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The closest to Italian fine dining
Member Name: marzyuk
Advantages: good quality, made fresh infront of you, great deals, q jumper
Disadvantages: that I can't live there
I am a Pizza Express addict, and thanks to the review of their club I have since opted for a joint membership (please check out the review of the PE club). I usually go to PE Durham but have had enjoyable experiences at the Newcastle and London branches.
Durham review: The room itself (old Advertiser publishing house) is long and rather grand with the large periodic paintings lit up on the wall. The wood chairs and marble top tables are as standard but fit in well with the scheme. You can see the chefs to the rear of the restaurant cooking meals, surrounded by tubs of fresh ingredients. I like seeing my meal made so you really can see the quality and know exactly what the chefs are up to. The whole experience feels grown up unlike Pizza Hut.
The food: i usually opt for garlic tough balls (around £4-5) to start which I find are a decent size for a starter and always cooked to perfection and I love the garlic butter mix. For mains I prefer the Padana pizza (around £8) on a romana base. This is a goats cheese, spinache and caramelised onion pizza which is absolute heaven. I pay a little bit extra (around £1.15) for a Romana base, which is rolled out much thiner for a true italian taste. I like having the option of this but generally find all of their pizza's delicious and very authentic to the italian taste again finding Pizza Hut too stodgy, think and American like. For dessert I am obsessed with Cafe Reale (aruond £4-5) which is a mini dessert of baby figs with a spiced wine syrup with a dollop of mascapone cream served with a coffee of my choice. I could eat this all day, the syrup is divine, the texture of the figs delicious and the cream is scrummy.
Offers: The prices may seem expensive to sum, although I think the quality and fresh ingredients alongside the service received are well worth it there is a way to get the food much cheaper.
If you go to www.pizzaexpress.co.uk you can sign up to their mailing list which I STRONGLY recommend. I receive at LEAST one offer a month which usually lasts between 1-4 weeks. Such offers include '2 for 1 on mains', £10 set menu (starter, main and glass of wine or beer) or '2 mains for £12'.
I can't live without their great offers, it means dining out in style can be affordable. Go on trest yourself and the ones you love.
Also worth considering is the pizza express club - £45 single or £80 joint membership. It may seem expensive but you get much more out of it than you pay. 4 times a year you get sent a £10 meal voucher which will usually cover a main and drink. You get a £10 voucher on your birthday. You get to fill in 4 secret diner questionairres to give feedback and receive £10 voucher for each returned. 2 for 1 in their jazz club plus much much more. You can also book tables on a friday and saturday which non members can't (you have to turn up and put your name on a list otherwise which is usually full).
Overall fab authentic fresh food, good waiter service, nice environment and great offers.
Summary: Fresh food, good service, yummy.