Pizza Express Bluewater

It hit home recently that the twins have reached the stage where they start making the decisions. I had come home with two rain macs ready for the coming Spring (we hope), they took one look at them and turned their noses up. “I don’t like them.” one said. “No, neither do I.” chipped in the other.

The rain macs were put back in a bag along with the receipt until the next occasion arose where I could return them and get my money back. End of an era, right there.

However, I have been gaining some serious Brownie points on how we are spending our time this Easter break. The trip up The Shard was a straight win (Go mum!) and yesterday I accredited my account with some serious points by taking them over to the brand new Pizza Express restaurant at Bluewater. A girly day out with shopping and a fun lunch.

Pizza Express lunch

If you haven’t seen it yet, the new Pizza Express restaurant is near the cinema, it’s on the same floor, just around the corner…on top of Gravity could be the best way to describe the location! It’s a large, open space that has been sectioned off very cleverly and the interior design is a collection of gorgeous blues, copper and natural textures, it’s really fun and welcoming.

Pizza Express Bluewater

Our table had been booked for midday and this meant we were able to order and start before the midday rush started and boy did a lot of people eat whilst we were there. On the back of that observation, I’d recommend booking a table if you plan to go on a busy day.

We sat at a diner-like table close to the entrance and the girls were given a fab passata tin with colours and the best entertainment booklets I’ve ever seen – currently working with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Puffin books.

It didn’t take us long to choose from the menu and, as the girls were eating dough balls as a starter included on the child menu, I decided to have a starter too and went for my favourite Buffalo mozzarella. It was delicious drizzled with pesto sauce and served with sweet baby plum tomatoes.

I was really pleased to see a section on the menu called ‘Leggera’ which has pizzas for under 600 calories. As I am trying to lose weight around my middle but don’t want to give up all the good stuff this was the perfect solution for me. There were three pizzas to choose from and I went for the Leggera Padana which was scrumptious.

Pizza Leggera Pizza Express

The girls, of course, had their eye on a dessert before even tucking into their dough balls and seeing as this was an ‘occasion’ for us I wanted to try a dessert too but which one?

Our waitress, who couldn’t be more helpful, came up with a great idea that I hadn’t heard of before…

“If you’re not that hungry but still want to finish with something sweet, why not try one of our Dolcetti?”

Pizza Express Dolcetti

Dolcetti is ‘small desserts’ in Italian and Pizza Express have a section of puddings that are small enough to squeeze in after your meal, think of half a pudding. They are also served with a cup of coffee or tea in my case.

This impromptu, affordable lunch was the perfect occasion to talk about lots of different things with the twins and allow them to chat openly about things on their mind. It was the perfect girly lunch, thank you Pizza Express, we shall most definitely be back again soon.

Disclosure: Pizza Express invited us for a free meal for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own.

Sevi pizza wooden toyIt’s toy box Tuesday and this week for John Crane we are reviewing the pizza made by the Italian company Sevi.

You may remember a while back I reviewed the girls playing with the Sevi hamburger tray and as with all the Sevi products their pizza is just as colourful and just as well made.

I decided as I was going to Italy this weekend, the birthplace of the pizza, I would take my Sevi toy with me and let Gracey, my granddaughter, tell us what she thought about it.

We opened it up together and the first part to catch her eye was the round pizza cutting wheel. I showed her how to pretend cut the pizza and she was off, everyone was then served slices of pizza.

The plate and pizza portions are made out of wood and to make the game more exciting you have a collection of food pieces to make your pizza up with including cheese portions, tomato, onion rings, chillies, mushrooms, salami and ham. There are a few leaves of basil and two little fishes which we pretended were tuna fish.

Gracey spent a long time playing with her pizza. We spoke about making different pizzas with the various toppings and we were able to talk about the foods she likes to eat too which is great for encouraging children to try new tastes.

Sevi pizza portion

The pizza also comes with a green napkin and we played at cleaning our mouths after eating. We also used the napkin to serve the portions to mummy and daddy.

sevi pizza role playing

Left to her own devices, Gracey made a tower of pizza slices (Leaning Tower of Pizza ha ha!) and she would place all of the food on a slice to offer us which she thought was hilarious.

leaning tower of pizza

The toy can be found at various retailers for around £19.99, visit the John Crane Sevi Pizza page to find the retailer closest to you

pizza

The lake has numerous restaurants, pizzerias and gelaterie offering vast menus making decisions difficult with so much on offer. Fresh water fish is abundant as is sea water fish being so close to the Adriatic. Pasta mare e montagna, (sea and mountain) usually combining mushrooms and fish and a speck and raddicchio pizza, a firm favourite of mine ,which cannot be found here in Ol’ Blighty.

ice cream

However, I shall try my damned hardest to cram as much in as possible. One lovely thing about italians is they are very child friendly and welcomed in many eateries so lack of babysitters is no excuse.

I shall also be scouring the local supermarkets for products to bring home with me and that list will definitely include some wine, some balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

shop

And then the souvenirs, the beautiful towns of Lake Garda are packed with leather shops, ceramics, food, art and of course fashion. I can’t wait!

I shall also hope to be getting one of the water taxis on the lake to take day trips to the opposite shores and visit some of the other towns dotted around the edge such as Malcesine with its Scaligeri castle, Riva at the top, Lazise and Sirmione at the bottom famous for its therapeutic spa water that comes from the bottom of the lake.

Wish you were here? :)