We were recently asked to try out Deliveroo’s delivery service to order Pizza Express’s Etna Pizza.
The Etna Pizza, is a spicy Romana recipe with ‘nduja sausage paired with sweet and spicy roquito chilli peppers. The Etna Pizza was taken off the Pizza Express menu last year.
Pizza Express fans were very disgruntled with this, so Pizza Express have put it back on their menu exclusively for customers to order via the Deliveroo App this Autumn.
The return of the much-loved recipe on the restaurant brand’s Deliveroo page follows a dramatic showdown on the PizzaExpress Twitter page earlier this year between two retro classics – the Rustichella and Etna – to be re-instated on the Autumn Specials 2016 menu. Although the pancetta-laden Rustichella won by a fraction, there was still overwhelming demand for the Etna to grace us with its presence again; so spice lovers with a Deliveroo account can now bag the best of both worlds.
I’ve been a Pizza Express fan for many years, but not for their pizza. When I used to work in an office, we used to have girly lunches that would be held at Pizza Express. I would always opt for the Spinach & Ricotta Canneloni.
Ordering Our Etna Pizza:
The Deliveroo App is free to download and very user friendly. It was easy to find the Pizza Express section. We are fortunate to have 2 restaurants in Bath. It took less than 5 minutes to complete our order and we were told by the app that the food would be delivered in 30 minutes.
I also ordered a Grand Chicken Caesar Salad to go with our pizza.
Our order arrived before the 30 minutes which was fantastic considering it was being delivered via a cyclist. Kudos to the rider for cycling up our hill, I have problems walking up it!
The Etna Pizza
Unfortunately the Etna Pizza did not meet our expectations.
The pizza was stone cold when it arrived. I am not sure if this is down to Pizza Express, Deliveroo or a bit of both. I was surprised it was so cold as the Deliveroo cyclist took it out of one of those bags that retain the heat.
The pizza was also smaller than what we had expected. For £11.50, I expected a big pizza, like what other pizza chains produce.
The pizza itself, generally didn’t taste great. I don’t think it would have tasted nice even if it was piping hot. It was almost like someone had tried to make a bad tasting pizza better by throwing loads of spice on to it. This obviously didn’t work. It tasted like a cheap frozen pizza that you get out the freezer on those nights you can not be bothered to cook.
We were really disappointed.
The Grand Chicken Caesar
I am glad I ordered an additional item from Pizza Express & Deliveroo. Not only because the Etna Pizza was such a disappointing size but because it gave me the opportunity to test their menu further.
The salad was very filling and tasted lovely. It had an excellent chicken to salad ratio and also a big helping of Caesar sauce. There is nothing worse than a salad that comes with a tiny bit of sauce and more greenery than meat.
The anchovies were very salty, which was a surprise at first as I had never had them before. They complimented the salad really well.
I don’t know if it was quite worth the £7.50 though, I think that’s a bit expensive for a salad.
I don’t think we will be ordering from Pizza Express again. You may love Pizza Express and if you do, that’s great. It’s just not our kind of pizza, so we will stick to our usual Pizza Chain.
I’m still intrigued to know why our pizza arrived so cold. I really want to know if it was down to Pizza Express, Deliveroo or both of them. If it’s Deliveroo then that would be a real shame as they deliver from some really good restaurants that Matt & I want to try out.
Note: I was compensated for this post, however all views and opinions are my own.
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