“ 45 Earl Street / Maidstone / Kent ME14 1PD / 01622 677499. „
I had always walked past the Prezzo in Maidstone or simply not walked down Earl Street far enough to discover their gorgeous food. Hence why I thought this needed reviewing, in case others have done the same! I found Prezzo after I received some unwanted Tesco clubcard vouchers from a friend. I actually had to look up where the nearest one was via their website, only to discover there was one in my hometown. Here's my review:
Firstly, there is no free parking close by. There is a multi-storey car park opposite and an outside parking area around the corner, but both require you to pay for your stay, and it can be a little frustrating thinking about the time throughout your dinner. From the outside the restaurant looks like an old house with dark beams. There is a hanging Prezzo sign above the door to let you know it's there, and normally an A-board letting you know what is on offer. There are a couple of large steps to enter the restaurant, which I can't imagine is very wheelchair friendly! I'm not entirely sure where the disabled entrance is, so it is not very clear. When you enter the building there is a waiting area that looks really cosy, for instance there is an open fire with sofas and stalls around it. Usually, a member of staff takes us through to the main restaurant as soon as we get in the door. However, on busier nights we are told a waiting time and given menus to look at in the waiting area until a table becomes available. There is a small bar behind the till where the drinks are made... I'm not actually sure if you can order there yourself, we tend to wait until we are seated. All in all, the staff are very quick to attend to your needs and always polite and helpful.
The main restaurant is separated into three areas. There are around six small tables in the first part, then around ten larger tables in the next area and finally a few tables outside for use in the summer! The restaurant is decorated in a sophisticated manner, with plain furniture, wooden flooring and neutral colours. There are many paintings by David Hockney decorating the walls, it would be nice to see a variety of artists, but I guess that is their theme! There is music playing in the background, but not so much to interrupt your conversation. The toilets are located upstairs, which makes it a bit of an effort to get to, especially manoeuvring through all the tables. Again, I'm not sure where the disabled ones are located! There are only about three or four toilets, but I've never had to queue, despite going on busy weeknights! The rooms themselves are huge and nicely decorated. There has never been a problem with cleanliness or low supplies either.
The menu has a wide variety of Italian food to accommodate even the fussiest of eaters (me included!). The range of dishes includes pasta, pizza and calzone, grilled food, risottos and salads. Obviously there is also a wide range of starters, sides and desserts, and a long wine list too! I have been to Prezzo quite a few times in the past year and found the menu appears to change quite a bit... both the dishes and appearance of the menus. For instance, I went there a couple of weeks ago and there was no longer my favourite Ciabatta Milanese!
Firstly, we ordered our soft drinks (two Diet Cokes), which came in traditional glass bottles with a separate frosted cold glass. I really appreciate it when restaurants do this because it makes the drinks so much more refreshing! For starters, my partner and I had our usual Pane Con Cipolla (or garlic bread with mozzarella and caramelised onions). Those that read my Wildwood review will see a theme occurring here! However, Prezzo serve theirs on a large plate with the slices cut already. We were also given two plates (great, considering we were sharing!) and knives and forks - although I never used mine! There was a good amount of caramelised onions, although some parts hardly had any and others were covered, so it could have been more evenly spread!
For our mains, I tried one of Prezzo's new dishes 'Pollo Mariano' which was described as 'Seasoned chicken, spicy Italian sausage, roasted peppers and fusilli in tomato sauce.' It came out as you would expect, much like a great looking pasta bake. It was full of colour and flavor... very tasty! The portion size was rather on the large size for me, but I tend to eat small dinners anyway, so I reckon it would be just right for anyone else! My partner had the carbonara which I can't comment on but it down well with him! We did not talk much throughout the meal... always a sign that the food is good!
We did not have enough room for dessert because the menu looked delicious... The prices are fairly reasonable for a high street restaurant, averaging about £5 for each one. I loved the sound of the Honeycomb Smash cheesecake or the Lemon Torte, so next time I'd love to try them!
The prices are average for a high street restaurant. Our garlic bread was £4.95, the mains were £9.95 and drinks were £2.25. All in all, we paid less than ten pounds because we took advantage of Tesco clubcard vouchers so we felt very smug! I do not spot many offers associated with Prezzo, for instance 2-4-1, so it does put me off going but it would be nice as a special treat!
I would recommend going to Prezzo if you love Italian food because there are a lot of dishes to choose from and each and every one comes out looking and smelling delicious. The restaurant itself is really inviting and comfortable to eat in, so I instantly feel chilled out and relaxed! I give this restaurant 4* - marked down due to the parking and disabled access.
45 Earl Street
01622 677 499
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 12pm -11.30pm
Prezzo is one of my favourite restaurants in Maidstone. I have eaten there numerous times and have never been disappointed. I always recommend friends and family to eat there and I haven't heard any negative comments.
The layout of the restaurant is very light and airy. I haven't eaten upstairs but it'd be perfect for parties. Downstairs there is a fireplace and a conservatory area. On the walls there are copies of David Hockney paintings and I always enjoy looking at them as he is one of my favourite artists.
My favourite meals there are the Fiorentina pizza and the Mezzaluna Ricotta E Spinaci. All main meals are around £7-£8 and desserts £3-4.
I have eaten there with my partner, a friend, a group of friends and even been to a work Christmas party. Every time the staff have always been friendly and attentive but never hassle you to finish your food.
A perfect place to dine for lunch or dinner!
I have been a fan of the Prezzo chain since it opened as it seems one of the nicest of all the Italian chains about, and boy are there a lot.
Prezzo is actually part of the chain that runs zizi's, yet they have managed to keep it different enough so that it doesn't get boring, yet kept all the same things that make the two of them great.
Maidstone Prezzo, like all Prezzo's I have been to, is set in a beautiful building with character. It has exposed modern beams which give it a lovely cottagey feel. The restaurant is spacious and light and airey, yet there are enough corners to hide in if you want a nice quiet undisturbed meal.
Prezzos tables come in twos, so they can literally build a table to any size you want, although if you have a big group a deposit may be needed first. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful candles to give a great ambiance.
The menu tries to cater for a wide variety of tastes, even though it is Italian, by providing things that Zizi and Ask (I'd guess the main competition) miss out on. Burgers and fries are included in the menu! Do not worry though the classics that you would expect from the menu are not missed out on. The usual wide variety of Pizza, Pasta, Calzone and salad are all included. The menu is very broad and includes a lot of dishes in each genre. There is something for everyone!
Service wise, I have never had a bad experience. The staff are incredibly friendly and are happy to modify dishes to your taste / particular needs. I would personally recommend the mozella cariosa starter, its very delicious!!
A couple of years ago, I was looking for somewhere nice to take my girlfriend for a meal for our second anniversary. Funds were rather limited so the choices were narrowed down for me a bit. There are some great restaurants in and around Maidstone but the best ones are a bit more pricy at times. So I decided to look at the chain restaurants and see what they were like.
There are several chain restaurants in Maidstone, Zizzis, Nandos, Pizza Express etc etc all along the same road, but none of the restaurants really looked nice enough inside to be a special enough place for an anniversary dinner, so I went further down the road and found the Prezzo. I had a look inside and it looked really nice, sort of like an old cottage building with beams etc but decorated in a really modern and stylish way, certainly nicer
than most chain restaurants! I also had a look at the menu and it sounded nice, your typical italian chain restaurant sort of dishes but from the ones I saw being taken to tables, they looked very nice indeed. I decided to book a table and did so there and then. I asked to book a table for two for an anniversary meal.
When the evening came, we got to the restaurant a few minutes early and were shown straight to our table, a nice table out of the way of most of the other dinners, in a little sort of alcove room. It was nice and quiet and seemed to me that we had been put there so we could enjoy a peaceful anniversary (this probably wasn't the case but I like to think it was). Our waitress came over with menus and asked if we wanted any drinks. We both went for soft drinks and started deciding what to have.
We had a little bit of a wait to have our order taken (most likely due to being a bit out of the way in the alcove room) but not so long as to be annoying.
When the food arrived after a reasonable wait, it was hot (one of the most important things that chain restaurants often fail at!!!), the portions were good and it was very tasty indeed.
The service throughout was good, though being tucked away as we were, it took a little longer than it might to get our waitresses attention when we wanted a jug of water but the fact that we had a nice quiet space to ourselves meant we weren't bothered.
When the bill arrived, it was very reasonable for what we had eaten (I sadly can't remember exactly but it wsa in the region of £30 for two people for three courses). Since then we have eaten there a few times and each time the food has been good, the service good and the prices reasonable.
This is the only Prezzo I have eaten in so I'm unable to comment on the chain as a whole but my experience of he Maidstone branch is that it is a decent restaurant with good food at reasonable prices. My girlfriend and I have now found a very special restaurant which we use for special occasions but we are still happy to go to Prezzo at times when we want a nice meal for not too much money.
I love this restaurant! A friend of ours suggested going for dinner at Prezzos, and to be honest I had never even heard of the place. Now, I go there every opportunity I get!
The layout of the restaurant is lovely, upstairs there are little nooks, and down stairs there is a big fireplace and a conservatory area. The food is gorgeous - I would totally recommend the deep fried mozzarella with tomato salsa for a starter and the spinach and ricotta pasta for mains. Service has always been very good when I have been to this restaurant, the restaurant is decorated nicely, the food is great, you get decent portions and it is great value too.
I would recommend this restaurant whether you are going for a meal with friends or a romantic meal for two.
Last night me and my friend L went out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. In Maidstone there is an abundance of Italian Restaurant chains, and we decided to go to Pizza Express. However, when we got there we found almost every table occupied and a queue almost out the door. After being told there would be a 30 minute wait just for a table outside, we left to try Zizzis, but found there was a wait there too. We're not sure why town was so busy on a Tuesday night, but It's kinda nice I guess. So we left there and continued on out way to the next chain. This was when we walked past Prezzo. I hadn't even thought of it as I've never been there before, but L had gone before for tac20's birthday.
So we ventured inside and I asked if they had any tables for two. I was met with a 'why wouldn't there be?' kind of look; obviously they hadn't looked out the window and seen the millions of hungry people crawling around the streets. So, the waitress took us to a small table, stopping briefly at a specials board, which had two meals on it, both for around £7. Our table was in a small area with about 5 other tables in it, a couple for 4 people, a couple for 2, and one larger table for around 6. We sat down and were given menus, and were asked whether we would like any drinks. Being a driver I went for an exciting bottle of still water, and L had a diet coke.
I'm not sure exactly how long our drinks took to arrive, but it was long enough for me and L to look at the menu and decide what we wanted to eat, L having lasagne (as she always does!), and I went for a Pazzerella Pizza, which has on it rocket leaves, parmesan, olives, mozzarella and tomato. We also ordered some mozzarella garlic bread to share as a starter. After we ordered a almost downed my first glass of water, it was so hot. I know that the weather has been a bit exceptional recently, but the windows in the bit we were sitting in didn't open, and there was only one fan that we could see. The area we were in was pretty close to the hatch to the kitchen, so it was pretty warm to say the least.
Our garlic bread was brought to us pretty quickly. It was alright, not the greatest garlic bread I've ever tasted, but not the worst either. It wasn't very garlic-y at all, and the mozzarella didn't cover the whole of the bread, which I was a bit disappointed about, but then I'm a bit of a pig when it comes to mozzarella. Pretty much as soon as we had finished the garlic bread the plate was swept away from us. After this we got into chatting, so I wouldn't be able to tell you exactly how long it took for our mains to come. However, it was a lot longer between the starter and the mains than it was between our ordering and starter. This I don't approve of, I hate having to wait a long time between courses, once you've started eating you don't want to have to wait for ages before you can carry on! Saying this though, it wasn't a terribly long wait, and as soon as I commented that I was hungry we saw our meals sitting waiting on the hatch. Our meals were brought over, and we tucked in. I also asked for another bottle of water, which actually took a while to get to me, but to be fair they were pretty busy. My pizza was much like the garlic bread, it wasn't the greatest pizza I've ever tasted when I've been out, but by no means was it the worst. The pizza was pretty big (although I ate it all, ha!) and generally tasted pretty nice, the olives were lovely (although there were only 4 of them ) the mozzarella was good, although the rocket was a bit soggy. I didn't taste L's lasagne, but she said it tasted really good.
After we'd finished our plates were taken again pretty speedily, and then after a few minutes we were brought dessert menus. We both were pretty full by this point though and both declined to get anything else, and just asked for the bill instead. Overall, our meals came to £26.20, which I think is pretty good seeing as this was for 2 main courses, 1 starter, 1 diet coke and 2 500ml bottles of water. I think this is about the average price for a meal at any pizza chain, it's usually what I pay when I go to Pizza Express or Zizzis. Me and L had a nice meal and evening out when we went to Prezzos, but it wasn't anything special. The food wasn't particularly anything you wouldn't find in any other pizza restaurant, the atmosphere didn't offer anything new and the service wasn't outstanding. I would go to Prezzos again, but I don't think it would be my first choice. I think I still prefer Pizza Express. There was nothing wrong with our meal or the restaurant, it was just a bit predictable.