Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Express Delivery of Great Choice

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An Express Delivery of Great Choice

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Pizza Express 7 St George's Way, Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle, NE1 7JD Telephone: 0191 232 3228 Disabled access IF any restaurant can deliver good service when most of Tyneside has decided to go shopping, it will get the thumbs up from me.

Constant rain and looming dark clouds had dispelled any thoughts of a run to the coast so with kids and the parents in tow we hit Newcastle city centre.

A new Pizza Express has opened in Eldon Square.

It is set over two floors, the upper level leading with a view of the mall.

Inside, the atmosphere is relaxed and the open-plan kitchen gives everyone a chance to see the chefs hard at work and is quite an attraction for the crayoning classes.

We were given a table upstairs and immediately the waitress gave the kids their colouring pads, stickers, books and crayons. So far, so good.

The modern dcor lends it a very stylish feel while the menu includes all the usual favourites including pizza, pasta and salads.

First we ordered some drinks. Mum went for the Sicilian white wine (pounds 3.85 for 175ml) which was delicious and Dad went for a Peroni.

We were disappointed to find a small black object in Mum's wine. We complained and another one was sent over but we noticed another floating black speck.

When I went over to the young waiter he blushed and apologised.

We, being canny diners, had special vouchers for a starter and main course for pounds 10 from a special menu.

To start, the adults tried bruschetta salami and bruschetta piccante.

The piccante offering was packed with tomato, mozzarella, roquito peppers, speck ham and grana padano. The salami version had mozzarella, cured Italian meats, olives, rocket and grana padano.

The children's menu offers good value at pounds 6.25 each and from their starter selection they enjoyed dough balls with garlic bread. …

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