Chef’s Table at Pizza Express, Mumbai

We all have different opinions as to what “a perfect pizza” is. Some like it with a bready crust, some like it with an extremely thin crisp crust. Well I’m from those who enjoys a nice thin crust which is not too crisp like wafer and has a nice balance of flavors in the sauce and also I do prefer vegetarian toppings or atleast a few veggies along with the meat on the pizza.

The reason I’m talking about the pizzas and that too the perfect pizza is cause I did get a chance to taste amazing pizzas at Pizza Express. I don’t really know whether I’d say that it’s the best pizza ever or the perfect pizza just yet (I do have many others to try yet) but it has been one of the best pizzas I’ve eaten in a very long time in Mumbai.

As soon as I walked in I fell in love with how the tables were set with the electric blue glasses and a super bright red pepper mill. An open kitchen, high ceilings and the decor mainly black and white with a little bit of colour here and there made a the restaurant truly casual..just the perfect way to enjoy pizzas!

Pizza Express

Our evening started off with the Pizza Express team giving a bit of an information about the brand and how over the years they have opened 450 outlets across the globe.

Pizza Express 2

After the introductions, Johney Rai, the international trainer for Pizza Express, spoke about the ingredients that go in their pizzas and also demonstrated how their signature pizza – Calabrese is made. It has Italian sausage, spicy sausage, finely chopped red chillies, jalapenos, red & yellow peppers and mozzarella. Finished with baby mozzarella, rocket, pesto,oregano and emilgrana.

Making of the Calabrese
Making of the Calabrese

This is the only pizza on their menu which is rectangular and also has a lot of toppings. The thing that I really loved about this pizza was the light salad of rocket and pesto on the top which really help cut through all the meat.

After tasting the Calabrese we all headed towards the open kitchen where the super energetic pizzaiolos demonstrated how their best selling pizzas are made.

These were the pizzas we tasted:

The Classic Margherita
The Classic Margherita
Padana - Goat’s cheese, mozzarella, spinach, red & caramelisedonions, garlic oil
Padana – Goat’s cheese, mozzarella, spinach, red & caramelised
onions, garlic oil
American Hot - Pepperoni, mozzarella and hot green peppers
American Hot – Pepperoni, mozzarella and hot green peppers

4Pollo Ad Astra had grilled chicken, mozzarella, sweet peppadew peppers, cajun spices, garlic oil and red onions. Melanzane Piccante had marinated spicy aubergines, mozzarella, jalapenos,rocket and emilgrana.

Also while tasting the pizzas we sipped on the some bubbly champagne!

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Top Left - Pomodoro Pesto - Marinated cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, pesto,baby mozzarella, garlic oilTop Right - Calabrese Pizza
Top Left – Pomodoro Pesto – Marinated cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, pesto,baby mozzarella, garlic oil
Top Right – Calabrese Pizza

All the pizzas we tasted had a really nice, light and thin crust which had a bit of crispness and also the passata or pizza sauce was flavorful. The good part about the pizzas was that they were not crazily covered with excess sauce and toppings but just the right amount. Another thing that I really liked was the garlic oil that was drizzled on most of the pizzas. It added a lot to the flavors of the pizza. Out of the pizzas that we tasted the ones that really stood out for me were Pomodoro pesto, American hot and Melanzane Piccante (the one with the aubergine).

After all the eating, the pizzaiolos danced and tossed pizza dough. It was a spectacular performance but we were soon informed that they wanted us to give it a shot too and well….it didn’t go very well but we did have fun!!

Guests trying their hands at dough tossing

And while we gave pizza dough tossing a try the table was set for us to make our own pizzas. The good part is that they had already prepared the pizza base for us..:p

You can see a few pictures above that we gave pizza making a shot. This wasn’t too tough and we all went crazy with the toppings. And we got to take the pizzas we made home!!

Richa Lulla and her pizza

The evening was filled with laughter, delicious food, loads of pizza tossing, tasting and at the end we left with the cutest goodie bag which had a can of their super famous and yummy pizza sauce!!

This place is surely worth a visit and I know that I’d travel all the way from Andheri to Colaba again for their pizzas happily.

Check our more pictures from the chef’s table on Knead with love’s and Pizza Express’s Facebook pages.

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