31/08/2010 05:38 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

How Many Calories In... Pizza Express Pizza?

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Pizza is always a firm favourite and, because of the huge range of toppings available, even the fussiest eater is catered for. Large, small, ham, pineapple, mushroom, chillies, thick bases, thin bases, stuffed bases, square bases - the list for creating a pizza is endless!

There is no getting away from the fact that pizza is definitely a treat. But, as with most foods, it is possible to limit the number of calories you are consuming with some careful selection from the menu.

But just how high in calories is a good pizza, and just how many does your favourite have? Some restaurants, such as Pizza Express, lists all of their pizzas and their calories online, so it is easy to check the content of your planned pizza.

And calorie counts do vary. For example, Pizza Express's Giardineria pizza - a vegetarian option featuring red peppers, leeks, olives and mushrooms - also features a whopping 929 calories. If this is too many, you can choose a fairly similar La Reine pizza - also featuring olives and mushrooms - which contains a much lower count of 727 calories.

Resisting the urge to hit the dough balls can also help save calories. Delicious though they are, they contain 350 calories per portion when served with garlic butter.

Alternatively, dough balls without garlic butter have a kinder calorie count of 250 calories; or you could compromise with a helping of garlic bread at 250 calories per portion - although this rises to 308 if served with melted mozzarella.