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Pizza Express ~ Summer Menu

Earlier in the summer I was lucky enough to be invited along to Pizza Express to try out their summer menu. After a few false starts, I finally managed to head along to the Colchester branch with Hannah last week, making the most of the last of the summer and trying out their delicious menu.

I’ve been to Pizza Express a lot; it’s the restaurant we always end up when I go to Olympia for work as there is one right on site, and it’s easy to stop by on our way out of the venue. I always know there’s going to be something that I will like, even if I don’t fancy a pizza, because I really like their salads and pastas too. I usually plump for the Pollo Pancetta Salad, and I always enjoy the dough sticks, even if they add unnecessary calories to a salad!

Talking of unnecessary calories, a starter at Pizza Express is always, always Dough Balls for me, and this visit was no different. They are hard to resist, and because Hannah and I were both ordering them, our lovely waiter suggested we get Dough Balls Doppio to share, rather than a portion each. It came with pesto as well as garlic butter, and the whole thing was just as yummy as ever.

For my main meal, I opted for a pizza from the summer menu: the Pollo Forza Romana. I have been known in the past to overestimate my ability to deal with spicy food, and after I had ordered this, with its hot roquito peppers and chilli oil, I did wonder if I had made a mistake, but it wasn’t too hot in the end. It was just right!

Hannah is a vegetarian and has a dairy intolerance, so she can find it quite hard to find meals that suit her. She plumped for the Leggera Superfood Salad, and was very impressed with it! She said that it completely filled her up, and that’s not something she finds with salads an awful lot, but when it’s packed with roasted butternut squash, beetroot, avocado, pine kernals, lentils and cucumber, you shouldn’t really expect to feel hungry afterwards!

We also partook in a summer cocktail, the Hugo. It had been recommended to me, and Hannah had picked it off the menu when she was browsing it before we got to the restaurant, and it totally lived up to all expectations! Prosecco with elderflower, fresh mint and lemon over ice – it was never going to be anything but delightful!


I’m really impressed with the Summer menu at Pizza Express. Everything seems to be really fresh and light, and just what you need on a hot summer’s day! If that Indian Summer that has been mooted is on its way, there should be ample opportunity to pop in and try a refreshing Hugo cocktail and a pizza or a salad!

* I was given a free meal at Pizza Express in exchange for a review.

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Hello all

It’s weekly post time, so here we go! It’s a WordPress prompt this time, number 82:

What do you want for your last meal?

I was having this exact conversation with my nephew the other day, so I thought I’d post about it today! I don’t ever really want to be in a situation where I know that a meal is going to be my last, as I don’t really want that amount of advance notice that I am going to die; also the idea of a last meal brings connotations of being on death row, and obviously I hope never to find myself facing execution.

As with all questions like this, it’s hard to answer, because there are so many different types of food I like. I have recently come to the conclusion that Mexican cuisine is probably my favourite. I like Italian, and I like Chinese, and obviously I like good old British food. But I love Mexican food! Of course, here is where I issue a disclaimer: I’ve never been to Mexico, so technically, I have never actually eaten Mexican food. But various sources ensure me that fajitas, tacos, chilli con carne, enchiladas, quesadillas and nachos are Mexican in origin, and I love to eat them all. One of the main reasons is that I like Mexican food so much is that, at least the way I eat it, there’s a lot of meat, melted cheese, beans and corn. It’s good honest food that will fill me up, and I love it! If I had to choose one item of Mexican cuisine as my last meal, it would be Chilli Con Carne, I think, because it’s just so yummy. Served with rice or nachos, with a nice dollop of soured cream, and I think I’d die happy.

Chilli ~ source ~

Having said all this, I have to say that one of my favourite meal is Lasagna. I frequently have arguments with myself as to which I would choose, Chilli or Lasagne, as my ultimate favourite. The way it usually turns out is that Lasagna wins right after I have eaten it, whilst Chilli wins right after I have eaten that. Still, a really, really nice Lasagna is also in the running for last meal.

lasagna ~ source ~

So Lasagna and Chilli both have a firm hold on my heart in terms of favourite dinner. However, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day to eat out – I love having breakfast out. When my friend Jenny was at university in Canterbury, Anna, Rob, James and I went to visit her (just the once, shamefully, considering how close Kent is to Essex), and we went out for breakfast twice. Both were good, but one of them included the best piece of fried bread I have ever tasted in my life. The perfection of this fried bread has never left my memory, and I honestly don’t think it ever will! I know that it’s amongst the more unhealthy foods, and for that reason I eat it sparingly. But I love it so much. Just thinking about it now is making me want some, right now, and it’s currently 11pm, and not the time for fried bread. I might have to have some tomorrow though.

Fried Bread ~ source ~

So there it is, I think I’d have to demand Chilli, Lasagna and some fried bread on the side as my last meal.

Until next time!


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