A recent addition to the local food scene, Pizza Express Poynton offers a different take on the Pizza Express formula, mixing local influences and classic design. The team in Poynton invited us down for what would be our first visit to the area. We were not disappointed.
With over 400 restaurants across the UK, Pizza Express has succeeded by offering a slick combination of great tasting contemporary Italian food with consistency and a keen eye for detail. With options to suit most tastes and a family friendly atmosphere it’s easy to see why they’ve been so successful over the last decade.
Open since January, the Poynton restaurant features the work of local artist and book illustrator Leslie Wood. His distinctive art style is featured throughout the restaurant and really does give some extra character to the place. I hope this new idea of championing local artists is a trend that their restaurant designers continue.
With its low ceiling, rich warm colours and exposed brickwork Pizza Express Poynton creates a relaxed, inviting space that works wonderfully. It’s the kind of décor you’d expect from an intimate Northern Quarter bar and suits the location perfectly. On the day we went in (Saturday night) there was even a magician going table to table, keeping both kids and grown-up kids like me entertained.
Vegetarian Options at Pizza Express Poynton
Vegetarian options at Pizza Express are varied and plentiful. For starters, we opted for the Buffalo Mozzarella & Tomato Salad – a great option for sharing. The creamy mozzarella is served with fresh tomatoes, basil, pesto and a dash of olive oil.
For mains, my go-to Pizza at Pizza Express is the Pandana Romana Pizza. It is one of my favourite pizza options and you would struggle to find a better tasting pizza anywhere. Topped with goats cheese, mozzarella, tomato, caramelised onion, spinach, red onion and garlic oil it’s a winner every time.
If you’re wondering Romana pizzas bases are stretched making it thinner and crispier, perfect for folding up and eating with your hands true Italian style. It also allows the topping to truly shine, with the sweetness of the caramelised onions really complimenting the goats cheese.
My partner went for the pesto pasta, not a vegetarian option if ordered straight from the menu but the staff where happy create it for us. The pennette pasta dish was served with closed cup mushroom, red onion, mozzarella and pesto sauce.
We also ordered a side of Polenta Chips, cooked with rosemary cheese and served with a honey & mustard dressing dip. These are a marked improvement over the fluffy potato balls they use to serve. I will be ordering them again ☺
For dessert we ordered a vanilla cheesecake, served with ice cream, although you can order it with either cream or mascarpone. The deliciously crisp biscuit base was a real treat.
Service throughout was excellent and our waitress Lucy was superb. She only added to what was a great experience.
Overall, locals of Poynton should check out the restaurant. With its unique character and excellent service you are bound to have a great night. I hope this won’t be the last time we visit Poynton either.