The UK’s favourite Italian Pizzeria finally landed on our shores last July and if you’re wondering if it lives up to the hype, spoiler alert: it does.
PizzaExpress at Scotts Square serves up amazing Italian-style pizzas, using dough made in-store and the freshest ingredients they can get their hands on. The best part about this whole experience (aside from chowing down on delicious slices of freshly baked pizza)? Being able to see your food being prepared, of course! The workspace is in the restaurant itself, separated from the general public by a glass partition. Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect when you try PizzaExpress for yourself.
First up is their brand new Parma e Rucola Pizza.
The chef gives the freshly-made pizza dough a generous coating of flour and then proceeds to gently roll and stretch it out.
He then slathers on a scoop of passata (fresh, thick tomato purée) that’s unique to the PizzaExpress brand worldwide and spreads it evenly over the dough before topping it with fresh mozzarella. Then it goes right into the oven, where it’s heated to 371 degrees celsius to achieve that perfect balance of crispy and chewy!
It’s carefully taken out when the bottom turns slightly crisp and golden brown, after which the chef immediately starts cutting it into slices. (Um, can I get a sample? My stomach starts growling at this point!)
Fresh arugula is then tossed in garlic oil, and gently layered on top of the pizza.
Generous amounts of delicious, dry-cured Parma Ham are then distributed evenly across the pizza along with MORE slices of fresh mozzarella, and there you have it:
Fragrant, crispy pizza (that was larger than expected), topped with garlicky, peppery arugula and deliciously salty parma ham. There was enough parma ham for each slice so I didn’t have to go through the hassle of tearing a piece of ham in half, like I’d usually have to do at other pizzerias. (#firstworldpizzaproblems) A bite took me right back to wandering around Rome in the summer sun – a must-try for sure!
Next up is their brand spankin’ new Lobster & Crabmeat Ravioli!
A mixture of pomodoro and mushroom sauce goes into a pot, along with a dash of cream.
Premium lobster and crab meat is sauteed, then wrapped into a ravioli shaped egg pasta dough and cooked al-dente, before being put into the pot and given a quick stir.
This is then carefully spooned onto a plate, along with the hearty, mouthwatering sauce and garnished with spring onions and topped with a basil leaf.
This is the delicious end result: ravioli filled with lobster and crab meat swimming in a velvety mushroom and pomodoro sauce! The ravioli was stuffed with incredibly sweet lobster and crab meat, and the thick, creamy sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the seafood ravioli. Definitely a 10/10 in my book!
Find it at 6 Scotts Road, Unit B1-08/09, Scotts Square, 228209
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