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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 WW-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 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. 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, and the vegan Dough Balls (served with a harissa spiced tomato dip instead of the garlic butter) are 10SP per portion.
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.
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.
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.
The creamy buffalo mozzarella and fresh tomato salad served with pesto and fresh basil is yours for 13SP. The halloumi bites, served with a tomato dip, are also 13SP.
Happy to hop up to 14SP? 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 you can order: Margherita
- For 13SP you can order: La Reine
- For 14SP you can order: Sloppy Giuseppe, Pollo Forza
- For 15SP you can order: American Hot, Pollo Ad Astra, Veneziana, Margherita (vegan option)
- For 16SP you can order: American, Diavolo
If you have a few extra SmartPoints to spare, the Vegan Giardiniera is 17SP, or for 19SP 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 and the Leggera superfood salad (salad and veggies with a mix of grains, pulses, seeds, cranberries and kale) is 7SP with dressing but no dough sticks.
PizzaExpress mains: pizza, pasta and salads
Classic pizzas clock in at around double the SmartPoints value of Leggera pizzas.
- For 26SP you can order: Margherita, Fiorentina
- For 27SP you can order: La Reine, Vegan Giardiniera
- For 28SP you can order: Sloppy Giuseppe
If you’re happy to spend a few extra SmartPoints, the Veneziana is 29SP and the American is 33SP.
Inspired by Rome, Romana pizzas are bigger, thinner and crispier than Classic pizzas, which also increases the SmartPoints value.
- For 32SP you can order: American Hot, Vegan Giardiniera
- For 33SP you can order: Funghi di Bosco
- For 34SP you can order: Barbacoa, Pollo Ad Astra
Or, if you have a few extra SmartPoints to spend, a Pollo Forza or a Padana is 36SP, and a Diavolo is 37SP. The Romana Carbonara is 46SP - stay on Budget 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. The Calabrese - a rectangular pizza with two types of sausage, three types of cheese, pesto, salad and veggies - is 44SP.
Not in the mood for pizza? For 21SP, the Bolognese fits within your daily SmartPoints Budget*, while other dishes may require dipping into your weeklies or using your rollovers. The cannelloni is 24SP, the risotto con funghi is 24SP, the lasagna is 25SP and the Pollo Pesto is 34SP.
*Based on an individual with a daily SmartPoints Budget of 23.
Salads come dressed and with dough sticks, and clock in at 20SP for the Niçoise (tuna, anchovies, olives and egg), 22SP for the Grand Caesar and 27SP for the Pollo (chicken, goat’s cheese, olives and croutons).
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 9SP, Niçoise is 12SP and the Grand Chicken Caesar is 14SP.
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. Or, if you order the chocolate fudge cake without the ice cream, that’s also 14SP.
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).
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. 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.
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.
If you order these with a tea or coffee, you’ll need to track the extra SmartPoints.
Sample meal combos*
Meal idea: Leggera La Reine 13SP + chocolate brownie dolcetti 10SP = 23SP
Top tip: As you’ve reached your daily SmartPoints Budget, try building your other meals around ZeroPoint™ foods (foods you don’t have to track). If you have PizzaExpress for dinner, this might mean Alison Hammond’s banana pancakes for breakfast and spiced vegetable stew for lunch.** Check out these 0 SmartPoints meals for inspiration.
Meal idea: Marinated green olives 5SP + Leggera Sloppy Giuseppe 14SP = 19SP
Top tip: Enjoy knowing you’ve still got some SmartPoints to play with for the rest of the day! Browse our recipes to get inspired, or stick to 0 SmartPoints meals to let the remaining 4SP roll over into your Weeklies (an additional allowance on top of your daily SmartPoints Budget to use however you like, perhaps for something special at the weekend).
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 planning the rest of your day around ZeroPoint foods.
*Based on an individual with a SmartPoints Budget of 23.
**This is not a WW meal plan and shouldn’t be considered as such, as it may not be nutritionally balanced. It is 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.