And, it’s not just the menu that’s had a makeover, their Langham Place restaurant has been given a facelift too. The restaurant is large but has been designed to cater for both big and small groups. The smaller banquettes and tables give the large space a certain intimacy so you don’t feel lost in the vastness.
There are ten new dishes on all Pizza Express menus which include four gluten-free options and a cheese-free pizza, suitable for vegans. The Emilia Romana has Chestnut and closed cup mushrooms on a base of goat’s cheese, garlic oil and mozzarella, finished with rocket, Gran Moravia cheese, fresh lemon juice and black truffle oil.
For those watching their figure the ‘Leggera’ range includes salmon salad (£11.95) weighs in at a reasonable 400 calories, it’s also gluten-free. A big serving of chargrilled peppers, onions, cucumber, avocado, mint, rocket and seasonal leaves are accompanied by Oak-roasted peppered salmon fillet chunks, finished off with parsley and lemon juice.
The classic Tuscan Panzanella salad (£5.50) is under 250 calories and you’ll get a large bowl filled with tomato, cucumber, red onion, surfine capers and croutons marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, basil and balsamic vinegar. If you don;t fancy more salad, there’s pizza the new Leggera Sloppy Giuseppe is a ring of thin crispy Romana dough topped with hot spiced beef, green pepper, red onion, light mozarella and tomato. The middle is filled with salad and drizzled with Pizza Express light house dressing. All for under an impressive 500 calories.
There are even desserts with the calorie counters in mind two scoops of lemon curd or dairy-free raspberry sorbet, served with a chocolate straw and fresh mint are also on offer. A three course Italian meal for under 1,000 calories is pretty hard to find and doesn’t bust the diet.