Online reviews can be a pain in the neck, and the ridiculous ones make the headlines. Maybe in this case for Pizza Express, any publicity is good publicity.
Prince Andrew of the British royal family recently gave an unprecedented interview to BBC in which he tries to refute claims that he slept with a 17-year-old provided by Jeffrey Epstein because he was instead at Pizza Express on March 10, 2001.
He told interviewer Emily Maitlis: “I was with the children and I’d taken (Princess) Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a party at, I suppose, sort of 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. in the afternoon.”
The only reason he remembers an otherwise mundane day with clarity: “…Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to tod, a very unusual thing for me to do.”
And that interview took TripAdvisor’s website by the storm. Within minutes of the Duke’s interview, mock reviews piled up of that specific day at that pizzeria.
9:00 pm – Switch off computer 🍷
10:00 pm – 120 messages on work WhatsApp group telling you to “check Twitter now” 😳 pic.twitter.com/ErVOEXtNVi
— PizzaExpress 🍕 (@PizzaExpress) November 16, 2019
One reads: “Pizza Express Woking is like no other pizza express [sic]! It’s a memory which will never disappear once you visit the Woking branch. It’s amazing the lasting effect a pizza can have on you! The pizza is so good from this specific branch it gives you the ability to not only remember what year you visited but the exact day and month! Truly incredible.”
Another reads: “This branch treats you like Royalty with its fine service. Why eat like a Tramp(s) when you can dine like a Prince instead.”
And yet another reviewer even quips that perhaps they saw the Duke of York themselves: “Love this place. I had a cracking pizza here in 2001. I remember it was 2001 because it was very strange, the guy next to me had an American Hot pizza with extra chillies[sic]…not a drop of sweat came off him. Very odd.”
It is unknown if sales spiked or declined for that pizzeria, but its 15 minutes of fame brought it a reporter for SurreyLive.com that recently gave it a positive review.