Last week Boy and I set out to try the Pizza Express Christmas menu for lunch. It's probably the most festive I've felt so far. I heard a Christmas song for the first time this year...you know when your ears prick up and you do a double take - yes, I am hanging up my stocking on the wall thank you, Slade.
So down to business, this year's Christmas menu...
To start, I opted for Arancini Provola, baked risotto balls with spinach and Provola cheese centre served with a spicy arrabbiata sauce.
Boy went for garlic bread as unfortunately they didn't have any of their other festive starters left, pork & pancetta croquettes.
Next up, I chose the Festiva Romana, brie, leek, pine kernels and mozzarella with garlic oil, rosemary and sage on a béchamel base served with lots of rocket, Gran Moravia cheese and cranberry sauce.
I love their traditional Romana bases and the béchamel sauce was a great creamy addition.
Boy went for the Anatra Romana, pulled duck, shredded courgette, red onion and mozzarella on a light plum hoisin sauce with lots of rocket and spring onions.
Tender shredded duck, sweet and sticky hoisin sauce - I'd definitely go back and order my own.
And for my favourite part,
Mince Pie Cheesecake, rum soaked fruit in a clotted cream cheesecake and crumbly biscuit base. Quite possibly the best cheesecake I've had in a while. It tastes exactly like a mince pie should, but in a creamy cheesecake!
And just as good, the Chocolate Tartufo, rich Belgian dark chocolate with a praline mousse centre.
I'd have quite happily polished off the other festive dessert also, Snowball Doughballs, all in the name of research if needed!
The Pizza Express Christmas menu offers a 2 course lunch menu for £14.95 or alternatively, 3 courses for dinner for £19.95 with a glass of prosecco.
Find out more here.
Although Pizza Express kindly asked me to give their festive menu a try, all opinions are my own - and I probably would have gone anyway...who am I kidding, I know I would!!