Sunday, 15 September 2019

At home: Pizza Express

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Pizza Express at home pizzas are consistently good quality, with a tasty base and generous toppings. Ideal for a treat but cheaper than a take away.

Pizza Express got in touch to let me know about their new extra premium range of at-home pizzas. They have added some new flavours to the Romana range. The base is thinner and larger than the standard Pizza Express offering, which they say is a better delivery system for the toppings.

When I first read about the new range, I thought the flavours sounded delicious. Think a premium Margherita with basil and mozzarella pearls, Carbonara with ham, mushroom and mascarpone; and Ragu with bolognese, ricotta and red onion.

I tried the Ragu, Carbonara and Vegetable and Ricotta; all of which are available at Waitrose. They are presented in a large swanky blue and gold box with a little hole to show the toppings.

The cooking information is detailed, with some top tips for getting the best possible results. Of course, you will know your oven best so keep an eye on the pizzas while they're cooking. Mine needed a little less time in my fan oven.

When I opened the plastic wrapping, the toppings were already pretty evenly distributed. I was impressed with the amount of cheese and other toppings. Following the instructions, I chose to drizzle some oil over the top before popping in the oven.

The pizzas had tasty bases which really did carry the toppings well. I enjoyed the fact that the veggies retained a little crunch. The meats were good quality. Each slice was delicious.

The front of the box makes it clear that the pizza is 'made for sharing' and a look at the calories explains why.

Yes, pizza is a treat and 1000 calories on a one-off isn't the end of the world but if you don't feel like that much pizza, you can share or save some for lunch the next day, as I did. To add a bit of freshness, I cooked myself some broccoli.

I'm really impressed with the quality of this new range of Romana pizzas. Great toppings, a great treat.

Pizza Express Romana Pizzas

Photographs taken by me.

Pizzas were complimentary for review purposes. 

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