Friday, 2 December 2016

PizzaExpress Christmas Menu

PizzaExpress, leicester, Christmas


I love pizza. I love Christmas. So when I was invited along for a complimentary meal at one of my local PizzaExpress' which had just recently undergone a refurb, to review the new Christmas menu, I was there with jingle bells on. 

Tucked down a side street, known as Leicester's Professional Quarter, just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town centre, is King Street; home to Leicester's original PizzaExpress. 

After a recent transformation, the intimate restaurant has a brand new look just in time to launch their Christmas menu.


PizzaExpress, leicester, Christmas



It had been a few years since we last visited, but the place looked great, from the outside in! With the eye catching new shop front to the pendant lighting and new stylish artwork inside, the restaurant felt cosy yet vibrant. 

There was a lovely, intimate atmosphere as we arrived and was warmly greeted by a lovely guy [we think his name was Harley] who showed us to our table.

Being such a small venue, the staff were always on hand to make sure we were comfortable and happy. We didn't have to wait long at all to order and the food came out super quick, after watching it being freshly made just feet away in the open kitchen. 


PizzaExpress, leicester, Christmas

PizzaExpress, leicester, Christmas


Of course we started by sharing a plate of dough balls, because HELLO! THE best thing about PizzaExpress, in my opinion, are the dough balls. They are just AH-MAZING! You cannot visit this place and not have a plate of them, with garlic butter. But of course, there are a wide range of other yummy starters to choose from!

If you haven't, you need to! ;)

There are a couple of new 'starter' options available for Christmas, take a look at the menu here. 


PizzaExpress, leicester, Christmas

PizzaExpress, leicester, Christmas, food


Now on to the mains. As we were here to road test the new Christmas menu, it was only fair I tried one of the three new Christmas themed pizzas. The Porchetta Natale contains pulled, seasoned hog roast, soft herb stuffing, pancetta, mozzarella, fresh rosemary, tomato, garlic oil and pine kernels, finished with fresh parsley. 

It tasted as delicious as it sounds. The hog roast most definitely gave it that festive taste. Get ready for the massive cliche, but you may have heard the words 'it tastes like Christmas' leave my mouth! 

I'm usually a simple pepperoni or dare I say it, hawaiian kinda girl when it comes to pizza, but this was really delicious!


PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas

PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas


James ordered the Calzone Classico, a folded pizza with salami, pepperoni, spinach, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil and parsley served with a side salad. He said it tasted great, really fresh ingredients and the salad complimented it well since it was so light. 

We'd have loved some crispy potato fries to accompany our meals, but they only offer traditional Italian alternative, Polenta Chips, which are thick fluffy potato coated in cornmeal [maize flour] and served with a honey and mustard dip. They were nice, but we weren't huge fans.


PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas

PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas

PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas


Happy and full after our mains, we were wondering if we could manage to squeeze a dessert in. Ha who am I kidding? Of course there was room for dessert!! It's the best bit, right?

PizzaExpress have the most amazing desserts on offer, there are some great dishes to choose from. But we both decided to choose one of the Christmas Specials.

James went with the Jaffa Profiteroles; chocolate coated and filled with a chocolate cream and orange gel centre. Wow. I'm a huge chocolate orange fan and these tasted SO GOOD! Accompanied by a scoop of vanilla gelato, they've done themselves proud with this one. Now, who's starting the petition to keep these on the menu all year round?


PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas

PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas


I chose the Panettone Cheesecake; chocolate chip and orange marmalade panettone pieces in a creamy vanilla cheesecake on a thick crumbly biscuit base. SOLD. I had mine with a scoop of soft vanilla gelato which accompanied it beautifully. 

It was truly delicious! All the different textures just complimented each other so well, I really enjoyed it. The cheesecake was the perfect consistency, and the bitter chocolate and marmalade finished it off nicely. No leftovers here. If you need me, I'll be in a food coma in the corner...


PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas

PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas


We were well looked after all evening. It was our second visit here and I think we'll definitely be back here more often. I love the new look, the food was fantastic and the staff were really attentive. With an NCP right around the corner, it's an ideal place for date night.

Looking for somewhere different to eat over the festive period? I definitely recommend heading to your local PizzaExpress for something a little different!


PizzaExpress, Leicester, food, Christmas



Are you a fan of PizzaExpress?




*Huge thank you to PizzaExpress, King Street, Leicester 
for inviting me along for a complimentary meal in return for this review.
All words are, as always, my own and 100% honest

38 comments:

  1. Oh goodness it has been forever since I went to pizza express I totally need to go and try out this menu though how delicious!

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  2. Not been to a Pizza Express in a long time, but judging from this, I'm missing out. The place looks fab, nice and clean looking and cosy.

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  3. I have not been to Pizza Express in years and I love the dough balls. Now I'm just craving pizza lol x

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  4. Gotta love a bit of Pizza Express! I haven't been in at least a couple of years, but I'd happily go back for the dough balls alone! Ha!

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  5. I actually think that the last time I went to Pizza Express was last Christmas. Christmas themed pizzas are fantastic!

    Mika | www.la-french-connection.com

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  6. I do love Pizzexpress but not been for a couple of years now, I hope to go to soon as there christmas menu

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  7. Aww I'm so incredibly jealous! I love pizza and like going to pizza places to meet friends to exchange christmas gifts. Love all the food you took! Like food porn for me...x

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    1. Ooh dont be jealous, get yourself down to PizzaExpress! ha

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  8. I am not normally a massive fan of Pizza express . That being said I would go just for that cheesecake because it looks incredible.

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  9. I always have the same pizza in Pizza Express with a Fiorentina, it is the only pizza I really like x

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    1. I'm usually like that, but I was glad to try one of the new christmas ones!

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  10. I haven't been to a pizza express in ages - mainly as Pizza isn' my favourite but I would honestly just go in for the desserts alone! x

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    1. The desserts are so good! And there are other dishes to choose from that arent pizza, worth a look!

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  11. I am a huge fan of pizza. I eat some every week. These look very yummy.

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  12. This meal looks really so tasty. Pizza express is somewhere I've never been. Must pay them a visit

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  13. I do love Pizza express, not been for far too long though

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  14. i always look forward to their christmas menu and always get excited haha

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  15. I haven't been to a Pizza Express in a while, but the menu looks fab! x

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  16. I love Pizza Express, we always have a great time. The panettone cheesecake looks so delicious!

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  17. When I think of Christmas, pizza isn't the first thing to pop into my head! However that being said I haven't really been to Pizza Express much until the one in Loughborough opened. The normal menu is great so throw a bit of festivities into the mix and I'm obviously going to love it!

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  18. The Dessert menu is one thing we never seem to make it too after a starter and a pizza!

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    1. I usually only have a main and dessert for this reason, but I can't deny myself dough balls! :)

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  19. What a lovely menu, I know my hubby would love that hog roast pizza!

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