Eating at Pizza Express as a vegan coeliac

I honestly have the best friends and family ever.

Whenever we eat out together, they always glance over the menu to see if there’s something I can eat before they choose what they want because they know how hard it is to find something for a vegan coeliac – even in London – on a spontaneous night out.

My best friend and I were planning to watch the fireworks from Primrose Hill on Saturday but, after what felt like 40 minutes of walking around, we found out the police were actually stopping people from sitting on the hill this year because of overcrowding.

We missed the fireworks but decided not to let it ruin our evening and agreed to go and get some food from Camden instead. I’d heard through the grapevine that Pizza Express had a vegan option and I already knew they catered for gluten-free customers so we called in there.

I ordered the vegan Giardiniera – and requested it on a gluten-free base.

The standard pizza comes with artichoke, closed-cup mushrooms, red onion and black olives with tomato, vegan mozzarella and garlic oil. But I actually asked to swap out the artichoke with rocket because I’m super picky when it comes to how my artichoke is cooked #diva.

I always get a little bit excited when I see places cater for vegans and coeliacs because a lot of places will literally serve you up lettuce, tomato, cucumber and avocado  – and that’s only if you’re lucky!

With that in mind, I had high hopes for this pizza but I was actually quite disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the staff were so nice, our waitress explained that all their bases are dairy free and it was ready in a relatively short period of time.

But I felt like there was something missing from the pizza. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m not sure if it was the base, the vegan cheese or the tomato sauce but it seemed like there was salt missing – and I don’t put salt on any of my food, so for me to say that is a big deal!

I found myself smothering the pizza in garlic oil to try and compensate for the missing ingredient, the onion was super stringy and there was way too much rocket.

Perhaps it was a one-off and Pizza Express’ vegan pizza is actually really nice. Don’t get me wrong, it was edible but I was expecting it to be better considering the pizza I can get at Stingray in Tufnell Park, North London.

With that in mind, I give it 6/10.

Have you tried the vegan gluten-free options at Pizza Express before? What did you think?

Love and hugs x

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