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NOW CLOSED: PizzaExpress have a new kids Piccolo menu. Tell them what you think of it and be in with a chance of winning one of two £80 vouchers

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Apr-13 10:53:38

PizzaExpress is releasing a new kids menu and to coincide with the launch, they'd love you to hear what you think of it.

PizzaExpress say "We know how stressful meal times can be, so we have worked hard on our new Create Your Own Piccolo menu to make sure that your kids can have more choice, they can now even choose a Gluten-free base. We believe in treating kids like mini adults, they should be able to choose exactly what they want and therefore enjoy eating their favourite pizza".

Here's a link to the new menu if you haven’t had the chance to try it out for yourself yet.

So:

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Everyone who shares their thoughts on this thread will be entered into a draw in which two winners will each win a £80 PizzaExpress voucher for a family meal.

Thanks and good luck!
MNHQ

PS check out their Facebook comp for a chance for your child to win an Italian cookery lesson.

Tee2072 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:57:08

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like that there seems to be more choices, especially of pasta. My nearly always gets bolognese, but at least now I can say to him "there's one with mushrooms, how about that?" I'm also pleased at the wider pudding options.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My son eats very well so that aspect doesn't really worry me. And I imagine he'll stick with the bolognese!!

VivaLeBeaver Tue 30-Apr-13 11:02:27

I haven't tried it out yet.

First reactions were that I thought you could pick extra, different toppings for pizzas anyway. Maybe I was wrong.

Dd wouldn't be interested at all. She's very boring with pizza and just has margherita every time.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it but it looks okay, providing that the ingredients are exactly the same as those used for adults. I ordered orange juice at another high street chain, and they brought me fresh-squeezed, and DD reconstituted stuff. I was not impressed - why should she have inferior food just because she's a child?

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks good and they are all choices she would go for.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DD eats anything and everything anyway. It may help with fussy eaters.

OldBeanbagz Tue 30-Apr-13 11:09:06

> Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

I haven't had the chance to try it out yet.

> If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

There's a lot of choice for kids and plenty of vegetarian items too. I like the fact that you have gluten free choices and a dairy free sweet. Great for friends who have special diets or allergies!

> Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I think both my kids will try the 'create your own' element as they're both used to picking their own toppings for pizza at home.

It looks yum to me and it's making me hungry grin However my DCs would only want a margherita every time, and I always have a margherita plus mushrooms blush.

The main menu looks good as well, and I'm not creeping, we haven't got a local Pizza Express so I haven't eaten at one for years. I like the supermarket ones though.

PiHigh Tue 30-Apr-13 11:16:53

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Haven't tried it.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It's ok. I don't think it's particularly different to the previous one. There are perhaps more things they would like on the menu but I expect they would choose their usual Margherita.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I think the older one might (no idea what she would choose as she's fussy so depends on her mood wink), though she'd probably be as happy with a margherita. I think she'd have preferred to mix and match items - so choose say a slice of pizza and a small portion of pasta to have with it. We would perhaps facilitate this by ordering one pizza and one pasta dish (we have two kids) and then sharing them between the two.

BedHanger Tue 30-Apr-13 11:22:20

This would be just the kind of meal we look for for our toddler, although he doesn't eat salad so the choice to swap that for cooked veg would be good. He would really enjoy choosing toppings (he's 2.5).

The crucial thing for us is getting the starter in front of him ASAP - he doesn't wait well. A swiftly served starter really improves the quality of our me. Not just for us, for everyone grin.

BedHanger Tue 30-Apr-13 11:23:07

Meal not me...

BettyandDon Tue 30-Apr-13 11:26:24

I went to pizza express a few months ago. I think we had almost exactly what was on this menu. I can't see anything new except the gluten free thing for dessert which I imagine has low interest.

We had a salad and dough balls, pizza and small pudding with babycino. My DD liked it a lot.

CMOTDibbler Tue 30-Apr-13 11:28:06

Its OK, but it would be nice to have something a bit more adventurous as an option as part of the childrens menu. DS would be quite happy with it though.

I can tell Pizza Express, that having studiously avoided going there even when I had vouchers, that we will be going there now as I can actually eat something with the introduction of gluten free dishes. At long last!

FreelanceMama Tue 30-Apr-13 11:29:14

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
We used the Piccolo menu for the first time this weekend with our toddler. He loved the doughballs, and enjoyed the pasta (it was good to be able to take the rest away with us in a box for tea), but I was disappointed with the desserts and the drinks - the Harvester does fruit skewers which are great as our son loves fresh fruit like strawberries and melon, and he doesn't drink milk, or have chocolate so the bambicino was wasted on him.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Our son's too young for the create your own at the moment but I'm sure he will enjoy choosing as he has quite strong preferences about food!

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks ok but uninspiring. I don't think there's that much choice tbh.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I don't think they'd be that bothered by the 'create your own'. They'd be too busy asking if they could get smaller portions from the adult menu. I love that the bambinoccino is still there. They love that bit. So do I as I can have my coffee in good company.

dinkystinky Tue 30-Apr-13 11:31:20

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet -but we went to Pizza Express a month or so ago and its very similar to the old menu as far as I can tell (just a few more pasta options).

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I think it represents good value for money and nice to see pasta dish alternatives.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My kids would definitely enjoy the create your own element - DS1 would go for Mozzarella and cheese with lots of meat on it, DS2 for mozzarella and cheese with lots of veggies. They pick their own toppings for pizzas at home.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 30-Apr-13 11:33:34

Haven't tried the menu.

It looks good, not hugely different from the old menu? Enough choice, recognisable ingredients. The puddings look nice.

I think the older children would enjoy creating their own pizza, not sure if they'd want to add or take away ingredients, but I think they'd enjoy having some control over their meal ie copy fussy mum who likes to pick menus apart blush

Turnipvontrapp Tue 30-Apr-13 11:34:05

Haven't tried it but looks like there's more choice than on the previous one. My problem is that the pizza sizes for kids have shrunk so my hungry boys want adult size pizzas now anyway whereas at Frankie and benny's the kids pizzas are a much better size.

Do like pizza express though, just annoying having to pay adult prices for a 10 yr old and 8 yr old.

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Seems to be the same menu we had when in London over Christmas.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I think its a good menu for kids, enough choice for them without being overwhelmed. I particually like that the dough balls come with salad, most kids menus at other restaurants seem to think kids are allergic to veg, mine love it!

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
DS1 would go for the ham one but remove the olives, DS2 will eat anything! I think it will give them some independence and feel especially the older kids that they are able to have more of a say in what they choose to eat.
My kids love pizza anyway so pizza express is always a hit with them

fuzzpig Tue 30-Apr-13 11:36:47

Will go back and answer Qs in a minute but just wanted to say YAY!!! Gluten free stuff included on the menu, this makes me very happy as two people in my family are coeliacs. It's really nice that more restaurants are providing for this diet now smile

poozlepants Tue 30-Apr-13 11:43:35

Yes we tried it a few weeks ago.

I liked the idea of the veg with the dough balls and actually Ds (4) ate them which was good- presumably because he slathered them in garlic butter.

I thought the choice was better and liked the idea of the pasta with garlic butter as DS is pretty fussy and new things are a disaster if something in it looks funny. The puddings look good and Ds loves the chocolate cake as it's small and not too heavy. He absolutely adored the bambinoccino - it was the hit of the whole day and it tasted good too.

Create your own would be good for older kids I think.

Mind you we had a lovely time as the staff at the branch (Leith) we went to made a huge fuss of DS and he keeps asking to go back.

RachelHRD Tue 30-Apr-13 11:44:36

Not tried the new menu yet but we all love Pizza Express as a treat.

New menu doesn't look hugely different it I like the options for children with allergies which is good for DS as he is gluten intolerant and restaurant choices can be very limited. Like the wider options for puddings and more pizza toppings.

I think my DC might like to choose their own pizza toppings although I suspect they'd end up with pepperoni or chicken as usual but it might make them feel more grown up having the choice.

megandraper Tue 30-Apr-13 11:45:03

Not tried it yet.

Two of my children are coeliac, so can only eat gluten-free. Very pleased to see Pizza Express finally offering g-f pizza! And the g-f chocolate brownie dessert is a great option.

However, I'd really like to see an alternative to the dough-balls, so they could have something then while their friends are scoffing dough-balls. Shouldn't be too hard to make g-f dough-balls? They would love those.

I'd also like to see the Piccolo menu clearly labelled to show which of the options are safe for a gluten-free diet. I can't tell if all the pizza toppings are safe, or if the ice-cream is safe, or if the chocolate powder used on the bambinoccinos is safe or not. At the bottom of the menu there is a symbol for g-f dishes, but it's not shown against any of the dishes - not even the 'gluten-free brownie'!

But well done for finally getting into the g-f arena.

WeAreEternal Tue 30-Apr-13 11:48:05

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

yes, we have a pizza express nearby and it is our favourite restaurant as they are very good (and happy to) accommodate for my allergies.
Plus the food is lovely.

DS loves the new menu, he is vegetarian and loves that he now has even more choice, he especially loved the burro pasta.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DS actually had one of them on Sunday. He chose mushroom, tomato, mozzarella, sweetcorn and red peppers.
He loved it, he can usually only have a margarita so was very impressed with the option to have anything he wanted on his pizza.
Because it was quiet they even let him play chef and sit at the counter and roll his own dough out, which he was thrilled with.

domesticslattern Tue 30-Apr-13 11:48:23

Not really much different to before? We always used to change the pizza toppings anyway as DD1 hates mushrooms but likes the ham and olives of a La Reine. Pity that the fresh fruit dessert option has gone, she used to like the strawberry sundae. The fruit skewers idea up thread is a good one but ppresumably expensive? Also, is the salad is just cucumber and pepper as before, not leaves? I have never met a toddler who finishes their lettuce.
Would be great if Pizza Express could do child sized drinks as a standard orange juice is a silly size for a small child.
DD1 likes Pizza Express, I'm sure we'll try this menu but probably just have what we used to have iyswim.

TuffEric Tue 30-Apr-13 11:49:42

Have you tried the new menu yet?

No, but have taken DS (18 months) and her friends/older cousins several times with previous menu and they have always enjoyed it.

What are your initial reactions to the menu?
Like that there are more pasta choices. Overall good selection of different and healthy choices. Like that you have mentioned keeping food low-salt, less fat and that there are gluten-free options. Like the concept of getting children involved in selecting their food (and I didn't realise you did school visits, encourage home cooking, etc: really like that aspect of your website).

Do you think your kids will enjoy the "create your own" element, etc?
Mine is too young at the moment, but thinking of her older cousins, they would definitely love this bit. One is quite fussy and would like to be able to change the options, and the other would just like to feel a little more in control, and would enjoy the fun aspect of choosing. They would probably choose chicken and mushrooms, although one is a big fan of olives too! This would enable them to feel more involved in choosing their food, and for the fussy one would probably encourage more eating!

As an aside, bearing in mind one mum's comments above, one of the reasons we have been to Pizza Express so often with the children is that in the branches we have used (SW London), the servers have always ensured the childrens' starters arrive quickly and before anyone else's food does, which can be important when dining with several children and adults!

fuzzpig Tue 30-Apr-13 11:49:53

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Hadn't seen it before. Have been to PE with the family lots of times (and really loved the original kids menu - out of all the chains we go to it was the best IMO. But not been since new menu arrived.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
New one looks good due to having more choice of mains in particular (and the arrival of gluten free stuff - excellent!). I am a bit confused by the prices for adding extras though - it would be good if it had the price per extra item written on the menu. Or perhaps a 'Any three toppings for £x' type thing - this would be easier if I was getting the DCs to choose before the waiter arrived.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Yes, DD (5) in particular would love this. Mushrooms and more mushrooms (strange child). DS (3) is more into plain stuff so probably wouldn't be bothered by the create your own element - so I like the fact that the menu still has the usual selections on there.

I want pizza now envy (mine's a pollo ad astra on romana base with PE house dressing slathered on top. Cheers grin)

NoKandoo Tue 30-Apr-13 11:50:26

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it yet, but will be trying it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks v similar to the old one, though my children will be very cross that the nutella dough balls have gone!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My children will choose exactly the same as they always choose, namely dough balls and margherita pizza. They are v conservative. They will be v disappointed that nutella dough balls are no longer on the menu, though.

Everyone who shares their thoughts on this thread will be entered into a draw in which two winners will each win a £80 PizzaExpress voucher for a family meal.
Would be lovely!!

Lighthousekeeping Tue 30-Apr-13 11:51:33

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I can't see much different from the previous one really. Apart from create your own pizza. Dough balls - again. We actually find them too stodgy and filling as a starter.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? Yes they would. Although they would ask for pineapple blush ham and mushroom.

OneoftheseBoxes Tue 30-Apr-13 11:51:38

Our little one is just 2, so we'd probably go for the 'order any main for £3.95 option' - which is a nice touch as a 2yr old really won't eat much and its galling to pay for a whole menu.

I hadn't seen the menu before, and haven't tried it yet, but initial reaction is that it seems varied, which is good. We'd like the 'create your own' element - we can't give too many choices at her age, but in general if she feels more involved then she's happier to eat, so that aspect will be good as she gets older.

I agree with the comment that the crucial thing is her food arriving ASAP so that there's not so much waiting (and if there are crayons in the meantime then so much the better!)

LimburgseVlaai Tue 30-Apr-13 11:51:57

Haven't tried it yet, but looks very similar to what Pizza Express offered in the past, and very similar to the Ask children's menu.

At Ask, you get carrot sticks and cucumber (and a dip) with the garlic bread, which makes it a bit fresher and healthier. I'd also like to see a fresh fruit option for the dessert.

Having said that, it looks fine and we'd certainly try it. Just a bit meh.

Spirael Tue 30-Apr-13 11:52:32

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We haven't tried the new menu... This is the first I've heard of it!

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks good, much better than kids menus at some places. Especially like what appears to be a lower price for really little kids - DD is nearly 3 and will want her own meal with multiple courses, but probably not manage most of it. So tiny portions of each course is great!

I'd like to see another couple of starter options. DD would eat the dough balls... But would probably prefer options of antipasti, with olives, mozzarella, meats, etc.

Also very happy to see lots of gluten free options, means we can take a family friend with us. However would it not be better to describe the brownies just as brownies and have the gluten free element clearly in the description?

I assume they're available for any customer, not just those with gluten free requirements. However I'd still feel a bit like I was doing something wrong if I ordered Gluten Free Brownies for gluten tolerent DD, rather than just Chocolate Brownies that happen to be gluten free!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

For DD, it'd probably be a bit too confusing for her. But given that she can't read, I can just safely ask her which she would like of a couple of options I select based on knowledge of her eating habits.

As she gets older, I'm sure she'll like being able to make choices to have exactly what she likes.

ProfYaffle Tue 30-Apr-13 11:56:54

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Tbh took me ages to realise what was new about it. Create your own toppings on pizza is a bog standard feature of a pizza menu.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Not for my dd's, they both like plain margherita pizzas and would prefer the spag bol anyway!

And Alex James? Really?

Spirael Tue 30-Apr-13 11:58:26

Ooh... I get it now for the tiny kids option; it's just for the main. Thanks OneoftheseBoxes!

Hmm, it probably wouldn't work for us then. DD would not sit patiently while DH and I ate our starters - she'd either steal our food or wail the place down in hunger as we ate without her.

A micro-portion of each course for toddlers would be much better!

CheeseStrawWars Tue 30-Apr-13 11:59:21

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I was excited to hear there was a new menu, then disappointed when I looked. The "Create your Own" is "add stuff for an extra charge" not a real "create your own" experience. We always ask for mushrooms to be removed from DD's pizzas as she won't eat them, so this really isn't new. It could have been so much more!

The pasta seems uninspiring. The Napoletana seems light on protein. There's no sausage pasta option, which I thought there used to be? A salad option for the starter would be good, rather than "bread + bread" which is what "dough balls + pizza" is going to be. No salad offered with the pasta or pizza, it's all rather stodgy. Likewise a fruit salad option for pudding would be desirable. Or sorbet? I don't feel it's offering balanced choices.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

See above. As it's currently presented, I don't think it engages with them beyond what's already offered. It doesn't offer anything to pry them away from Pizza Hut, with their "build your own salad" and create your own pizza. I much prefer Pizza Express, so please keep working at it!

We haven't tried it so far, but the new menu looks good and I think the DCs would like being able to change theirs. Their favourite is La Reine (ham, olives & mushrooms), but they don't like mushrooms so would like to be able to cancel those!

I saw recently though that the Piccolo menu is no longer available with Tesco vouchers, that was a disappointment to us and has meant we are less likely to come, or more likely to get an adult pizza for the DCs to share (which we can get with the vouchers) instead of getting them the menu. So I would like to ask them to please change this back!

notso Tue 30-Apr-13 12:00:43

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it but it doesn't seem vastly different to the old one.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Not much different to the old one. Would have liked another starter, dough balls and pizza is a bit 'doughy'. Wonder if the side salad is an actual side salad rather than a stick of cucumber, a tomato and a shaving of carrot.
Pleased to see different pasta sauces but would like more specifics on the pasta, two out of my 4 DC don't like that weird curly,tubey pasta that used to be served, a choice would be good.
Good to see different puddings, shame a drink is still not included. Pizza Express seem to fail on children's drinks. They should be smaller, cheaper and served in glasses children don't have to stand on chairs to drink from.
I'd also really like to see a menu for older children, with larger portion sizes.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I thought this was offered anyway. Would be nice to see more choices for the toppings rather than just the toppings that are on the pizza on the menu. DD likes goats cheese and pepperoni, DS1 likes peppers and ham, DS2 like cheese and tomato and DS3 eats anything!

notso Tue 30-Apr-13 12:04:37

I saw recently though that the Piccolo menu is no longer available with Tesco vouchers,

That's us out then!

Merrylegs Tue 30-Apr-13 12:11:52

Hadn't seen the new menu. Looks not dissimilar from old but like the inclusion of the garlic butter pasta - nice and plain, but with a touch of flavour for not v adventurous veggie DD.

Our local Pizza Express has always been gluten free tolerant though - you can just bring in your own GF pizza base and they will cook it for you - good for including the GF child but it's nice to see you can now order 'instore'.

Good to see babychino still on menu - is DD's favourite but for some reason they ALWAYS forget to bring it out at my local PE. So glad to see it is def included here and will perhaps jog waiter's memory.

Blatherskite Tue 30-Apr-13 12:16:56

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We haven't tried it yet although we do go to Pizza Express regularly as it is always the one the children request to visit if we give them the option.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's nice that the 'create your own' element is now official but I would always have asked for extra/less toppings in the past anyway. I like the fact that there are now more pasta options and DD will definitely appreciate the chocolate brownie dessert. DS always pinches my raspberry sorbet if I have it too so it's nice that he can have his own now.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

As above, I have always asked for topping changes if necessary anyway. DS has been to and had his own Pizza Express birthday party in the past so has had a go at creating his own pizza when eating there and sometimes asks for changes. He likes ham, mushrooms and peppers on his pizza normally. I think it does help them try new foods sometimes.

One question - the bambinochino has always been part of the menu as far as I know but unless I ask specifically, we never seem to get them. The children always choose the picollo menu as they love the dough balls and generally want a dessert too but at the two main restaurants we visit, the bambinochinos seem to always be forgotten at the end of the meal. Shouldn't they be brought along with the desserts?

Chopchopbusybusy Tue 30-Apr-13 12:20:15

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Looks good. My DDs are too old for children's menus now but they were both very fussy vegetarians, so they would have liked margarita pizzas and really loved the burro pasta.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Mine wouldn't as they were very fussy children.

My main reason for wanting to comment on this thread was to say yaay! for introducing gluten free pizzas and brownies. My DDs and I do go to your restaurants but only when coeliac DH is not there - now we'll all be able to go. It makes a huge difference to eating out as a family when he can just order something from the menu without having to ask specially and then worry in case they get it wrong.

VillaVillekulla Tue 30-Apr-13 12:22:09

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
I haven't tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I like the fact there are veggie options. I also like the fact that there's a plain option (Margherita/Burro). I think there didn't used to be a plain butter option for pasta and that's annoyingly because I can make it at home for a fraction of the cost what DD always wants when we eat in a restaurant.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I like the idea but I'm not sure how much my DD would get out of this as she's such a creature of habit and always goes for the boring simple option of Margherita or plain buttered pasta with parmesan.

dahville Tue 30-Apr-13 12:22:33

I haven't tried the menu before.

My reaction is that though basic it has more than enough choices for little ones; I'm sure we could order something our guy would eat.

The create your own element probably isn't that useful at the moment as my LO is too young but he'll grow into it.

HaDeHaDeHa Tue 30-Apr-13 12:25:21

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? I haven't tried this yet, clearly haven't taken the family to Pizza Express since it came out.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu? I like the look of it. It doesn't look massively different to me but it has some good additions eg the guten free base. The option to create your own is obviously good to add to the menu but I have found PEs are quite happy to give you whatever toppings your child wants and I haven't been restricted to the advertised pizzas only in the past.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? My kids would choose ham and ham and mushrooms. I'm not sure the addition of this section to the menu will make a huge amount of difference to making my children feel involved however I do agree that making the children involved canhave a positive impact on their interest in eating the food. Eg they love to have the opportunity to watch any pizza but particularly their own pizzas being made.

NoKandoo Tue 30-Apr-13 12:25:34

What??? No Tesco vouchers for Piccolo menu? In that case, my DC will be sharing an adult margherita in future. Bah.

I wasn't aware of the Piccolo menu before seeing this. In fact I haven't been to Pizza Express for a while because DS1 (4YO) is a fussy eater at times. Having now read the menu, I am thinking about a family lunch at our nearest Pizza Express because the pasta in particular would appeal to him (being able to pick his own sauce). I think DS1 may even be tempted by a pizza because of the ability to choose the toppings! I think he would choose a tomato-based pizza/sauce for his pasta. He doesn't like mushrooms though unlike me!.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, we haven't tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks good, DS would eat a couple of things on there - Pasta with Pesto might be a good addition as most kids I know really like it.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I think most children would like being able to choose their own toppings, my DS would just go for ham, ham and more ham!

clux73 Tue 30-Apr-13 12:39:37

Hello
I was hoping for something a bit more exciting and new to be honest. This menu isn't significantly different to the existing one. A new pasta choice and a chance to make your own pizza - but I thought you could do this anyway?

My main gripe with the piccolo menu is that you have to pay extra for a drink. I think the drink should be included in the price. The drinks you have to get are huge - but in fairness to pizza express they are always good about putting the drink into two cups for my children to share.

Florin Tue 30-Apr-13 12:40:52

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No but might give it ago at the weekend.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It looks good however have you thought about doing a baby toddler meal of just a small main course. Zizzi's do this which means we eat there a lot as it means our 10 month old eats for £3 instead of having to pay out for your menu which costs us over double.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
He is too small to decide on his own but he will always want the meat pasta option.

muddledsheep Tue 30-Apr-13 12:42:04

Have I tried the new menu? No not yet but will do
Initial reactions? Looks great, love the options for pasta rather than pizza.
Will my kids enjoy the create your own options? Yes definitely. DS loves to choose his own food and would certainly choose his own pizza. Older DS's still enjoy the choice although are pretty predictable! Not sure if that would make them feel more involved but it's pizza, always makes them happy!

Haberdashery Tue 30-Apr-13 12:46:10

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks remarkably similar to the old one! We've always ordered pizzas with different toppings and nobody's ever told us we couldn't (DD usually goes for either ham or anchovies and sometimes peppers or olives). I wish you offered pesto on pasta, preferably fresh not from a jar. I'm really sad you've got rid of the doughballs with Nutella. That was a stroke of genius. Mushroom pasta sounds ambitious for my fussy eater, but it does sound nice.

I like that you are giving steamed milk at the end of the meal.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I genuinely don't think my daughter will notice any difference to the usual menu. She's always chosen her own pizza toppings.

While you are here, can I just say that the last few times I've been into Pizza Express, the children's side salad has been v v tired and old-looking. I know lots of children don't necessarily eat all of it but horrible dried up old cucumber and pepper isn't at all appetising even for someone who likes those things.. Also, why not include carrot sticks or slices of apple or something that most children like? Tomatoes and peppers are lovely (if fresh) but so many children are fussy about them. Agree with others that another veg or fruit option would be a good idea.

UniS Tue 30-Apr-13 12:47:51

New menu looks good, food my son would eat at a price I'd be willing to pay.

The chose your own element would not be very important to us as my sons favourite combination is one of your standard pizzas on that menu.

He would chose an american , followed by ice cream. The other pudding options are things he doesn't like - to chocolatey.
he would not want the frothy milk .

prakattack Tue 30-Apr-13 12:48:02

I haven't tried the new menu yet but it looks good. A bit more choice than on the previous version, but I still think you could have included a couple of more adventurous items.
My two would both like choosing toppings - they do at home.
I'd prefer to see a fruit-based dessert - fruit skewers like someone mentioned upthread with dipping sauce, or fruit salad and icecream.
Also, the Bambinoccino is wasted on my two as they don't drink hot milk (nor do I - yuk!) so it would be lovely to see another drink included in the menu price.

culturemulcher Tue 30-Apr-13 12:53:38

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Haven't tried it yet, but we eat at PE fairly regularly - probably even more frequently soon now that a new one has just opened up in our town grin.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Looks better - more like Carluccio's children's menu.
Also, if you can order any of the children's mains for £3.95, could you also add a price for just desert? I'd like to be able to take the DC for an ice-cream sundae after school sometimes as a special treat.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose
The pricing seems a bit off. I'd want to know EXACTLY how much each additional item is before letting my DC loose on designing their own! They'd probably choose Pepperoni and olives.

Lighthousekeeping Tue 30-Apr-13 12:53:54

You can't use Tesco Vouchers fr the childrens menu anymore? shock well, that's us never going back.

MegBusset Tue 30-Apr-13 12:54:25

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No, haven't tried it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It looks very similar to the old one tbh. Nice to have the choice of additional toppings and GF base. I hope the ice cream is still egg-free as DS1 is allergic.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
DS1 will only eat "plain" pizza so it's a non issue with him! DS2 will eat anything and would probably choose something random like ham, pepperoni and sweetcorn!

I also think a cold drink should be included in the price.

MirandaWest Tue 30-Apr-13 12:55:47

Looks pretty much the same as before although more pasta choices. Would be lovely if side salad was that rather than a bit of cucumber and tomato. I agree that the portions are pretty small - DC are 9 and 7 and just about ok with piccolo menu but will need proper sizes soon I think.

Looking at the menu it is confusing whether you have to pay for the extra items or not - higher up it says "take out any ingredient or add a little extra on us" which suggests no charge whereas lower down it says "for a small extra charge". I also think including a drink would be a nice thing to do - are there any drinks for children at a cheaper price than adult ones?

Elkieb Tue 30-Apr-13 12:59:54

I haven't tried the new piccolo menu but I like the extra variety. We regularly eat at pizza express as a family and like the quality of the food and the family friendly policies. As my son becomes older the new menu will encourage decision making and the option to try new flavour combinations.

mrscog Tue 30-Apr-13 13:02:19

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No not yet, but it looks fun. DS is a little young for it at the moment, but I can imagine it would be very appealing to choldren.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I'm quite impressed, a nice choice with some 'normal adult' flavours on it - I don't like restricting children to 'children's flavours.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
DS is only 14 months, but it's certainly the kind of thing I'd try and promote to him when he's older in order to try new flavours etc. I have no idea what he'd choose, although strangely he doesn't like ham which is unusual for a child!

YoniFoolsAndHorses Tue 30-Apr-13 13:04:04

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not since it's been listed as such on the menu, but they often ask for different toppings and it's never been a problem for the kitchen.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Just what has always happened ime. But nice to have it there!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Probably not really add much - but we will suggest it as an option next time we go to Pizza Express.

Beechview Tue 30-Apr-13 13:04:45

We haven't tried it yet but there's nothing new there for my kids.

They've always created their own pizza and go for dough balls and pizza with mushrooms and olives. Ds2 can't tolerate much cows milk and they've always put a bit of goats cheese on his pizza instead. We love Pizza Express smile

Its good to see the dairy free sorbet.

It is a nice and varied menu but, like other posters, I'd like to see nice side salads available for kids and a fruit option for dessert.

JedwardScissorhands Tue 30-Apr-13 13:05:23

Haven't tried it.

Looks good; agree that a more mix and match menu would be good for kids e.g. half pizza half pasta. Is quite expensive for very little children who may or may not eat it. For that reason, I just get mine dough halls to share, then give them some of our pizza.

Mine like creating their own if it involves actually sprinkling cheese on. Just picking from the menu? Wouldn't excite mine.

awkwardsis Tue 30-Apr-13 13:05:49

We've tried it, completely unawares. I did think there was more choice but was massively distracted by a throw-happy toddler to take much notice. We really liked it.
My dc are generally unfussy but its good that its now advertised you can take stuff out if you want to. Like others I thought this had been the case for a while though. I will say, taking my dc to pizza express is by far my preferred thing to do if we're out. They never seem to take too long to bring the food and never mind the one year old dropping the olives. My others are 4 and 8 and I think it's nice for them to have something a but more grown up than a happy meal. Please please do always make sure you have enough crayons though, they're always disappointed if they've run out.

gazzalw Tue 30-Apr-13 13:09:18

Haven't tried it yet (we tend to go to Pizza Express twice a year or so) but will do with the children. Glad to see it's no longer possible to have a dough ball starter and pudding (with chocolate sauce)- DS was always guilty of having both and how stodgy was that???!! Not to be encouraged hmm.

Yes, fruit option for pudding would be good - frankly three carbo-laden courses is too much for adults let alone children. Surely we should be encouraging good fruit/veggie habits from childhood?

VenetiaLanyon Tue 30-Apr-13 13:11:12

Reminds me of the menu that they had before, so can't see any changes in particular.

It's a shame that there are no choices around ice-cream flavours.

Can't tell what sort of pasta is served with the sauces; do you get a choice?

Don't see that there's much more of a choice than there is on any other kids' menu.

BornToFolk Tue 30-Apr-13 13:16:53

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, haven't seen it or tried it before.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I'm actually really disappointed. DS (5) is veggie. Apart from mushrooms, he'll eat anything and enjoys trying new things but yet again he's presented with a choice of Margherita pizza or tomato pasta. Or pasta with garlic butter - joy. hmm

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Erm, no. How is it "create your own"? There's a really limited selection of ingredients to add to a pizza and it doesn't specify how much you pay. DS might choose to add olives to his pizza but I'd want to know how much I was going to pay for them first!

And I totally agree with what a previous poster said about the "side salad". One dried up slice of cucumber and a few sticks of pepper does not make a side salad! DS will happily eat salad too - a good big bowl of mixed leaves, tomatoes, etc would go down a treat.

TBH, I'll probably still carry on going to Pizza Express as there's a good range of pizzas for adult veggies (ie. me!) and I know DS likes the food. I just wish they'd be a bit more adventurous and not assume that all children are fussy! I think Carluccios strikes the balance well as it does offer plain pasta or tomato pasta but also does more interesting things. I'd love to see Pizza Express offering child size versions of at least some of the normal pizzas.

neolara Tue 30-Apr-13 13:22:16

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No. If we had seen it, I'm pretty sure my dcs would have gone for the margerita option. They are creatures of habit.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
We often go to Pizza Express during holidays / half term because my dcs like the 3 course menu. Adding the option to make your own pizza doesn't make it more or less appealing.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I'm pretty sure they wouldn't go for it. As they get older they may be tempted to try something new. (At least I hope they will....)

givemeaclue Tue 30-Apr-13 13:26:21

Alex James grinning face is a put off!

mintyneb Tue 30-Apr-13 13:33:40

I havent tried the menu yet but it doesnt seem too different to before.

My 6 year old would want the combination of toppings she currently has, I'm not sure if we would have to pay extra under the new menu.

I like the fact that gluten free diets are being catered for but there are other serious allergies and intolerances out there and I'm disappointed to see that the only dairy free dessert is still the raspberry sorbet. To most children this isn't really a match for all the chocolate and icecream desserts that their friends can tuck into.

On the basis that we would probably only want to order a main course for her sometimes (as there's no dessert she can eat without falling ill - apart from the sorbet which she doesn't like), would a 6 year old qualify as being a 'really little one' so we would only have to pay the 3.95?

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 13:35:33

In the description for the sundae, the stray H in the word Choose irritates me immensely. More than it should.

Love that there are gluten free options but it seems that the vast majority of items contain dairy.

I don't think the "create your own" aspect would engage them any more than a standard menu. We have never been afraid to ask for an ingredient to be removed/added. It seems you can only 'create your own" pizza anyway - no mix-and-match with the pasta and sauces, although it doesn't say what shape the pasta is for each dish. Pasta shape can be important depending on the age of the child.

NeatFreak Tue 30-Apr-13 13:37:54

I haven't tried it yet
Initial reaction is that it isn't very vast, though I suppose the options of pizza or pasta should cover most children. Would like to see some healthier desserts though.
My dc wouldn't be too bothered about creating their own as they know what they like and stick to it but I can see its value for other children. My dc tend to choose margherita or ham/ pineapple every time!

DifferentNow Tue 30-Apr-13 13:42:17

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's quite appealing although I'd like to see more choice. I generally find the Pizza Express menu quite uninspiring and would like to see more non bread based starters on the menu. I like that the price includes starter, salad, main, dessert and drink and I think the cost represents quite good value for money.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I think that most children enjoy getting involved in prepping their own food. Mine would probably choose quite basic combos.

shelley72 Tue 30-Apr-13 13:49:26

We haven't tried the new menu yet but it doesn't look that different from the previous menu to me?

DD is dairy intolerant and so we have struggled with pizza express in the past, having a limited amount of things on the childrens menu that she could choose from - though they have always been accommodating with us, giving fresh fruit for dessert for example.

Would like to see more of a choice for starters - maybe a salad, bread with oil and vinegar, or antipasti. Also I would prefer a wider choice of pasta sauces - eg just plain pesto as the children love pesto pasta. The choose your own pizza would be a help for us as a family though, if they could choose anything eg goats cheese. Its really good to see sorbet on the dessert menu, as her big brother usually has ice cream its nice she can have an alternative. A drink included would be nice to see, especially as we wouldnt be using the steamed milk at the end.

Haven't been to Pizza Express for a while but may be tempted to try it again if DD can be catered for.

jennybeadle Tue 30-Apr-13 13:50:30

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it yet (our nearest is 40 miles away) - likely to be there next week though.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like that you've kept the side salad and dough balls, and really like that the rest of the menu is expanded.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes, I do like it. The older ones have moved on to the adult menu because they like a bit more variety, but can't eat it all, this will help. DD1 will probably go for an American, DD2 a La Reine, and then rotate additional extras just for fun. DD3 will always, always go for a Margherita, with nothing added, ever.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Wot no garlic bread?

"we've found a gluten-free pizza base" sounds like you found it on the floor by accident - great it's offered but perhaps phrase that differently

Choosing pizza toppings sounds good - although they'll just want cheese, tomato and ham. Actually, how is it different from the thing we usually do - "can we have that pizza but without the mushrooms and with ham instead please" - that thing?

No option to have pasta with tomato sauce (the Napoletana is contaminated with evil onions and life-threatening green bits)

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food?
Well they'll like it because it means they can have what they want, but it isn't going to make them "feel involved" really, they're just ordering food, not cooking it

Please can we have carbohydrate information on the nutrition page, my son has Type 1 diabetes and we need to know this to calculate his insulin dose. It would be nice not to guess.

If you really believed in treating kids like mini adults, you'd offer half-portions of everything on the adult menu, rather than a children's menu. Still, children aren't just short adults, they often have different tastes.

cornflakegirl Tue 30-Apr-13 13:55:21

It looks pretty similar to the previous menu. My older DS generally chooses an adult pizza rather than the children's menu, and the younger one has a margherita, so not much change for us.

Much more impacted by the withdrawal of Tesco vouchers - probably wouldn't get a separate meal for the younger one in that case.

missorinoco Tue 30-Apr-13 13:56:14

I haven't seen or tried out the menu yet, but I liked the look of it. t has the options I like, with a few more choices for then they get older and maybe slightly more adventurous.

My children would like the idea of "create your own," but probably wouldn't eat any of those items as they are fairly unsophisticated so far. Now if there was sweetcorn on there...........

CecyHall Tue 30-Apr-13 13:58:38

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

no, we have not tried the menu yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

on the first look I struggled to see what was so different. It looked the same as it has for years. Looking closer I could see the option to change the pizza a bit, but I expected something a bit more radical to be honest

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

no, my son likes ham and cheese and the extra choices would not appeal to him, I get what Pizza Express are saying with treating children like mini adults but I think I'd just as rather have an option to have any of the adult pizzas put on a smaller child's base.

FuckThisShit Tue 30-Apr-13 14:00:58

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? not tried yet, but to be honest it doesn't look a great deal different from before and I would like to see much more from the main menu on it. My youngest DD loves lasagne and cannelloni and I'd like to see those on there rather than her eating half of mine and leaving hers. It would be good if all the toppings were available to add, and salads too - I'm not happy to buy a salad for her - it's too big - but she loves them. I'm not a massive fan of special child menus, but somewhere like Pizza Express can present the same menu with smaller portions and I wish they would.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu? I think above sums it up

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? She'll enjoy it if she can do it herself, absolutely. But I also know she'd want to fling onions, garlic, prosciutto, anchovies and peppers on. Basically if it's edible and works on a pizza for older children and adults, I can pretty much guarantee most children I know would want it.

Teladi Tue 30-Apr-13 14:10:24

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu? Looks good to me, I like the idea of kids menus that include small starters and afters. My dd is still small (20mo) so we are not quite at this stage yet, but being able to keep her occupied with something nibble while giving DH and I the option to have a starter is great. I do really like that there is the option just to buy a main course too though, at the moment that's the best option for us. DD eats what we eat and so far isn't interested in fish fingers etc so something like this menu works well for us.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
As previously, DD is little so wouldn't choose herself yet. She likes pizza though and I would probably get her chicken and tomatoes on it, as she likes those the best too.

choccyp1g Tue 30-Apr-13 14:15:38

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? Not tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
looks very similar to the existing menu which DS loves

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? DS would choose "La Reine" pizza, he always does. I do not like them not telling you haw much extra it is to add your own toppings.

choccyp1g Tue 30-Apr-13 14:16:13

HOW much extra

SvetlanaKirilenko Tue 30-Apr-13 14:23:44

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? Haven't tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu? I hadn't seen it before, it doesn't look a lot different to before and I know my DD would order the same as usual from it. But I like the fact you can just get a kids main course for £3.95, the whole menu is too much for very little ones. Also, it's great that you have some gluten free options.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? Not my DD (5) at present, she sticks to margherita every time, but hopefully when she's older she'll get a bit more adventurous!

Thurlow Tue 30-Apr-13 14:26:48

Is the £3.95 kids main meal new? I haven't noticed that before but I like the sound of it. DD is only 15mo so too young to manage three courses like that and normally I take her some fruit and veg and let her share my pizza or salad, as I know £7 will be a waste. But £3.95 I'd be happy to pay for a bowl of pasta.

I haven't ordered off the previous kids menu before but I have looked at it (deciding if DD is ready to eat it yet) and it doesn't look much different. I think a choice of pasta shapes would be nice, and possibly vegetables too i.e. spaghetti or penne or spirals, with tomato or garlic or cheese sauce, with mushrooms or brocolli or peppers, for example.

AmandinePoulain Tue 30-Apr-13 14:37:01

We haven't tried the new menu.

It looks very similar to the previous one to me, apart from the addition of olive oil and balsamic vinegar with the doughballs, and slightly different pasta options. I thought you could always add extra ingredients to the pizzas? Dd1 tends to stick to bolognaise if she picks pasta and margarita pizza, she might have chicken if she's feeling adventurous wink.

I'm disappointed with the dessert menu - everywhere offers chocolate cake and ice cream - I'd prefer to see something different like fruit salad to be honest. Dd1 hates ice cream but will eat fruit until it comes out of her ears!

dozily Tue 30-Apr-13 14:48:15

I'm pleased it's reduced salt although not so bothered about calories and fat for an occasional treat.

The create your own aspect doesn't seem particularly new as I'm sure all pizza places are happy to adjust toppings if requested.

Nice to see there's a dairy free main (bolognese) and dessert (sorbet) as my youngest Dd is allergic to milk smile

mawbroon Tue 30-Apr-13 14:53:27

The new menu would probably work ok with my 2 DSs.

DS1 doesn't like chocolate though, so only has one choice for desert as both the others are chocolate.

What about lasagne? Mine both like it.

orangina Tue 30-Apr-13 15:03:34

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

I have just had a look at it, and I'm struggling to see a massive difference between old and new to be honest......

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Um, what's the difference? I can see that something is now labelled as "gluten free", and that you can add or take away things from your pizza, but to be honest, we were able to do that before on request.....

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I think they would love to be involved in creating their own food, but what has been suggested is just a wee bit safe and not terribly exciting, in my opinion (sorry!).

Otherwise, please can you shake it up a bit?! Too much bread in the menu (can we have another option for a starter please?). And I agree with the previous poster who said she would like to see fruit as a pudding option.....

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 30-Apr-13 15:09:49

Not that exciting a menu - I much prefer the Strada one which has breadsticks and veg sticks as starter options and a sugar free dessert of an ice lolly made from apple and blackcurrant juice.

A really exciting kids Memel to me is one where you could take something off it for kids all the way up from just starting weaning through the primary school years and where there are low salt and low sugar options.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 30-Apr-13 15:11:00

Also, how low is your low salt? Is one portion of all the food below 1/3 the max Rda for salt for a one year old?

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 30-Apr-13 15:11:28

Bit cryptic there - I mean 1/3 on the assumption you eat 3 meals a day!

spababe Tue 30-Apr-13 15:21:48

I haven't tried the menu yet or seen it before.
The menu looks a good choice and I like the addition of salad with the dough balls. I'd hope it would be presented in a ramekin or similar so that it hasn't touched the dough balls.
As you can tell I have a very fussy child so alongside the Margharita pizza I'm delighted to see the addition of pasta with just butter. I have asked for this in the past but been told pasta is delivered to the store with the sauce already on it so cannot be removed.
I don't think my child will use the create your own option as he prefers margharita also we do not eat meat.
Will there be a separate allergy list?

izzybobsmum Tue 30-Apr-13 15:22:07

Not tried the new menu yet. To be honest, we've been getting far better value for money at Las Iguanas!

£6.50 for a kids meal, without a drink, is expensive up North. If we go to Frankie and Bennys, there are two sizes of kids meal to choose from (one priced at only £3.95 including a drink) - which is great when you have someone like my DD with a small appetite.

The Bambinoccino you could get rid of for me, as my DD hates warm milk - better if they had the option of a soft drink or a bambinoccino.

The Create Your Own isn't that novel really - just replacing one topping for another - my DD would just want to order and then get on with colouring in.

The pasta choice is better, the dessert choice is too chocolate centric.

The gluten free option is a must these days, although you're a bit behind other companies like Pizza Hut and Dominos with your gluten free base.

One disappointment is that the gluten free trials you carried out, to which you invited food bloggers, only happened in London. There's lots of coeliacs up North!

My friends blog - Positively Coeliac (http://positivelycoeliac.wordpress.com) - is a prime example of the excellent comms opportunities you've missed out on!

Thurlow Tue 30-Apr-13 15:22:18

I've just looked at the Strada one and if I'm being honest that is much, much better. Much less stodgy, and a lot more friendly towards very little ones. While the cheaper Pizza Express option is good, not much of that food is particular good for children under 2.

Helspopje Tue 30-Apr-13 15:22:25

we went today. for some reason, the choose your own quality of it didn't come across today and the waitress didn't point out the new menu content otherwise we may have tried that. don't recall it being prominently featured.

small person (age 3) isn't that interested in doughballs, but wolfed the meatballs off the adult menu - is there a prospect of more starter choices eg mini bruchetta or pasta with meatballs for a main as I find lumps of sauce do better than runnier options as they tend to fall off the spoon less. spirali and penne do better for the same reason.

delighted to see gluten free options and the prospect of a romana base as, again, she regularly nicks my romana pizza as it is easier to finger feed than a normal base that goes a bit floppy. hope it doesnt come with a pizza wheel like the big romana though or there'll be some accidents.

Am about to have another baby and will def be making use of this bit "For the really little ones, order any Piccolo main for £3.95." as there is way too much food on a piccolo for a tiny (as demonstrated by small person rarely making it beyond the doughballs and salad bits when she was smaller.

delighted to see more pasta choices there and equally delighted to see the sorbet/gluten free desert options

the Bambinoccino is cool, but I'd really rather have a normal drink included within the price (eg as at strada/giraffe)

will think about going new piccolo menu next visit, but if the £10 for 2 adult courses is still on, I'll be sorely tempted by the starter butternut squash risotto for her as the portion size looks just right.

ClaraOswinOswald Tue 30-Apr-13 15:23:21

It looks really good, I love the idea of picking out what you want, although my own children aren't too fussy they don't like mushrooms.

What are the portion sizes like? My 2 are starting to want more than a child's portion but can't eat a full size meal- an option to upsize for £1 extra would be good for the inbetweeners.

We love pizza and pasta but the high salt/fat content in many restaurants can be a bit off-putting. Still, it's got to be better than the deep friend options so many restaurants seem to favour, so well done for that.
smile

EauRouge Tue 30-Apr-13 15:34:15

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's OK, nothing new really. More choice of toppings would be nice. I don't think either of my DDs would like the babyccino thing

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Choosing toppings isn't that new or exciting, I don't think they would be that bothered. If there was a way for them to interact more other than just picking some toppings off a list then that would probably be more appealing.

ohmeohmyforgotlogin Tue 30-Apr-13 15:34:58

1. Haven't yet tried it though was at pizza express on Saturday.
2. I like the extra veggie pasta option. And the gluten free brownie. 3. 3. Probably wouldn't add extras as kids don't really want them and don't want to pay more as I think the kids drinks are overpriced. Might add olives perhaps.

Think this is an improvement on previous. Give some cheaper drinks and I will be happy

Thurlow Tue 30-Apr-13 15:48:03

One other thought that just occured to me is the highchairs at Pizza Express. DD is too young to use a spoon herself yet, so at home she eats directly from the high chair tray. I haven't brought her meals in restaurants yet because I don't entirely know how to feed her. She'd just tip a bowl over and want to eat off the table. So the other choice is to spoon feed her, which meals one of the adult's meals getting cold while you do that. So often when we go out I take a sandwich etc, not because I begrudge £4 for a meal, but because I know she can at least eat that without spreading it everwhere. I can't be the only parent who feeds straight from the high chair tray. I appreciate high chairs with trays take up more room, which is an issue, would something more like a tray that a bowl/plate would be incredibly useful.

DragonPaws Tue 30-Apr-13 15:49:12

Have you tried the new menu yet?
No.

What are your initial reactions to the menu?
Doesnt seem hugely difference to what is currently offered. A couple more pasta options is good for any kids who dont like pizza (DD does!).

Do you think your kids will enjoy the "create your own" element, etc?
The staff at our Pizza Express are very nice and DD always specifies what goes on her pizza anyway. So no change to what she would order and I have always assumed all restaurants would make the pizzas to order anyway.

Overall it doesnt seem very different than the current menu (which is fine by DD....)

MoogDroog Tue 30-Apr-13 16:18:20

Haven't tried the new menu yet, but very familiar with the old one!

Create your own sounds good, but I fear DS would end up creating cheese on toast (the fuss-arse). Wider choice of pasta looks good, but would have liked to have seen some pesto on there (again, fussy DS). I approve of the better choice of puddings and really approve of them being marked as vegetarian - big thumbs up!

Will be trying it soon I reckon!

Nehru Tue 30-Apr-13 16:18:49

LOVE that it has gluten free

GoldenGreen Tue 30-Apr-13 16:27:24

Haven't tried it yet.

The create your own option is good, and ds will probably enjoy this element of it. I also think the 3.95 smaller option is a good idea - we would have used this when the dcs were younger. And i know a few people who will be delighted with the gluten free items.

All good except for the fact that the Nutella and dough balls pudding is no longer there - ds will be gutted!

Nehru Tue 30-Apr-13 16:29:50

I found my kids grew out of hte kids menu too fast.

CheeryCherry Tue 30-Apr-13 16:32:32

Haven't tried the new menu yet.
I like the menu, like the choices in offer- not too overwhelming- and plenty of vegetarian choices which often is lacking on children's menus. m

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 30-Apr-13 16:32:37

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We've had the old Piccolo menu loads of times - the DCs love Pizza Express, but we haven't tried the new one.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

New menu looks good to me, although will make no difference to us - the changes seem to be about a bigger choice of pasta and desserts and my DCs feel that a trip to Pizza Express that does not include pizza and ice cream would be a crime against nature.

Slighly confused that you've gone to the trouble of providing a gf main course and dessert, but your only starter is doughballs.

I showed it to DD for her feedback, and she was apoplectic that the sundae description no longer mentioned her beloved fudge cubes sad so we hope for your sake that this is just an oversight.

Generally speaking the menu works for us, though I agree with other people who've said that there don't seem to be suitable drinks for younger children, and a fruit salad option for dessert would be good - it might even tempt DS away from the icecream.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

We always mixed and matched anyway; my DC's always have La Reine, hold the mushrooms, heavy on the olives.

cleoismycat Tue 30-Apr-13 16:32:54

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

yes, she had ham and cheese and loved it

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

nice variety

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

i think so, ham and cheese, chicken and mushroom, extra cheese

CheeryCherry Tue 30-Apr-13 16:34:01

Oops sorry....my DD would probably choose margarita pizza with a few extra veg toppings.

Shiraztastic Tue 30-Apr-13 16:35:34

It looks lovely. Several things all of mine will eat. Mmmmm

ouryve Tue 30-Apr-13 16:35:51

Is Alex James included in the price? <drool>

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No. We've not been to Pizza Express for a few years.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It doesn't stand out as anything special. Just very ordinary pizza and pasta

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DS1 might appreciate this - he likes pepperoni pizza, so long as it's not too hot, but also likes a bit of extra veg. He'd happily swap olives for something different!

I haven't tried this menu but we've been to pizza express many times with out sons (7 and 5) and they love it.

At first glance I can't really see much different to the previous menu apart from more pasta choices and the create your own bit. Pasta would please ds1 but the create your own would be lost on them as they usually choose plain pizza anyway.

I think it's good to increase the choice though and will try to go try it soon.

Rowlers Tue 30-Apr-13 16:45:03

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not been to Pizza Express for a while so no, not tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks ok, and I think there would be enough there for most children who, let's face it, usually go for plain and simple.

One key point for me which is not clear is whether the pasta sauce can be separate from the pasta? So many restaurants are inflexible with regard to children's food and this puts me off as, unfortuantely I have quite a picky little boy. Those (sorry but usually not chain) restaurants who will gladly give you more of something else in replace of something they don't like, or will e.g. separate sauce from pasta are always the ones I return to.

Also, can I point out that my children LOVE olives, as I think do quite a lot of kids these days. But not stuffed with bits and bobs, just plain and simple. They rarely appear on kid's menus.

Also, (thought of another), dough balls, they like and dough sticks, but they never get enough. Your pic looks like it has four dough balls and a load of salad. Nice and balanced and healthy, yes, but realistic, no (for my kids)
Puds look fine.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

If it just means add bits to a pizza then no, as mine always just go for margherita.

Key for me is flexibility.

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet, but we go to Pizza Express fairly regularly so I'm sure we will..

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks as if DDs favourite dessert is no longer on the kids menu. She is a massive fan of the doughballs and nutella.. has it gone forever? sad Apart from that it looks good, slightly more choice.. but DD will probably stick to her margarita!

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes, I think that will be popular, especially with slightly older children who are starting to want to experiment.

aftereight Tue 30-Apr-13 16:47:20

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not yet, received an email from PExpress today about it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Good additional options, would prefer if it included a drink in the price (juice/water)

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My children prefer to choose from the standard options - they are overwhelmed when given more choice!

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet, haven't been for a few weeks, but got the email about it today.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks good, a bit more choice seems like a good idea. The only thing I would be concerned about is that certainly in our family one child would want to glance at the menu and order ASAP and the other would spend ages deliberating over all the new choices and cause great irritation. Whereas now we go in and just order one pasta and one margerita pizza, no faffing about. I would possibly just go for more individual toppings, peperoni, peppers, ham, chicken etc and not the 4 choices of pizza in the first place.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

One child maybe, but her choice from Dominos is normally ham and olives, so she might just remove the mushrooms from La Reine. She might get tempted by the cheesy pasta if it didn't have mushrooms in it. The other child prefers the pasta and he might like all of those toppings apart from the cheesy mushroom one, he would it eat it with plain cheese sauce but not the mushrooms. If he did have pizza the only topping he would want is peppers. I don't think they would really feel more involved unless they got to come and put the toppings on themselves to be honest.

Oh and we are not the slightest bit interested in having a bambinocinno at the end of the meal. My two normally stick to vanilla ice cream for pudding wherever we are.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Tue 30-Apr-13 17:02:25

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

haven't tried it but we always mess around with the menu anyway, I do think it would be helpful for those who are more tentative at asking for alternative options

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I don't think it looks that different to the old menu, are the pizza's bigger than the tiny ones that you used to have?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

the kids usually choose their own combination of chicken and pepperoni, always goes down well

Just reading back up - olives for a starter, yes please. We always order these and DD scoffs most of them.

LentilAsAnything Tue 30-Apr-13 17:33:00

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Am delighted with the gluten-free option, not that we are gf, but trying to cut back on wheat. However, I am less than delighted about the vegetarian pizza options. Add 'a little extra' - the vegetables offered are very limited! My child loads his pizzas up at home with all sorts of vegetables - artichokes, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, spinach, peppers, capers. Yours look rather dull and meagre by comparison.
Also, can you provide vegan cheese, and a vegan dessert option (not fruit salad). Can you label your vegan items as vegan, or veganisable, please.
None of your pasta options are vegan.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Absolutely. He loves making pizza at home. Combinations - well, anything vegan.

Piffpaffpoff Tue 30-Apr-13 17:46:27

Have we tried it no not yet, but we will probably be going soon.

initial reaction looks good. My two are quite fixed in their ways o it's great that the 'old' options are still included.

create your own see above, my two are unlikely to deviate from their dough balls/cheese &tom pizza/fudge cake/babycino menu but it's good to know the option to add things is there.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

My first reaction was that it didn't seem that different, I then noticed the create your own section.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My DS has very plain tastes and only ever orders margherita so this will be wasted on him. In his shoes I would ask for tuna and red onion. grin

EnidRollins Tue 30-Apr-13 17:57:25

I'm one who hasn't seen the new menu before, so have just had a look.
We're a family of 'fussy people' when it comes to food (what with DH being a veggie, me allergic to dairy, and two fussy kids who pick mushrooms off everything grin
and you manage to cater for all of us, so I'm impressed!
I like the sound of the bolognese pasta, and there's plenty of choice for veggie DH too.
As for the mushroom dodging small people, they'd LOVE the idea of building their own, as that way they could boycott all mushrooms and just pile it high with their favourite pepperoni! grin

CaptainSweatPants Tue 30-Apr-13 18:07:09

We're going this bank holiday but I know the kids will love the build your own pizza - we had a pizza express make your own pizza party for ds' 8th birthday , the staff were great & the 10 kids loved it

The bolognese is definitely a great addition

My two love the dough balls , as do me & dh, for a starter

CousinArnold Tue 30-Apr-13 18:11:22

I haven't tried the new menu yet.

This is the first time I have seen it. It looks good! I like the option of being able to have just a main course instead of the full 3 courses.

DS is only 2 so I don't think he will be bothered about 'creating his own', but maybe when he is older that will be a good option.

superbagpuss Tue 30-Apr-13 18:16:18

haven't tried it yet

like the pizza or pasta menu ideas, and the fact that some pudding options are not ice cream as one of mine doesn't like it. also love the bambicciono element

boys may not understand the make your own element but it does give a lot of choice and flexibility which is good

We no longer visit Pizza Express. I think it is incredibly bad value for money for the service and food that you receive.

The amount if topping on a pizza decreased noticeable over the period of a couple of months, kids pizzas are ridiculously small and it us just incredibly expensive for what you actually get.

Rather than spend the 50/60 in there for a Saturday lunch we tend to go to Nandos which is value for money or we will buy the Pizza Express pizzas from Sainsburys as well as a bottle of pop, bottle of wine, DVD and popcorn and have it at home.

Sorry to have gone off tangent but we used to go most weekends when the kids were growing up but very unlikely we will go more than once a year if that from now on.

ASmidgeofMidge Tue 30-Apr-13 18:19:06

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Havent tried it yet although sure we will soon, as we're regular visitors.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It doesn't look hugely different but like the extra pasta options and I think the 'create your own' option will be a hit with dd who's extremely fussy.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DD does not like cheese but loves veg so I think she'd go along those lines. I think she'll like feeling more in control of the food as she's often anxious when we eat out that things will 'taste different'

Blu Tue 30-Apr-13 18:20:28

~ No, haven't tried it yet. In general I think the pizza express child option is v good, though. Except the side salad.

~ Looks good. I like the expanded options. And wider choices. I would expect to see the prices for the aded extras, because you would need to know how far you needed to manage expectations once the 'creating' got going.

~ yes, I think it's good to enable children to choose the things they would most enjoy. But DS would be asking for anchovies, and for years his favorite pizza was the Fiorentina. I think the option to offer slices or smaller child pizzas from the whole menu would be welcome. The thing that engaged DS most in thinking about what goes on his pizza was attending one of the Pizza Express birthday parties.

birdsofshore Tue 30-Apr-13 18:39:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

riskit4abiskit Tue 30-Apr-13 18:46:29

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We haven't tried it yet, we didn't know it existed.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

we like that it treats children sensibly, without patronising. perhaps it could be targeted as 'lighter bites' rather than directly at children, as some people can only eat child sized portions - e.g. heavily pregnant, older people, people with gastric bands etc.

- there should be a choice of juice OR frothed milk with the meal.
- chocolate fudge cake is a bit 'samey' to everywhere else - what about chocolate mousse with strawberries, or raspberries?

- its good that there are lots of veggie options.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

- I don't think kids are interested enough at a small age to really be bothered to create your own - if they have a preference its usually fixated on ONE ingredient. I think parents would steer kids away from the hassle of create your own.
what kids actually want is to try what's on everyone else's plate! so a better idea would be to sell pizza by the slice on the adult menu, or a pizza that is 4 different quarters, so that the whole family can have a sort of buffet style experience, like they can at a pizza hut lunch.

I really like the food at pizza express, as i like thin bases,although we cant often afford it!

Growlithe Tue 30-Apr-13 18:50:54

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like the wider choice, although my two go for a margherita and a pepperoni every time!
I fear trouble ahead as the doughballs with nutella were a real favourite with both of them, and they aren't there anymore. sad

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

They like this kind of thing more when the pizza is brought to the table before cooking with tubs of topping for them to actually make up themselves. This really encourages them to be more adventurous. Otherwise, it's just another menu to them unfortunately.

PleaseDontEatMyShoe Tue 30-Apr-13 18:54:55

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it yet

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It looks fine-slightly bland, but more than one vegetarian choice, which is nice smile A bit odd to just have one starter-I'd like to see at least one other option, and would also like to see different child sized drinks offered, instead of just the Bambinoccino
The price seems reasonable value for money, and I like the pudding options.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
DS is too small to have much of a preference at the moment, so I'd choose for him-he'd have pasta with mushrooms and a scoop of ice cream

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Been to PE lots but not since the new menu has been in place.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Really impressed with the gluten free choices (both for children and for adults as well). My niece really struggles going out to eat as she can not eat wheat, egg or diary so it would be even better if goats cheese could be offered as a pizza topping choice - she would then be able to 'create her own' pizza just like everyone else. At 9 yo she finds being 'different' difficult to handle.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My boys would love the create your own element of the menu - DS1 would choose meat so probably ham, chicken and pepperoni. DS2 probably chicken and peppers.

Fuckwittery Tue 30-Apr-13 19:11:40

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Doesn't seem much change and disappointing there is an extra unknown charge for the choose your own element which is being promoted heavily, seems like a ploy to get us to spend more money!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I wouldn't let them choose it if I didn't know how much, it would be a bit embarrassing to be asking the waiter how much each ingredient was and then telling my dc in front of the waiter whether or not I thought it was an ok price and they could have it. Please pizza express, just include it in the price, say one or two extra toppings no charge or 50 per topping on top or something!

Otherwise I don't think my dc's choices will have changed much, I might use the tinies option and just get dd2 a kids main, but I usually just share my starter and main with her. DD1 loves the dough balls and salad veggies, will probably still have bolognese or margarita or pepperoni. Also not that many choices of extras to out on the pizzas, more interesting veg as offered on adult mains would be good.
I think the sundae used to have fresh strawberries on, disappointed the strawberries now only on the other desserts but not th ice cream. A fruit dessert option (ask do this) would be great.

ImNotCute Tue 30-Apr-13 19:11:57

The new menu looks good, we've not tried it yet but have had the old menu several times. This doesn't look like it's hugely different but there are some good additions.

With the create your own thing- we have one v fussy eater who will probably have exactly the same as she's always had, but hopefully her little brother might have a go when he's older.

I agree with those who have suggested something fruity for dessert would be nice for variety.

readysteady Tue 30-Apr-13 19:15:26

Not used the new menu yet but very keen to do so, we love pizza express food and the menu would suit my picky eaters no problem! Great vegetarian and dietary choices too! Brilliant! Mine would love the create your own toppings, To be honest my local always does this anyway for the kids no extra charge for a sprinkle of peppers and sweet corn so seems a bit mean to charge for this, why not just make it your choice of up to 3 toppings?

My children are too old for kids' meals but Pizza Express used to have decent ones when they were smaller. They loved the dough balls and iirc they used to get little pots of salad too, which was great.

I like the idea of the 'create your own' meal and my children would have really enjoyed that, but I think it's mean to add an extra charge for it. DD1 would have wanted lots of rocket and olives, and dd2 would have wanted a meat-fest!

Unfortunately, I hate the sauce on Pizza Express pizzas, so we don't go very much. sad

Hulababy Tue 30-Apr-13 19:16:57

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No not tried this new one but DD has had the old one a few times. We have always liked the children's menu at PE. I like that they get the 3 courses and a drink, just like a proper menu, and I like that is is all pretty much similar to the adult menu too and not just another nuggets and chips option.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks good. Good range of pasta and pizza and can mix and match ingredients for the pizza.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Probably, esp for the more fussy eaters.

StainlessSteelCat Tue 30-Apr-13 19:21:56

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No, not tried it

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I like the look of it. Make your own pizza would appeal to my kids. I like the idea of just a small pizza as well - youngest is 20 months and a full child's menu woudl be too much for him.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Definitely. Eldest is always requesting alterations to pizzas! He'd probably have American with ham just to be different, middle child would go for something plain - have no idea what, her idea of what is edible changes hourly at the moment. Youngest gets what I choose for him - at least until he can talk grin. Generally have no problems with them eating at all. Quite the opposite.

piprabbit Tue 30-Apr-13 19:23:45

Haven't tried it yet, but my first impression is that it is very boring and very similar to every available kids menu in every other pizza place. I did get momentarily excited when I saw the 'add your own twist' bit, but even the extra ingredients were on the very conventional side with no chances for a child to really push the boat out and try something exciting. DD would love to be able to add olives, so she would be very happy.
I'm glad to see PE is doing more gluten-free food, but the piccolo menu makes it look like the only GF option is the chocolate brownie - is it possible to order kids pizza/pasta choices GF?

I'm not convinced the menu is inspiring enough to make me risk another meal at PE. I want to like it, I used to go regularly with work friends, but the service is too diabolically slow (even in an empty restaurant) for it to be an easy, relaxing option.

Pandemoniumwearspurpleshoes Tue 30-Apr-13 19:56:24

I like the new menu, and like the fact that there's a main course only option, this will be perfect for ds at 16 months.

He's not at a stage when he can create his own pizza, but I think this is a good idea.

Last time we went to pizza express he polished off plenty of my pizza, so I'm looking forward to him having his own!

AbuseHamzaMousseCake Tue 30-Apr-13 20:22:14

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried the new one as haven't been to Pizza Express for a while.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Doesn't look that different to old one tbh
Would prefer if they did child portions of their adult menu as well as my kids like the mozzarella and tomato salad and garlic bread starters (and eat whole adult portion now!) and want to try the adult pasta and pizzas now. Good for toddlers though.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
They create their own anyway - we usually ask for half with x toppings and other half plain margherita and slice up to share between them.
One likes plain but like to try whatever we are having! As to being interested - we go to Pizza Express because they like it and will eat the food so no persuasion needed.

I like the fixed price for set no of courses though as then there are no surprises when it comes to pay.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Tue 30-Apr-13 20:32:52

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Like the salad. Good idea to be able to just order a main as DS doesn't eat much. Could you offer the salad with the main if just that is ordered? Otherwise all the options are a bit stodgy. Fruit for pudding would be good.
~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'createq your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My DS wouldn't be interested yet and I would imagine by the time he is he will want to order off the adult menu as there is more choice.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's a good idea, but what about making it easy to navigate dairy free and soya free options? Pizza is usually easy enough as the dough is flour, yeast and water, but my DS is dairy and soya allergic, so would be great to have something on the menu indicating that the pizza dough is D/F and soya free. Believe me, some aren't!

Similarly, a dairy free dessert would be great. Something like a sorbet/gelato.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Think the previous menus made it seem as if the basic pizza was a tomato/cheese one, but one could add other toppings.

DD1 would have Hawaiian and DS would have just a tomato sauce.

suebfg Tue 30-Apr-13 20:53:43

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Yes, we've tried it out. I liked the fact that there are different options, particularly for the mains and desserts.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Not applicable to me as I've already tried it.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

In reality, I don't think my son will benefit from the 'create your own' element as he always has the same Margherita pizza but I think other children would enjoy this.

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks like a fairly standard children's menu. The create your own element is hardly revolutionary as parents tend to swap pizza toppings by asking the staff anyway. This seems to be giving us permission to do so and also charging more to do so.

Not including a drink is a bit mean compared to many restaurants and the cost of a drink is disproportionate to the cost of the meal.

The option to just order a main is good for us as we normally only have a main ourselves and our daughter is too small to eat a whole meal. She also doesn't like warm milk.

The gluten free offerings actually look poor to me. Do you offer a gluten free starter? Can you do gluten free pasta? Is the ice cream gluten free if the cone is left off?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

The create your own element is just the choice of a few pizza toppings. That doesn't seem worth getting excited over. It certainly wouldn't draw us in.

kslatts Tue 30-Apr-13 21:40:55

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Haven't tried it.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Good, some healthier options, like create your own idea, could offer more desserts as choice is very limited.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I think they would like the choose your own as they only need to chosse the things they really like.DD1 would go for pepperoni and tomato and DD2 would opt for chicken and tomato.

AvrilPoisson Tue 30-Apr-13 21:50:05

Haven't seen the new menu anywhere yet (and we ate at PE this week) but it honestly doesn't seem that different from the current menu, though increased options for allergies seems good.

I really hope there is less salt- my children are always horrifically thirsty after we've been to PE, so I dread to think how much salt there is currently in a child's meal shock

I wish servers would bring the bambinoccino out with pudding as standard, as it always seems such a farce asking for it, though my DD is very sad if she doesn't get one!

MangoLangoTango Tue 30-Apr-13 21:58:50

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No, we haven't tried it yet.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Menu looks good, with a good variety and fairly healthy options. My child has got multiple food allergies but we can easily create several meal permutations based on your menu (a big change from the usual chicken goujons and chips). .

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
He will love it! He will probably want a cheeseless pizza with tomato and chicken or ham and mushrooms.

RedKites Tue 30-Apr-13 22:00:28

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
I haven't tried it yet - I hadn't heard of the new menu until I read about it here today.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
My first thoughts were to check they hadn't changed the other elements of the menu too much - DS1 is a bit of a picky eater, he doesn't eat pizza and has only recently started eating pasta so the 'extras' are the most important bits to me. I was very pleased to see they still had the dough ball and salad starter, and an ice-cream option for dessert. And he loved the bambinoccino the last time we were there!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I am not sure my toddler is old enough to appreciate it yet. As I mentioned, he doesn't tend to eat pizza, so as he is now eating pasta, we will probably go for one of the pasta options anyway.

MsDeerheart Tue 30-Apr-13 22:04:27

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not yet but we go a fair bit

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Looks good - doesn't look loads different
I like the idea of upgrading the pizza size as my older DC might need this soon
~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

We have always asked for a change as my DCs don't like mushrooms but do like olives - but as they love pizza and always eat it well

SuiGeneris Tue 30-Apr-13 22:07:06

Haven't yet tried the new menu but it seems very odd: do they really expect kids to have pasta before pizza?

DS(3) would probably have dough balls (leaving the salad) followed by pizza Margherita and ice cream but would be upset at vanilla ice cream in a cone as he prefers chocolate ice cream in a tub.

To be honest, we would probably avoid the piccolo menu and just give DS a slice of our pizzas...

leanneth Tue 30-Apr-13 22:07:38

I haven't tried the new menu yet. I have just seen the menu for the first time now.
Initial reactions are: lack of choice of starters- what about garlic bread, or garlic bread with cheese? (I know that dough balls can come with garlic butter but it's not the same!)
Bambinoccino sounds cute!
Dessert options look nice!

I don't think LO will be too bothered about the 'create your own' option but it's nice to know the option is there, just in case!

bluebump Tue 30-Apr-13 22:09:18

We have not tried the new menu yet.

I think the menu looks good, enough options without it being too overwhelming.

My son (4) would love the create your own element as we do this at home. I'm not sure he'd stray much further than a basic pizza with maybe a couple of things added but he'd love to have the choice I'm sure.

I agree it might be nice to have a fruit option for pudding although we never have pudding at home so my son would always go for a chocolate option!

knitwitter Tue 30-Apr-13 22:09:26

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like the variety that it offers, and the portion sizes.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I think DS1 will still stick to what he knows he likes, however DS2 will enjoy designing his own pizza. He will probably try different cominations with each visit. Wish there was a Pizza Express nearer to home!

Doogle2 Tue 30-Apr-13 22:17:16

Haven't tried it yet but like the new menu. My 9 year old feels too old for lots of children's menus but this seems to give him a more 'grown up' choice.
I love the fact they have a gluten free option.

busymummy3 Tue 30-Apr-13 22:19:09

1. No haven't tried it out yet
2. Menu looks brilliant with plenty of choice- cannot see my lot going for the olives though!
3 My youngest DD will absolutely love the "create your own" element only drawback I can see is being there all day!

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not tried it yet - we don't often go to Pizza Express TBH

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks nice, but far from revolutionary. DD (6) would eat happily from it. DS (10) would stick with the adult menu. It looks, with the exception of choosing your own toppings, just like many other italian children's menus I have seen.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Possibly - DD might add mushrooms to one of the pizzas, or ham. I don't like the "for a small extra charge" though - either don't charge, or tell me how much. DS (back when he would eat from children's menus) would refuse to ask for added things in case it was too expensive, and DD would want lots and leave me having to say no if it turned out to be pricey. I like single-priced children's menus so that they can choose without restrictions from the menu they have.

Princesspond Tue 30-Apr-13 22:34:21

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? No

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu? I like it, as there are dairy-free options particularly for starters and dessert as this is fairly rare. I'd love to see a dairy-free ice-cream

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? Yes, but they are fairly adventurous with food anyway so I think the basic pizza options that you have on the menu are good. It's nice to see it stated that you can pick and choose your toppings but I always expect to be able to have this option in a pizza restaurant anyway

BadRoly Tue 30-Apr-13 22:40:15

We eat in Pizza Express probably once a month on average. This is the first time I've seen the new piccolo menu (wasn't in our local PE on Sunday!).

Seems very fussy to me. My 3/4 of my fussy dc have always created their own pizzas anyway, just by asking the waiter for what they want!

I would question the age if the children it is aimed at - dc 1&2 are 11 and 10 and now pick from the adult menu as they are still hungry after the children's pizza. Dc3&4 (age 6 and almost 4) scarcely look at the menu as neither could read it, the new one wouldn't be any better.

BikeRunSki Tue 30-Apr-13 22:42:10

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

I havn't tried it. Our nearest Pizza Express is 45 mins away, in a city we wouldn't normally go to, so we don't often eat there. The menu has encouranged me to want to go!

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Really like it. I like that there is a bit of choice, but not overwhelming so. Gluten free isn't directly important to us, but it does mean that PE would be somewhere we could consider with some particular friends.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes and yes. It would be right up my 4 year old's street. He would choose, olives, olives and olives, with more olives.

BadRoly Tue 30-Apr-13 22:42:21

Oh and the combinations they choose are 2x olive pizzas (dc3&4) and a chicken, ham and olive pizza (dc2). Dc1 likes a plain old margarita!

stella1w Tue 30-Apr-13 22:47:54

Haven't tried it yet but my kids don't need more choice. I hate the dough balls as starter as it just fills the kids up. And the salad pictured is much larger than what we are ever given.

ninja Tue 30-Apr-13 22:54:38

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It's ok.

I don't think it's particularly different to the previous one. I've alsways assumed that I can change the toppings a bit anyway - nice to have that formalised I suppose. Mine tend to like simple toppings anyway

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Maybe, but in general margherita or with ham or mushrooms would be enough. When you said 'create your own' I imagined them physically doing it!

FWIW, my DC would interpret 'create your own' as them doing it themselves too, as they have done that before somewhere else.

musu Tue 30-Apr-13 23:15:52

I like the idea of being able to choose toppings. If we go to Pizza Express we always order an adult pizza for ds as the children's pizza is just too small. I've tried in the past thinking that the starter, pizza and dessert on the children's menu would be enough. Since ds was 6 he has had an adult size pizza and often a starter or dessert. He is now 8 and you can see his ribs (ie he is slim and doesn't over eat). Pizza Express have the smallest pizzas out of any of the pizza chains - Zizzi, Pizza Hut, Strada etc. Wherever we go ds always has pepperoni and olive pizzas!

HeathcliffeItsMe Tue 30-Apr-13 23:22:48

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It sounds nice, not particularly unusual, the dss would be v pleased about the olives.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? Dc would like to chose their own toppings, but don't most places let you chose and alter your own toppings now?. Create your own does sound a bit like you would actually be making it. Dd would probably just have a plain pizza, the dss would be likley to have olives and pepperoni.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 30-Apr-13 23:24:19

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Nope, not tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Not that inspired, to be honest. I am not sure how radically different it is from before, apart from the GF changes (which are great, but wont impact me personally).
I note that there is no drink included with the meal - I get why, as drinks are a high-margin item - but it feels a little sneaky and mean. I'd rather my DC have a drink with meal, than a bambinocino after.
I also think that the vegetable offering is a bit poor! A tiny bit with the doughballs, then hardly any with the pastas and pizzas. Some kids do like vegetables! We are vegetarian, and the margherita pizza just seems massively uninspiring. Pizza Hut is even more exciting than that!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Again, I'm not super-impressed by it. It does not seem that radical to offer this, but it does seem odd to charge for swaps, even though they are limited to set things (eg it's not like swapping tomato for more expensive goats' cheese). TO get a veggie pizza with veg, isn't it cheaper to order a La Reine and request without the meats, rather than getting a Marg. and paying extra for a bit of olive and mushroom?

This wont make me rush to Pizza Express with DCs, there are other places that offer me a better choice for what my DC would want - which is basically pizza and a bit of veg, not groundbreaking stuff!

DoTheStrand Tue 30-Apr-13 23:25:24

We haven't tried the new menu yet but it looks great - certainly better than their competitors' children's menus. I think there should be a second starter choice though.

The create your own pizza would be a big hit with DS1 (3.10), it would be quicker to go through the list of single toppings he can add rather than explain each pizza option. he often changes his mind about what he will eat too so I can't rely on him always wanting, say, a margherita. It would be good to have a longer list of toppings they can add though.

Love the gluten free options, a friend of DS1 can now only eat gluten free and so far we've had to rely on Dominos takeaways (who do GF) if both boys want pizza.

The drink at the end looks fun too.

Tobermory Tue 30-Apr-13 23:32:06

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? No, we haven't tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I like it. We go to pizza express Sometimes and i think the new menu makes it more tempting. More choice, especially of pastas and puddings. Too often the pasta option is just spaghetti bol.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? My children are good eaters anyway so getting them interested in food is not really a problem. I think DD1 (almost 6) would enjoy the creating her own option and whatever she created would definitely include olives!

The new menu looks like its an improvement on the old one with slightly more options.

The create-your-own isn't really is it. It's add a little bit extra or take something off option. Why not just let them choose any two toppings from a list. The extra charge bit is very annoying too.

I do love the kids menu at Pizza Express but my local one never delivers it properly, you either don't get the salad, and we have never managed to get a bambinoccino. They just forget it and don't bring it, and then forget again, I think they just can't be bothered with it. It's put us off going back as DS loves bambinoccino's and it just makes the end of the meal very disappointing.

Firewall Tue 30-Apr-13 23:48:26

No hadn't seen it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I think it looks nice but nothing special, not much choice with the starters and I know mine wouldn't eat the salad but would be better if there was a soup element or bruschetta . Dough balls are great though, but perhaps alternative for salad.
The rest looks pretty standard, would be good if the menu included a cold drink for the meal as its almost £7 for the meal.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I think my 3 year old wouldn't be too fussed by it but is a good element for older kids,

stickortwist Wed 01-May-13 06:15:22

Menu doesn't look drastically different to me. We've always requested extra or different toppings.
Plus if doing gluten free for ppl who are actually coelia c are they using different ovens utensils as I would have thought that would be vital with all that gluten flying around

We haven't tried it yet.

My initial thoughts are that I'm glad to see an expanded menu with a few more choices that you wouldn't get on a typical children's menu.

I'm also very impressed with the gluten free option.

I think getting the children more involved is a great idea.

What I'd really like when we go out to eat with DD is for the staff in restaurants to listen when we ask for her food to be cooked slightly earlier and allowed to cool before being brought to the table. She gets so excited when her food arrives, but it's always far too hot for a small child to eat and if she tries it when it's too hot she often refuses to touch it again. Having it cooling on the table in front of her is torture for all of us.

sarahbanshee Wed 01-May-13 06:45:23

We haven't tried the new menu yet.

I was surprised after seeing it hyped (got an email all about the new kids menu and now seeing it on here) that the changes were so minor. It looks very similar to the old menu. My son (4) quite likes it and will probably still quite like it - he doesn't like creamy sauces on pasta so the new options won't do it for him, but he might like to choose his own pizza toppings.

There seems to be a dairy free dessert option but no other dairy free options - DS has two good friends who both have quite severe dairy allergies so we are alert to this and look for places we can go together.

EldonAve Wed 01-May-13 07:09:05

Looks good - I like the option of just ordering the piccolo main

OrWellyAnn Wed 01-May-13 07:23:38

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not Yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I was expecting more 'create your own element, rather than just a few extra pizza toppings at additional charge. Why not let them build a pizza from scratch instead of having certain choices...the same with the side salad. As it is both of my two would love the salad on the menu, but dd also loves rocket, avocado, olives, sun dried tomato....all of the things you offer in your adult salads.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Probably a different combo every time, but again i think you should just offer a margarita and then a list of toppings, and rather than have a price difference say they can choose 2 or 3 or 4 depending on which group they are from?

OrWellyAnn Wed 01-May-13 07:24:40

The best news for us is that you now do gluten free pizza bases as it means we can take the extended family now!

bluecarrot Wed 01-May-13 07:33:27

I haven't tried it yet but DD is 10 and started looking for things off the adult menu as the kids one is boring. Why not just offer smaller portions of stuff from the regular menu? In the meantime, create your own is a great idea!

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried the menu yet

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks great - especially the gluten free options. ds1 is a coeliac and it's nice to have more choices of where we can eat out as a family

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Couldn't they always do the 'create your own' ? Sure mine have always ordered pizza without certain toppings. But the gluten free makes it brilliant so we will visit soon.

Groovee Wed 01-May-13 08:51:08

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? Liking the look of it especially the choices. Gluten Free is a great option as my friend is limited in where we can eat and now we can all have a wider choice of selection.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu? Nice to see the make your own and more than just ice cream.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? My kids will love this. Ds would have as many meat options on while dd would want more cheese.

Wincher Wed 01-May-13 09:20:19

I haven't tried it out yet. My son isn't 3 yet so we are only just starting to order him a children's meal rather than sharing some of ours, but when we have been before with other families we have shared the kids menu between two children. I like the option to just order a small pizza rather than the whole menu. I agree it would be nice if a drink was included and if there was a fruit dessert option, though we would prob go for ice cream anyway!

julieharr Wed 01-May-13 09:24:12

The menu looks great, I haven't tried it yet, it is great to see dairy free desert but as my daughter is cows milk intolerant would not be able to have drink and would struggle with cheese it is a shame they don't do goats cheese on pizza

notcitrus Wed 01-May-13 09:29:46

Is this yet another change beyond the two in the last 3 years? I ask for ds's food as we sit down, so I just want a menu that stays the same for a while.so I can tell him what to expect. Dough balls and salad was great for my 4yos, as was a pizza with any one topping so not sure what is new, though unimpressed when at last visit the menu no longer offered plain icecream in choice of flavours, though the lovely waiter then found some anyway - so why not on the menu?

I rarely go to PE any more as it seems such a rip off if you don't have vouchers. And the adult menu keeps getting rid of family favourites - like avocado, mozzarella and tomato salad, and the Four Cheeses pizza, and replacing with more gimmicks. And very variable service.

BellaVida Wed 01-May-13 09:37:44

- No, we haven't seen the new menu before, but do enjoy going to Pizza Express!

- Overall it looks fairly similar to the previous menu, with slightly more choice.

- We have 4 children with different tastes, but they would all find something they enjoy. They certainly love the dough balls and salad. They also love olives as a starter, so that would be good, although they prefer green and the pizza ones have always been black. It might be nice to have a bit more choice on the extra pizza toppings, like sweetcorn and peppers. The pasta options are okay, although mine often prefer just a drizzle of olive oil and grated parmesan, which Pizza Express have happily done for us. What about giving a split meal choice with both pizza and pasta? What about a drink with their meal? Most other restaurants include this in the childrens menu. Otherwise, desserts look good and they love Bambinoccinos!

ProfYaffle Wed 01-May-13 09:41:23

bluecarrot had a good point, dd1 is 9 and starting to get a bit embarrassed about ordering from the kids menu. Our local Italian just offers kids half size portions from the adult menu, great idea especially for older children.

miemohrs Wed 01-May-13 09:41:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Wed 01-May-13 10:04:16

The main thing I want to know with my nearly 2yo DD is that if she eats a 'kids menu' she isn't being overdosed on sugar/salt and other nasties. If you could put nutritional information on the menu (if McDonalds can do it, so can you, surely?) that would make me feel a bit more comfortable.

DewDr0p Wed 01-May-13 10:13:02

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not tried it yet.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Doesn't look radically different from before tbh, although I can see there is a bit more choice. I'd like there to be a free drink, even if it was just squash. It's a shame there isn't a fruit and ice cream option - that would keep me and the children happy!

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My kids would undoubtedly like the choosing thing, they love olives for example and always try and nick mine! Not hugely impressed at the extra charge though.

HamletsSister Wed 01-May-13 10:44:11

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, we haven't tried it but it looks really good. My children are not fussy but they do love a menu and to have the chance to choose something. The more choice the better as they feel like they are being treated as adults and not patronised with chicken teddies and chips. We love Pizza Express pizzas and they both often clamour to go there.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

No, I hadn't seen it. I like the fact that there is a range of different pastas as well as pizza and that there are established "choices" but they can also make up their own. They love having 3 courses (or 4 with "coffee") and eating alongside the adults so this is a good idea.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My children are definitely not fussy eaters but they love to be treated to a choice which, let's face it, they only get in a restaurant. I like the fact that the starter is both dough balls (salivating as I type) and some salad bits, providing a good balance. My children will be very torn as to what to choose. Could they have (as in some Italian restaurants) a half and half - half a pizza and half pasta? That would solve everything. I suspect that they will have pizza which is never as good at home. I also think they will want any one of the puddings -all sounds fantastic. In fact....hungry now.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Haven't yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Simple, so good. Too much choice is actually difficult with kids. It's all things they would eat. Luckily they can't read yet as the word 'salad' is currently received with the response 'bleuurgh!' but they really like cucumber, tomatoes, and carrot sticks. Oh yes, carrot sticks would be good.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I don't think it's such a great thing for my kids, but maybe it's the ages (preschool). We find at the moment that if we detail what's in the food before it's presented they find every opportunity to say 'don't like tomoatoes' or whatever, but if just we present it to them they will happily eat it.
Our approach with menus is to highlight something we know they like the sound of and help them 'choose' that, but we often paraphrase the name to something we know they will be excited about.

Belo Wed 01-May-13 11:12:26

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Doesn't look that different to the previous one... Perhaps more choice of deserts. Was the option of 'create your own' there before? Or, was that Strada that did that? I know one of the pizza chains lets my daughter have olives on her pizza!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes, my DDs like to be involved in the kitchen and will like being their own food 'designers'. I think they would go for olives and peperoni.

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's a nice menu, well balanced with lots of choice. The only thing I would say is that if you are offering gluten free deserts on the kids menu could you not add a risotto to it too? I look after a little boy who is GF so it would be great to have somewhere I could take them for a nice lunch.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

We make pizza's at home and my DD and my mindees love it, it is a great way to talk about food and what is healthy. The most popular would probably be ham, tuna and tomatoes (based on last weeks efforts!)

Puppypoppet Wed 01-May-13 11:40:49

No haven't seen it / tried it yet but looks very similar to the old menu with just a few minor additions.

My daughter would go for a margherita with olives, then an ice cream sundae.

FossilMum Wed 01-May-13 11:52:05

~ Have you tried it?

Not yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks like a definite improvement over the previous. My son (5) is still a small eater, so I particularly like the option of ordering just a child's main without also having to have the starters and dessert. Before my son started school, we went to Pizza Express every week for 4 years as part of a regular Wednesday outing - until now, he has just shared my pizza (last year adding also sharing a dolcetti with me), as he wouldn't have had room for the 3-course version (and I, being small, don't have room for a 3-course adult meal, either!). The old piccolo menu seemed very limited. However, now he might go for either just a piccolo main, or even the full menu (and let me "help" him with his starters and dessert!).

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes, my son would definitely appreciate the extra choice. BUT, as he is used to sharing my meals, we would greatly prefer it if the piccolo menu also let him have a mini version of almost any of the standard items that he's become addicted to: for example, the allowed piccolo starters could include a half-portion of the bruschetta, or some of the comparatively priced "Intro" items.

We're vegetarian. We currently cycle through Giardiniera, Fiorentina and Veneziana pizzas. I hadn't noticed the Pomodorino Pesto till now, but that looks good too. He'd be happiest being able to choose a mini version of one of those.

Margherita is still the only main veggie pizza option, but we do appreciate the new option to add extras. However, it's not quite obvious from the menu whether the 4 extra ingredients pictured are the only ones you can add, or just suggested examples? My son loves olives, but thinks he doesn't like mushrooms (though he eats them happily when he doesn't notice them on our Giardinieras!), so he would go for the olives, roast veg and tomatoes as extras if he couldn't just order a mini Giardiniera.

He'd probably also like to try the Napoletana pasta from time to time.

Also, why not let the piccolo menu include any of the mini desserts you currently have in your dolcetti line? My son absolutely adores your raspberry sorbet (and also the figs!)

GenghisCanDoHisOwnWashing Wed 01-May-13 12:02:11

My dd is going to be gutted there are no dough balls and Nutella on the pudding menu sad

Interesting that others have never been offered the bambinoccinos, we haven't either, even though it is on the menu. I have asked the children if they'd like one and they have said a resounding no though, they stopped having warm milk when they were toddlers. So we have never felt bothered about the fact that they don't appear, however they should if they are included in the price.

Dough balls and nutella has never appealed either, even though DD loves nutella, she has always preferred ice cream for pudding.

Leafmould Wed 01-May-13 12:17:36

Baked dough balls.... Wtf that's bread surely....

I think the menu looks boring, I would prefer my children to try something new than to teach them that being picky is ok, look you can even do it in a restaurant, so it will be fine when you visit auntie zita, and you don't fancy any of her food.....

Chocchip88 Wed 01-May-13 12:27:29

No, not tried the menu yet.
It looks good, I think I would have asked to change things anyway if there was something my child didn't like, but I suppose it would be less awkward asking now!
My eldest is probably a bit too young to choose his own toppings at the moment but I would choose for him, as he gets a little older I think he would enjoy deciding on exactly what he wants.

YoniOno Wed 01-May-13 12:41:46

Not tried the kids' menu yet - was there yesterday with my SiL and loved the new Calzones though (despite our poor waiter trying to sell us salads grin )

DS is 18mo and I haven't taken him to PE since he was really tiny. This menu does look great though - although he's not at the age where he can really choose yet, there is lovely 'real' food on there and as another poster said, serving the dough balls with veggies is really good. Whole meal seems good value too.

I might risk a trip soon - tbh the only thing stopping me is that DS is still at the 'throw food everywhere' stage, which I don't mind, I happily clean it up afterwards and at Pizza Hut I feel confortable doing this, but PE is a bit more formal I think... hmm not sure.

nextphase Wed 01-May-13 12:48:34

Never go to Pizza express (rarely go out!), but why do we have to have a kids menu? why can't we just have child size pizzas from the adult menu?

DS1 really does prefer grown up food (he's 3btw), so we normally end up ordering 3 adult dishes, and then play pass the food between the 4 of us.

blondebubble Wed 01-May-13 12:50:42

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

not yet.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Mnn it's okay - not that different to the old one. More pasta's but we tend to go for pizza's as I have heard the pasta's are all microwaved meals (may not be true but hey ho!).

The option to pay an extra £1 for a larger kids meal is a good idea - my 7 year old was eating everything and could do with more.

Is it really £7 a kids meal now though - that is getting pretty top end and I would expect a good balanced meal for that. I don't think Pizza Express is - too much bread stuff and one of my DS doesn't like tomato or cucumber (prefers carrots and "proper" veg rather than salad stuff) so he never eats any veg when we go.

Does the fudge sunday still have chunks of fudge in it? If not that is a backwards step as it was the best desert on the old kids menu by far!

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes but why not have prices for it on the menu though - say - 2 topping included in price, 4 topping extra £1 etc. It is just daft to say "ask your waiter for prices" this really puts me off as the kids meal is not cheap to begin with.

I've not tried it yet, but the menu looks pretty similar to the old one. We've always asked for the children's pizza to be customised to our childrens' tastes anyway. DS is allergic to milk, so we tend to ask for pizza with ham but not cheese and the staff are usually accommodating.

CarrieDon Wed 01-May-13 13:12:45

I haven't tried the menu yet.

It looks quite appealing - I guess you have done your market research on what kids want to eat.

As an adult however I would have liked to have seen more healthy options for my dc, like each pud coming with a substantial portion of fresh fruit not just a token fruit garnish. Also some cruditees with every pizza. It's quite an overly carb heavy menu with the dough balls etc. imo.

Lurleene Wed 01-May-13 17:36:10

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't been to PE for a while so haven't seen this menu.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I like the fact there is a lot of choice for vegetarian children.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I asked my son (7) and he would like to try this however the options he would choose to add to a pizza were not available, specifically pineapple ( his favourite) , sweetcorn and pepper.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 01-May-13 17:55:43

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Pleased to see vegetarian choice*s*, not just a token dish. The chance to remove an ingredient widens that choice. Great that GF is now available too as I know a few people who could now eat there.
I'm not quite getting the 'create your own' thing though as to add anything costs more - I was expecting a 'choose any 4/5 toppings' type set-up with a wide variety of toppings to choose from, not just those deemed to be popular with children.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I don't think mine would be too bothered about the create your own element as the ingredients are pretty limited. It would probably help families with fussy children though.
DS would go for Spag. Bol (always does as he's a die-hard pasta fan!) followed by choc. fudge cake, DD would possibly go for the La Reine and the Brownie.
They would both like the doughballs and salad to start too .

maloofysmum Wed 01-May-13 18:27:39

Like the look of the new menu, and the option of going bigger or smaller with meals is good too.

As a family we like Pizza Hut because they offer the salad bar and ice cream factory, The salad bar is always popular and is a great way of getting some of the 5 a day in, in a fun and nutritious way.

The PizzaExpress menu options are a bit limited I think, although my children would like that they can add/omit toppings with the create your own piccolo. Would be nice to have a salad with the main meal.

Chicken, mushroom and extra mozzarella would be top of my children's list.

MAsMum Wed 01-May-13 19:01:44

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It's good that there are gluten free alternatives however it looks similar to the old menu.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
The greater flexibility is appreciated however DS is a creature of habit and will probably go for a Margherita. DS loves salad however the presence of the cucumber has always put him off so if he could substitute the cucumber for leaves that would be better. More important than choice of toppings is ensuring that the pizza isn't cut into slices before it arrives at the table. DS likes to be independent and to cut the pizza up himself!!This would avoid lots of tears!!!

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
I Love it! I like that there are different courses, and I like that there is plain food (perfect for DS1) and more adventurous food (for all my friends' children, it would seem!). The sundaes are very very exciting for my DSs, and I like that they finish with the bambinoccino.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Yes, but they only choose plain stuff, so will stick with the margherita for both.

Bananasinfadedpjs Wed 01-May-13 19:10:21

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No, I haven't

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It looks good. I like that there are a few more options than just the usual suspects of spag bol, penne with tomato sauce, margarita and salami pizza (though my daughter always chooses salami pizza anyway.) I really like that you can order just a main and not the starter and dessert as my children are small and can't manage 3 courses.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I'm not sure, I think it would make it more likely there's be something they fancy. My daughter usually goes for salami pizza, but she might try chicken, or chicken and salami, and I think both my children would like pasta with garlic butter.

imtheonlyone Wed 01-May-13 19:41:34

I think my two sons will be absolutely devastated that you no longer offer dough balls and Nutella for dessert. Devastated!

We haven't tried this menu.

It's an ok kids menu for an italian restaurant. It's not vastly different from anywhere else to be honest.

The 'create your own' isn't really creating is it? It's just choosing a topping for your pizza. Or what kind of side salad you would like.

I'd prefer if it was less gimmicky and just a good and varied selection. Kids don't need gimmicks to be engaged where food is concerned!

Moominsarehippos Wed 01-May-13 19:47:05

Haven't tried it... Yet!
It's not all that different from the old one (DS always wants X pizza with Y and without Z, the fusspot)
He always likes considering what he wants as he loves cookery shows on tv (and often marks his dinner out of ten)

Craftsonsea Wed 01-May-13 19:49:10

Haven't tried it out yet.
Looks good, but would be good to have another choice of started, sadly DS will not go anywhere near cucumber etc sad
DS is two so probably wouldnt be that faffed by the choose your own yet, however he is a mega fussy eater so it's good to have a lot of options! Prob would go for spag Bol.

Hopezibah Wed 01-May-13 22:05:50

The new menu doesn't look radically different to the old one as far as I can remember. I think there are more pasta choices but my children usually choose pizza anyway.

Pizza Express have always been great with kids and have been really flexible if we wanted to change any toppings anyway, so it is not that different in practical terms to what we already do. However, it probably does look more exciting to the kids to know that they can create their own pizza.

It is great that they include the little salad with the dough balls because a lot of places just scrap any healthy bits like that for kids which is a real shame - but pizza express are great and basically do a decent menu of good quality food but for kids. Fantastic!

sharond101 Wed 01-May-13 22:23:00

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not tried the new menu yet no.
~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Good selection of dishes although only one of the pasta dishes has a protein element in the dish which I find concerning. I think the children will love the "bambinoccino", it will make them feel all grown up. It's good business strategy too as it will make parents more likely to order themselves a coffee.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
The menu doesn't make me think it's truly create your own, rather you can modify the pizzas they have on offer. I think it would be great to bring the pizza bases and ingredients to the table and let the children make up their own pizza and them take them away for baking.

firawla Wed 01-May-13 22:24:54

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

not tried it yet, just looked now. it looks good, not anything massively different than how i thought it was before though?

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

i like it, but dont think its anything that unusual

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

i think they would stick with magherita for pizza, but i do like having the choice available

WildThongsHeartString Wed 01-May-13 22:33:58

We haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure we will soon.
I really like the different choices on the new menu, you can eat quite healthily if you want to which isn't the norm in pizza restaurants!
Kids will enjoy having their say in the "create your own" section, it's ideal for getting them to engage with their food choices and think a bit about the balance of what they are eating.

My friend and I took our ten year old dds (who are fussy eaters) to Pizza Express for a treat last week and came across this menu by accident (neither of us had been in a Pizza Express for a while).

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Both girls loved the menu and enjoyed choosing and ordering their own food. They both went for dough balls for a starter, then dd had pizza, her friend had pasta, they had icecream for pudding and loved the Bambinochiini. My friend and I liked it as both girls actually ate everything they ordered, which does not happen often!

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Saw if for the first time last week, pleasantly surpirsed and it actually made me want to go back to Pizza Express as I know dd will eat a decent amount of food for a change. (Sadly financially not an option really, special occasions only)

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes, both girls enjoyed this very much. They had the same starter, then dd opted for Pizza Margerita, her friend for a cheesy ham pasta dish. They then had icecream and loved the Bambinocchino.

The latter was a good move by Pizza Express as both my friend and I orderd a cappuchino to enjoy whilst the girls had theirs.

All in all I loved the idea. It is still clearly a kid's menu, but dd and her friend (both ten and wanting to appear grown up) felt it grown up enough to enjoy ordering from it.

Oooh, and yes yes to the salad bits which came with the garlic dough balls. Dd and friend enjoyed the cucumber, both ate the chopped up pepper and dd's friend encouraged dd to try a cherry tomato (something I had not managed to do)

renaldo Thu 02-May-13 08:03:38

We haven't tried it, but it's a great idea. I have very adventurous eaters, who enjoy trying new things and we go to Pixza express because it's 'proper' food on the children's menu

MadameJosephine Thu 02-May-13 10:02:11

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not yet but I do like the idea of it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

The majority of kids' menus are pretty boring so anything to make them a bit more adventurous. I do worry that there might be a bit you much choice though and we could take a long time to get a decision!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My eldest is pepperoni all the way so I don't think it would make any difference to him but I do think this is because usually kids menus only have margarita or pepperoni as options. My youngest is too young for pizza just yet but u would definitely like her to be a bit more adventurous. I know for a fact my 6 year old nephew would LOVE it, he'd have loads of veggies and olives, preferably arranged into a smiley face smile

youmaycallmeSSP Thu 02-May-13 10:28:29

I haven't tried it yet but I think I will now I've seen it. It looks like a good set of options but I know that my 3yo would want a main and a pudding and there's no price option for that. We have this problem a lot when we eat out. He's too little for a 3-course meal as if he has a starter he's too full for the main course but he always has room for ice cream!

We always involve him in choosing his own food when we eat out - it makes it a lovely experience for him to have that bit of 'grown up' independence.

janekirk Thu 02-May-13 16:14:26

Looks good, should keep little ones happy.

Katiebeau Thu 02-May-13 16:25:26

Looks good but for our gluten and dairy free DD (4) still no pudding hmm. Fed up paying for three courses when she medically can only eat one Pizza Express so the opt out of the whole menu is great!!!!!!! Good to see olive oil and balsamic with the dough balls and gluten free base though. Big improvement. Thank you. Gluten free dough balls would be great though.

LentilAsAnything Thu 02-May-13 16:46:52

Agree with Katiebeau, it is frustrating not being able to have three courses. Oh for a nice dessert out that isn't fruit salad. Though we are dairy free by choice. I would say it is medically too though - I suggest whoever dreams up all these dairy-heavy menues watched Forks Over Knives.

majjsu Thu 02-May-13 17:31:58

Not tried before but like the idea of less fat, salt and calories. I like the create element. It would be even more fun if they could be made into faces.

tigerlilygrr Thu 02-May-13 19:58:15

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Yes tried it today. I really liked it and so did my dd (2.5). Rather than battle with her over food I just try and put a range of healthy options in front of her and see what happens. This menu was ideal - she had the little salad with the dough balls (ate the toms) and mushrooms and olives on her pizza (devoured). I also like the portion size although if j had older children, perhaps they'd want more (my daughter left half her pizza but that is par for the course).

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My daughter is too young for this ... Choosing between pizza and pasta was exciting enough! She did like the perceived grown upness of the babyccino though.

My only other suggested improvement would be kids' cutlery.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Looks good, love all the pictures
would prefer that there was nothing written in capital letters so that children found it easier to read

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
i think they would love the choice element
i have 1 DC that will be super adventurous and the others will be plain smile

daisybrown Thu 02-May-13 23:12:01

Haven't tried it yet but plan to go there in a couple of weeks. Looks good for kids and adults alike.

* Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?*

I haven't tried it

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Always great to have a kids version of meals although depending on the prices I might prefer to feed my 18 month old off the plate. I only thought that perhps pictures would be good for pr-readers to help choose what they would like to try to avoid the kids taking one look and saying "I don't like..."

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose

My older DD would love this; she would choose chicken ham and cheese (she's not too adventurous) but she would also ask for pineapple and sweetcorn and peppers if they were available.

KindleMum Fri 03-May-13 10:01:42

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

I haven't tried it yet but we've had the old one several times and liked that.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I'm disappointed. Sorry to see that cheese and ham pizza has gone - presumably I've now got to either pay extra for ham on a margherita or faff with asking for the la reine to have everything except ham taken off. Also very sorry to see the cheesy pasta has gone. Ok, you've added more pasta choices but given how popular macaroni cheese is generally with kids, getting rid of the cheesy pasta seems an odd choice.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

They might enjoy it occasionally but most of the time it would just be too much choice for them and will cause upset. I have young children and an unlimited choice just throws them. And I don't want to pay extra. And they get impatient waiting for food so anything that slows down the choosing and ordering is a pain. I won't be using this option.

NorkyButNice Fri 03-May-13 10:27:43

I haven't had chance to try our the new menu yet, hadn't heard anything about it until I saw it linked here.

DS1 (5) has always asked for pepperoni on his pizza, that's all he ever wants when we visit Pizza Express, and DS2 (2) has plain cheese and tomato. Very boring, even though he'll eat ham, mushrooms all the other things at home when they aren't on a pizza!

Fillybuster Fri 03-May-13 11:20:40

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it but it looks very similar to the old one

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's not very inspiring.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I don't like the encouragement to 'create your own' given the note that Pizza Express are going to charge for extras. Any why can't the menu tell us what the cost will be? There's nothing worse than calling a waiter over to ask that sort of question whilst the children are waiting to choose their lunch, then having to wait for 15 minutes whilst they go off and confer with 3 different colleagues because they're not really very sure....hmm

I'm disappointed that the original option ("We'll make you a version of any adult pizza for the same price") has been removed over the past year or so. My children love Giardiniera, Veneziana and Fiorentina pizzas....those options aren't even available as individual ingredients to add!

Punkatheart Fri 03-May-13 11:50:21

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No I haven't seen this and went to Covent Garden's PE quite recently.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Fun and my daughter always loved making her own pizzas, is obsessed with pizza. I would prefer her to eat good quality ones with great ingredients. This fits the bill, I think. Mine always wants ham or something meaty, but I would encourage veg as well.

poppy1973 Fri 03-May-13 11:50:21

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No I haven't tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like the look of the childrens menu. Simple but looks good food and a good price for the restaurant near to me.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

My children would like the create your own element of the menu. One of my children is particularly fussy with pizzas and would like the option of putting their own toppings on and therefore more likely to eat and enjoy. They would likely choose a Margherita and put extra chicken on it.

My youngest child would probably not choose the pizza option but stick to a pasta dish and enjoy all the other options in the menu.

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incognitoforonenight Fri 03-May-13 12:00:47

- Haven't tried it yet but was in there last week so they hadn't rolled it out in Northampton branch yet. However, think it looks good.

- Glad to see gluten freen stuff on the menu - would be interesting to try! Think the 'extra' costs should go - there should just be basic pizza and 'your choice of three toppings' kind of thing. I always hate trying to work out how much extra a certain type of pizza will be. Nice to see pasta being an option too.

- Think the DC's would definitely love this menu. They already love going to PE as a treat, but they loved the old menu as well. If there was the option of different toppings, it may encourage them to try other things.

One thing I'd like to add is that you used to have much better kid's entertainment packs, with stickers etc, and now only have the colouring in/quiz type sheets. Could you bring back stickers and more fun?

Wigeon Fri 03-May-13 12:05:52

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it, although have been with the DDs to Pizza Express before and been really impressed with the previous menu (and little activities before the food arrived, and generally welcoming attitude of the staff).

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks good! My DDs would eat every single thing on that menu.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DD1 (4.11yrs) already gets a bit overwhelmed with choice in restaurants, and we often just suggest two options for her, so although she loves making pizza at home, joining in cooking etc, I think she would actually just prefer to choose something off the menu, rather than the stress of creating her own pizza. Also, she isn't at all fussy with food, so there's always something in a cafe / restaurant that she'll eat. But I like this idea in theory and maybe when she's a bit older she'll enjoy it. DD2 is only 23 months so she gets what she's given!

princesskerry Fri 03-May-13 12:17:11

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
--We are yet to try it, but the new menu looks better for my family then the original did.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
---There are more things that my two little boys would like on the menu, so hopefully I could get them to be a little more adventurous.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My little boys are 7 and 5, so of an age where they love helping at home whether its preparing food or putting the recyling in the recyling bin. Both boys enjoy pasta, given a choice I think they would like to choose a mixture of both, as they only eat very small portions anway. My 5 year old loves peppers and Ham, so this as an option would be heaven in his eyes. The Bambinoccino was a hit on a previous visit.

littleducks Fri 03-May-13 12:28:12

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No I don't think our local branch has updated yet, we were in last Saturday and it was the usual menu.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

There seems to be more choice for pasta, but my children need a vegetarian pizza so are limited to the margeurita. On Saturday dd had olives added to her pizza we only got 4 olives which was disappointing for her. I would have rather paid more and had a few more.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

This will probably rule me out of winning the vouchers but I cant see what has changed in the pizza department, you could always pay more and add an extra ingredient and I would have asked for something to be omitted as the pizza is cooked fresh. It just seems like more pasta options but we tend to go to pizza express for pizza.

Pollaidh Fri 03-May-13 12:42:44

~*Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?*
Haven't tried it yet. We often avoid Pizza Express because of the previous children's menu and because some places don't let you just have the piccolo main.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Very disappointed that there still isn't a healthy pudding choice. We tend to go elsewhere where she can have a bowl of fresh fruit salad, which is what she prefers, (and we prefer).
Glad to see some veg in with the dough balls though.
As child is lactose intolerant we can't have many of the pasta sauces, and she doesn't like pizza, and the babycino is out too. There's no vegetarian option for lactose intolerant children that I can see (a tomato-based pasta sauce with veg, rather than meat would be welcome).
Good to see gluten-free, not an issue for us but I know it is for others.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Ours probably wouldn't care too much, but she's only 3.

I haven't tried it yet.

It looks good but pretty much what I would expect to see to be honest.

Ds would likely be very excited at the prospect of 'create your own' but would order his usual.

likesnowflakesinanocean Fri 03-May-13 13:10:29

they would love the option of create your own and handy as one of the dc dont eat cheese - which ultimately makes the pizza i know but still. I like the idea that they can have a starter,and them make their own. I would like to see an offer on a starter and main, or a main and a pudding.

nicnak01 Fri 03-May-13 13:16:01

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Not yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
My two children like pizza but not any kind of red sauce or mushrooms so was really hoping to see Macaroni Cheese which mine lovesad. Dough balls and the desserts will definitely be enjoyed

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
this is really a good idea, mine would just have it with ham, as they are simple eaters but like to have the choice

WowOoo Fri 03-May-13 13:17:34

Haven't tried it yet.

It doesn't look particularly new to me, but a bit more choice is a good thing.

The create your own actually me off a bit. My eldest would spend ages deciding!

What makes me go back to a restaurant with my children is the attitude of the staff. We regularly go to a small, family run Italian place. The chef comes and talks to the dc and gives them the 'special'. It's small and cheap and they eat it because he describes the food and tells them where it came from.(Squid and squid ink pasta last time. I was in shock, but they ate it) They make a huge effort to be friendly and kind with kids there, unlike my last experience of Pizza Express.

FMJ1000 Fri 03-May-13 13:24:11

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

I have not been yet since the new menu but as a regular PE customer for the last decade with my nieces and nephew, I know that we will be trying it very soon! I hope they are still able to guarantee allergy awareness as they have previously.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It is great that there are even more tasty choices. As children get older, they expand their taste and this gives them the opportunity to do so. The gluten free base is also great as unfortunately allergies like these are becoming more commonplace year on year.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Kids love being creative and this will really appeal to both boys and girls. It can also be replicated at home that should ensure a longer lasting love of certain and hopefully new foods they try.

Well done Pizza Express!

DinoSnores Fri 03-May-13 13:25:41

Not seen this but will definitely try it. I hate that 'Kids Menus' are usually junk food rather than tasty mini adult meals, so I am impressed with this. 2.9yo DS would like it too! I think even he would like the Create Your Own element because we make pizzas together at home when I get a bunch of random stuff out of the fridge for us to put on them.

BlueberryHill Fri 03-May-13 13:32:58

- Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We haven't tried it out yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks good, like the increased options on desert on pasta (not sure about the melted butter option though). Like the gluten free brownie desert, but if all the mains have gluten in them (not a nutritionist so I may be wrong) not sure how much that helps.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Yes, for older children, but generally I just want to order asap to get something in front of them quickly.

BlueberryHill Fri 03-May-13 13:33:40

Just seen the gluten free base option, fantastic idea.

trigirl Fri 03-May-13 13:50:50

I've not seen the menu before, but it looks very good.

My kids would definitely like the 'create your own'. It's treating them more like all the grown ups in the restaurant who have choices like that.

I like the fact that there are different size pizzas too. Great idea. Well done, Pizza Express!

rootypig Fri 03-May-13 13:51:25

I haven't tried it and I doubt we will! Though I like the concept of being able to change things to fit your kids' whims- tastes, the content of the menu is too samey and similar to menus everywhere, and there isn't enough fresh produce. I'd also be concerned that it's all quite salty? some reassurance on that front would be welcome.

OanaChi Fri 03-May-13 13:55:09

My little one is a creature of habit. It's margherita pizza every single time! If we order the three course menu for her we usually end up eating the dough balls(I know, bad parents!) because she's grossed out by the fact that they touched the veggies. She also loved having chcolate ice-cream at the end, again, every single times so I would say this menu will not be a hit with small children.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We haven't tried it. The website and pdf versions seem to have different information on. I couldn't see what the additional pizza toppings were int eh pdf version, for example. I'd like these clearly set out for the kids to see. I can't see where you point out that the cheese isn't vegetarian on the web version.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Reminds me of a tourist menu because of the pictures.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

They'd like choosing their own but I don't think it would make them more involved or interested. I think a choice of pasta shapes would be good too.

Moomoomee Fri 03-May-13 15:15:17

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet but want to

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I think it looks great, good variety and the kids will like customising the pizza

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Definitely. It also offers it in an easy to pick way with clear meal stages. They will probably pick different things each time but always go for the Bambiccino as it makes them feel grown up

Rindercella Fri 03-May-13 15:51:16

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It doesn't seem an awful lot different to the present one

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes and yes. Probably ham grin

mrsbunnyw Fri 03-May-13 16:11:24

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it before.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It doesn't look ever so different to the old one. Although it is good that there is a gluten-free option, we are unable to use it as there is no dairy-free option and my son cannot eat lactose. It would be very hard to be sure that anything is safe for him. I thought that you could change pizza toppings anyway if needed, so not sure that the 'choose your own' idea is any different. If they included a lactose-free cheese, we would love to try it!

tiameg Fri 03-May-13 16:14:26

Piccolo menu is awesome, kids enjoy the create your own aspect of the menu smile

shanelle5 Fri 03-May-13 20:49:53

I liked it! Not seen it before reading this as we dont go there often but my kids love chicken so the pollo version would appeal to them and may even tempt my strictly margherita lover to try something new. Also thought the gluten free option is good - I wish there were more dairy free options, maybe a cheese free pizza? Lot sof kids have allegies these days and the glutren free thing may hopefully lead to other allergies or intolerances being catered for so more families can eat out

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Fri 03-May-13 21:14:59

We haven't tried it

The menu looks excellent (and trust me, I am not shy to be critical smile ) I love that you can alter the size of the meal. Little kids eat so much less than big kids - it's obvious but not always catered for.
I think the selection is spot on and I would think most. Kids would find something they like. The gluten free option is good.

The create you own aspect of the menu is also good. My own kids are older now but would still be happy to pick and choose the ingredients.
My DC's would choose different options each time.

BTW. Does this menu have an upper age limit. My DD age 15 would still prefer this over an adults meal. Not because she is fussy just that she still likes smaller portions.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it? My girls absolutely loved making their pizzas just 'I can make it just like perfect, mummy!'

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose? My girls have always loved create you own elements of any menu so this as a huge bonus. They both had olives, DD1 added roasted veg and mushrooms. DD2 wanted more and more and more olives! The restaurant were happy to oblige a very demanding 2 year old.

threepiecesuite Fri 03-May-13 23:53:57

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It's a bit boring-looking so DD wouldn't be too excited but the choices are good, and there's plenty she'd like. I agree that children's meals should be just like adult choices but smaller. Can't stand the 'chicken nuggets and chips' crew.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes definitely. DD is fussy and lazy at the dinner table. This would engage her I think although I suspect she might enjoy the 'making' a bit too much and not so much the eating.

trixymalixy Sat 04-May-13 00:01:40

-no
-think it looks great. My kids would be happy with it. I think it's great they are catering for allergies etc with their gluten free bases and dairy free sorbet. If they could just take the egg out of the sorbet so my dairy and egg free kids can eat it, it would be perfect. Why they felt the need to put egg in when it's common to be allergic to both egg and milk and sorbet doesn't need egg in it is beyond me!! Plus taking the egg out would make it suitable for vegans.
- my kids absolutely love making their own pizzas. They would choose tuna, olives and sweetcorn.

Cherrybright Sat 04-May-13 07:41:31

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No not yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I think my toddler would enjoy it. Its the foods she would eat. I first noticed theres only one starter, but thats just an observation, not a problem. It looks simple, but i think thats good. I agree with maybe a toddler option, my dd often leaves most of it, and its expensive if she decides shes not going to eat it.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My dd would have mozzarella. I like the create your own element.... But its nothing really out of the ordinary I don't think. Ive been to a few places in the past that you can.

Alligatorpie Sat 04-May-13 08:17:53

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks a bit similar to the old one, which both my dc's like. I think the 2 sizes meals are great, my 7 year old eats much less than my toddler.

Both dc's would like to add their own toppings on a pizza. Dd1 go for gluten free and would probably like some more veggie options tbh (spinach, peppers). Dd2 would go for meat. Neither would eat pasta over pizza, although I like the extra pasta options.

TheConstantLurker Sat 04-May-13 08:38:00

We haven't tried the new menu yet.

From looking at it online I would say that:
Having size options is great. My six year old has a tiny appetite, eight year old much more hearty.
Although my children don't have allergies, products suitable for those who do makes sense.
FGS bring back the ice cream sundae with fudge chunks! That would be one massive reason our family came to Pizza Express.

My children would have: pasta with butter
Pizza with ham
Pizza with ham and olives.

Rosehassometoes Sat 04-May-13 10:29:30

1. Not tried it yet.

2. Good range of options. A choice of starter would be nice- maybe up the veg with a minestrone/ tomato soup or older children would probably enjoy bruschetta.

3. My 3 year old son would eat most of the menu and I'm sure he would enjoy it. The 3 courses would need to be served promptly though!

FloresCircumdati Sat 04-May-13 17:11:41

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I think there should be more healthy vegetables to choose from to add to the pizza. I like that they can choose a gluten free base, but is it additive free and dairy/egg free too? (Always have to check: it might be simpler if you just publish the ingredients for the gluten free base.)

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes. We've had birthday parties at Pizza Express for both our kids, and other large gatherings. One would choose the peperoni and add some chicken, or go for the Napoletana pasta; the other would go for the Pollo or Margherita and might be persuaded to add more sweetcorn, peppers, onions or pineapple if available. None of their friends like mushrooms or olives, some are vegetarians, some have allergies and some cannot eat tomatoes.

Eskarina Sat 04-May-13 19:54:38

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

DD(20 months) tried it this evening. We liked the addition of chargrilled veg as an option to the menu. She's too young for the pick your own toppings element at the moment but I think she could enjoy this in the future. It would be nice to see a fruit based dessert on the children's menu.

halcyondays Sat 04-May-13 22:30:37

Haven't tried it.

At first didn't notice much difference to the old menu, tbh, apart from the gluten-free options, which will be very useful for some people. Having had another look, there do seem to be a few new choices of pasta and possibly dessert.

Yes, my kids would enjoy the create your own element. It might be nice if there was more of a choice of pizza toppings for children.

nettlemummy Sat 04-May-13 23:47:07

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We have not tried the new menu yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like it, it is a bit more interesting now.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes I think they will like that aspect and they eat better if they are involved in creating the meal. I have no idea what they will choose - they will probably try and put everything on it!

angell74 Sun 05-May-13 00:49:10

Q. Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
We haven't tried the new menu yet but my kids loved the old menu - especially the dough ball starter.

Q. If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It's a lovely menu with a really nice balance of food stuffs and a good range of kid friendly meals. I love the fact that you can upgrade to the new larger Romano Piccolo Pizza. My eldest likes the Piccolo menu but found that it just wasn't a big enough portion for him. I'm hoping that this will fit the bill and we can stop buying him the adult meals which are a bit too large. In fact this would suit my elderly Mum very well because she has a tiny appetite but really likes to have starter, main and dessert.

Q. Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My kids do not need any encouragement to get involved in food - especially at PizzaExpress which is one of their favourite places to go to eat.
It is nice that kids can have the option to create their own pizzas but we have eaten in a lot of different PizzaExpresses and I have found that the staff have always been very accommodating and adapted meals for my kids - even when my youngest went through his eating only plain pasta stage.
My youngest (age 5) almost always chooses the pasta and I don't think the choose your own pizza toppings would change this - although the additional pasta meals may mean he doesn't just automatically go for the Bolognese. My eldest would probably choose the American pizza and add some mushrooms.

stephgr Sun 05-May-13 00:49:21

Haven't yet tried the create your own and knowing my children they's just want extra cheese which wouldn't be great (I'd rather they had something like extra spinach!) I think the menu should state the extra charges because it could get expensive. I'd like some more veg toppings. I'm sure my children would love the create your own element (they love Pizza Express pizzas anyway)

TrickyWoo Sun 05-May-13 08:27:47

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Looks good, all options our children might go for.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
My ds(4) goes for pizza every time and does enjoy choosing his own toppings when we make pizza at home, so might tempt him away from margherita.

Look forward to trying it.

CheungFun Sun 05-May-13 08:40:40

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

A few months ago when we had a family meal at Pizza Express DS lived the doughballs, so I think these are a great starter. I think the selection of pizzas or pasta is very good and I think there would be something in there for everyone. It is also good to have an alternative to ice cream as as a dessert as my DS hasn't quite got the idea of ice cream yet and is too shocked at the coldness of it!

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would you choose?

I think it's nice to be able to 'create your own' by adding extra toppings.

BikeRunSki Sun 05-May-13 20:31:15

I have already answered the Qs but just to say, this thread had encouraged me to look at the PE website, and I have discovered that we now have a branch a bit closer than before, so may well go and check that out

buize Sun 05-May-13 21:40:13

Here's a link to the new menu if you haven’t had the chance to try it out for yourself yet.

So:

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No not yet, I've just heard about it.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Not much different to old menu. However good to see healthier choices and gluten free.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes think create your own will appeal to older children, who would enjoy the 'adult' element to eating out. My DD always has a margarita so probably not something we would use often.

We took DS (2) for the first time for lunch today. He's quite a fussy eater at the moment (something's his favourite one day then refuses it after) and we liked the look of the piccolo menu - especially as it was £6.50 all in. He had the dough balls with garlic butter, the pepperoni pizza and the chocolate fudge cake (his bambinoccino never arrived and we forgot about it to be honest).

I haven't seen him eat so much at one sitting in ages! He's not into deciding what he wants from a menu yet but I made suggestions and gave him the choice. Mealtimes can be quite stressful for us but this was actually enjoyable. Even my DH who isn't a pizza express fan said it was good. I'd certainly try it again.

zipzap Sun 05-May-13 23:13:15

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No, haven't been to a Pizza Express since the new menu has been launched.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Mixed reaction - Nice to see that there is an element of choice and that you can choose to make it a bit bigger if you've got slightly older/hungrier kids who can't eat a full adult portion but want more than the piccolo version or that you can make it even smaller if you have a very young kid or one with a small appetite. Also good to see that you can cater for gluten free too.

On the not so good side - Pizzas - it's not clear if kids decide to add an extra element or three how much extra it will cost, I'd like to know that from the menu rather than the server to know whether or not to encourage them to add more. Petty maybe but if it's going to be a pound for an extra topping and and you've taken 3 or 4 kids with you who all want an extra two or three toppings, it soon adds up! It would be nice to be able to order a piccolo size of any of the adult pizzas rather than just the limited selection.

And the big splash about 'create your own' is only really for pizzas - doesn't apply to the pasta, dessert or starter, so it's not really as big a deal as it is trying to be. It's flagging it up like it is something new and revolutionary whereas it's something that you get in pretty much every pizza place I've ever been to, it would be more of a shock if they didn't let you do this!

If you read down the columns in order you go from Starters to Prefer Pasta? which makes the pedant in me wonder if the pasta is instead of the starter rather than the pizza. I know you've said it is instead of the pizza elsewhere but if you just dive into the main bit of the menu and read it logically, then it isn't clear.

Regarding the pasta - would have hoped to see pesto on there as one of the options. Also it doesn't say - can the sauce be served on the side or is it already mixed in? Speaking as a despairing parent of a fussy child who adores pasta - but only if they can have the sauce separately from the pasta, the number of times I've been somewhere and thought that ds will be able to eat and then it's been a waste of money as he won't eat pasta if it isn't plain and separate from the sauce.

On the one hand you say that there are dough balls and a side salad implying two different things but then when you get into the detail it's all together. In the photo, there looks to be a teeny smidge of garlic butter for the dough balls and the side salad is incredibly minimal, more of a garnish than a side salad.

There are a nice selection of desserts but would have hoped to have seen one that was a fruity one - even a bowl of strawberries given you have them in the kitchen to garnish the desserts. And it's not clear what a baby cone is for the sundae - is it on the top or holding the ice cream? Sundaes should be more than just ice cream and sauce and a bit of cone - it's the extra sprinkles and cherry (or strawberry!) on top that turn it into something special and make it exciting when you're little - and different from just the ice cream and sauce you'd have at home.

Nice to see that there is milk on the menu as a drink but not good if it is the only drink that comes as part of the meal. Would expect to see fruit juice and water and maybe lemonade on there too as options. otherwise it seems another underhand way to extract more money from those parents who have kids that don't like to drink milk (yes, I'm one of those, but I've met a lot of others. And certainly even if kids like milk, I'm not sure that they would necessarily want to have it as their treat drink when out having a pizza, it's not something I would want to drink at home with pizza, I don't think it goes with it particularly well. Would much prefer a glass of apple juice.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
I think that they would expect it anyway if they were ordering pizza! DS1 would probably just want cold olives (ie put on after the pizza has been cooked as he doesn't like cooked olives but adores cold olives) and he might like pesto too - as an extra too or instead of the tomato sauce base. DS2 would want ham, olives, peppers, maybe pineapple, broccoli, roasted vegetables and green beans...

Are you offering fewer 'extras' that can be added to the pizzas than you normally would do with the adult menu - is there any reason for this? Are you just offering things that you think are child friendly or cheap or for some other reason?

(And from a personal point of view - I had a rocket, parma ham, soft garlic boursin-type cheese and melon pizza in France a couple of years ago that was fab, very refreshing in the summer, the melon and boursin was added on cold after cooking and it was the best pizza I've ever eaten; so the ability to recreate that would also be nice!)

yousankmybattleship Sun 05-May-13 23:21:03

Menu is ok, but a little safe. I don't get why the create your own is supposed to be different- I have always assumed we could add our own toppings and have encouraged my children to do the same.

I'm always disappointed when restaurants assume children don't want veggies. Mine would be thrilled to see sweetcorn. brocolli or peppers on a pizza. They's also love to have fruit salad or a banana slip for pudding. I have three children and none of them like chocolate cake!

Pancakeflipper Sun 05-May-13 23:26:22

Not tried it

Confused over pricing.
How young is a really little one?

No dairy-free pud. Bah.

LoganMummy Mon 06-May-13 09:24:12

Have you tried new menu?
No, I wasn't aware of it.

Initial thoughts?
Bit disappointed really. I don't see that much 'create your own' except the pizzas which is pretty standard.

Do I think children will enjoy?
My DS loves pasta so it's nice to have lots of pasta choices but this doesn't seem to fall under 'create your own' as I presume sauces are already made.
It's good to see a dedicated children's menu with choices but I feel the idea could have been developed further.

Iwaswatchingthat Mon 06-May-13 11:49:04

> Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

I haven't had the chance to try it yet, but we often convert tesco vouchers so may go soon.

> If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Lots of choice - especially for those kids with food intolerances or allergies. I would be happy with my kids choosing from this menu.

> Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

They would love the 'create your own' - great idea.
Combinations would vary from week to week - hard to guess now, their tastes seem to be changing.

SandWitch Mon 06-May-13 12:03:48

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No, not tried it yet - have not been to Pizza Express for about 2 years as just too expensive to take a family of four.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
The menu itself looks good to be honest. I think the dc would enjoy the options available.
Drinks are expensive - if they are not included in your children's menu price I would be tempted to bring their own, or just have water. It would not cost you that much to offer squash or milk inclusive.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
Well, if we are going out for pizza, we would generally go to <whispers> Pizza Hut and take advantage of the Kids Eat Free promotions. We also go there as the children love selecting their own salad. If you were to put salad on a plate for my ds he would generally turn his nose up, but give him the opportunity to add sweetcorn, tomatoes and other salad bits he likes, to his own bowl and he eats a good, healthy portion.

In relation to the 'create your own' Pizza - as a parent on a limited budget, I would want to know how much 'a small extra charge' actually was. Would it really effect your profit margin that much to offer a choice of three toppings included in the price?

daimbardiva Mon 06-May-13 12:41:31

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Haven't tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It looks good - much greater variety than you often see elsewhere

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
The 'create your own' is a nice idea - I think the kids would like this, and yes, would feel more involved. Mine are pretty straightforward cheese, cheese and more cheese types though! I would like to see prices for different/additional toppings specified though.

daimbardiva Mon 06-May-13 12:43:08

Sorry, meant also to say that I would've liked to see more choice of starters - my kids LOVE garlic bread, for instance.

TERRICOVERLEYDoSAC Mon 06-May-13 13:08:33

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

We haven't tried it yet, but it looks fairly similar to the old menu? Found the layout slightly confusing - mixing info across columns and rows (maybe that's just me...).

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Yes, there are options here both mine would like (never known them choose anything other than ice cream for pudding though!).

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Nice for them to have some control, but would suggest you avoid over-hyping this. Feels a bit over spun. They're pretty keen on eating pizza and ice cream to start with so don't think extensive efforts are needed to '[make then] interested in eating the food'.

BerryLellow Mon 06-May-13 15:31:01

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I have to say I wouldn't have noticed the difference aside from the gluten free option which is great. We've always been able to ask if we have needed to alter pizza toppings etc anyway.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

They will carry on having the exact same selection each time we go I think. That's why we love pizza express for a treat, both children will eat everything! ds1 disappointed that your fresh orange has bits though. Any chance of a smooth option?! <nitpicking>

The thing that baffles me at Pizza express is that you go to such lengths with the menu, colouring in, plastic beakers etc... But still give children walloping great knives and forks. What's that all about?

patchysmum Mon 06-May-13 16:01:58

The menu looks great a lot of healthy choices and good to see they have gluten free meals for those with allergies.The "create your own" is also good as some children do not like everything on a set menuu

MothershipG Mon 06-May-13 16:02:29

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not yet

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

I like the fact that there are more choices and that you can 'upsize' as the portions were definitely too small for my pre-teens. On the down side they both loved starting and finishing their meal with dough balls - (weird I know, what can I say?) so they'll miss that.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

The older they get the more they like a choice, olives are popular but DD always bemoans the lack of pineapple (yes, I know it's inauthentic.)

sittinginthesun Mon 06-May-13 16:51:19

We went to a London branch yesterday - I hadn't been for years, because I'm gluten intolerant, but was actually tempted in by the advertising!

I had a gluten free pizza. Was very good, thank you. grin

Children (boys aged 9 and 6) really enjoyed the menu. I was always disappointed by the lack of decent children's menu, so was pleased they've given it some thought. They both had dough balls, pizzas and puddings - think the portions were too small for my hungry 9 year old, so he'll probably go off the adult menu next time, but the 6 year old is still talking about it today.

The adult puddings were good too. love the smaller portions with coffee. We actually left saying what a good menu it was. Think they've nailed it.

EColi Mon 06-May-13 18:22:16

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Tried it today. DD really liked it. It's the first time she's finished an entire meal out which made her very happy. Her pizza was just the right size and she was very excited by her dessert plus 'coffee'. (and the Adults were very impressed with the mini-dessert plus coffee option. We wouldn't normally chose to have a dessert because we are not hungry enough after a good main course but the mini-options were perfect).

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
It was nice to see the range of choice for the children and that it looked relatively healthy and like 'real food' rather than beige kids food.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
DD knows what she wants and was straight to her fave options when she saw the menu. I don't think kids want to be creative when they eat out but they do want the choice to be able to chose things which they already know they like.

Reastie Mon 06-May-13 18:29:42

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Nope

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Like the variety. Lots of choice but I thought from the mn blurb that the children would actually be able to physically make their pizza rather than just choose toppings etc. Got very excited about how much DD would love to make it for herself (and wondering from a H&S view how that would work with germy children touching all the ingredients) but now I see it's just choosing bits. Feel a bit disappointed now! Love the gluten free stuff as I'm gluten free, so I'm wondering whether to visit myself with my family purely because of this but can't help but be nervous about whether the cooking methods etc are completely safe having had alot of gluten free mistakes in the past eating out and unpleasant stomach pains confused

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Erm, don't all pizza places let you choose your on toppings anyway?

superram Mon 06-May-13 19:01:01

I would like to know if the pasta is still done as individual dishes that are put in the oven (resulting in crunchy burnt pasta on the top). Or does the new menu actually involve throwing some pasta in boiling water?

apatchylass Mon 06-May-13 19:24:17

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

TBH it looks very similar to the previous menu. Our local Pizza express, where we are regulars, are so accommodating with the piccolo menu anyway - they often let the kids add extras or have a slightly different topping on their ice cream.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

yes - this is particularly good as they get older. My DC had margaritas for years then started adding chicken, olives etc, so these are of interest.

Likely to ask for chicken, olives and pepperoni (DS 1) and extra chicken (DS 2.)

Just want to add, I'm delighted about the gluten free menu as F-I-L is gluten free and is so sick of having little choice in restaurants. He would love to come for a pizza, brownie and a beer. Will take him next time he visits.

GillBates Mon 06-May-13 20:01:26

We went to pizza express at the weekend with DD1 (5) and DD3 (1) and all really enjoyed it. I am coeliac so it has been a while since I've been to pizza express but now you have a GF pizza bases we will be much more likely to go.

I liked the menu options, it worked really well for us as DD1 had 3 courses - dough balls with garlic butter and salad, pizza with ham and salami, and then the brownie and babycino. DD2 had the pasta with bechamel sauce and mushrooms and shared the starter with DD1. I though the food was really good quality, fair value for money and DD1 loved going to watch the chef doing the pizzas in the open kitchen. DH and I also really loved our food.

Criticisms were mainly just on the service, there was only one chef and we had to wait ages for each course which is not good with hungry tired children. We ended up taking the brownie to go as we got fed up waiting.

The other thing is that drinks aren't included on the children's menu. It would cost hardly anything to at least offer two different sorts of squash to be included in the menu, and then if people want anything different they can order it. Most children's menus include a drink.

The creeate your own thing wasn't really anything new,I didn't think. And it was unclear if you had to pay extra for additional toppings.

Haven't tried this yet but it does look like a really yummy selection of foods for children. DD loves to copy us and be all grown up so she would feel very sophisticated with her starter, main course etc. Wide variety of foods available, looks great

HappySunflower Mon 06-May-13 20:38:55

Haven't tried it yet, no.
It looks great, nice variety, and at £6.50 I think its great value, actually. The option of so,e kind of fruit salad or similar for dessert wold be great though. Young children don't always want ice cream or cake, especially after a big meal!

I think my daughter would really love being able to choose exactly what she wants

I'm thrilled to see gluten free options considered, it wold be even better to add dairy free more too as increasing numbers of children are intolerant to dairy products.

Really disappointed to see that the sorbet has been removed from the desert section. DS has a dairy allergy and pizza express is one of the few restaurants that can cater for him.

Katz Mon 06-May-13 21:16:05

No not tried it yet

The new menu looks good, they've gone down a similar route to bella Italia and strada. My girls love being able to choose their pizza toppings. I like that they've not removed the toffee sundae from the menu. So many children's desserts include chocolate which dd2 is allergic too.

I think we may try pizza express again but my only complaint is that the service is very slow.

Bessie123 Mon 06-May-13 21:30:12

I love that there are more vegetarian options on the menu and that pizzas can be on a gluten free base. I think the new menu is a massive improvement and has increased the frequency of our trips to pizza express. It is nice to know I can go there with my kids and they will have a choice of things they will eat.

We have tried it, kids loved it.

I'm not sure about create your own pizza for mine but I wonder if they are still a bit young for that. It sounds good for older children.

Bessie123 Mon 06-May-13 21:30:49

Oh, will second that service in pizza express is TOO SLOW

mmmmsleep Mon 06-May-13 21:49:45

we used it this weekend. I was impressed and told a friend who has coeliac dd. sorbet is still on menu which was good for my dairy allergic ds as most kids menus only have cake and ice cream. we have pizza without cheese or spag bol but more dairy free pasta with a protein would be good as would a fruit option for pudding as currently no healthy options....sorbet isn't healthy despite what I might try to tell myself as it is yummy. we always find pizza express happy to help us catering for ds allergies but agree service can be slow which isn't good for hungry children. all in all we like new menu and when children are older they might enjoy choosing pizza. agree with previous poster at first glance it looked like this might cost extra

FrillyMilly Mon 06-May-13 22:14:45

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It seems good. Not sure what has changed from previous menu but it seems on par to other chains.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I don't think this will make a difference to Dd as she always has margarita anyway.

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
- we haven't tried it out yet but eat at pizza express regularly

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
- I like the 'increase size for £1' as DS1 (7) is just getting to big for the portion sizes and wanted to move up to a proper pizza
- my children always liked the cheese pasta but wouldn't eat mushrooms.
- I can understand why some little ones would want it but £6.50 for
pasta and butter is a bit cheeky.
- desserts look good but something fruity would also be nice.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
- I don't think it would make a difference to them. I think you need to do one or the other. i.e. don't have menu choices and then charge extra for changes, especially when a margherita is the same price as the others on the menu. Just offer standard margherita with 3 toppings of your choice included. They would just choose ham anyway.

tinypumpkin Mon 06-May-13 22:35:21

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, have not tried it yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Looks good mostly. I would like another veggie option for the pizza. I find these lacking generally tbh. I like the pasta options.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Yes, I think the children will like this. Not sure what they would choose, olives probably.

makemineapinot Mon 06-May-13 22:37:37

No, we haven't tried it yet but no doubt will do soon!

Initial reaction:
I like the upgrade option to a bigger pizza for £1 as ds is 11 and the previous piccolo menu was getting too small. Would be good if you could also get bigger pasta portions as adult ones are too big, kids size too small. Nice variety, dd will love the chicken pizza! I know my friend's ds will love the pasta with garlic butter option as this is what he always asks for when we go!

Yes both of my dc will enjoy the Make your own pizza but ds will still just choose margarita or may be brave and have chicken. Dd will want her own meat feast with pepperoni, ham, chicken, beef....

MildredIsMyAlterEgo Tue 07-May-13 00:01:05

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
Haven't tried it yet

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
Looks good, with good choices. I think DS would love the bambinoccino.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
DS likes being involved like this with food and loves to eat food he has helped to make at home, so yes I think the create your own is a good idea. He would probably want a bit of everything available on his own pizza!

runningforme Tue 07-May-13 05:33:43

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

No, not yet.

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

It looks a bit sparse....suitable for kids that are picky eaters, but nothing particularly interesting. And only one choice of starter?

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

Can't you do this anyway when you order pizza, not sure why this is seen as 'special' for the kids....they do enjoy this though

I think that having the option to order half portions of the dishes on the adults menu is a better approach to kids' dining than a few standard meals that aren't that different to what I'd serve at home

supergreenuk Tue 07-May-13 08:56:54

No haven't tried it or seen it but now I have looked at the menu I like it. Prezzo so a similar thing and the children love the variety that turns up on the table for them. They share a meal though as its too much food for one. They love the baby chino too.
I can't see how much this is? I happily pay £5.99 at prezzo. Seems expensive at first glance but they get loads.

whatagreatname Tue 07-May-13 10:28:14

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?
No not tried it yet

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?
I like the extra pasta choices as my daughter often chooses pasta over pizza, she will love the garlic butter. I really like the extra choices of desserts. My son doesn't like ice cream and so we have alsways ended up getting him a full size choc fudge cake or brownie - this is much better!

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?
When they have pizza, my children do tend to stick to Margherita or sometimes have La Reine but without olives. I don't think this would change with the new menu.

lifeishunkydory Tue 07-May-13 11:07:25

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not tried it yet, went last week without the children (shhh grin)

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Not read the whole thread but I have seen a few replies that echo my own, not really spectacular and I am sure there used to be the option od dough balls with nutella for a dessert. However as there is only dough balls for a starter I can see why this was dropped, I would prefer a couple of other starter options. The pasta loks particularly uninspiring.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DD and DS4 wouldlove the choose your own, (DS1 is too old for a childrens menu and DS2 struggles with choices), DD would go fr very plain options but would be happy she could add and remove ingredients. DS4 loves big tastes, he would want to add capers and olives to anything and everything.

Sirzy Tue 07-May-13 11:17:43

I think its a pretty boring menu really. Wouldn't make me rush to take DS there

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fuzzpig Tue 07-May-13 15:37:13

Went to pizza express today specifically because this thread alerted me to the new gluten free options! We were child free (a rare date smile) so didn't try the piccolo menu but just wanted to say DH was quite pleased with the GF food. The brownie was really nice, the pizza was good although DH said the base was a bit 'cracker-like' confused

That said it is REALLY nice to be able to go out for Italian and know that DH isn't ridiculously limited on choice. Very glad PE has stepped up smile

lorka Wed 08-May-13 00:19:05

Haven't tried it yet but it looks good. I like the create your own menu and the fact you can upgrade the pizza to make it bigger which my son would like.
The menu looks great - I think the pizzas and bolognese would be favourites. My kids absolutely love Pizza Express especially the dough balls.
Can't wait to try out the new menu.

MsMarple Wed 08-May-13 00:43:04

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Yes, but DS1 (creature of habit) just wanted what he always had from the old menu. I like that you have a children's menu option, but it would be much better for us if the items were priced individually as DS1 rarely has room for three courses, even at child sizes. It feels like a waste to pay for it all then not eat it.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

He will only really choose the plainest pizza or pasta and is v suspicious of any strange bits. If I assure him something is just ham he might not pick it off, but then again he might. Sorry, but your choices are wasted on him - hopefully others will appreciate them instead!

yawningbear Wed 08-May-13 07:49:22

We haven't tried it yet but we are going on Thursday for DP's 40th, lucky him! It doesn't look that different but more flexibility which is good. Pasta option will be helpful for non pizza lovers and I like that you can just order a main for little ones.

DD would enjoy creating her own I think, she usually goes for La Reine as she is a big olive lover but I think she could be persuaded to try something else so long as olives were involved.

Belo Wed 08-May-13 09:02:46

I thought I would come back to say that we have now tried the new menu and it went down well. DD1 (aged 10) loved the fact that you could get balsamic vinegar instead of the butter with the doughballs. She thought it was a healthier choice! So, we liked that.

However, there was some confusion about the extras for the pizza. Both dds wanted to add olives. It looked like from the bill they would be free as it was described as 'on us'. However, when we got the bill we were charged 95p per child. That worked out at .20p per olive. I wasn't that impressed. We were refunded the money in the end as the staff didn't seem to know whether or not we should be charged. I think that needs be cleared up.

GetKnitted Wed 08-May-13 22:15:38

We haven't tried out the new menu, but actually we've been asking staff to do the la reine without mushrooms for our (5yo) ds for 2 years now, they've always been happy to, so I was surprised to ability to remove toppings as a feature of the new menu. Ironically (at least in the Alanis Morissette way), we have just converted him to liking mushrooms on pizza, so we won't actually have to ask for any changes next time we go in.

I am really pleased to see that you can order just the kids main, that will be excellent for our 1 yo.

I doubt our ds would make use of the create your own, because it is quite limited, and not to his taste. But our local pizza express lets the kids play with the raw dough and have it cooked, which is a really nice touch and makes for a special night out.

ChocolateMama Thu 09-May-13 10:10:25

My kids loved the old Picola menu and having looked at the new one, I think that they will love this one even more. They will really enjoy being able to add things to their pizzas as they are quite fussy eaters and like to be in charge of what they eat! Only problem is, think this will mean even more trips to PizzaExpress for our family as it is the kids favourite restaurant.

snowgal Thu 09-May-13 15:44:10

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Not had chance yet but hope to get to a restaurant in the near future

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Seems to be a better range of pasta dishes, which suits us well. My son doesn't really like pizza yet (he's only 1.5yr) but loves pasta so the choice of sauces is a great addition. Slightly disappointed that there isn't a fruit alternative for the dessert, he's too little at the moment for me to happily feed him fudge cake or ice cream, I would rather there was a fruit salad/skewer option. Thought I'm sure when he's old enough the current dessert options will go down a storm! Happy with the babyccino, think the boy should be drinking water with meals anyway, I don't want to encourage him to drink juice when we're out and about.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

I would imagine the "create your own" element adds a little more interest but knowing my niece and nephew they would probably prefer to order something directly off the menu - sometimes choice slows down what should hopefully be a relatively quick meal. I choose pizza express because because it's fresh, and relatively fast food where we can almost start my son's meal instantly, the last thing I need is to be hanging around with a grumbly hungry toddler!

MadBannersAndCopPorn Thu 09-May-13 18:43:07

This is the first time I have seen the menu!

I like the fact that it looks like an adult menu. It's hard to get my 10 year old step-daughter to eat from children's menus as they're often babyish with cartoon characters etc.
She would feel confident ordering from it, like an adult.
We have an 11 month old daughter too and I like the fact she could have something to eat with her fingers or be spoon fed. The fact that there's an option for just a main for babies is great as most places will only provide the menu which is way too much for her.

Again, for a slightly older child, getting that individual attention from a waiter/waitress means a lot. Being able to pick and choose what they have on the pizza means they're in control of what they're eating, and are more likely to eat it. For picky and more adventurous children alike it's a great way to make sure that everyone's happy and eating what they want; which is the point of going somewhere to eat out in the first place!

eteo Thu 09-May-13 21:06:46

i have not try them yet.

it is interesting but my kids are too young to understand. but i do think it is great. my daughter is very picky as she only eat certain foods.

moonbells Fri 10-May-13 22:41:05

Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Hadn't tried it.

If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

Still got those dratted doughballs on as the only starter! We all dislike them and so if they don't get eaten they're wasted. Don't like wasting food. Dessert would be nicer if it had fruit with ice cream and not a sickly sauce.

Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

It might be nice to try, DS likes mushrooms and for the past year at P.E. he has been eating a whole adult mushroom pizza and ignoring the piccolo one. He's 5. And a pizza piggie.

I very much suspect he'll still want the big shroom pizza and not the kid's one!

mrspink27 Fri 10-May-13 22:59:10

~ Have you tried out the new Create your Own piccolo menu and if you have, what did you think of it?

Tried it tonight - DD1 opted for usual bog standard margarita and DD2 had the bigger rolled thinner... at an extra £1... which irked me a bit as it is just the same amount of dough... just rolled out a bit flatter. She did enjoy it though. They both quite liked the choice of pasta, although again, if you go to Pizza Express - you should really have pizza?! They were both disappointed that the doughballs and nutella has gone from the menu though!

~ If you hadn't seen it yet, what are your initial reactions to the menu?

DD's initial reactions were good - especially at the thought of different desserts.

~ Do you think your kids will enjoy the 'create your own' element of the menu? Will it make them feel more involved and interested in eating the food? What combinations would they choose?

DD1 will probably always be a margarita girl and DD2 might one day add a mushroom or two. Apart from that they are disappointingly unadventurous.

As an aside - I used Tesco vouchers with no issue whatsover to pay for the bulk of the bill which included 2 Piccolo meals.

HannahLI Sun 12-May-13 15:39:20

We havent tried the new menu but I like the look of it and the choose your own option would really work for us. I didn't see the point of the dough balls and side salad I would just prefer dough balls as thats the same as the adult menu. It would be better to offer the side salad with the pizza in my opinion. I also like the gluten free menu we have lots of friends that this would be a great help to!