As a family, we eat at Pizza Express fairly regularly. We usually eat at the Intu Merry Hill branch but we were recently invited to review a meal at the Stourbridge branch. We arrived for a late lunch at 2.30pm on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant is surprisingly quiet but fills up with more people after we arrive. We order drinks and start looking at their new Piattini menu which are small plates designed for sharing or having one as a starter each.
Stuart had Garlic Prawns for his starter which is prawns roasted in garlic butter with fresh tomato, red onion and Roquito pepper, finished with a wedge of lemon and fresh parsley. I had Buffalo Mozzarella & ‘Nduja Flatbread which is hot, soft ‘nduja sausage cooked on a flatbread, finished with buffalo mozzarella, pesto, rocket and basil. Stuart really enjoyed his garlic prawns and liked the freshness of the lemon and parsley that finished the dish off perfectly. I liked my flatbread but thought that it was slightly too dry. It needed more pesto or for the mozzarella to be melted maybe.
For my main, I had Le Reine pizza which was topped with prosciutto Cotto, closed cup mushroom, mozzarella and tomato on a classic base. I asked for no olives as I do not like them. The pizza had a crisp base and was cooked to perfection. It had the correct amount of toppings on it as well so there was a good balance of base and toppings. Stuart had the Bolognese Rigatoni for his main which is a rich beef, porcini mushroom, tomato and red wine Bolognese, with gluten-free rigatoni, finished with Gran Milano cheese and fresh basil. The Bolognese was tasty however Stuart felt that it needed more sauce like how I serve it when I make it at home. The traditional Italian way is to serve it with less sauce though which is what Pizza Express are trying to adhere too so I think Stuart has a losing battle with that one.
Thomas and Daniel had their usual from the Piccolo menu which was Baked Dough Balls with garlic butter and cucumbers/tomatoes to start, followed by a Margarita Pizza main and a Piccolo Sundae & Bambinoccino to finish. They both ate it all up as usual although both of them decided they wanted to give the Bambinoccino (warm frothy milk) a miss this time.
Stuart had the Coppa Gelato for his pudding which is simply two scoops of ice cream served with a chocolate straw. I had the Honeycomb Cream Slice (top photo) which is sweet honeycomb and chocolate pieces in a light cream topping on a layer of salted caramel and crunchy biscuit served with salted caramel ice cream. It was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten at Pizza Express and I would definitely order it again! Pizza Express is one of the family favourites and I am sure we will be back again soon.
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We dined as guests of Pizza Express. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review