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New Summer Menu at Pizza Express

    –         Ayushi Mathur

Summer in New Delhi is hotter than ever this year. With the scorching heat comes the temptation to indulge in food that reminds us of breezy beach locations, refreshing getaways and fun fruity delights. Pizza Express brings all these together in one special summer menu – ‘The Hawaiian Pizza Express’. What began as a fascination for the Italian cuisine and the desire to bring the delicacies to UK, has now become a global favourite for distinctive Italian recipes. Always experimenting with exciting recipes, Pizza Express has truly won hearts with their recent menu this summer.

From refreshing cocktails to unique meaty delights, the new summer menu covers it all. The first drink I tired from their menu was Molto Berry, which was a perfect concoction of mint and berries modelled into an icy paradise. What followed was even better. The next thing I got my hands on was the Lamb Polpette. Polpette simply means large meatballs and the dish was made with meatballs cooked in tangy pomodoro sauce served with freshly baked dough sticks. The first pizza I tried was Gambero, a crispy romana base topped with passata, yellow bell peppers and prawns marinated with Indian spices. What made this pizza an instant success were the fresh and nicely cooked prawns that topped the pizza.

FullSizeRender-6Pineapple on pizza? Sounds exciting right? The pizza that was the absolute highlight of the party was the Hawaiian ‘Pizza Express’ pizza. Topped with sweet pineapple chutney and béchamel sauce, this ham pizza was definitely one of a kind. Yet another pizza on their new menu is the Pollo Cajun, which is made with Cajun sauce, Cajun chicken and finished with the perfect sun dried tomatoes one can ask for. A unique component in this rectangular pizza is the Emilgrana cheese, a type of hard cheese with a granular texture. The new menu has got something for the pasta lovers out there too. Their Linguine Cajun Gambero is rich and creamy pasta made with prawns in Cajun seasoning and sun dried tomatoes.

FullSizeRender-8The visit ended on a sweet note with fresh banoffee pie and baked cheesecake. The banoffee pie was utterly delicious but for me the cheesecake stole the show. And with that sweet note I was left with a content heart and this summer got much more exciting with this stimulating Hawaiian menu that Pizza Express just introduced.

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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PIZZA EXPRESS – 50 YEARS CELEBRATION

PIZZA EXPRESS – 50 YEARS CELEBRATION

By Ritika Dhawan

Pizza Express hosted a blogger’s night, to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the launch of its new menu, at its recently opened outlet at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. Established in 1965 in London, by founder Peter Boizot for the love of real Italian pizza, Pizza Express has mapped its journey with over 500 restaurants in 14 countries across the globe. Every outlet is uniquely designed, with its inspiration drawn from the location of the outlet.

A warm welcome and an assorted non vegetarian platter marked the start of the evening. Antipasto Pollo e Gamberro – an assortment with pesto marinated chicken, prawns on skewers, roasted tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella served with basil pesto, pesto rosso and dough sticks baked with emilgrana (a dehydrated hard cheese). Each item on this platter complimented each other, as explained by the chef the buffalo mozzarella cleanses the palate so as to ensure that we can enjoy the individual flavours of each assortment. Also we were served a drink which was a blend of watermelon, mint and lemon- it was as refreshing as it sounds.

Picture1Next was the star of the night – The Pizza !! The chef prepared their signature pizza from scratch; he explained to us every minute detail and walked us through the process of creating this Italian wonder. The importance of evenly stretching the dough, not overloading the pizza with the toppings so as to let the flavour of the base stand out, every tip and trick was shared. The fun was tripled when we got a chance to create our own pizza under the supervision of the chef.

 A thin and crispy Romana base, layered with their signature tomato passata sauce which is imported from Italy, topped with fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, flavoured with salt and black pepper and finally drizzled with olive oil was the highlight of the evening. The pizza was not at all heavy, the base maintained its crunch and one could have countless slices of it- a must try.

For a perfect end to a meal, a baked vanilla cheesecake served with your choice of gelato, cream or mascarpone(a soft cheese) delighted the senses.

A place that promises quality and will surely continue to maintain its legacy; if pizzas define Italian food for you, head to Pizza Express now and indulge!

 

 

 

 

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Real Italian comes to Gurgaon

By Priyali Prakash

It’s time for some authentic Italian food in Gurgaon. PizzaExpress is all set to open its second outlet of the Delhi- NCR region. Delhi Food Walks is offering you a sneak peek into what this restaurant has to offer. Read on to find out!

A word of caution: if you are too accustomed to the Indian palate with its generous share of spices, this might not be the best place for you. But, if you are adventurous enough to try some Italian food exactly the way how it should be, PizzaExpress is the place to be at!

Their signature starter dish, the Doughballs, is a personal favourite. Little balls of lightly seasoned dough, served with an assortment of dips including garlic butter, pesto and pesto rosso, are the best thing to start the meal with. The doughballs are light and fluffy and served hot- the perfect beginning for an Italian meal.

Other starters include Polpette, chicken meatballs in chicken Bolognese sauce and Ramiro Al Forno for the vegetarians, sweet red pepper stuffed with goat’s cheese, mushrooms and mozzarella.

Pizzaexpress 1The pizzas at PizzaExpress come with an extremely thin crust. The management puts it as, “Simple and authentic pizzas, always served in style. Just the way the Italians do.” While the Apollo pizza comes with Tandoori chicken, modified specially for Indians, the Padana Romana with spinach, goat’s cheese, mozzarella and red and caramelised onions, finished with a drizzle of garlic oil, might be the tastiest option for vegetarians.

Also on the menu is the Pomodoro Pesto Romana. As the name suggests, pesto sauce is the hero among the toppings here, accompanied by cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and baby mozzarella. Though, the final drizzle of garlic oil makes the pizza a little too oily.

The pastas in general seem to be a little undercooked, but according to one of the very sweet staff members, that’s how the Italians like it. The Tagliatelle Pollo Bolognese, classic chicken Bolognese sauce with a little twist stands out as the best pasta on the menu. The Penne Pollo Picante would have tasted a lot better had the sauce not been as dry.

As far as the desserts are concerned, Banoffee Pie wins hands down. The classic dessert, served with a dollop of mascarpone cheese on the side is a sure shot winner.

PizzaExpress is all beautified and lit up to welcome you. Pay them a visit to find out more about what they have to offer!

Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.