Make the Most of Your 25% Gourmet Society Discount at PizzaExpress!

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The home of scrumptious pizzas, mouth-watering pastas and refreshing salads, PizzaExpress has been delighting any lover of the Italian cuisine ever since it was founded by one Peter Boizot in 1965. Fresh out of university and with a stint in the National Service behind him, Peter worked his way through Europe before eventually settling in Rome, where he began a love affair with Italy and thus, upon finding that he was unable to find great tasting pizza in the UK, he decided to open his own authentic Italian eatery on Wardour Street in London.


Years later, PizzaExpress is one of, if not the, biggest Italian food brands in the UK. The chain is home to over 400 restaurants in the UK, and 14 in Ireland under the name Milano, serving to provide people across the land with flavoursome Italian fare in a manner that is sure to put a smile on their face. And the feeling is only going to be enhanced for Gourmet Society members, who can enjoy a fantastic 25% saving on the whole bill when they dine using their Gourmet Society card – adding superb value to an already enjoyable dining experience.

Having been to a number of PizzaExpress restaurants, including the Trafford Centre, Salford Quays and Skipton branches, I feel qualified to discuss the delectable PizzaExpress food, while as a writer for the Gourmet Society website, it is only right that I demonstrate the best ways to take advantage of the 25% discount. So, below I have detailed a selection of three course meals suitable for both meat-lovers and the meat-averse.


For those with a particularly herbivorous appetite, I don’t think you can go far wrong with the Dough Balls ‘PizzaExpress’ to start, and even as an avid meat eater, I can certainly vouch for these, particularly when they’re covered in the delectable garlic butter accompaniment. Following, the goat’s cheese, caramelised onion, spinach, red onion and garlic oil topped padana pizza provides a feast for the taste buds, with the discretionary 25p donation to Macmillan Cancer Support allowing you to feel good about yourself too, while the divine lemon posset crunch promises an enchanting end to the proceedings.

As a predominantly carnivorous diner, it is my opinion that I have saved the best ‘til last as I attempt to choose just one of the PizzaExpress meat-based mains. Now, I’m sure that you’re expecting me to choose one of the wondrous pizza options available, of which there are many, but I simply can’t look past the pollo pesto for this one. The enchanting combination of chicken, Mozzarella, Gran Milano cheese & pennette pasta in a creamy béchamel & pesto sauce is one of my favourites, having sampled it numerous times at numerous locations, and the dish can be sandwiched between the nduja arancini starter, a baked, creamy risotto ball filled with hot nduja sausage & Mozzarella cheese and, another one of my favourites, the irresistible salted caramel profiteroles.


The best characteristic of the 25% offer, at least for someone that likes a tipple or two, such as myself, is that drinks are also included in the discount, and in this respect PizzaExpress does not disappoint. There are plenty of white & red wine choices on show, as well as that of rosé and prosecco, for admirers of the grape-based beverage, while there is also a collection of beers, ciders, spirits and, of course, soft drinks that are sure to satisfy.

Are you gluten intolerant? Allergic to nuts? Have any other dietary requirements? No problem, PizzaExpress will always have something for you! Let us know if you have been to any of the Gourmet Society associated PizzaExpress restaurants, or are planning to do so in the near future, and what your favourite dish is, via Facebook or Twitter.


By Calum Dewsbury.

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