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      02.08.2013 15:44
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      good shop brought pizza

      I've been into Pizza Express several times, the food in there is ok for a chain although the service is not amazing. I've seen these in my local Sainsburys and Tesco before I first went to PE but never thought to try them until after. The range as a whole is quite good.

      Price/Availability

      Ive seen these pizzas in Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys, my local Metro and larger Tesco both do them although the metro doesn't always have stock it is there most of the time, Morrisons I find does run out quickly is these are on offer but that might be because I mainly go in at night rather than during the day. As far as I am aware these are the only supermarkets that do them, Asda definitely don't stock them but I cannot answer about any others. Price is usually about £4.50 for a small one however they are normally on offer, either half price or buy 2 for £6 etc. I only ever get them when on offer as they are £4.50 and as much as I like them I wouldn't pay that for them! They also do these in a bigger size usually priced around £6, again these are often on offer so keep an eye out. These are in the chilled section of the pizza aisle and have a good shelf life on them, I have once frozen one and its still tasted the same cooked from frozen.

      Packaging/cooking

      The packaging is the distinctive Pizza Express packaging, it used to be blue but its now black and white stripes but the whole range is the same and easy to spot in the shopping aisle. Taking it out of the packaging it might look a bit bare, I thought that when I got it the first time, but once cooked it wont look or taste it. Cooking takes around 12 minutes from chilled but varies on your cooker. I put mine straight in with no tray, I finds it makes the base cook better.

      Taste

      As mentioned above it can look a bit bare when you take it out the wrapper but once its cooked it doesn't look the same and if anything the less toppings is better because it stops the pizza going all greasy and soggy, a problem I can find with some pizzas that are loaded with toppings. The tomato sauce used tastes well seasoned and works well with the base, it doesn't make the base all soggy either. The toppings are mozzarella, peppers and spicy beef, all together creates a really good taste, you can taste all ingredients individually, the peppers still have a bite, the beef is seasoned well and gives a nice heat to the pizza without making it to spicy. The base is quite thin which I love as I hate stodgy pizza bases, it doesn't go soggy or to hard it retains its fresh bread taste and softness. I can myself Im hungry eat a small one to myself, I think that on its own its enough for one person, with side dishes a small one should feed 2 people but use your own judgement when buying.

      Overall

      I do like these pizzas, for me they are the best branded and best ready made shop brought pizzas available. I only get them on offer, at £4.50 it makes the to expensive to buy normally but at half price or other it makes them a good price for what you get. The ingredients taste great and it does taste like you would get in the restaurant which is a good thing. I would recommend this to anybody who likes pizzas with abit of heat but not overpowering, if you like the PE food from the restaurant give this a try.

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      17.10.2011 22:33
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      Pizza Express in your home

      I love Pizza Express but I don't seem to go as often as I would like so whenever I see their pizza's on offer in the supermarket I like to buy them. This particular pizza which is 305g normally costs £4 but I managed to pick one up for only £2 in Tesco.

      The box is blue and has white writing on the front. There are gaps in the box through which you can see the toppings on the pizza. This particular pizza is topped with ground beef, green pepper and red onion. The pizza has a decent sprinkling of toppings and rather than being plastered in cheese like other pizza's it has little cubes of mozzarella sprinkled on the top.

      This pizza is 8" and a serving is half of the pizza according to the box. I found this odd as in the restuarant when you order you get a whole pizza?

      To cook the pizza you need to preheat the oven to 200 degrees or 180 for a fan assisted oven. You then need to bake the pizza on the top shelf for 12-14 minutes.

      The pizza is made from fresh dough which isn't precooked like other chilled pizza's you can buy. The dough then cooks and rises as the pizza bakes. The base is by far one of the best things about Pizza Express it is thin and crispy, I don't like deep pan pizza's as I feel like I am eating cheese on toast some are so thick and doughy. This base is really nice though.

      This is one of my favourite pizza's the tomato sauce tastes really fresh and herby. The beef is spicy but not too overpowering, I would describe this as a medium heat pizza. The mozzarella melts into little pools on the pizza so it doesn't taste 'greasy'. The peppers and onion give the pizza a nice crunch and add to the flavour.

      I do love this pizza and would give it 5 out of 5 however I wouldn't pay the full price for it as I do feel it is rather expensive.

      Nutritional Information;
      per 1/2 pizza as sold
      Energy kCal 306kCal
      Protein 13.4g
      Carbohydrate 40.2g
      of which sugars 5.1g
      Fat 10.3g
      saturates 4.6g
      Fibre 4.6g
      Sodium 0.7g
      Salt 1.7g

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      02.06.2010 18:07
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      The crust is amazing - best part of the pizza for sure!

      I have a patently bizarre relationship with Pizza Express' Sloppy Guiseppe pizza in that I have never actually ordered it in the restaurant, but I always it buy from the grocery store! I'm not in the habit of ordering it in the restaurant, I don't think, because there's such a great variety of pizzas you can get off the menu. But I think of the retail Pizza Express products, the Sloppy Guiseppe is one of the best.

      I just had half of a pizza for lunch alongside a salad, and I prepared it using the serving suggestions - throwing some olive oil on top before sticking it in the oven. I let it cook for about 12 minutes, and the crust was perfect - really chewy with just a bit of a crunchy bite. Really stands up to the quality you expect in the restaurant. I have tried it before with a cracked egg on top (when there's about 5 minutes left, put a raw egg on top of the pizza, and chuck it back in the oven) and, though lacking chili oil, it's almost as good as the real thing!

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      02.02.2010 22:10
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      We decided to try one of these pizzas the other day as a treat, we go to Pizza Express quite a lot and wanted to see if it would be quite the same at home as it was in the restaurant. This flavour wasn't one that I would normally pick if given a full choice in the restaurant, but it was half price so we thought that we may as well!

      The packaging is just the same as all the others in the Pizza Express at home range, it is blue with a large pizza express logo and a small see through bit so that you can see the product before you buy it. All of the information is on the reverse of the box, and you can recycle it.

      It is a really nice base which are all handmade, quite thin and not crispy which is how I like it and this is the only type of base that they do. The topping is spicy beef, peppers and onions but I was quite disappointed with this, yes its supposed to be sloppy but surely not so sloppy that you cant taste the flavours? Yes there was a vaguely nice taste about it, but the filling slipped straight off the pizza and everything seemed to blend in to each other so that you couldn't taste anything individually, the spiced beef didn't seem to have much spice to it and the peppers seemed to be very bland.

      It is normally around £4.00 which I think is very expensive for a pizza although the brand name does come with it, we got it when it was half price at Sainsbury's for £2.00, I don't think particular pizza is worth much but I wouldn't hesitate to pay the £2.00 for one of the nicer varieties.

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      10.01.2010 13:55
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      Pizza Express hits the spot again!

      It wasn't that long ago that I had my first ever Pizza Express pizza from Tesco and was blown away by the quality and taste, normally shop-bought pizzas don't match up to the ones in restaurants and takeaways but these are in a league of their own. Massively expensive in comparison though but well worth the extra cost for the taste I have been keeping an eye out in Tesco's for offers on these and when last week I noticed that the 8" size were half price at £1.99 I had to stock up on a few.

      Due to her own reasons my wife will not eat beef (from going back to Mad Cow disease from years ago) so when I spotted that the Sloppy Giuseppe was included in the 8" range I knew that this was a pizza that I could finally try. The topping on this particular variety is spiced beef, peppers and onions so I knew my wife wouldn't eat it; however for me it would make a nice main meal one night. As last night was a beer and DVD night I decided that my pizza would make a quick, convenient and tasty meal to accompany the evening.

      The Pizza comes in the packaging as illustrated above (although the box is dark blue, not white) and as soon as you take it out of the box and remove the protective wrapper you can see how much effort has gone into preparing a delicious looking pizza. The base is thin and rounds up around the edges to prevent the topping from slipping off and has a handmade look to it. The topping itself consists of small cubes of green peppers, onion and beef with splodges of Mozzarella cheese and to my eye looked delicious. Cooking instructions advise to drizzle a little olive oil on the topping before putting into the oven so this is what I did and cooked it for the recommended 12 minutes.

      Once cooked the cheese had melted and the whole appearance of the pizza was indeed sloppy; not wet though, just haphazard and random. Allowing a little time to cool the aroma from the pizza is mouth-watering and I couldn't wait to take my first bite. With the topping being described as 'spicy beef' with peppers and onions I was expecting quite a hot taste, but in reality the flavours of the three main components mixed with the Mozzarella cheese actually reminded me of a Bolognese rather than anything too spicy. Delicious though and incredibly filling I found that the 8" pizza more than filled me up and I felt satisfied and content when I had finished it. The doughy base does not detract from the topping like some other cheaper pizza and just provides a crunchy balance to the topping and all in all it made for a perfect Saturday evening meal to munch through whilst having a can of lager and watching a DVD.

      Nutrition wise a whole pizza was never going to be that healthy, and reading the information on the back of the box I am informed that a half pizza serving provides 339 calories, 10.2 grams of fat of which 4.6 grams are saturates, 13.5 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of salt. Clearly not something you should eat every day if you are watching your weight, however as it was my main meal of the day and I had eaten quite lightly up until teatime I was not overly concerned.

      Allergy information warns that the pizza contains Wheat Gluten, Wheat flour, Milk and Mustard and obviously won't be suitable for vegetarians. However to those who don't have issues with these ingredients I would definitely recommend this pizza to them. Delicious, filling and satisfying another great variety from the Pizza Express range.

      5/5 Dooyoo stars from me and certainly recommended. Cheap at £1.99 as opposed to £3.99 when not on offer I can't see them staying at this price for long. They are suitable for home freezing so long as used within a month so stock up whilst you can.

      Thanks for reading.

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        04.01.2010 21:32
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        A gorgeously delicious slice of the pie

        Mmmm! These pizzas are fantastic! An absolute treat.

        I know what you're probably thinking - £3.99 and it's so small! Compared with the other pizzas in the supermarket this seemed it would only serve one and as such was a little pricey. Well, hubby and I thought the same - we have an "easy meal" once a week, which is usually a supermarket pizza and chips and we really thought this wouldn't satisfy. Even though we always left quite a few chips and sometimes the odd pizza slice on our plates!

        If you're going to supplement with chips this pizza should be fine for two - and maybe add a salad to get a bit of health in! If you just want a pizza by itself then yes, this will probably only feed one. So for us, it's perfect to have in the freezer - because it can be either a dinner or a lunch meal.

        Then there's the quality: I don't have particularly high hopes for store-bought pizza. Nothing can come close to that divine cheesiness delivered to your door. But this comes pretty close! The box advises to not cook the pizza from frozen and to drizzle a bit of olive oil over first - and agreed this is the best way. But even from frozen - just warm it up in the oven a bit, then whip it out after it's had a bit of time to thaw and drizzle the oil then - so far, it can't be beaten by other store pizzas!

        In terms of toppings it's pretty generous: the sloppy guiseppe itself consists of onions, peppers and spicy meat. I'm not at all a big fan of meat on the pizza - it can often feel a bit heavy and sometimes the meat doesn't look so great and it tastes a bit chewy. I have to say I've not had those problems with this variety or the others (e.g. chicken and pesto). The flavour is really simply excellent and the quality is superb.

        I'd be pretty confident in saying that I think many people would be suprised with this pizza. Because it is so delicious and the toppings are generous, it is pretty filling. It's one of those occasions where paying more and getting less actually gets you more in terms of how good it is. I don't think we would ever go back to other supermarket pizzas now.

        And the best bit is, they've been on offer for a while at my local Sainsbury's - so I've been getting 2 for £5! Awesome!

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        01.12.2009 10:12
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        Delicious Sloppy Guiseppe Pizza.

        For dinner the other 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 Sloppy Guiseppe one along with a Magherita one which I have already reviewed.

        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, diced green peppers, red onion, slices of hot & spicy ground beef 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 diced green peppers were just the right size to bring a little bit of a tang to the pizza without overwhelming me as I am not the biggest fan of peppers. The slices of hot & spicy ground beef were indeed hot and spicy and they had a lovely texture and meaty bite to them. 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. The green peppers & red onion were a fantastic addition to this pizza and one that worked well with the spicy beef as they helped to bring a lovely delicious crunch to the pizza.

        A spicy pizza with vegetables is not my usual favourite but I really fancied a change from the norm and I knew that Tom would love it and he was very pleased with my choice. There are around 185 calories per 100g, 6.2g (2.8g saturates) 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!).

        The quality of this pizza is fantastic and while I would not say that this is quite as nice as actually visiting Pizza Express and having one of their handmade pizzas in a restaurant it is a pretty tasty takeaway style meal to warm through at home and enjoy in front of the TV. I really couldn't fault a single thing with the Pizza Express pizzas as they always offer good quality ingredients at a fairly reasonable price but I only usually stock up on these if I am feeling a little flush or if there is a particularly good special offer on as I personally feel that there are pizzas available at a cheaper price that are basically as good and therefore I try to save some money whenever I can.

        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 and I would definitely be happy to splash out again as my fiance enjoyed it and so did I!

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        17.10.2009 21:20
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        Normally Imake my own pizzas rather than buying store bought ones however a Sloppy Guiseppe pizza is not the easiest thing to make and to be honest I doubt I could better this offerring from Pizza Express. I have always known these as Sloppy Joe pizzas from when I have had them in the States and they are a messy, indulgent favourite of mine.

        A Sloppy Guiseppe combines the traditional pizza combination of dough, cheese and tomato with spicy beef, onions and green peppers. Unusually you do not cook this pizza from frozen instead allowing it to defrost first if it has been frozen.

        What I like about this pizza is the fact that the vegetables on it as not soft and insipid like some pizza but actually have a bit of body to them and the red onion is especially nice and compliments the spicy beef well. The only real complaint I have is that I would like the beef to be even spicier and to have a bit of a kick to it which is lacking a bit. It is a thin base pizza which is the type that I prefer as I hate the dough base to be too filling and stodgy.

        Great taste and great product and I paid under £2 for mine which comfortably fed two of us with a side salad for a quick and simple meal.

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          13.10.2009 19:37
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          A great pizza from Pizza Express

          Welcome to my new friend - the Pizza Express Sloppy Guiseppe Pizza. Great!

          Basically, all that a Sloppy Guiseppe style of pizza is, is just spiced beef, green peppers and onions...along with cheese and tomato, of course! It comes in a dark blue cardboard packaging with the Pizza Express logo dotted around the place. There are gaps in the cardboard so you can seem the pizza really exists inside...and exactly how much topping is on it...of course, I always valiantly try and find the one with the most on, but in theory they should all be the same!

          When cooking, if you've frozen the product it's recommended you defrost fully before sticking it in the over. Once you've done that, the cooking times are as followed...

          Electric Oven - Temp 200°C/400°F - Time 10-12 mins.
          Fan Assisted Oven - Temp 180°C/350°F - Time 10-12 mins.
          Gas Oven - Temp Mark 6. Time 10-12 mins.

          Basically, it's going to take you about 10 to 12 minutes to cook this little number! And once you have done, tuck in...it's great!

          I like meat on pizzas, and the spicy beef is certainly prevalent in this one. The peppers and red onion help add crunch and develop the flavour. But the big question is, is it any good considering this is a Pizza Express pizza, and not just some run of the mill, in store supermarket brand? The thin base gives the pizza crunch, whereas many own brand pizza bases struggle to cook without burning the edges, so the quality does show through. I'm one of those people that reckons Pizza Express itself as a restaurant is over-rated and certainly over-priced, but seeing as this was just a mere £1.99 in Tesco then you can't complain!

          The ingredients are listed as follows...

          Wheat Flour, Tomato Sauce (19%) (Tomato, Salt, Basil, Pepper) , Mozzarella Cheese* (13%), Spicy Beef (9%) (Beef, Breadcrumbs (Wheatflour, Water, Salt, Yeast), Spices, Salt, Dextrose, Flavour Enhancer: E621; Herbs, Spice Extracts, Dried Vegetables), Water, Green Pepper (7%), Onion (7%), Passata Tomato Sauce (with Acidity Regulator: E330), Tomato Purée, Salt, Yeast, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sugar, Flour Treatment Agent (Wheat Flour, Dextrose, Emulsifier: E472(e), Rapeseed Oil, Antioxidant: E300), Rapeseed Oil, Black Pepper, Oregano

          Also, for people with allergies, it contains gluten, wheat, lactose, mustard, milk and yeast.

          Now that all seems an awful lot of things, and you'll notice a few E number chucked in there, which is never really a good thing. If they were taken away would it really ruin the pizza? Surely not? It's the only real thing going against this from making it great...but seeing as it's clear I'm such a big fan, then 5-star it is!

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            15.09.2009 12:10
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            A quality pizza, maybe a little pricey until u taste, worth every penny!

            OMG, not usually a fan of pizza but since finding the wonder that calls itself 'Pizza Express' I am a self confessed pizza junkie, but just for the weekends ofcourse, so a weekend pizza junkie!

            I've been to a couple of the different resteraunts a few times and loved everything I have ever ordered, the Sloppy Giuseppe that can now be shop bought in most major supermarkets such as, sainsburys and tesco is no exception, it is just wonderful and that in my opinion is no exaggeration, the only change I could possibly suggest is , make it bigger!

            The Sloppy Guiseppe pizza from Pizza Express costs approx. £3.99 in shops, slightly less than half price from dine in restaraunts, so not only is this a perfect bargain for a night in but a bargain with all the restaraunt taste.
            The toppings on this pizza are, spicy beef, mozzarella, green peppers, onions and tomato. The spicy beef is so lovely and gives that perfect and unique spicy taste, combined with mild cheese it not overpowering but just right!

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            03.09.2009 03:06
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            A yummy treat!

            Being a big fan of Pizza Express, it didn't take me long to pop one of these in my shopping basket. Yes, it carries a hefty price tag for a supermarket-sold pizza (£3.99 for 305g) but in the restaurant the pizza is priced at £8.15 and I was keen to see if it would be as good: I wasn't disappointed!

            The Sloppy Giuseppe is a recipe of hot beef, green peppers and onions on a traditional base with mozzarella and tomato. The pizza comes in an attractive blue paper box with the restaurant's distinctive logo and a see through window.

            All you need to prepare the pizza for the oven is a drizzle of olive oil (this is recommended on the box and really keeps the pizza moist), then it's straight in. The suggested cooking time on the box is 12 minutes but I find that in a preheated oven it can take under 10, so keep an eye on it...when you're paying £3.99 you don't want to go and burn it!

            I personally think there is very little difference between the restaurant sold and shop-bought pizzas. The base of the shop bought is thin and crispy and the toppings moist, flavorsome and perfectly seasoned. The beef is spicy but not too hot and is perfectly complimented by crunchy green peppers and onions.

            The restaurant sold pizza does taste slightly fresher, but that's only to be expected as it's prepared only minutes earlier.

            My only complaint is that it's so yummy you want to eat it all (and I usually do!) I think it's intended to feed two (very skinny people with small appetites). I usually find, though, that I'm full after 3/4...so basically save it for when you've worked up a hunger!

            Another reason why I love the Sloppy Giuseppe is that, despite being a big pizza fan, I am figure conscious and compared to other pizzas, the calorie count is relatively modest (339 kcal/10.2g fat per half pizza) so I don't have to feel guilty!

            I've noticed other reviewers have marked this pizza down because of the price, and that I can understand, but I'm still going to give it 5 stars because, in my opinion, the quality reflects the price. It might not become a regular fixture on the shopping list, but with a bottle of wine and a DVD it makes for the perfect indulgent night in.

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              NOT A SLOPPY OFFERING AT ALL....!

              It was whilst I was in my local Tesco supermarket the other day doing some shopping that it occurred to me that I had nothing in for tea that evening. I knew that my other half would be out straight from work that evening, and when this is the case I usually make myself a snack, and he gets a quick bite to eat when he comes in around 10 pm or so.

              With that in mind, I was looking for something quite quick and easy as I don't really manage to do too much in any one day due to my poor health and I knew I would be quite tired out after my shopping trip.

              With my intentions being to grab some fresh pasta or a ready meal or something similar, I scanned the refrigeration aisles looking for inspiration when my eye happened upon a navy-blue coloured box.

              The Pizza Express 'Sloppy Giuseppe' Pizza is one that I have not tried before, although I am a huge fan of the Pizza Express chain of restaurants, and we eat out at my local branch fairly regularly. (Perhaps every couple of months or so).

              It surprised me then that I had not tried this pizza before now, although I think the main reason for my hesitation in the past has been the price!

              Anyway, the other day the pizza was on offer for the price of £1.99 (which was actually marked as 'half price'!!) and after scanning over the list of ingredients and making sure my choice was 'tickling my taste buds' as it were, and with that my choice was made and into the basket it went!

              When it came to cooking the pizza, the first thing that struck me as I removed it from the box was the size. I had been aware before I bought it that the pizza was nowhere NEAR as big as the usual pizzas that we buy in our house, but it didn't put me off altogether as I knew it really only had to feed myself for that night. There is absolutely no way that this pizza would have fed myself and my partner (even though I have a small appetite) as it was so small.

              When I removed it from the packaging and glanced over the pizza I was really quite impressed with what appeared to be generous helpings of the toppings. These were: little diced bits of onion, diced pieces of green peppers, minced spicy beef and little balls of mozzarella cheese.

              All in all it looked very appetising indeed and with that I popped it into the oven for the set amount of time (around 12 minutes I think it was) and sat back to wait for the oven to ping.

              Whilst it was cooking in the oven though, I was aware of the slightly spicy but very fragrant and very appetising smells wafting from the kitchen. When the oven buzzer alerted me that the pizza had been given its full cooking time I went to check on the pizza and thought that it looked absolutely perfect.

              With that, I cut about half of it into little triangular slices for myself and served it with a slice of garlic bread - presentation complete! ;-)

              Settling down to eat my tea in front of the telly, I was aware of the smell of the spices wafting up to my nostrils, which were very appetising.

              Upon taking my first few bites of the pizza, I liked the fact that the base was nice and crispy, and quite thin. I am not a fan of those pizzas that have a 'deep pan' or doughy texture to them - I find them far too stodgy and filling.

              This on the other hand was really quite light and crispy, much to my pleasure! The toppings were certainly ample and covered the pizza base perfectly. Let's face it; there is nothing worse than a doughy pizza base covered in sparse toppings that taste false. This offering from Pizza Express couldn't have been any further from that description though.

              The spicy beef was nicely spiced, not too over-powering for my tastes at least and I did not find it to be too salty or 'false' tasting. I also found that it was not at all gristly or of a poor quality - it had a nice 'melt in the mouth' texture to it.

              I also really liked the little blobs of cheese that were spread out quite nicely on top of the pizza - I found that the mozzarella most definitely did taste like the real thing. The little diced pieces of onion and green pepper rounded off the whole taste of the pizza perfectly.

              What I did find though was that the pizza was really quite spicy, although not overly so whilst I was eating it. I found that it was much more noticeable afterwards, as my mouth was quite fired up! I LOVE spicy food and did not expect this pizza to tackle my taste buds quite as much as it did.

              I thoroughly enjoyed it and would possibly consider paying full price for it, as an occasional treat if I fancy indulging myself, although the size still disappoints me. I think the full price of almost £4 seems a bit steep considering I can get two of my usual brand for that price, both of which feed me and my partner!

              That said though, sometimes quality overtakes quantity, and I feel that this was the case in this instance. I enjoyed the pizza and would consider buying it (only for myself though heehee) again.

              I think that the 'dine out at home' culture is becoming increasingly popular as many people are trying to make a few cut-backs and tighten the purse strings. This pizza would be ideal if we are going along that line of thinking as it is obviously much cheaper than eating out in a restaurant. That said though, for an everyday pizza I think it would be too expensive.

              The nutritional information on the pizza box informs me that 100g of this pizza will provide me with 6.2g of fat, and 185 calories.

              The box is slightly different to the one shown in the Dooyoo picture on this page, as mine was blue and not white. I think the packaging has had a bit of a re-vamp recently!

              I'd give it four stars - I really need to knock one off because I find it to be very expensive. To be fair I have eaten worse pizzas than this one when I've been out in a restaurant and I think this high quality is reflected in the expensive price. Too dear for me though but taking price out of the picture for a moment, it is highly recommended!

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                11.06.2009 11:20
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                My new favourite pizza, it doesn't get much better than this. Buy it on offer now in Sainsbury's!!

                Italian is probably my favourite nationality for food. The simple fact is, I love tomato, I love dough, and I love mild strength cheese. Sainsbury's have a better than half price offer on Margherita and Sloppy Guiseppe 305g pizzas right now, so when I passed the aisle end I could not turn down the offer and got 3 of each!!

                These pizzas should not be associated with your standard chilled pizza - they are usually a lot more expensive, and they come from the Pizza Express restaurant brand. They boast that each pizza is hand made, and you should expect the same quality as the pizzas in their restaurants. The product comes in an all blue cardboard box, with little slits showing the pizza base and toppings, with the traditional Pizza Express logo in white at the top. It helps separate it from the competitors, as it looks more traditional and professional. The picture shown here represents the older style packaging - the colours are now inverted.

                They are found in the chilled aisle section, but you can freeze them like I did for future consumption! You are recommended to cook them from chilled however, so remember to take them out of the freezer and put them in the fridge a good few hours before eating time!!

                They only take between 8-10 minutes to cook, but I would recommend putting a drizzle of olive oil over the pizza to help give it that restaurant taste.

                Last night I ventured for the Sloppy Guiseppe pizza. I had already frozen it, so I left it out in the morning to defrost in the fridge. I was wary to buy this version of pizza until I actually read what ingredients it contained: spicy beef, mozzarella, green peppers, onions and tomato. I swear, if this brand of pizza was named differently I would have tried it earlier - the name is not appetising at all, but the ingredients sure did get my taste buds going!! I found the margherita pizza very tasty, but ultimately bland and boring. I craved for some meat! But the spicy beef is full of flavour, yet not overpowering, whilst the vegetables complement the traditional mozzarella and tomato perfectly. All in all the taste sensation was a perfect balance of each ingredient.

                I normally go for an American Hot with my Pizza Express pizzas, but these could be my new favourites. The only think I would change is perhaps a few less onions, and replace them with some pepperoni slices - the more meat the better, but now I am just being insanely picky!

                Much like with my margherita pizza review, there are two issues with this pizza - the size, and the price. The larger variety is £4.99, which is more akin to the size you get in the restaurant, whilst the smaller pizza is normally priced at £3.99, which is a rip off. But right now at £1.89 in Sainsbury's it's a cracking deal, and you could do a LOT worse for your evening meal. I wish I bought a few extra Sloppy Guiseppe pizzas now compared to the Margherita, but I will just have to compensate this by buying a few more tonight on my way home from work!!!

                P.S I know a lot of the wording in this review is similar to my margherita pizza review, but when the packaging, cooking times and introduction are the same, I don't see a need to repeat myself!

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                  09.06.2009 20:01

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                  the best shop bought pizza i've ever tried

                  Gotta say FANTASTIC!!

                  We all know shop bought pizzas can taste a bit naff in comparision with the ones you get served in a good Italian restaurant. Well at last you can get that quality at home.

                  Lovely looking box. Sloppy Giuseppe a combination of hot spicy beef, green pepper, red onion, black pepper and oregano. Not of course forgetting the mozzarella cheese.

                  Mouth watering yet?

                  Plenty of topping

                  Just tells you to drizzle with a bit of olive oil and preheat your oven

                  Electric 200 deg c
                  fan 180 deg c
                  gas Mark 6

                  Ready in 12-14 minutes

                  This pizza is quite spicy but so tasty. Quite a lot more expensive than other makes but worth the extra expense. Normal selling price is £3.99 for the 305g version It also comes in a larger size. I only tend to buy when on offer.
                  Sometimes its available for 2 for £4. Although I bought mine from Sainsburys for £1.79. Pizza Express do a few different toppings which I keep wanting to try but the Sloppy Giuseppe is so tasty I keep buying this one. I have however only noticed this variety for sale in Tesco and Sainsburys. Morrisons also do it but I have only ever seen the large size Margarita there.

                  In short this is a really nice treat with a cold beer and a good film on telly. Perfect for when the kids are tucked up in bed and its your 'me' time.

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                  05.06.2009 23:30
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                  A very good quality pizza

                  The sloppy guiseppe is a top quality and completely delicious frozen pizza - in my opinion this frozen pizza express pizza is far nicer than any others and even nicer than dominoes and pizza hut eat in or takeaways.

                  The base of the pizza is delicious and the dough made for the base if cooked well is moist but crispy and the crust turns out brilliant.

                  The sauce on the pizza is very tasty, like all other pizza express pizzas, just tasting it makes you want more.

                  Cheese is a huge part to a pizza and the cheese used on this pizza is very smooth, not too strong and tastes far nicer than pizza hut cheese - I really love it.

                  The meat on the pizza tastes nice and is not bad quality - the pizza is a little spicy perfect for my taste but not too spicy for anyone.

                  Overall an amazing pizza - worth at least a try.

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