No, I couldn’t have thought of a much cheesier title than that if I tried! But yes, PizzaExpress in Midsummer Arcade Milton Keynes has had a rather lovely refresh with a Bletchley Park twist!
I think it’s so great that this chain restaurant has taken the time to pay homage to local history, by ensuring their décor reminds us of how amazing the code breaking team were just down the road in Bletchley Park during the war.
With a glass of Prosecco in my hand and a glass of Peroni in Ian’s, here’s the low down on the food we enjoyed…
Ian just had to have the calamari as soon as he spotted it! Perfectly battered and served with Caesar dressing and a slice of lemon, these were as yummy as expected and always a sure winner of a starter!
I opted for the Risotto Primavera, which I’ve realised is much harder to get a pretty photograph of, but I can assure you that this was a super yummy choice for a starter and a great way to get added greens into your meal. This risotto starter is one of their new additions to the menu and is completed with the flavours of white wine, garlic and Gran Milano cheese. This dish is gluten free too!
For mains Ian had the huge spicy Calabrese pizza, which is topped with amazing ingredients such as sausage, red chilli, Roquito pepper, roasted peppers, mozzarella, tomato, buffalo mozzarella, rocket, pesto and Gran Milano cheese – just in case you didn’t have enough cheese already! What a pizza! This is a hot dish, so those who can’t handle the heat (like me!) need not apply. But if heat is your thing, Ian would definitely recommend this.
I had the Seafood Rigatoni which is one of PizzaExpress’ Spring Specials! Fish lovers unite! This rigatoni pasta dish is full of the lovely stuff. Salmon, pollock and king prawns, served in a creamy white wine and garlic sauce, topped with lemon and parsley. I absolutely loved it! The slice of lemon was perfect too. You can’t beat a squeeze of lemon on fish dishes!
We also tried our first ever lot of polenta chips! It was really nice to try something new and unusual. I think I’m still a fan of my standard chips or a good ol’ portion of sweet potato fries, but it’s definitely worth trying these out for fun! You might just love them!
Now for dessert… I tried the Lemon Bundt Cake which is another one of their Spring Specials, and oh wow! This is to die for. Now I’m not usually a lemon or “lighter choice” style dessert girl, I usually opt for the biggest stodgiest chocolate dessert ever and then end up regretting it. But after all that delicious food we had I knew I had to go for something a little lighter. This was just perfect! The lemon sponge ring is beautifully made, with a ever so slightly crunchy casing and a wonderfully soft and moist centre. It’s served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, mint and icing sugar. If you’re usually a chocolate lover like me, I urge you to give this lovely little cake a try.
I also had a gorgeous vanilla latte to finish my meal on an additional high!
Ian is a coffee lover, he’s especially partial to an espresso which is exactly what he had. On the PizzaExpress dessert menu you have the option to choose a hot drink and a mini dessert instead of your standard pud. What a great idea! Ian grabbed that espresso and had it alongside a little dish of mascarpone and figs in a cinnamon and white wine spiced syrup. It all went down very well indeed!
And here’s how lovely the restaurant is looking now after its refurb, with that Bletchley Park twist…
If all this yummy food has made you hungry, you can book your table for the newly refurbished PizzaExpress in Midsummer Arcade (in the Centre MK shopping centre) Milton Keynes by popping over to the site here: https://www.pizzaexpress.com/milton-keynes-midsummer-arcade
*Thank you to PizzaExpress for providing Ian and I with a lovely meal free of charge to review. We had such a lovely time and the staff there are absolutely fantastic!