Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Ask Italian Review and Giveaway


Last Friday we nipped down to our local Ask Italian restaurant in Billericay, Essex for a late lunch to try out the new kids menu #servingupsmiles that they have recently launched across all their restaurants. The new menu is exactly how kids like to eat and includes topping your own pizzas, strawberries, chocolate and ice cream. We had a great time and we can not wait to return.


The restaurant in Billericay is situated inside a really charming, old building with a gorgeous conservatory out the back where you can watch chef cooking your food fresh, right in front of you. There is also a pretty courtyard out the back where you can dine al fresco. The decor is warm, modern and inviting with a quirky Italian theme.


We were greeted with a smile at the front desk and shown to our table by the waitress, who was really lovely and bubbly. We instantly felt that the restaurant was very child friendly the staff chatted to our nine year old Granddaughter, explaining the new kids menu in detail, making it easy for her to choose what she would like. The kids menu is three courses plus a 'Babyccino' priced at £6.75 - Excellent value!


The Kids Menu - The first thing our Granddaughter ordered after devouring her starters of garlic bread, cucumber, carrot and (the tastiest dip ever which she thoroughly enjoyed) was the make your own pizza. The waitress presented her with a pizza base with little pots full of toppings and our Granddaughter put together her pizza. It was so much fun and she looked so delighted when her pizza was returned fully cooked. The waitress told me that kids usually love making their own pizza's at the restaurant and some parents even bring groups of kids in for a mini birthday party. Such a great idea! We love how the staff involve the kids with the preparation of their food, it made visiting a restaurant a really fun experience.

I decided that if I were to recommend the new kids menu to your family then really I should try it myself and instead of having pizza I had the 'Calzone' which is basically a big pastie stuffed full of fillings of your child's choice, served as a smiley face. It was just like a pizza in a light pastry and was totally delicious. For dessert it was chocolate pizza which again the kids can build themselves by adding their own toppings. Also, included in the price of the kids menu is a 'Babycinno' which is a cute little coffee cup filled with frothed up milk and dusted with chocolate (cappuccino style).


Grown Up's Menu -We were joined at the restaurant by my Daughter and her partner who both ordered the Lasagne and the 'Grand Gelata' which is hazelnut meringue with ice cream, strawberries, raspberries and fresh cream. Hubby ordered the 'Penne Al Pollo Della Casa' which is chicken breast,  mushrooms, pasta served in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce and for dessert he thoroughly enjoyed the 'Apple Cinnamon Pizza Dolce' which he says tastes like 'Christmas'. All of the meals were delicious and cooked beautifully.


We also took home a takeaway for my Son and Daughter who were at home, of pizza, chicken salad, dough balls and 'Sicilian Arancini' which is rissotto balls made with spinach, goats cheese and mushrooms (freshly handmade), yum!

Before we left the restaurant the chef popped over to our table and introduced himself, telling us he was the assistant chef as it was head chefs day off. I must say we were so impressed with how well he managed on his own. His food was absolutely delicious and we all agree he deserved a massive pat on the back. All the staff were so lovely and we walked away from the restaurant feeling very happy and full. Big Thumbs Up From The Syders!



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237 comments:

  1. pepperoni, peppers, anchovies, garlic, tomatoes, capers

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  2. pineapple, mushrooms, bbq sauce, sweetcorn,

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  3. Chicken, Pineapple, Sweet corn and Capers

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  4. pineapples, peppers and sausages

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  5. Ham, pineapple, sweetcorn and red onion

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  6. just tomatoes and fresh mozerella

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  7. Ham, mushorooms, olives & artichokes.

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  8. Chicken, pineapple and mushrooms

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  9. pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms

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  10. chicken, peppers, onions and mushrooms

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  11. Bacon, pepperoni mushrooms with spicy sauce

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  12. I would choose to top my own pizza with prosciutto, goat cheese & Gorgonzola.

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  13. ham, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple

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  14. I'd choose mushrooms, sweetcorn, sliced black olives and chicken x

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  15. Spinach egg and onion as my favourite

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  16. cashews, mushroom and olives

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  17. Chicken, Mushroom, sweetcorn and bacon

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  18. Seafood toppings are my favourite x

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  19. Pepperoni, jalapeños, onion and minced beef...yummy!

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  20. Tomato, olives, chillies, capers oregano ,- puttanesca pizza

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  21. Roasted mediterranean veggies and once it's cooked I'd add some dollops of hummus !

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  22. Prawns, anchovies and spinach

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  23. Roasted veg - red onions, peppers, mushrooms etc.

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  24. goats cheese and spinach

    Ashleigh

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  25. Definitely pepperoni....love my pepperoni!

    Laura Harris

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  26. bbq chicken with mushroom red onion & sweetcorn

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  27. wild mushrooms, olives, sundried tomatoes.

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  28. sweetcorn, pineapple and mushrooms.

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  29. I'd love a salt beef & gherkin pizza! Yum! :)

    Jen xx
    www.kitsch-n-sync.com

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  30. Chorizo, mustard mayo, pepperoni and mushrooms.

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  31. Chicken, spinach, red onion and goats cheese

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  32. Tuna,Pineapple and spicy beef :) x

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  33. Cherry tomatoes, capers and red salmon x

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  34. Tomatoes, cheese, chicken and pineapple

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  35. Tomatoes, cheese, chicken and pineapple

    Tammy westrup

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  36. Pepperoni, tomatoes, cheese and peppers

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  37. pepperoni, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese x

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  38. All the C's - Chicken, Chilli's and cheese

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  39. Chicken, beef and mushroom

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  40. Chilli beef, sour cream & nachos!

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  41. chhese, ham, mushrooms and more cheese

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  42. Pepperoni, pepperoni and....let me think about this, pepperoni xxx

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  43. Pineapple, Ham, Sausage, Chorizo, Cheese!

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  44. Cheese, ham, pepperoni and red onion!

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  45. Spicy chicken and pineapple - I love the sweet and sour touch x

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  46. Lots of different types of cheese - cheddar, gorgonzola, parmesan and pepperoni and ham.

    @rachiegr

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  47. olives, pineapple, jalapenos, sweetcorn, onion, extra cheese, mushroom. just a few bits :D

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  48. Pineapple and sweet corn - Jodie Cook

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  49. Pepperoni, salami and plenty of mozarella, with a sprinkle of chilli flakes

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  50. My pizza heaven would consist of: onions, sweetcorn, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes Artichoke hearts, Pineapple, black olives, a small sprinkling of pine nuts, a squeeze of garlic and plenty of Red Leicester cheese :)

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  51. pineapple sweetcorn & bbq chicken

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  52. Chocolate spread, marshmallows, fudge pieces, chocolate buttons and toffee sauce - sweet tooth :)

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  53. Sorry to say i'm a plain Pizza girl, cheese & Tomato.

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  54. Ham, Chicken, BBQ Sauce and Pineapple :)

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  55. I LOVE ham, sweetcorn and cheese on my pizzas!

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  56. Mushrooms, sweetcorn, peppers, red onion on a pesto tomato sauce with loads of cheese

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  57. Mushrooms, Ham, Onions and Peppers

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  58. spicy sausage/meat and pepperoni

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  59. Ricotta, prosciutto, peppers and spinach

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  60. Ham & Pineapple

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  61. Goats cheese, courgette and lots of meat!

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  62. tuna, olives, capers, hard boiled eggs, rocket

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  63. a simple one - just cheese, tomato, onion and pepper with a little garlic

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  64. mushrooms, italian sausages and ham

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  65. bbq sauce, chicken, bacon, sweetcorn, mushrooms, onion, spicy beef!
    helen booth

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  66. Pepperoni, pineapple & mushrooms

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  67. For me it would be ham, anchovies, sweetcorn, mushrooms and olives!

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  68. BBQ sauce, Pepperoni and Pineapple!

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  69. Pepperoni, ham, mushrooms and onion

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  70. Nacho pizza with jalepenos is the bomb

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  71. bar-be-qua chicken and red pepper

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  72. mushrooms,cheese,mushrooms,pepperoni,mushrooms, bbq,mushrooms and chicken with extra mushrooms

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  73. Chicken, sweetcorn and red onion x

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  74. Red onion, mushroom, chorizo and garlic oil with herbs <3

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  75. tomatoes and fresh mozerella - leanne w

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  76. Tuna, sliced tomato and extra mozzarella :-)

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  77. Pepperoni, Red Peppers, Mushrooms and lots of cheese!

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  78. bbq sauce , Spicy Chicken , Pepperoni , Red Onions , Peppers and Chillies.

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  79. Cumberland Sausage and BBQ sauce

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  80. Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Bacon, Cheese and Cumberland Sausage.

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  81. Cheese, mushrooms, spicy chicken and sweetcorn

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  82. Ham, cheese, pineapple and mushroom

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  83. caramalised onion and goats cheese

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  84. Cheese, sweetcorn, tandoori chicken green chilli's and peppers

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  85. Sundried tomatoes, mushrooms galore and dolcelatte

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  86. goat cheese,raisins,capers and a drizzle of honey.

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  87. BBQ chicken, sweetcorn and red onion. Yum!

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  88. Ham, pineapple, mushrooms and olives

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  89. ham mushroom and a sprinkle of stilton

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  90. I would have bacon chicken mushrooms and tomatoes :)

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  91. Spicy Chicken, mushrooms, olives, red onion, jalepenos, chilli & garlic

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  92. Lots of cheese, Bacon and BBQ sauce :)

    @oneisjamie

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  93. Chicken, peppers, onion and tomatoes

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  94. Jalapeños, pepperoni, green peppers, onion.

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  95. Chicken, sweetcorn, mixed peppers and mozzarella :)

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  96. Chicken, mushrooms and sweetcorn - yum!

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  97. Cheese, tomatoes, onions, peppers, basil, garlic

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  98. Prosciutto, goats cheese, red onion and pepperdew tomatoes

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  99. CHICKEN, RED ONION AND SWEETCORN :)

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  100. yellow pepper, mushroom and red onion ;)

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  101. jalepeno and buffalo cheese

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  102. Beetroot, goat's cheese and capers and peppers :-)

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  103. I love lots of cheese and chicken on my pizzas :Dx

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  104. Tomato and goats cheese

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  105. Olives, ham and extra cheese. x

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  106. Black olives, mushrooms and onions.

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  107. Ham, cheese and mushroom

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  108. Ham, Pineapple, Sweetcorn and mushrooms loved this when I was pregnant

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  109. cheese and pepperoni. im a fussy eater!

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  110. Anchovies, tuna, sweetcorn & olives.

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  111. Black olives, goats cheese and chorizo

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  112. Mushrooms, sweet corn, chicken and ham xx

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  113. I would add chicken, sweetcorn, red peppers and spinach to my make your own pizza!

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  114. mushrooms, prosciutto and mascarpone

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  115. Sweet chilli chicken, onion, pineapple

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  116. Meatball, tomato, and red onion! (Simple and declicious)

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  117. Cheese, tomato and peas

    Trevor linvell

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  118. Tomato, olives, cheese ad smoked paprika

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  119. Chicken, avocado and toasted pine nuts plus mayo... I know, but trust me! :)

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  120. Thank you for this great review - Im taking my niece to London on saturday for her birthday treat and wanted somewhere nice to go after the theatre , make your own she will love thank you - Thats that problem sorted :) I would put pineapple onion and pepperoni on mine I think she will probably do the same.

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  121. goats cheese and olives are my favourite, with onions too!

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  122. Christina PalmerSunday, August 23, 2015

    Ham, pichickenneapple, sweetcorn and spicy

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  123. Tuna, prawns, scallops and seafood sauce.

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  124. Cheese,tomatoes,peppers,spicy chicken,onion and jalapeno chillis :)

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  125. Lots of Pepperoni and jalapeños

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  126. Lots of caramelized onion and goats cheese!

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  127. Pepperoni, mushrooms and ham :)

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  128. chorizo, chicken and sweetcorn with mozarella

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  129. Hamp and pineapple, lots and lots of pineapple

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  130. spicy chicken, spicy meatballs, spicy beef and peppers

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  131. Goats cheese and caramelised red onions - yum :)

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  132. 3 cheese, sweetcorn, pineapple, onions, pepper, jalapeños and mushrooms.

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  133. i like spicy beef, mushrooms and chillies

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  134. prawns, mushrooms and advocado

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  135. Pineapple, chicken, sweetcorn and mushrooms

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  136. spinach, red onion and goats cheese

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  137. My favourite ingredients are goats cheese and black olives. Probably a bit of spinach as well.

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  138. Ham, Pineapple, Mushrooms & Sweetcorn

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  139. Ham, Pineapple, Mushrooms, Sweetcorn

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  140. Pepperoni, mushrooms, chillies, cheese and tomato.

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  141. chicken, sweetcorn, peppers, red onions and lots of cheese

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  142. meatballs, bacon & red onion

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  143. Parma Ham, Mushrooms, Mozerella, Red Peppers and Sweetcorn

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  144. chicken, mushrooms onion, cheese and peppers

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  145. Cheese, tomato, red onions, black olives (twitter - @LindyHine)

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  146. I would love to put chicken mayonnaise on a pizza, I had one years ago and it was amazing!

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  147. Pineapple, Mushrooms, ham, extra mozarella

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  148. BBQ sauce, chicken, pepperoni, green peppers, red onion & pineapple!

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