A review of a Pizza Express restaurant, written as a college assignment by a teenage student and published by the Peterborough Telegraph, has become an unlikely internet hit.
Highlights of the review, written by Holly Aston included:
"For the starter we ordered garlic bread with mozzarella and we were delighted when it arrived. It was one round piece of bread covered in cheese."
"My first reaction when they put [the pizza] down on the table was 'wow' as it looked perfectly cooked and quite big in size."
Inevitably there were some who just sneered at Aston's writing and the decision to review such a well-known chain of restaurants, but the reviewer's joyful, wide-eyed enthusiasm - undimmed by issues with the not unimportant ingredients of the cheese and tomato sauce on her pizza and the amount of garlic on her garlic bread - also won a great many fans and reached more than 100,000 people online, including the likes of Caitlin Moran and restaurant critic Jay Rayner.
For those who haven't seen it - possibly the greatest restaurant review ever: http://t.co/K3VNu8ro3P— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) September 19, 2014
As a lifelong fan of pizza express there's nothing about this review I do not love. http://t.co/V3TBCR42jR— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) September 19, 2014
Aston's review certainly brightened up Friday for a lot of people, including the team at the Peterborough Telegraph. The Media Blog was told the traffic seen on Aston's review "has blown everything else out of the water".
Although Aston appears to be enjoying her time in the limelight and has been offered some work experience by the Daily Mirror, the greatest beneficiary in all of this, is undoubtedly Pizza Express who, despite the amount of cheese and tomato sauce on their pizzas being called into question, along with the amount of garlic on their garlic bread, received a huge amount of free publicity, for which they were clearly grateful: