Eating Gluten Free At Pizza Express

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Since November, when I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, I haven't eaten out. As a family, due to Mikey's food allergies, we rarely ate out anyway, but my best friend Tracey and I used to eat out every other week or so.

Last night was our regular catch up night. Normally, Tracey would come round to our house and we'd sit, laugh and chat over a cup of tea as I don't eat out. I know, tea sounds so hardcore!

This time though, Tracey recommended Pizza Express as they have a gluten free menu. I have to say that I was a bit sceptical. Usually a gluten free menu has the small print that says something along the lines of "we cannot guarantee gluten free due to the risk of cross-contamination."

Before agreeing, I decided to look it up online. Their website is really easy to use so I found what I was looking for quickly.

I have to say I was really surprised, but in a good way. Scratch that, in a great way! It says:

"We’ve worked hard to ensure that you can be fully confident of no issues upon entering any PizzaExpress. This includes changing processes in our kitchens – including labelling and storage, using new equipment only for gluten-free food, as well as changing the flour we use for tossing and stretching our dough to be gluten-free.
Coeliac UK have awarded us with their gluten-free accreditation due to these changes and to put your mind at rest. "
With all this in mind, I agreed to go!

When we got there, I mentioned that I had to eat gluten free, to which our server smiled and reassured me that the menu could be altered so I wouldn't have to miss out.
The reassurance was also on the menu 

We opted for an old favourite, dough balls! I have to admit now that we were so busy talking and laughing that I forgot to take picture a picture of them! I can tell you that were really good. Tracey doesn't eat gluten free food and at one point she had to ask if they were gluten free because they tasted the same!

For  our mains, we both chose a pizza. This time Tracey had a normal pizza and I had an American pizza on a gluten free base. It was delicious!  Apologies for the picture quality. We were sat under mood lighting!
A gluten free American

After a lot of laughter, (as you can tell, we laugh a lot!), we finally chose a dessert.  I say 'a', I was undecided, and as the menu said that the gluten free chocolate brownie was a 'bite sized' dessert perfect for having with coffee or tea, I thought I better pick another one too!

I chose a Leggera Tartufo Limoncello. A Scilian Lemon Ice Cream with a limoncello filling. I couldn't believe that it was not only gluten free, but also only 230 calories. It was so creamy, but also really refreshing. Ideal for  the summer :)

Leggera Tartufo Limoncello 

As  I also mentioned, I chose a gluten free Chocolate Brownie to go alongside a cup of tea.  It was, as the name suggests, really chocolatey!

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie

Again, Tracey tried both desserts and loved them!

The whole night was brilliant. Not only was it just like it used to be, where we would laugh all night (we were there so long that we had a lock in!), but the food was amazing.

It was really tasty. Sometimes, gluten free food can taste different and you do feel like you're missing out. This isn't true of Pizza Express though. As Tracey agrees, the gluten free options are just as good and aren't missing out on quality or taste.  I also loved that unlike some gluten free food, it doesn't cost any more.

I can honestly say that Tracey and I will definitely be returning to Pizza Express. I don't think I'll eat two desserts every time though!

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  1. My twin sister is gluten free and we tried out the pizza express at Cheshire oaks near where she lives - I can't tell if it is the same from your photo but although the gluten free pizza was more expensive (expected) it was literally half the size of a normal pizza - so tiny! I also ended up with food poisoning from their spag Bol and missed her Hendo so not as positive an experience for us as you guys! X #KCACOLS

  2. I've been gluten-free for a couple of years now, and it is miserable sometimes isn't it, especially when eating out. I'm like you, I don't find the pleasure in it most of the time. So I'm delighted to read about your dining experience at Pizza Express. It's an absolute joy, isn't it, to find somewhere this good? Great news, thanks for sharing your discovery! #KCACOLS

  3. I'm so pleased you've found somewhere to go and eat out again. I can't even imagine what it must be like not being able to do that. I LOVE eating out

    It sounds like Pizza Express have done well with their gluten-free menu and the accreditation must have put your mind at rest too.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again next week. x

  4. I am so happy that this place is around for you. Cross-contamination is always a worry. #KCACOLS

  5. ah brilliant, so pleased you are able to eat out and not have to worry and stress. it seems more and more places are offering more options for people who have certain requirements now :) Pleased you had a good time and I think two deserts in fine since you haven't eaten out for so long :) #KCACOLS