Review: healthy January dishes at Prezzo

The grilled veggie flatbread - how is that less than 600 calories?! SO YUMMY. (photo by Ashley)
The grilled veggie flatbread – how is that less than 600 calories?! SO YUMMY. (photo by Ashley)

What: Prezzo
Where: St Martins Lane, London (branches nationwide)
When: Jan 2013
Price: About £35 per head for a three course meal including a glass of wine. Main courses are about £10 ish.

Rating: 4 stars

Given that I am being very well behaved with my food habits at the moment, I was delighted to see that Prezzo are doing a special January menu of low calorie meals – all under 600 calories! The healthy range is going until 4th Feb, so there’s still plenty of time to pay them a visit if any of the below take your fancy…

The healthy menu consists of:

  • Chunky tomato and oregano soup (130 calories)
  • Buffalo mozzarella flatbread (597 calories)
  • Super detox salad (98 calories)
  • Grilled vegetable flatbread (482 calories)
  • Chicken Andria (310 calories)
  • Choice of sorbets (129 calories)

I went to Prezzo in a party of four, and I was determined to have a nice meal out without scoffing too many calories. For starters, we shared some calamari (which was beautiful – really light and crispy)  and the antipasti platter, which had cold meats, bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, fresh mozzarella, and

Big calzone! Big! Huge! (photo by Ashley)
Big calzone! Big! Huge! (photo by Ashley)

marinated olives. The platter was really lovely – though definitely designed to be shared between two instead of four! It was very fresh and tasty – the perfect start to our meal.

As I was keen to have something from the new January menu, I went for the grilled vegetable flatbread – and it was really rather scrummy. I was quite amazed that it was less than 600 calories, as it tasted like a normal pizza. It was drizzled in the most gorgeous pesto sauce, and the veggies were cooked perfectly. The presentation was absolutely gorgeous too. It came with a very fresh, tasty salad too. My dining partners all enjoyed their meals – one had a beef and chianti tortellini, one the calzone, and one had a ‘light’ pizza – a smaller pizza with a salad. The pasta was very slightly overcooked, but the flavours were good. The calzone was enormous (definitely not under 600 calories!!) and was rich and sumptuous – The London Lad said it could easily have been shared between two! The light pizza was also very good – though the toppings on the stagioni were a bit formulaic, which made my friend feel a bit like she had to eat it in sections.

The puddings were excellent – I had a very nice mini cheesecake (ok, a little bit naughty…!) and my friends had tiramisu (very nice, but slightly too much hot chocolate powder on the plate!), lemon sorbet (fluffy and zesty!) and a hazelnut bombe – an ball of ice cream covered in nuts and filled with meringue, which was delicious and one for the more adventurous diner!

The meal was enjoyed with a very nice bottle of chianti. The service was absolutely superb – we went to the branch on St Martin’s Lane in London, and our waitress was very friendly, smiley, and attentive. The evening was really lovely and I would say Prezzo is a great alternative to Pizza Express or Zizzi etc – it felt a bit fresher and a bit less ‘cookie cutter’. It has a bit more character, and the food we had was fresh, tasty, and thoughtfully prepared. I would definitely go back.

Om nom nom. (photo by Ashley)
Om nom nom. (photo by Ashley)