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Member Name: csl003
Advantages: Excellent menu, excellent food
Disadvantages: service and cutlery!!
In 1965 business entrepreneur Peter Boizot set up his first Pizza Express in London, and now Pizza Express restaurants can be found all over the country.
In my opinion it isn't your typical pizzeria like Pizza Hut, where you take the kids for a meal out. It is a restaurant that happens to specialise in Italian cuisine.
The tables are relatively well spaced and are comfortable to sit at. There isn't massive distances between you and the tables next to you, but when dining, you feel quite intimate with your party anyway....
The kitchen is actually in the dining area, so it is possible (and enjoyale) to watch the Chefs prepare the food.
I have found most of the staff to be very friendly and knowledgable about the restaurant. I have eaten at several Pizza Expresses (all around the country) and there seems to be a common trend, that although the staff are friendly and welcoming, they aren't the fastest moving individuals. In Edinburgh, we were actually given our drinks for free because of the wait we had to endure. We weren't particularly bothered as we were there to socialise, but as we had to ask for someone to take our order we were informed that our first round of drinks would be 'on the house'. Score!
I often find trying to get the bill and pay for the bill to take quite a length of time - however I am yet to be told that the entire meal was on the house ;-)
If you don't like Italian food, then don't go to Pizza Express. However, if you love pizzas, pastas and salads, then this restaurant chain is definitely worth visiting!
Pizza Express offer Starters, Main and Dessert as well as soft drinks, wines, beers and coffees.
Starters include garlic bread, brushcetta, salads, and my personal favourite - dough balls. The starter menu isn't the biggest, but I find that it doesn't need to be. Also the size of their starters are very good, literally big enough to get you started and wanting more!
There is a massive range in their main cause section! 5 pasta dishes, 4 salad dishes, and 15 pizzas (!!). You also definitely get value for money, with the pizzas being large (although thin based). I once had a pasta dish (decent sized), but I wasn't massively keen, but that was just me. I now live on the Pollo Ad Astra pizza.
Deserts include chocolate cake, icecream sundaes, tiramisu, cheesecake as well as other tasty treats.
There is also a take out option which yet I am to try (basically because I keep forgetting that Pizza Express offer this). However, I have seen the take out option in practice (turned out to be for Franz Ferdinand don't you know!).
Minus the odd dodgy moment with service, I do have one big issue. The knives! They don't cut the pizza!! They need a steak knife or something. I've actually contemplated taking a proper knife with me to use, but then it's sods law that the police would do a random search on me and I would get sent to prison for carrying a dangerous weapon....
Despite these little problems that are easily rectifiable, Pizza Express is my favourite restaurant, and sells my second favourite pizza! So for your next birthday, wedding anniversary or Christmas celebration, I suggest you book yourselves a table at your nearest Pizza Express!
Summary: Well I keep going back...