PizzaExpress: The complete guide to eating out as a vegan

No matter how long you’ve been vegan for, eating out can still feel like a challenge at times. If you or someone you know is vegan, or looking to include more vegan options in their diet, we highly recommend Restaurant Favourites Partner PizzaExpress. PizzaExpress not only caters for plant-based diners but it serves up hearty vegan food that certainly doesn’t skimp on flavour. Here are some of our recommendations:

To start:

If you’ve been to PizzaExpress, you’re likely to have heard of their legendary dough balls, but you may not have heard that they’re also 100% vegan. Make sure to specify that you’re ordering the “Vegan Dough Balls” from the menu as this will secure your vegan dip of choice. Choose from classic houmous or smoky tomato harissa and enjoy!

No Italian dish is complete without a serving of garlic bread, and PizzaExpress delivers a delicious Vegan Cheesy Garlic bread that is guaranteed to delight your taste buds. Tear and share with a side of Sundried Tomatoes or Mixed Olives and delight in the glorious blend of flavours as you get ready for the main course!

The Main Event:

PizzaExpress truly live up to their name by creating a wide range of delicious pizzas. Unlike some vegan pizza options, you don’t have to sacrifice cheese on your pizza with their delicious vegan mozzarella made from sprouted Italian brown rice. All pizzas are available with a classic, Romana or gluten-free base. If you’re a fan of spicy pizza, we recommend the Vegan Mezze which is made with smoked chilli, chargrilled aubergine, sundried tomato harissa, jalapeno and roquito peppers, and finished with rocket and creamy humous.

If you’re looking for a milder yet flavoursome option, choose the Vegan Giardiniera. This Italian classic is served with artichoke, mushrooms, red onion and black olives, with tomato, vegan mozzarella alternative, garlic oil and parsley. If you have your go-to pizza toppings in mind, simply order the Vegan Margherita pizza and request your favourite toppings when you order.

For Dessert:

There’s always room for dessert! For vegans, looking at the dessert menu can sometimes feel like a guessing game. Luckily, PizzaExpress have two clearly marked vegan options that are guaranteed to round off a beautiful meal. If you’re looking for something sweet, we recommend the Raspberry Sorbet. If you’re in the mood for something a little bit more decadent, we highly suggest indulging in their creamy Coconut Sorbet.


For cocktail lovers, you can’t go wrong with a perfectly sweet Espresso Martini. If coffee isn’t your thing, their Garden G&T made with elderflower tonic, cucumber and mint, is another must-try! PizzaExpress also have a wide selection of vegan wines and many of their cocktails can be made vegan upon request.

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