Pizza Express Exeter is based in a beautiful old building on Cathedral Yard, overlooking the Cathedral Green and the cathedral itself.
Pizza Express is a well-known national chain which has been running this pizza franchise for 25 years or more. The very fact that a chain like this has lasted so long in what must be a very competitive market speaks to the fact that they are so good at what they do.
In many ways, Pizza Express Exeter is just like every other Pizza Express is that you have ever been to. The menu is the same and the vibe is probably the same too.
I went there with my wife and son at about 6 o’clock on a weekday evening. It was a family atmosphere at this time and plenty of people were there after a days shopping.
The choice of food is Italian and generally consists, not surprisingly, of pizza and pasta.
My son had his favourite choice, pizza Americano. This is a pizza pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato on a thin Romana base. He always chooses this! That must be a good sign.
My wife had the pizza Fiorentina. This is a pizza with spinach, free range egg, mozzarella, tomato, garlic oil, black olives and Milano cheese on a classic base. She gave it rave reviews.
I am slightly awkward when it comes to pizza. This is because I don’t like cheese. I am well aware that there are hundreds of different types of cheese, but so far, I have not found one that I like. Whenever we go to a pizza place, I have a pizza marinara. This is actually a very common dish in Italy, but much less common in the UK. All it is is a pizza margarita without the mozzarella and I always ask for extra onion and garlic. At Pizza Express Exeter, they will give you some delicious garlic oil to go on top of it as well and I would recommend that.
The staff in pizza express Exeter were very pleasant by not making a fuss when I asked for a pizza without cheese. Waiters elsewhere should follow this example!
As well as having our pizzas, it is traditional to have garlic dough balls whenever you visit pizza express. I think it is some sort of unwritten law and my family always abide by it very closely. The pizza express doughballs are beautiful and you can buy them from most of the main supermarkets too.
We drank two glasses of tasty, straightforward Pinot Grigio and a Coke. The wine list was pretty varied, with a bottle costing between £12 and £20.
The whole meal cost us less than £40.
One of the other things which I had never seen in another restaurant but impressed my love of technology was the fact that you can download the playlist from Pizza Express Exeter direct onto your iPhone using Apple Music. Obviously, it is easy enough to get your own favourite playlist, but they played some good tracks as background music for Italian eating and we all enjoyed giving this a go.
If you are looking for a quick, good quality tasty and value Italian meal next time you’re in Exeter, I could not recommend anywhere more than pizza express Exeter.