A few weeks ago, Margaret (from Kitchen Delights) and I, were invited by We are Social to sample Pizza Express’s new Leggera range of starters, pizzas and deserts. The Leggera range is the lighter option of their menu featuring a pizza with hole in the middle that is filled back up with salad and options for starters and dessert. The dishes are designed to be around 500 calories and are low in saturated fat. We went to the restaurant, in Brindleyplace in Birmingham.
Margaret and I both had the same starter. We chose the ‘Crostini al Pomodoro’, which is ciabatta bread topped with tomatoes marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and oregano. It was served on rocket with shavings of grana padano and balsamic syrup. We both enjoyed our starter but I found my ciabatta to be very crisp and at one point, when I tried to cut it, it flew across the table. It was quite embarrassing! Otherwise, apart from that, it was a great start to our meal.
We decided to have different pizzas for our main. Margaret had ‘Margherita Leggera’ that had mozzarella with tomatoes marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and oregano, topped with basil leaves on it. I had ‘Gustosa’, which had prosciutto, mozzarella and slices of Portobello mushroom with yellow peppers and thyme on it. We both agreed that pizzas were lovely, full of flavour and fresh tasting. Our only complaint was the limp appearance of the rocket salad in the middle of pizza. It just needed to be refreshed in water or something to make the whole appearance of the dish look better. I did however think it was the best pizza I have ever tasted at a pizza restaurant of any description and I will be having it again.
For dessert, Margaret stuck with the Leggera range and had ‘Sotto Zero’, which is two scoops of low fat natural frozen yoghurt topped with blackcurrants in syrup with a dark chocolate straw. I moved away from the Leggera range and had ‘Lemon Gelato’ that is lemon ice cream and it was served with a dark chocolate straw as well. The service was excellent and the waiting staff were really nice and friendly.
I would to thank We are Social for inviting Margaret and I to sample the Leggera range and I would like to say a very big thank you to Margaret as well as we had a fantastic time and talked non-stop for nearly 3 hours. It was a great day out and I would like to do it again soon.
I will be back sometime next week with tales of biggest baking challenge yet.