Pizza Express

Contact: 10 Hay Lane, Coventry, CV1 5RF,
Tel: 024 7663 3156
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Best bit: Watching chefs twirl pizza dough around an open-plan kitchen
Worst bit: Trying to avoid eye contact with other diners as one of my children threw a tantrum

This is the only restaurant where I can eat a great meal with my family without cringing with embarrassment when my children start throwing dough balls at each other.
It's also the only decent food to be had if you want a sit down meal at four thirty in the afternoon.
In fact, I don't think I've ever come across a closed Pizza Express.
And if you only want a coffee or a beer then that's fine too.
As to the food itself, If you order a pizza, ask for your choice of topping with one of their extra thin Romana crusts --they only advertise these for a few of the pizza's but they're actually available across the board.
And as advertised, they are fantastically thin and crispy.
If you like it hot , go for the American hot (salami and jalapenos peppers) and if you like it loaded, then sloppy guiseppi (spicy beef) is for you.
The Siciliana (artichokes, ham, anchovies, olives, capers) is my favorite. It's got that authentic taste. And I don't want to sound like a holiday brochure but it really does give you a bit of that Italian Piazza feeling (very welcome if you happen to be in down town Coventry on a winter's night) .
A light but tasty option in this land of dough is the Melanzani Parmigiana, a traditional oven baked aubergine dish.
As for puddings, it's the first time I've actually enjoyed a tiramisu!
This Pizza Express is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city but has a cool, clean, warmly lit interior so could feel romantic if you don't happen to have three toddlers in tow.
Sandy Forsyth

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