Thank I was lucky enough to be invited down to the White City branch of Pizza Express at Westfield shopping centre a few days ago (which has just opened) for an evening of pizza making! The branch itself is a brand spanking new version of what you normally expect of a pizza express, with a large white bar and desserts area on the way in, some lovely olympic artworks all over the walls (due to the association of the area with the olympics of course). It also has a slightly changed colour scheme which works well, and some great booth seating as well as the normal tables.
So, I don’t know how many of you got a chance to do this as a kid. I vaguely remember a friend’s birthday party at the local pizza express and finding it mildly irritating that I was incapable of making a pizza and becoming frustrated and giving up. BUT still getting my hands on a pepperoni pizza at the end of it, so all’s well that ends well eh? Well I won’t lie, going to the same sort of experience now I thought would just be something that’s fun for kids and less for adults. I took a couple of my housemates along and we had a fantastic evening. Apart from anything else, obviously I love cooking nowadays and so naturally, aside from my tiny attention span as a child blurring my preconceptions, it would be worrying if I didn’t enjoy making pizzas with professionals.
But I feel I can take a lot more from the fact that both of my housemates absolutely loved it! The competitiveness makes it a right laugh and it’s actually a lot tougher to make the pizza base than you’d expect (it took one of my housemates 4 attempts before the chef gave up on him and did it for him – the same experience I had when I was 7…. I’ll say no more.). Once the base is in place, we’re away and you can just throw on what you want before throwing it in the massive pizza ovens that I never cease to long for. I’d probably struggle to get one in my kitchen though. A little hint, don’t get too greedy when you’re popping on the toppings (obviously I did, and I was left with SOOO much cheese – see image below). That being said, it was still yummy, I’m generally a fan of Pizza Express (aren’t we all secretly?). I’d happily do it again, maybe even on a date, or just with a few pals as it was a really lovely way to spend the evening and definitely something a bit different. Plus a couple of Peronis and glasses of Prosecco never go amiss do they?
You can find the branch here; https://www.pizzaexpress.com/white-city-westfield
Definitely get yourself to an evening of pizza making too!
Have a lovely week!