Anyway, I was invited recently to try out their new Autumn menu, which I was all for - and even more so once I took a look at it. Chorizo and butternut squash pizza? Salted caramel profiteroles? Speaking my language. So off we popped to the St Albans branch, for a most excellent meal.
First up, one of the new wine on offer - Peperosso, a Merlot blend with a hint of chilli. It was yummy. Also, now the weather is turning cold again, it's reminding me how much I've missed red wine - I don't drink much of it in the summer. There's something so cosy about sharing a bottle of red when it's freezing outside, isn't there?
The two new Autumn starters were perfectly suited to Matt and I - mushrooms and seafood. I hate seafood, and he's not a huge mushroom fan, so we were very content (and didn't have to share!). The calamari got a hearty thumbs up from Matt, and I loved the mushroom risotto (Risotto Mio) - buttery, garlicky and rich. Three of my favourite words, right there.
I was extremely excited to try the new Autunno pizza, which won the Create Your New Favourite competition. Chorizo, goat's cheese, butternut squash and a dash of chilli - it was so good. The saltiness of the chorizo complemented the butternut squash perfectly, I loved the combo of goat's cheese and mozzarella and, well, I demolished it. That's the problem with thin crust pizzas - they always look enormous and unmanageable, and then when you eat the whole lot with very little trouble, you feel slightly horrified. In a satisfied way.
Matt had another new pizza, the Napoletana - a combo of anchovies, capers, olives and garlic. I didn't try any because anchovies :( but he polished it off with no problem. I thought it sounded like it would be overly salty, but he assured me that it was very tasty - the saltiness worked with the fresh parsley and mozzarella, and wasn't overpowering at all.
Matt had the Bombolini, which would have been my second choice because of how they're MINI DONUTS. I tried one, and they were very nice - slightly warm, served with gorgeous gelato, but I could have done with more jam inside, personally. All the jam, pls.
This is a very enthusiastic review, I know. But it comes from my very happy tummy - everything was so very tasty, and we had excellent service to boot. Thanks for the grub, guys!
Pizza Express has restaurants all over the UK. Our bill was paid for in exchange for this honest review.