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Pizza Express: Average food at above average prices
Member Name: DaveChorlton
Advantages: Food cooked on premises
Disadvantages: Poor menu and quality of food
Well Pizza Express is certainly one of the best known chain restaurants that serve Italian food. By 2003 it was estimated they has over 300 chains throughout the United Kingdom and operated in 18 different countries under the name of Pizza Marzano.
The restaurant certainly has a very nice interior and good ambience assuming it is a normally busy night. Tables are relatively spacious and each table has its own centre piece such as flowers or a candle. The restaurants are usually relatively large and however this can mean that at busy times the service is poor and rushed.
The menu is in my opinion distinctly average and streamlined between all the chains. Although seasonal menus are offered, these are really that different from the main menu. The food is almost all just standard Italian food that greatly lacks individualism. Although I wouldn't say the food was poor, it is very average. A basic margarita pizza will cost between £7 and £8. At this price I think there are better chain restaurants offering the better food at a similar price.
However, Pizza Express does participate in a number of promotional. For instance they allow customers use Tesco clubcard vouchers towards their bill. They also regularly distribute a two for one voucher in the newspapers and on their website. With a voucher the food does offer much better value for money.
Having sampled a number of their restaurants I would say the ones located in the busier cities are usually much better. For example, the restaurant located in Covent Garden in London produced food of a far higher quality that the restaurant of my home town. In conclusion, you can know what to expect but it is unlikely to blow you away.
Summary: A typical chain restaurant