Everyone’s reliable favourite, PizzaExpress has settled into its new home in the area of Leeds city centre known as the Arena Quarter.

Ever since the Arena was built, the surrounding area has undergone an impressive rejuvenation. Old dreary office blocks torn down and replaced with Merrion House, a sophisticated and modern looking building.

The Arena Quarter is growing at a rapid pace, with a wide variety of restaurants appealing to foodies far and wide and plenty of bars nearby to choose from if you’re wanting a pre show drink or somewhere to continue into the night after a memorable gig at the arena.

With that in mind its a no brainier that Pizza Express chose to expand their chain in this neck of the woods.

I was invited along to see what they had done with the place and to sample the new offerings available on the menu. Pizza Express decor has always been chic, cosy and classic, the latest restaurant is much of the same. It is very spacious with plenty of tables and booths on the ground floor with more on the upper floor and you will also find a generous amount of additional seating outside perfect for those sunnier days.

I have been visiting Pizza Express for as long as I can remember, so when I got the invite I spent most of that day thinking about my favourite pizza, such as the American and the Padana and which one I was going to decide upon for my tea that day.

My friend and I decided to share a portion of polenta fries and two pizzas. The first being the classic Pollo ad Astra, a pizza topped with succulent chicken pieces, sweet peppadew peppers, red onion and mozzarella, cooked in cajun spices and garlic. Our second was to be the new Barbacoa pizza consisting of pulled Barbacoa beef, spicy chipotle salsa, garlic oil, tomatoes, mozzarella and red onion topped with fresh coriander.

This delicious and flavourful pizza was quickly placed in my top three! Pizza Express have lots of tasty deserts to satisfy your sweet tooth, salted caramel profiteroles, vanilla cheesecake, chocolate brownies, tiramisu and the new warm lemon sponge cake with vanilla gelatoto to name but a few.

I opted for the Lotus Biscoff cheesecake with a coffee which is part of the Dolcetti selection of smaller sized deserts accompanied by a coffee or tea.

To use the Lotus biscuit within a dessert is becoming increasingly popular and its easy to see why this cheesecake was mouth-wateringly good.

Reviewed by AMY LANGDALE

MAY 2019