Needing no introduction, this old fave has long been on the top of our list for a spontaneous supper treat. The fun and functional décor, highchairs aplenty, friendly staff and almost fail-safe menu certainly take the stress out of dining out. The dip-able dough balls are a cheap and cheerful way to stave off hunger pangs before the arrival of the mains, but the real saving grace is the fact the delightful chefs are more than happy to let nippers create their own mini pizzas.
Kitted out in paper apron and hat, our brood spent a happy 15 minutes swirling tomato sauce and adding their own toppings which, invariably, means they’re far more likely to eat the cooked version. The pizzas – thin and crispy with an abundance of varieties to suit all palettes – are, in our opinion, the best around. Our personal faves include the Quattro Carni for macho, meat-eating dad, and the Diavolo for mum – who’s partial to a bit of spicy sausage. With pasta dishes, risotto and salads, there’s plenty to keep non-pizza freaks happy too.
Average price of a family meal for four Dhs200-250. Al Safa Centre (near Park n Shop), Jumeirah (04 394 5616; www.pizzaexpressdubai.com). Open daily noon-11.30pm. Other locations: Ibn Battuta (04 368 5134); Bin Sougat Centre (04 285 2393); Uptown Mirdif (04 288 8040); Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 437 0171).