As part of a collaboration with Weight Watchers, Pizza Express has today launched a new ‘salad pizza’ to tempt out calorie-wary diners.
Consisting of just 500 calories and less than 5g saturated fat, the salad pizzas, which are regular pizzas with 50g of dough removed from the middle that is replaced by a healthy salad, will become part of the chain`s new Leggera or `light` range.
Launched just weeks before the Food Standards Agency is expected to announce the latest high street restaurants to sign up to its healthy food commitment, Pizza Express executive development chef Antonio Romani said the range came about after he ‘wanted to create a new range which tasted great and was lower in calories and fat.’
Pizza Express has entered into a partnership with Weight Watchers to trial its meetings at the restaurants as a demonstration that slimmers can still eat out while managing their weight.
Angharad Massie from Weight Watchers, said: “We wanted to show that watching what you eat doesn’t mean compromising on quality and taste or avoiding your favourite foods. Pizzas are traditionally thought of as being a no go areas for dieters, this is not the case. No food is off limits for our members.”
The pizzas will be available as Margheritas, Gustosas (prosciutto, Portobello mushroom, yellow pepper, mozzarella and thyme) or Vitabellas (asparagus, chargrilled vegetables, red peppers and mozzarella), and will accompany other dishes in the Leggera range, the Insalata Verde, Crostini al Pomodoro and frozen yoghurt.