I don’t know about you but I’m all about comfort food in the winter. I just love being cosy indoors with indulgent food!
So as you can imagine, I was excited to try the latest menu additions at Pizza Express. They’ve launched seasonal specials including an Italian take on macaroni and cheese, a spicy calzone and a decadent treacle tart cheesecake. In other words, perfect dishes for the dark and cold months of early 2016!
I took Phil with me on a miserable and rainy Saturday afternoon. It was a really chilly day so we wanted dishes to warm us up!
I decided on Pennette Formaggi (macaroni and cheese) to start. With creamy Gruyère cheese sauce, mozzarella and Gran Milano cheese, it was rich in flavour and paired well with a glass of red. A tasty starter!
Next, I chose the Napoletana pizza which had anchovies, capers, chopped black & green olives, finished with torn buffalo mozzarella and fresh parsley. I’m not a big meat eater and I absolutely love anchovies and olives so this pizza was ideal for me. I’d definitely have it again!
Meanwhile, Phil had the calamari to start followed by the new Calzone Diavolo. The calzone was filled with hot spiced beef, green peppers, red onions, pepperoni, light mozzarella, spinach, tomato and Tabasco with a choice of hot green, roquito or jalapeño peppers complete with pancetta and Gran Milano cheese. I’m not a big fan of spicy food but this smelled delicious and Phil enjoyed it.
To finish, I went for the new treacle tart cheesecake with mascarpone but you can have cream or gelato if you prefer. It was lovely but the thick treacle filling and clotted cream cheese topping got a bit sickly towards the end. I’d order again but I’d want to share it.
Speaking of sharing, Phil had the Sharing Trio dessert to himself, including gluten-free chocolate brownie with fresh strawberry, lemon posset crunch and two scoops of chocolate brownie primo gelato with a chocolate straw. A dessert lover’s dream!
* Please note that Pizza Express invited me to try the seasonal specials but all opinions are honest and unbiased.