25/03/2016

Good Friday, Evening Family Meal Out at Pizza Express & Giveaway!

We love eating out as a family and try to do so a few times a month or so but often work, lack of funds or other commitments get it in way. So we were delighted to be invited along to our local Pizza Express this evening for a family meal on them! The monkeys love Italian food, in fact little monkey would chose pasta over any other dish everyday if he could.
Until today I never realised you could dine in, order a takeaway or cook at home with Pizza Express. How cool is that!
Our meal was booked for 17.30 and when we arrived it was just starting to get busy downstairs. We opted to eat upstairs and were seated at a table plenty big enough for 6-8 diners with a bench sofa style seat. Of course this pleased the monkeys. They were given Piccolo Activity Packs to help keep them entertained, which each contained an Easter themed colouring activity, activity sheet and stickers. 
After choosing and getting our drinks we ordered off the Spring/Summer menu. Both monkeys ate off the kids (Piccolo) menu (3 courses for £6.45). They both had the baked dough balls with side salad for their starter. The side salad consisted of cherry tomatoes, red peppers and cucumber. Big monkey had Bolognese and little monkey had the Napoletana (pasta with creamy tomato sauce and fresh basil) for their main course. Their drinks were Cawston Press Kids Blend. An all natural juice drink with no added sugar.
Hubby chose to eat the Bruschetta Originale 'PizzaExpress' for starter and then opted for the new Risotto Fresco (Peppered Salmon fillet with creamy white wine risotto) which can be eaten as a starter or as a larger portion for the main. 
I chose the Dough Balls Formaggi (Dough Balls rolled and baked with Gran Milano cheese) for my starter and had the same main as hubby. It was so tasty. Hubby had the new Superboost side salad with his Risotto and I chose the Polenta Chips which I've never tried before. They too were delicious and of course the monkeys wanted to try them too!
We all thoroughly enjoyed our food which was presented well and tasted super delicious. Both the monkeys cleared both their starters and their mains. The waiting staff were friendly and checked on us regularly to ensure everything was OK.

Of course we had to try the deserts and we all opted for something. The monkeys had the Chocolate Gelato with Bambinoccino, hubby had the Chocolate Glory Gelato and I chose the decidedly tempting Tiramisu. It was huge and I could only manage half! So scrumptious.
Once again the monkeys cleared their plates. We left happy and full. Maybe the two large glasses of white wine spritzer I had helped to fill me up! Whilst eating the upstairs remained reasonably quiet with a few families coming and going but downstairs was packed with diners. By the time we left it was full down there.
We had a lovely evening and are so pleased to have been chosen to be a part of the #PizzaExpressFamily along with a number of other bloggers and their families. 

We're also taking part in a fab twitter party on March 31st at 2pm until 3.30pm, which we'd love you to join in with too. Then finally we are going to a kids Pizza Express party next month. 
We look forward to seeing some of you at the twitter party soon. Just be sure to follow the #PizzaExpressFamily hash tag! 

Tonight's meal and drinks were free of charge for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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