Review of Pizza Express, An Italian Ode to Mumbai

“Mother of cities to me, for I was born in her gate, between the palms and the sea…”
We walked into Pizza Express on a cool and sunny February afternoon. As the winter sun shone on the black and gold grills, quotes on Mumbai and other grand cities glistened welcomingly at us.
 
We picked a table by the window and quickly got down to placing our order. Since both my colleague and I are vegetarian, we opted for the Bruschetta Con Funghi (mushrooms with cream, béchamel sauce, red onions, chopped parsley and balsamic vinegar) to start with. While we waited for the dish to arrive, we took in the posters of iconic Mumbai buildings on the wall, the wooden staircase and flooring and the black leather booths behind us.

The appetizer arrived and we dug in happily. The bread was fresh and the creamy mushrooms were delicious. A reasonably sized dish, it was completely wiped in two minutes. Next, we decided to get straight to the point and order the much-awaited pizza. We asked our server for a recommendation and when he suggested that we try the Calabrese, a 14-inch pizza topped with jalapenos, red and yellow peppers, baby mozzarella, rocket leaves and pesto, we decided to give it a go. Is your mouth watering yet? The mozzarella and rocket leaves, as toppings were a great addition to this spicy pizza.


 

We were almost full, but whether it was the prospect of going back to work or just feeling incredibly gluttonous, we decided to try a pasta as well. The Penne Arrabbiata was a generous serving and flavorful and tangy to taste. We found the garlic pieces in it a bit too big though and would have preferred if they were minced. The quality of the Parmesan cheese was excellent and went well on both the pasta and the pizza.

 

Last but not the least, we somehow made space for dessert, a slice of cheesecake. It came with a side of ice cream, which we were a bit surprised about, as we haven’t generally had cheesecake served with ice cream. We did enjoy the ice cream though. The cheesecake, in my opinion was not disappointing but I’ve had better in Mumbai. It didn’t taste as fresh and creamy as I would have expected. Next time, I’ll stick to the pizza, or maybe I’ll try the chocolate fudge cake.

 

All in all, we highly recommend this addition to the restaurant scene in Apollo Bunder. A meal for two hungry foodies will be about Rs. 2000. Service tax and tip is included.

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