We Are Social asked if I would like to join another food blogger, Jo of Jo's Kitchen, for lunch at Pizza Express to try the new range of Leggera lighter pizzas (Leggera means light in Italian).
Jo and I met for lunch in Birmingham at Brindley Place one very sunny Saturday afternoon in September. Brindley Place Pizza Express is set in a wonderful location by the waters edge, and if you are lucky enough, you may be able to see some familar faces from BBC Birmingham sitting quietly having lunch!
From the Leggera menu you can have a choice of starters, mains which comes in at approximately 500 calories, and dessert - not forgetting a lighter drink choice too.
My choice of starter was Crostini al Pomodoro which are toasted ciabatta slices topped with marinated tomatoes, garlic and oil and a drizzle of thick balsamic vinegar. The presentation was wonderful and had great plate appeal, it tasted extremely good too!
Mains was Margherita Leggera which is a part pizza base topped with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The hole in the centre was filled with rocket. The pizza is served on a slab of marble and comes complete with a wheel to cut the pizza into slices. The sauce was vibrant, and the presentation of the pizza was a feast for the eyes although my rocket salad in the centre looked a little wilted, which was a shame.
When I go to Pizza Express, I always feel as though I can eat a huge pizza, and then when it comes on a huge plate, I soon realize it's too much of a challenge to eat the entire pizza on it's own, this was definitely the better option for me.
Ah now for dessert - Sotto Zero - which was two scoops of frozen yoghurt served with sliced fresh strawberries, fruit coulis and a chocolate straw. The dessert was fab!
On a personal note, I don't have any weight issues for which I am eternally grateful but lots of people do struggle. When you go out for a meal you don't want to be the one having to order two salad starters whilst everyone else is enjoying pizza. The wonderful thing about this Leggera menu is you don't even notice that it is the lighter option.
Surprisingly the waiting staff didn't ask us why we were taking photographs of our lunch and neither of us spilt the beans to them!
Another reason to return to this branch - the waiting staff excelled themselves and helped to make it a very pleasant lunch for us both and thank you to them.
Also, thank you to We Are Social for inviting us along to Pizza Express, it was a pleasure having the opportunity to meet Jo, a fellow food blogger from the West Midlands.