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What to choose from the Pizza Express menu if you want to lose weight

Yes, you can eat pizza on WW! Discover our top picks from the Pizza Express menu if you're on a weight loss journey.

Quite frankly, we’re not interested in any weight loss plan where you can’t eat pizza. 

If you want to lose weight but can’t live without Dough Balls and mozzarella, WW has the answer. Our flexible weight loss plan is designed for real life, which means you can eat what you love and still lose weight - yep, even pizza!

 

Pizza Express menu

 

For an Italian food fix, you can’t go wrong with PizzaExpress.

Founded just two years after WW, the popular pizzeria offers a mouth-watering menu packed full of SmartPoints®-friendly dishes. And the best news is, all Classic and Romana pizzas can now be ordered on a Leggera base!*

Leggera means ‘light’. On your plate, that translates to a classic-sized ring of wholemeal, white and spelt dough with a hole in the middle, which accommodates a generous helping of freshly dressed salad. 

Fancy pasta, salad or a classic pizza instead? Nothing’s off the menu at WW. There are plenty of tasty options that sit snugly within your daily SmartPoints® Budget, plus delicious dishes you can spend your weeklies on (a weekly SmartPoints ‘cushion’ to use however you like, for example dining out at the weekend). 

Find out more about SmartPoints (SP), then tuck into our top tips for navigating the PizzaExpress menu.

*Except Fiorentina and Carbonara (there’s no space for the egg!).

 

PizzaExpress starters & sides 

 

Get straight down to business with some marinated green olives with garlic and pink peppercorns for 5SP on all three plans while you’re scanning the menu. 

When you’re ready to order starters, here’s what you need to know.

 

Bring on the carbs!

 

Enjoy a portion of PizzaExpress’s famous Dough Balls and garlic butter for 15SP on Green, Blue and Purple. Ordering without the butter brings this dish down to 7SP, or share with a friend.

The gluten-free Dough Balls with garlic butter are 14SP per portion on all three plans, and the vegan Dough Balls (served with a harissa spiced tomato dip instead of the garlic butter) are 10SP per portion on all three plans.

If you like the sound of Dough Balls but can't manage a whole plate, the king prawns with spicy ‘nduja sausage are served with half a portion of Dough Balls for 10SP on Green, Blue and Purple.

Alternatively, the garlic bread with mozzarella and Bruschetta Originale (dough brushed with garlic butter and topped with fresh tomato, red onion, basil and pesto) are 11SP each across all three plans.

 

No carbs....yet!

 

If you don’t fancy something bready to start, the baked garlic mushroom - a Portobello mushroom with garlic, harissa and a vegan mozzarella alternative - is 11SP on all three plans.

The creamy buffalo mozzarella and fresh tomato salad (served with pesto and fresh basil) and the halloumi bites (served with a tomato dip) are 13SP each on all three plans.

Whether you're on Green, Blue or Purple, hop up to 14SP to try the lemon & herb chicken wings or the rosemary polenta chips with Gran Milano cheese and honey & mustard dip

 

PizzaExpress mains: Leggera range

 

Slice, slice baby… We love the PizzaExpress Leggera range, where most pizzas span between 12SP and 16SP. 

  • For 12SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: Margherita
  • For 13SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: La Reine
  • For 14SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: Sloppy Giuseppe, Pollo Forza
  • For 15SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: American Hot, Pollo Ad Astra, Veneziana, Margherita (vegan option)
  • For 16SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: American, Diavolo

If you have a few extra SmartPoints to spare, the Vegan Giardiniera is 17SP on Green, Blue and Purple. Or, for 19SP on all three plans you can order the Padana (the vegan option has the same SP values) or the Veneziana (vegan option).

If you fancy pasta or a salad from the Leggera range instead, the Leggera Peperonata (penne pasta with garlic, herbs, passata and roasted mixed peppers) is 18SP across all three plans and the Leggera superfood salad (salad and veggies with a mix of grains, pulses, seeds, cranberries and kale) is 10SP on Green, 7SP on Blue and 6SP on Purple with dressing but no dough sticks. 

 

PizzaExpress mains: pizza, pasta and salads

 

Classic

 

Classic pizzas clock in at around double the SmartPoints value of Leggera pizzas. 

  • For 26SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: Margherita
  • For 27SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: La Reine, Vegan Giardiniera
  • For 28SP (Green, Blue, and Purple) you can order: Sloppy Giuseppe

If you’re happy to spend a few extra SmartPoints, the Veneziana is 29SP and the American is 33SP across all three plans.

Romana

Inspired by Rome, Romana pizzas are bigger, thinner and crispier than Classic pizzas, which also increases the SmartPoints value. 

  • For 32SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: American Hot, Vegan Giardiniera 
  • For 33SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: Funghi di Bosco 
  • For 34SP (Green, Blue and Purple) you can order: Barbacoa, Pollo Ad Astra 

Or, if you have a few extra SmartPoints to spend, a Padana is 36SP and a Diavolo is 37SP on all three plans. The Romana Carbonara is 46SP on Green, Blue and Purple - stay on track by sharing with a friend, or tap into your weeklies.

Calzone and Calabrese

The Calzone Verdure (peppers, aubergine, spinach and courgette) is 29SP and the Calzone 'Nduja (spicy sausage, pepperoni, peppers and chilli) is 40SP across all three plans. The Calabrese - a rectangular pizza with two types of sausage, three types of cheese, pesto, salad and veggies - is 44SP on all three plans. 

Why not share these with a friend? That way, you can use any rollovers you’ve accumulated throughout the week (or your weeklies) for a starter or dessert. Learn more about weeklies.

Al Forno

Not in the mood for pizza? The Bolognese is 21SP on all three plans, the cannelloni is 24SP, the risotto con funghi is 24SP and the lasagna is 25SP on all three plans. The Pollo Pesto is 35SP on Green and 34SP on Blue and Purple.

Salads

Salads come dressed and with dough sticks, and the Niçoise (tuna, anchovies, olives and egg) clocks in at 22SP on Green and 20SP on Blue and Purple. The Grand Caesar is 24SP on Green and 22SP on Blue and Purple, and the Pollo (chicken, goat’s cheese, olives and croutons) is 28SP on Green and 27SP on Blue and Purple.

You can ask for no dressing, dressing on the side or no dough sticks - let your SmartPoints Budget guide you. With dressing but no dough sticks, the Pollo is 20SP on Green and 19SP on Blue and Purple. The Niçoise is 14SP on Green and 12SP on Blue and Purple. The Grand Chicken Caesar is 17SP on Green and 14SP on Blue and Purple. 

 

PizzaExpress desserts

 

If dessert’s the main event…

The chocolate and amaretto parfait (iced mousse on a biscuit base) sits at the lower end of the scale at 14SP on all three plans. Or, if you order the chocolate fudge cake without the ice cream, that’s also 14SP on Green, Blue and Purple.

The tiramisu is 20SP, the chocolate brownie with ice cream is 25SP and the chocolate fondant with ice cream is 42SP (order without the ice cream for 34SP). This is the same across all three plans. 

Ice cream and sorbet

If you’d rather round off your meal with something a little lighter, the raspberry sorbet is 7SP and the coconut sorbet is 11SP on Green, Blue and Purple. Or, ask for a Coppa Gelato - 2 scoops of your favourite ice cream flavour. Strawberry is 11SP, chocolate is 12SP, vanilla is 13SP and salted caramel is 15SP on all three plans.

Dolcetti

Another reason we love PizzaExpress is their range of mini desserts called dolcetti. 

The chocolate brownie is 10SP, the caffè real (figs in a cinnamon and white wine spiced syrup with mascarpone) is 11SP, the salted caramel profiteroles are 13SP, the lotus biscoff is 14SP and the carrot cake is 15SP across all three plans.

If you order these with a tea or coffee, you’ll need to track the extra SmartPoints.

 

Sample meal combos*

 

1.

Meal idea: Leggera La Reine 13SP + chocolate brownie dolcetti 10SP = 23SP
Top tip: Try building your other meals around ZeroPoint™ foods. Check out these low SmartPoints meals for inspiration!

2.

Meal idea: Marinated green olives 5SP + Leggera Sloppy Giuseppe 14SP = 19SP
Top tip: If you're on Purple, try building your other meals around ZeroPoint foods. If you're on Blue or Green, enjoy the fact that you’ve still got some SmartPoints to play with! Browse our recipes to get inspired, or stick to low SmartPoints meals.

3.

Meal idea: Dough Balls and garlic butter 15SP + lasagna 25SP + raspberry sorbet 7SP = 47SP
Top tip: Try saving up some rollovers beforehand, and don’t be afraid to dip into your weeklies (that’s what they’re there for!). Try to plan the rest of your day around ZeroPoint foods and low SmartPoints meals.

See the PizzaExpress menu 

*These are not meal plans and shouldn’t be considered as such, as they may not be nutritionally balanced. They are simply a suggestion to give you an idea of how to build a PizzaExpress meal into your day.

 

Freedom and flexibility with WW

 

The WW programme is not only rooted in science but also designed for real life, which means you can still eat out at your favourite restaurants and lose weight. We’ve given other popular restaurant menus the SmartPoints treatment, including Nandos and KFC!

Fancy a cosy night in instead? You can find PizzaExpress products in your local supermarket, including a range of Leggera dressings: Leggera Fat Free Vinaigrette (1SP per 30ml serving), Leggera Fat Free Chilli & Garlic dressing (1SP per 15ml serving), Leggera Light Pomegranate & Balsamic dressing (1SP per 15ml serving) and Leggera Light Avocado dressing (1SP per 15ml serving).

Whether you use them as dips or to dress salads, all dressings in the Leggera range have at least 30 percent less saturated fat than the PizzaExpress standard range of dressings, and are available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Ocado.

Or, try these 9 healthier homemade pizza recipes.