melts quite thick and also bubbles up when the top of the pizza cooks, I love how it spreads to cover the whole pizza and how stretchy and tasty it is. I think the mozzerella Pizza Express use goes wicked with the tomato sauce and all the flavours in the pizza just sit nice together.
I paid £3.99 for this pizza so it's deffo not cheap. I think it's worth the price though because it honest does taste as good as a pizza you'd have in Pizza Express, yeah the atmosphere isn't there but at least you can get a wicked pizza now in the comfort of your own kitchen.
My 4 year old eldest daughter loves pizza - I think she would say in the words of Lola from Charlie & Lola... pizza is my favourite and my best! Every now and then we visit our local Ask pizza restaurant on a sunday. It's a really child friendly place to eat and serves food that we all enjoy. This last weekend we attempted to go for a meal and foolishly I didn't book a table, we got to the emtrance of the restaurant and we told that they were full and we would have to wait over an hour for a table. My little girls face fell and her bottom lip began to quiver and I felt an overwhelming surge of guilt for disappointing her.
My fab husband immediately set out formulating an emergency backup plan to try and make her smile again and this involved us popping to the supermarket to buy a pizza and some ice cream and then he promised that we would all sit down and watch a film together - result....she was smiling again.
I popped into my local Tesco's and tracked down the fresh pizza's in the chilled section. Now there was quite a wide range available and a lot of them looked really tasty. Putting my little girl first however I decided to go fro her favourite - good old Magherita. I spotted the Pizza Express pizza's and decided to give them a go. I have visited the restaurant chain many times and have loved their pizzas but have never tried one of their cook at home pizza's. This is mainly down to the fact that they are really quite expensive and probably the most expensive of offer in the supermarket.
I opted for a 12 inch Margherita and this cost a whopping £4.99, I would never normally pay that kind of money for a pizza but when you compared it with what we would spent for the four of us eating at Ask, it seemed like an absolute bargain to keep a smile on my little girls face.
When we got home, the oven went straight on and I had a look at the cooking instructions. I was instructed to drizzle a little olive oil beofre cooking and then place it in the oven for approx 12-14 minutes. Now I would advise that you pay close attention to the cooking time, as I think if you left it in for a couple of minutes to long you may be disappointed with what you find in the oven.
When the buzzer went on the oven, I was really impressed with what I saw, the pizza looled amazing... the little balls of mozarella had melted into a goey delight and the smell was divine. I sliced it up and we all tucked in. It tasted amazing, it was the best supermarket bought pizza I have ever tasted and although Margherita isn't the most exciting of varieties this was really enjoyable. It also tasted really fresh, the tomato had a fab flavour and the balance of flavours was just right.
It was gobbled up really quickly and my little girl was no longer disappointed we hadn't made it in the restaurant. I would definately buy this one again but only for special occasions or if it were reduced in price
For dinner last night I decided that we would have something that was quick and simple and when I saw two particular Pizza Express pizzas on offer (half price) I decided to pick up this margherita one along with another one.
The pizza comes in a square cardboard box and is wrapped in celophane, simply remove this and then place in the oven on 200 degrees for around 15-20 minutes.
This particular pizza has a fairly thin and crispy base and is topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella which is in small cubes that melts down in to the little pools of tomato sauce. The pizza cooks very well and the cheese will melt all in to one delicious gooey mess and even though there was a fairly large amount of cheese on top of the pizza I did not find that the base was soggy in any place and the whole thing was nice and evenly cooked in the oven. You could see that this pizza was handmade as they do not have the usual completely uniform circular shape to them.
The tomato sauce was very juicy and tasted nice and rich. The mozzarella complimented the rich tomato sauce very well and melted and cooked very nicely. The base was a nice handmade style and had slightly different depths to it which meant that there were mouthfuls that were even more tomatoey or cheesy and this worked very well at bringing another dimension to the pizza. The whole pizza worked very well for me and I actually enjoyed it more than the meat one that we had.
Margherita pizza is not my usual favourite but tonight I really fancied a change from the norm and was very pleased with my choice. There are around 561 calories for half of this pizza and it was really crisp and luxurious and it was worth every single calorie!
I would recommend keeping your eye on this pizza around the 12 minute mark as it could easily begin to burn and blacken around the edges although I found our one took around 20 minutes on the bottom shelf of the oven (the meaty pizza was cooking on the top!).
I am going to rate this 5/5 as I did not have a single bad thing to say about this pizza. It's usual price is £4.99 which I think is very reasonable for 493g of delicious pizza (enough for two adults with medium appetites!) and I will be purchasing this again (even when it's not on special offer). While £5 may seem a little expensive to some we wanted a nice luxury pizza for a change.