In case you weren’t aware, this week see’s National Vegetarian Week take place. From the 14th May to the 18th May, the nation are celebrating the vegetarian life, and all the foods/lifestyles that surround it.
It’s an interesting one for me because I’m not a vegetarian, but if you dined out with me and didn’t know me too well, you may be mistaken.
I guess I’m just not a huge fan of meat. I don’t dislike it, but I’m quite picky with it. For example, I love breaded chicken, pulled pork, spicy chorizo slices… but then I can’t stomach pan-fried chicken, roast beef, pork chop, speciality sausages, beef burgers, etc. Give me a veggie meal any day!
And have you guessed yet what my favourite vegetarian ‘meal’ is to order?…
Pizza Express has always been my go-to Pizza place because it literally never lets me down. And I can’t get enough of their vegetarian option: the Padana.
In my humble opinion, Pizza Express is one of the best places to eat out if you’re veggie, vegan, or just want to cut meat out of your diet. And if you want to try being a vegetarian for National Vegetarian week this week, then it’s great to know you can still go to the nations long-running pizza and pasta restaurant!
Yesterday, I headed to Pizza Express in the Trafford Centre to indulge in my favourite Padana pizza to kick-start the national week. Its incredibly delicious, served on a Romana base, combining creamy goats cheese with mozzarella and juicy tomatoes and topped with sweet caramelised onions, finished off with spinach and garlic oil.
It’s always been my favourite pizza, and I haven’t seen another place pull off a goats cheese and caramelised onion pizza the same way!
At Pizza Express, a third of pizzas sold in their restaurants are now vegetarian and veggie choices, with the Margherita and Padana now sitting within their top five most popular choices.
I’m also a bit of a pasta fan too, and Pizza Express offer a Broad Bean Rigatoni perfect for veggies. It’s based on a traditional Sicilian recipe, made up of gluten-free pasta and broad beans combined with spinach, parsley and a Pecorino cheese.
Starters such as their very own ‘PizzaExpress Bruschetta’ and their famous, warm, fluffy, Dough Balls served with garlic butter or balsamic vinegar and oil are also a fab starter vegetarians can enjoy.
And also, don’t forget that they are also Coeliac UK accredited, in which their delicious range of pizzas, risottos, sorbets, salads and Dough Balls can be made gluten-free.
But for me, it’s that Padana every time…
Cheers to that vegetarian life!