When we ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he always says the same thing… “A Ferrari.”
Kid’s don’t always know what things cost, but I’m pretty sure a Ferrari costs more than the £62.71 we have in our money box, a FxxK load more (That’s a Ferrari joke btw!).
So instead my sister and I have decided to get something else that’s Italian this Father’s Day. The gift of pizza.
We won’t get to eat out together on Father’s Day because Dad and I are going to the Oval to watch the cricket, so we treated dad a few days in advance: After school we got the Tube to Gloucester Road to meet Mum who joined us from her work.
This wasn’t a normal trip to Pizza Express though… as we found out when the chef told us WE WOULD BE MAKING THE PIZZAS! This immediately gave us two problems:
We each had to wear a chef’s hat and an apron to stop our clothes getting covered in flour, and we were shown how to shape the dough into a circle – Emily was really good at it… (See below!) I ended up with a hole in the middle of mine!!!
Then we had to spread the tomato sauce all over the pizza by shaking it. Dad was really good at shaking, but his Taylor Swift impression needs more work. My pizza all started dropping to one side, so I was allowed to cheat and spread mine with the ladle.
Next came the bit we love to do at home – pick your ingredients! Dad made his SUPER HOT with hot green peppers, jalapeno peppers, chili AND pepperoni. The chef described it as ‘A bomb’! Emily chose ham, olives and pepperoni, and I had the same but with a few green peppers.
A trip to Pizza Express HAS to have dough balls! Usually we just get ours with butter, but today (It’s a special occasion!) we had a pesto dip and a Ferrari-red chilli dip too. (Close enough Dad?)
When the pizzas came, Dad tried to style-out just how hot he’d made his pizza (he doesn’t normally have an entire jug of water with his meal!) and after a long day at school (including extra PE in the sun!) I ate the whole of my pizza.
After dinner one of the chefs at the restaurant said my pizza was good enough to go on the menu… then he told Dad not to give up his day job!!!
Normally at this point we review the food and the menu… but today the menu was ‘whatever you want on your pizza’ and we made the food! So naturally we’re giving ourselves 10/10 for food and for a brilliant kids’ menu!
The guys at Pizza Express made the whole meal fun – and while you don’t normally get to make your own pizzas you can book parties where you do.
So here are our scores:
FOOD: E5 R5 = 10/10
ATMOSPHERE: E4 R4 = 8/10
FRIENDLINESS: E4.5 R4 = 8.5/10
KIDS MENU: E5 R5 = 10/10
KID-FRIENDLY: E4 R4 = 8/10
TOTAL: 44.5 / 50
One final thing: This Father’s Day weekend Pizza Express have a special deal; Any starter and a main can be purchased from £11.95. So we could buy THAT with our £62.71… and even have enough change for a toy Ferrari.
Happy Father’s Day Dad.
Dad’s note: Riley & Emily were invited as guests of Pizza Express to review their Gloucester Road restaurant and write about why it’s a good place to take Dad for Father’s Day (me!). As ever we didn’t tell them they were invited, so their opinions are completely theirs.
Dad’s other note: Riley & Emily will be reviewing the full Pizza Express kids’ menu soon over on the ‘Balham’ page…