Pizza Express China Arm in Nanjing

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Pizza Express China Arm in Nanjing

Is Pizza Marzano the same as the British Pizza Express? Yes… and no.

Yes in so far as Pizza Marzano is the China arm of the infamous UK name; no in so far as it is no longer British, being bought by the Chinese in 2014. No surprises there, then.

In 1965, Peter Boizot founded PizzaExpress in London, as a brand of chain restaurants dedicated to Italian-flavoured, authentic pizza. Needless to say, this begs the question, is this the same quality of pizza as the UK original? Absolutely. Is there a better pizza elsewhere in Nanjing? The Nanjinger will stick its neck out and say, probably not. That it’s a chain is just a little sad reflection on local entrepreneurs.

While not exactly a well-kept secret, still a large part of the local foreign population is sadly ignorant of the brand’s presence in Nanjing. The other part is a convert. Convert to an impressive menu, for a start. The range of pizzas is both extensive and creative, with prices from ¥58 to ¥128.

That the moniker be a little misleading is reflected in the fact that Pizza Marzano is a lot more than sumptuous pizza; classic Italian starters such as Prosciutto e Melon and Carpaccio di Salmone Affumicato (the latter rendered as Rainbow Trout on the English translation); Australian steaks and salads, as well as pasta and risotto dishes for mains.

Then there come the desserts, and therein our only criticism; our Chess Tiramisu came virtually straight from the freezer.

Last but not least, a selection of “house blends” make for a difficult choice indeed; do I fancy Lychee & Rose Soda, Mango & Ginger Cooler, Blueberry Iced Tea or Hot Apple Cider? And did I mention that the beer selection also includes Peroni, both bottled and draught? Convert.

Pizza Marzano has two locations in Nanjing, both in Golden Eagle malls; in Xianlin (Phase 2) and Hexi.

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Frank Hossack
Editor-in-chief and Music Critic, Frank Hossack, has been a radio host and producer for the past 34 years, the past 25 of which working in media in China, in the process winning four New York Festivals awards for his work, in the categories Best Top 40 Format, Best Editing, Best Director and Best Culture & The Arts. 贺福是我们杂志的编辑和音乐评论员,在过去的34年里一直从事电台主持和电台制片的工作。在中国有近25年的媒体工作经验。工作期间他曾经四次获得过纽约传媒艺术节大奖,分别是世界前40强节目奖,最佳编辑奖,最佳导演奖以及最佳文化艺术奖。