Escape for Lunch and taste the new healthy summer-time menu at PizzaExpress

Summer is coming and time to get fit, beach trim,  bikini slim,  eat well and watch the calories.

Well, I have just signed up at Curves (the fabulous Women-only fitness club) to start a regime of daily exercise before I jet off to Italy on holiday. It’s just five minute from my flat in Stockbridge, Edinburgh so no excuses to get there.!

PizzaExpress Stockbridge  Edinburgh

PizzaExpress Stockbridge

The other good news is that I can also pop into my local PizzaExpress (virtually opposite Curves!), for a tasty al fresco lunch or supper over the summer. The Stockbridge PE has an outside terrace by the river. Bliss!

Who says Italian food is fattening?. The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world – olive oil, sundried tomatoes, seafood, aubergine, peppers, chicken, pizza, pasta and light, dry wines.

PizzaExpress has always been health-conscious to encourage diners to enjoy good food and also eat well. The lower calorie Leggera range of pizzas (under 50 cals),  have always popular since launched a few years ago and Men’s Health Magazine recommended P.E as a great place to eat in its recent Restaurant awards.

Leggera pizza

Leggera pizza

Starting in Edinburgh in April,  Pizza Express launched their Spring > Summer menu with a special range of light, healthy dishes, soups and salads.  This should entice you to escape for an hour to enjoy a quick, tasty, well priced lunch served from Monday to Friday.

The brand new Leggera SuperFood Salad is Gluten-free and even suitable for those on the 5:2 diet. Tuck into this summer-time feast – baby spinach, roasted butternut squash, beetroot, light baby mozzarella, avocado, pine kernels, cucumber, lentils, fresh basil and you will consume only 256 calories.

Leggera superfood salad

Leggera superfood salad

Or try the classic Nicoise with tuna and anchovies, or Pollo with chicken and goat’s cheese.  The Leggera Salmon Salad, (oak roasted salmon with peppers, avocado and rocket leaves) is just 400 calories.

Piadinas are bread pocket wraps filled with fresh ingredients such as Chicken & Avocado – avocado, chicken, tomato and Cos lettuce.

Chicken and avocado Piadino

Chicken and avocado Piadina

Specially designed for a light lunch are the new Romanita Pizzas with a thin and crispy base and your choice of favourite toppings from American Hot to Veneziana.

Romanita pizza

Romanita pizza – thin and crispy

Treat yourself to a refreshing Lemon Sorbet  (low calorie, gluten free) to finish your meal.

Lemon Sorbet - low calorie, gluten free

Lemon Sorbet – low calorie, gluten free

“The great thing about our new lunch menu is that it offers busy people a fresh, fast, great value option for lunch. Piadinas offer a real twist on the traditional sandwich, along with salads, soups and smaller Romanita pizzas” Jamie Fleming, Manager at PizzaExpress Edinburgh.

And of course there’s a fantastic range of tasty, healthy pizzas, pastas and salads for leisurely weekend lunches and meeting friends for  dinner.

I can’t wait to try out the new summer menu of Italian good food at my favourite local Pizza Express – I’ll let you know all about!.

1 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LU – 0131 332 7229


About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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