September 21, 2014 Italian, Old Town, pizza 1 Comment

Exterior

Exterior

Having popped in to Hemma to book the next Scran Salon, my eye was caught by the nearby Pizza Express. I fondly remember a highly enjoyable Christmas meal there, a few years ago, and given that I hadn’t visited a chain place for a while, I thought I’d go and renew acquaintances.

The interior is very stylish, with massive ceiling height and glass frontage drawing in all available light. It has the feel of a smart gallery café about it.

Pizza

Pizza

I found the place typically quiet for a weekday lunchtime. Service, although friendly, was heavy on the upselling. The waitress also took an inordinate amount of time to deliver a simple jug of tap water. But this aside, it was pleasant and relatively efficient.

As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of eggs on pizza so after a quick check through the menu I chose the Fiorentina, which brought together olives, spinach and an egg. I was pleased to be asked if I would like the yolk cooked runny or firm, to which I replied the former.

Interior

Interior

The pizza was swiftly with me, looking much as expected. The egg yolk was pleasingly runny, but that’s pretty much where the excitement ended. It was a perfectly adequate dish, but was in no danger of setting the heather on fire.

So overall, Pizza Express is doing a solid job and this branch is very smartly appointed. They have a wide and varied menu, but it’s just a bit ordinary. It’s often a good option for bigger parties, so I can see myself visiting again, but when I’m looking for food with a bit of verve about it, I’ll likely go elsewhere.

Scores
Blythe scores Pizza Express
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13/20

I ate: pizza Fiorentina

I drank: water

I wore: brown suit

Total bill: £9.65

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Written by BKR