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Atmospheric Italian based eating
Prezzo Restaurant (Chichester)
Member Name: Huomenna
Prezzo Restaurant (Chichester)
Date: 19/02/12, updated on 20/02/12 (63 review reads)
Advantages: beautiful restaurant, atmospheric, decent tasting food, fair prices
Disadvantages: sometimes badly placed tables, had to ask numerous times for water
Chichester's Prezzo is located in the centre of town, down South street, where the vast majority of Chichester's restaurants seem to be located. My boyfriend and I have been to Prezzo a few times - it's one of our favourite 'local restaurants' as the food is reasonably priced and the building is beautifully atmospheric.
What is it?
In case you are not familiar with the chain - they are an Italian restaurant so think lots of pasta and pizza and you're in the right direction. The restaurants tend to be tastefully decorated with low atmospheric lighting - this particular branch is situated in an old building and they've really let the character show through with exposed beams and stained glass panels.
What's the food like?
Fairly generic italian standards, but decent tasting in my opinion. There is nothing unusual and it's not the best tasting food in the world but you will get a reasonable tasting, reasonable sized plate of food. The pizzas are thin base and the pasta is things like carbonara (what I tend to get when I visit).
When the food is served up you are asked if you would like any condiments, parmesan cheese etc.
How much will it cost me?
Price wise you can expect to pay an average of £7-10 for a main, with starters and desserts being roughly £3.50-5 each. On certain days of the year they also provide set 3 course menus that still have reasonable choice on them - most recently was the valentines menu for £18.95 per person.
What are the staff like?
Generally speaking my experiences with the staff have been fairly good - they're pleasant enough, although not the most chatty. I've noticed that virtually all of them seem to be Polish and sometimes I struggle to understand what they're telling me is on the specials menu as they seem to say it very fast and quietly! They do however, ask all the appropriate questions - Are you ready to order? How is your meal? etc
My most recent experience:
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Prezzo for Valentines day this year as we could book a table online. We left it fairly late to book (less than 48 hours) and the latest time slot available was 5pm so we took that, but even when we left an hour later there were still plenty of empty tables - on the plus side though at least they weren't trying to cram in as many people as possible and hurrying people through their meals.
We were shown to a table, which quite frankly was a horrible table - it was a four seater but with only 2 seats, both on the same side (so we were sitting next to each other) and there was a gigantic lamp behind my seat which I kept bashing my head on the corner of every time I sat up straight, so not the best thought out table placing in the world! I probably should have said something at the time, but I don't like to make a fuss.
Both the regular and set menu were offered to us and our order was taken within a few minutes. There were approximately 10 minutes between ordering and getting the starters, then each subsequent course so fairly good timing. I had stuffed mushrooms for starters which were nice, but possibly lacking in a little flavour, the carbonara I had for mains was flavourful. The biggest complaint I have with the food is the dessert - I went for the chocolate fudge cake which I assumed would be hot, it wasn't but that's not the end of the world, what I didn't like was that it was very heavy and stodgy.
Quite a few times I had to ask for a glass of water, before we actually got it - either they kept forgetting or they didn't want to give away free drinks (I wanted tap water).
The nice extras were that a lighted candle was placed on the table and also a single red rose - I thought these were nice touches that helped set the atmosphere off.
I'd have to say this was actually our worst visit to Chichester Prezzo - it wasn't bad, but there were a few niggly issues. Never the less it won't put us off and we'll certainly visit again.
Overall I would recommend Prezzo in Chichester - prices are fair, food is decent if a little boring, the building is beautiful and the atmosphere is good.
Summary: A decent place for a nice out that will have food to suit most tastes