Having a younger sister who has been vegan for a couple of years now means I am always on the lookout for somewhere to eat when we we meet up. I’ve always open to eating vegan, but often if we eat as a family my Dad will always look for meat on the menu. Finding a place to suit all tastes without my sister missing out can be hard, so when Pizza Express invited me to a vegan pizza making party to check out their vegan menu I had to see if they were up to the mark.
We heard a short talk from some of the PR staff about the history of Pizza Express, it’s been around since the 1960’s and really was a revolution at the time. I was surprised by how long all the staff we met had been with the company too, around 15 years each on average so they must be doing something right! They explained how they are always looking to revolutionise their pizzas and bring something new to the market without compromising on quality. Their vegan pizza is something which had been experimented with for years to get it just right, as they didn’t want to rush something to market that wasn’t as good as their regular offerings. After that it was time to get stuck in!
Now as you may know I am no chef. Actually that’s an understatement, recently I tried to make my boyfriend cheese on toast and somehow managed to screw it up! Luckily the chefs here are very friendly and patient with my lack of culinary skills. They made all the steps as clear as possible and were more than willing to lend a hand to those who were struggling (tossing the dough is harder than it looks I swear!)
Now no good meal is complete without a taste of something sweet, there was a selection of vegan gelato to choose and I just had to try coconut. It was light, refreshing and delightfully sweet, reminding me slightly of a light fondant. It was a great end to the meal.
Pizza Express will definitely be high up on my list next time I go out for food with my sister, there really are options for everyone and I totally believe how committed they are at trying to make a quality meal for all, not just because it is ‘on trend’. You can choose to make your own from their range of fresh ingredients like me, or go with their Vegan Giardiniera a combination of artichokes, asparagus, red onion, garlic oil and black olives. Pizza Express want vegans to eat the same as everyone else without making substitutes.
Where’s your favourite place for vegan eats on the high street?