PizzaExpress was launched in 1965 in London and now boasts no less than 400 restaurants located around the country, each one totally unique in design.
We had been thinking of trying the King’s Lynn branch for some time, and were really excited to visit the newly refurbished PizzaExpress, located in the heart of town at the historic Saturday Market Place, opposite King’s Lynn Minster (formerly St Margarets).
We had heard the restaurant, which contains arches dating back to the 15th century, had been totally transformed with new seating, lighting and decor.
We were not disappointed. The restaurant is spacious with a very modern feel to it. Old roof beams had spotlights shining down on to each table adding a nice touch, and giving a feeling of warmth and intimacy.
Having just come out of the freezing cold, we were immediately given a warm welcome by Jemma the manager, who told us most people like to sit by the window, but we could sit anywhere we wanted. We decided on a table towards the back, and were soon given the menu and asked what we would like to drink.
My guest had an apple juice to drink, commenting that it was lovely and you didn’t often see the cloudy type that she had. I had the Peroni Italian lager, which was as good a lager as I have ever tasted.
There was a huge choice on the menu, and having recently become vegetarian we were pleased to see plenty of vegetarian options. There was also plenty of choice in gluten free meals.
For starters we both went for the Dough Balls Formaggi, which were nicely presented and absolutely delicious. A great way to start to our meal. The dough balls were lovely and crispy, rolled and baked with Gran Milano cheese, and served with a lovely mild garlic butter which really brought out the flavour and didn’t blow your head off. The Dough balls are apparently very popular and the waitress told us that “people go mad for it”.
We liked the way the food was all prepared in the open. One of the staff was chopping parsley not far from where we were sitting, and you could see the pizzas as they came out of the oven.
The waiter checked that everything was okay for us, and we were okay for drinks
For the main course my guest chose the Florentina, a pizza made from Spinach, free-range egg, mozzarella, tomato, garlic oil, black olives and Gran Milano cheese. It looked very colourful and appetising with the egg in the centre. The spinach was cooked perfectly, not wet and soggy as with some other restaurants.
I decided on the Leggera Padana, a pizza made from goat’s cheese, caramelised onions, spinach, red onions, tomato and garlic oil. It was usefully served with a pizza cutter, and the flavours were just amazing. A world of difference from what you would normally pick up from a supermarket.
A large side salad served on a separate dish which we could both dip into.
For dessert I had the salted caramel Primo Gelato with crunchy toffee pieces, which was very rich, creamy and melt in the mouth delicious. Definitely a dessert to die for.
Our meal was made complete with some delicious Capuccini coffees, with plenty of creamy froth.
We were very impressed with the serving staff, who were at all times attentive but not intrusive.
PizzaExpress can be found at 1 Saturday Market Place, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5DQ.
Telephone 01553 764 137.