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Member Name: k2705
Advantages: Great pizza
Although as I said in a previous review I do enjoy going to Pizza Hut and similar places I think my favourite has to be Pizza Express, I think the first time I went to a Pizza Express was on holiday, however recently a new one has opened in the town I live in so naturally I had to try it out. To me Pizza Express seems to be a slightly more adult version of Pizza Hut, if I was to take children out for a pizza I do not think I would choose Pizza Express, although I am sure it is child friendly it does come across as being more for adult customers.
I can only really comment of the restaurant that is in the town I live in, however it is very stylish with cream walls decorated with plants, a light wood floor and black metal tables and chairs. Upon entering the restaurant you are greeted by a member of staff you asks how many are in your party and takes you to your seat. I have only ever booked when planning to go for a meal at Pizza Express, however I think you can just turn up and hope they have a seat free but at weekends particularly it does get rather busy. Up one end of the restaurant is a very small bar area should you require anything and the till area, however there is no real need to go up to the bar as everything is served at the table and there are always plenty of staff around to take your orders. At my local Pizza Express there is an outdoor area which is quite nice in the summer however I am not sure whether this is the case for all Pizza Express restaurants. If I had one complaint about the restaurants it would be the table sizes, if you all have a pizza, along with drinks and any side orders there is hardly enough space to fit everything on, they really could do with being slightly bigger, however this is not a major problem for me and would not put me off going there in the future.
Menu and Pricing
As with Pizza Hut, Pizza Express do not only sell pizzas, but also sell a variety of pasta and salad dishes should you fancy something a bit different, however for me you cant go wrong with a pizza.
Pizzas - Pizza Express pizzas do a variety of pizzas including several different meat ones, vegetarian ones, spicy ones or even just margaritas if you are like me and like your pizzas plain. There are several different pizza bases available depending on your taste and they come in a variety of sizes. The prices range from just over £6 for a margarita to over £10 for a larger pizza with more toppings. Obviously the price really depends on the size pizza you choose and the amount of toppings you select as well. All of the pizzas on the menu are given their Italian name, however underneath this is a description written in English so that you know exactly what you are ordering.
Pasta - There are probably only about 5 or 6 different pasta dishes available however some are meat dishes and other vegetarian so there is something for everyone if you do not fancy a pizza. The prices for a pasta dish range between £8 and £9 depending on which option you go for. Although personally I have not tried the pasta dishes friends of mine have and I do think they are a little expensive as you do not get much for you money. Again as with the pizzas they are all listed in Italian with an English description written underneath.
Salad - Again as with the pasta there is not a huge variety of salad dishes compared to the pizzas however there are a few meat dishes and a few vegetarian ones as well. The price for a salad dish is just under £9 for all of them. I have not tried any of these either so am unsure exactly what you get with them but £9 to me sounds a bit expensive for a salad it would have to be really good for that price.
Starters - Pizza Express offer quite a large range of starters ranging from garlic bread dough balls, olives and various other dough based items. I have only ever had the garlic bread and the dough balls as I tend to find a starter and a pizza too much but I have to say I was very impressed with them. As with everything the price depends on what you are having but they typically range from just over £2 to just over £5 which personally I think is quite reasonable as it means a large part of you bill is not taken up with starters.
Drinks - Pizza Express off a range of drinks including wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks such as coke, lemonade as well as teas and coffees. The wines are priced either by the bottle which is between £10 and £15 or per glass which is just over £3, spirits are approximately £3 and beers depend on the type you have but are between £3.50 and £5.50. Soft drinks are reasonably cheap at just over £2 per glass. Overall I think compared to come places I have been the drinks are reasonably priced, some of the beers are quite expensive however you do get larger that normal bottles so are getting much more for you money.
Deserts - You usually find that pizza places tend to have a limited choice when it comes to deserts however this is not the case with Pizza Express I find that they have a large range of deserts consisting of items which are light and fruity or something very sickly and chocolaty they even sometimes have deserts suitable for sharing. They are also reasonably priced ranging between £3 and £5.
Pizza Express also offer a take away service which consists pretty much of the menu available in the actual restaurant, however I have not actually tried this service and have only ever eaten in the restaurants so I am unsure of how good it actually is.
Overall I am very impressed with the Pizza Express restaurants I have eaten in, they offer a wide variety of meals and deserts, there really is something for everyone including a children's menu and everything is quite reasonably priced. I feel some items are a little over priced but the food is of very good quality. You have a decent sized meal including drinks at a reasonable price. As I said before it definitely is a little less aimed at children compared to places like Pizza Hut and is slightly more aimed at adults. But all in all it is an excellent place to go for a meal whether you like pizza or would prefer something a bit different.
Summary: Good food at reasonable prices