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In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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Leicester King Street, Pizza Express.

Leicester, UK

Pizza is acceptable at any time of the year and Pizza Express have a fab alternative to the traditional festive menu that we've all become a custom to during this time of year. Being one of my favourite restaurants, I was invited to Leicester's King Street Pizza Express recently to dip my toe into what they had to offer and give them a thumbs up!

Located in the New Walk area of the Leicester City Centre, it's a lovely intimate restaurant that plays the perfect setting and atmosphere for a date night or even better a Christmas night out with your work colleagues and friends. The restaurant is within walking distance to the city centre's main attractions, including the Curve Theatre, De Montfort Hall and even for the big football and rugby matches which are only a ball throw away (mind the pun!)

For our starters we began with some of the more traditional products that the restaurant offer. We enjoyed sharing the Dough Balls Doppio which are the essential sharing starter that Pizza Express have on offer. Accompanied with a trio of dips; pesto, garlic butter and a harissa spiced tomato dip called pestorissa it is a really enjoyable dish. We also decided to share a Bruschetta Originale 'Pizza Express' which is a real simplistic but signature dish within their starters. This product is a dough bread brushed with garlic butter and topped with chopped fresh tomato, red onion, fresh basil and pesto that was almost more enjoyable to eat than the dough balls!

Unfortunately the products on the Christmas styled menu contained a lot of products which either myself or Jordan couldn't eat, we decided to save room for one of their Christmas puddings instead and opted to both try products which we hadn't before in the restaurant. Jordan went for the Leggera Pollo ad Astra which was a pizza topped with chicken, light mozzarella, sweet Peppadew peppers, tomato, Cajun spices, garlic oil and red onion. It looked and smelt delicious from where I was sitting.
I opted for the Calzone Classico which is perfect for anybody who has a big appetite!

The folded pizza is filled to the brim with Coppa, Finocchiona, Milano salami and pepperoni, light mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh basil, garlic oil, baby spinach, tomato and Gran Milano cheese with salad garnish and house dressing. It was packed full of goodness and definitely a product I would eat again. If you're a fan of Italian styled food than this product in itself is a really enjoyable choice.

Now it was onto pudding, glorious pudding! There's always room for pudding and Pizza Express definitely has a range of desserts on offer making it difficult to decide which one to choose. I decided to opt for one of their Christmas specials that I couldn't get out of my head, the NEW Jaffa Profiteroles. These are blooming delicious milk chocolate coated profiteroles, filled with a chocolate cream and orange gel centre, served with a generous helping of vanilla gelato and a candied orange slice.

This dessert was the perfect accompaniment with my meal and was packed full of flavour, I am almost tempted to revisit in the next few days just to have another one of those puddings. Anybody care to join me?

ake sure you check out Pizza Express' fab Christmas menu this December, it's certainly going to help you get more festive this season.

*Restaurant Review. Invited to review Pizza Express Christmas Menu. All views and words are my own. 


  1. Fab review hun, I'm loving their Christmas menu, the jaffa profiteroles and the panettone cheesecake are amazing!! :)


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