Supporting Meat Free Monday

Food glorious food. We love it. What isn’t to love about it? There is something so special about pulling two or more flavours together and creating a new combination.

Often, we get too accustomed to our ‘usual’ and not giving new flavours or ingredients a go. This runs similar to meat on pizza, we often hear friends say “it’s not a real pizza unless there is pepperoni” or “I need to have meat as part of my main or I just don’t feel satisfied”. We understand how they feel but really wanted to help educate people about the possibility of alternate options that are good for you.

We have looked at the wonderful Meat Free Monday campaign set up by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, it encourages people to go one day a week without eating meat, for health benefits and to help the environment by reducing effects of climate change. What a marvelous initiative!

We really want to support Meat Free Monday and possibly ask some of our community to take the Meat Free Monday challenge this Autumn and find something new on our menu.

Meat Free Monday have been so kind to give us some Meat Free Monday cookbooks signed by Sir Paul McCartney via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Meat Free Monday

Weekly Meat Free Monday giveaways
Throughout October and November we will be giving away some Meat Free Monday cookbooks signed by Sir Paul McCartney thanks to the team at Meat Free Mondays.

21 – 24 October: One MFM cookbook signed by Sir Paul McCartney will be given away on Facebook. To enter users on Facebook must answer the question “tell us one of our favourite meat-free dishes from the PizzaExpress menu” by leaving a comment below the post. Users may enter as many times as they like and the winner will be selected at random on the 24th October at 5pm. The winner will be contacted via Facebook by PizzaExpress’ official Facebook account by ‘liking’ the winning post and PizzaExpress asking the winner to email competitionwinners@pizzaexpress.com with their contact details. The winner has until 7 days after being contacted on Facebook to claim their prize. ‘Claiming their prize’ means sending an email to competitionwinners@pizzaexpress.com.
28 – 31 October: One MFM cookbook signed by Sir Paul McCartney will be given away on Twitter. To enter users must follow @pizzaexpress and RT the Tweet “RT & follow @pizzaexpress & @meatfreemonday to win a MFM cookbook signed by Sir Paul McCartney. Entries close 31 Oct.” Users may enter once per day and the winner will be selected at random on the 31st October at 5pm. The winner will be contacted via Twitter and asked to Direct Message their postal address. The winner has until 7 days after being contacted to claim their prize. ‘Claiming their prize’ means sending a Direct Message to @pizzaexpress.
4 – 7 November: One MFM cookbook signed by Sir Paul McCartney will be given away on Facebook. To enter users on Facebook must answer the question “tell us one of our favourite meat-free dishes from the PizzaExpress menu” by leaving a comment below the post. Users may enter as many times as they like and the winner will be selected at random on the 7th November at 5pm. The winner will be contacted via Facebook by PizzaExpress’ official Facebook account by ‘liking’ the winning post and PizzaExpress asking the winner to email competitionwinners@pizzaexpress.com with their contact details. The winner has until 7 days after being contacted on Facebook to claim their prize. ‘Claiming their prize’ means sending an email to competitionwinners@pizzaexpress.com
18 November: One MFM cookbook signed by Sir Paul McCartney will be given away on Twitter. To enter users must follow @pizzaexpress and RT the Tweet “RT & follow @pizzaexpress & @meatfreemonday to win a MFM cookbook signed by Sir Paul McCartney. Entries close 18th November 2013 at 5pm .” Users may enter once per day and the winner will be selected at random on the 18th November at 5pm. The winner will be contacted via Twitter and asked to Direct Message their postal address. The winner has until 7 days after being contacted to claim their prize. ‘Claiming their prize’ means sending a Direct Message to @pizzaexpress.

Our new Autumn menu

Our brand new Autumn menu has finally arrived in all PizzaExpress restaurants across the UK today.

We are extremely excited about our new menu because we have introduced new Romana pizzas, sharing starters and meat free options.

We just cannot wait to get you in to try our new offering. Head to www.pizzaexpress.com/our-food/new-autumn-dishes/ to see our full menu listing.

Toscano

Toscano

Caprina Rossa Romana

Calzone verdure

Calzone verdure

Apprenticeships

Today we launched the first ever nationally recognised qualification in the art of pizza-making. This means you can now work towards an apprenticeship whilst working in our kitchens.

We have created the one-year ‘Pizzaiolo Apprenticeship’ with expert vocational education specialists City & Guilds, and training providers Lifetime Training. They will help apprentices to learn-while-you-earn, giving formal training alongside the experts in our restaurants. They’ll also ensure apprentices cover off all the specific skills they need to meet the requirements of an Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship in Kitchen Services.

So what does it involve? Pizzaiolo Apprentices will quickly find themselves at the heart of one of our busy, professional kitchens. As well as covering off the basics, including ingredient preparation, you will take on the vital kitchen services skills to enable you to cook safely and efficiently – all the essential skills needed to kick-start a career as a professional chef.

The equivalent of five GCSEs at grade A-C, the Pizzaiolo Apprenticeship will involve face-to-face tuition and guidance from onsite mentors, development workshops and master classes. Your training will be a truly personal experience, teaching you all the secrets behind making the perfect pizza.

The hands-on experience will prove invaluable for anyone wanting to go into hospitality. Over the next three years we’re aiming to train up 200 new apprentices across the nation – if you’d like to be a part of it get in touch at apprenticeships@pizzaexpress.com.

PizzaExpress apprentices with Matthew Hancock MP (left) and PizzaExpress CEO Richard Hodgson  (right)

PizzaExpress apprentices with Matthew Hancock MP (left) and PizzaExpress CEO Richard Hodgson (right)

Time to plan your Summer soundtrack

We are celebrating Summer in our restaurants all the way through to the end of August.

This July we are focusing all our Summer love on Music. Why music? Road trips with your Summer playlist sung with friends, headphones turned all the way up walking through in the sunshine, your favourite act playing on the main stage – Summer and music go hand in hand!

Throughout July when you order a main at PizzaExpress we are going to hand you our exclusive July Summer Pass where you save 25% on an album download from Amazon MP3.

All you have to do is choose which album will be the soundtrack to your Summer.

Duckzilla

We see some really interesting things at PizzaExpress. There is the occasional celebrity who pops by their local to grab their usual pizza. There are locals who drop by and tell stories of their local neighbourhood over a serving of Dough Balls. And other times we see a giant duck puddling past our restaurant in Hong Kong.

The giant duck is an art piece by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman that travels around the world – and we absolutely love it!

Our team in Hong Kong took some photos and we cannot help but think…. what would Duckzilla’s favourite pizza be?

Summer is here

Have you noticed how the seasons have changed? Longer days, warmer temperatures and more importantly – extra time to be outside and enjoy yourself.

We have been hard at work developing a menu so you can take advantage of the summer season. We wanted to create healthier choices and also get kids excited about food.

Across all our restaurants we’ve introduced a new summer menu which includes a brand new Leggera Supper Food Salad (even suitable for anyone who is on the 5:2 diet!), Gluten Free options (yes, we now have GF pizza!) and a sparkly new Kids menu.

Drop by your local PizzaExpress to try it. Actually, with summer here, why not go for a day out and visit a PizzaExpress in a new town!

 

Getting creative at home with Moshi Monsters

Being creative is at the core of who we are here at PizzaExpress. From the pizzas we make, to our ties with music and the arts. We feel there is something truly special about letting your imagination be free.

This is one of the reasons why we teamed up with Moshi Monsters – an online pet monster community – to encourage people to create Pizza Art.

Pizza Art? It’s pretty simple and quite cool – Pizza Art is where we encourage you (yes, it’s not just for kids!) to be creative with fresh ingredients and make characters on your pizza base. We then ask that you to upload your artwork to our Pizza Art page.

Below are some uploaded artworks, you can view the entire gallery here.

Please note: No monsters were harmed during the making of Pizza Art.


Luvli Pizza Art by Lily, 7 years old

Moshi Monsters helped us out by making pizzas that look like our favourite Monsters (Diavlo, Luvli and Poppet). You can now make some Moshi Monsters at home and eat them too!

We love the idea of getting people, especially kids, into fresh ingredients by being creative and experimenting with cooking at home.

You too can be part of the action. For more information about our Pizza Art initiative visit our Pizza Art homepage.


Squiff Glump Pizza Art by Daniel, 6 years old

Valentine Warner’s Fennel & Salami pizza

Fresh thinly sliced fennel and rocket tossed in lemon oil and lemon zest – that’s only the finishing touches for Valentine Warner’s new Fennel & Salami pizza.

We haven’t even mentioned the soft fennel salami – specially made for us by award winning charcuterie Trealy Farm. The fennel salami is placed on a classic base with chilli flakes, fennel seeds and mozzarella sprinkled on top.

As it comes out of the oven our pizzaiolos pepper the pizza with grated grana padano and top it off with the fennel and rocket. The heat from the pizza and the coolness of the fennel and rocket really brings the pizza to life.

We are so proud of Valentine’s ‘Summery’ creation. And Valentine is also so proud to present a pizza with his favourite ingredient – fennel.

Introduced on the 24th April, Valentine’s Fennel & Salami pizza is proving to be extremely popular with PizzaExpress fans – make sure you drop by and try it for yourself.

Competition:
Win a Chef’s Table experience with Valentine Warner – where he will cook for especially for you and five friends.

Click http://ow.ly/aHHiM to enter.

 

Two new pizzas from Valentine Warner

Today we launch our new menu featuring two pizzas created exclusively for PizzaExpress by famed TV cook and food writer Valentine Warner.

Valentine has been hard at work with our team to develop two stunning pizzas that cover two food areas that should please you all – meat and fish.

The exciting thing about Valentine’s creations is that they are not simple pizzas; the Fennel Salami pizza features a fennel salami and some additional fresh fennel drizzled in lemon. We are certain Valentine will turn a few people into fennel fanatics – It is truly delicious.

The Puttanesca uses marinated anchovies with capers and mixed olives; these ingredients steal the show for this pizza as it really packs a punch.

Valentine Warner’s two fabulous pizzas are available from today, 24th April, at all PizzaExpress restaurants.

Exclusive competition:
We are offering one lucky PizzaExpress fan the chance to have Valentine Warner cook exclusively for them and five friends at a private seating. This Chef’s Table experience will give you an insider look at Valentine’s inspiration behind the pizzas.

To enter click here

What’s your favourite?

Everyone has their favourite PizzaExpress pizza.

Maybe it’s the hit of pepperoni with roquito peppers on the American Hot, the Fiorentina with a soft egg, or the combination of mascarpone and fennel seeds on the new Alba.

We asked a few of our famous friends what their favourite PizzaExpress pizza is…

Lawrence Dallaglio craves the Meatball Bolognese on a thin and crispy Romana base, whilst Jodie Kidd loves the melt-in-the-mouth bite of the Padana on our new Leggera base. Juicy tomatoes with pesto on the Pomodoro Pesto, served on the authentic Romana base, is what Sophie Ellis Bextor adores and Patrick Kielty often drops by Regent  for a classic favourite, the fiery American Hot.

So, go on, what’s your favourite?

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