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Fine dining in Chichester
Member Name: Huomenna
Advantages: delicious food, nice looking restaurant
Disadvantages: portions a bit small, prices a little high
What is it?
Zizzi is one of a number of Italian restaurants based in Chichester's South Street. The building has full length windows across the whole front to let in plenty of light, whilst the interior still retains a warmth to it (in terms of mood, not temperature!) There are two floors, although I've only ever eaten downstairs so can't comment what it's like on the top - on the ground floor at least there is decent spacing between the tables so you don't feel crowded in.
What's the food like?
The food is Italian based so there are pizza's, pasta and risotto aplenty, with a few more unusual options if you fancy trying something a bit different. As I'm not a fan of thin based pizza's I tend to go for pasta or risotto. The last time we visited was Valentines day 2011 and if memory serves me correct I had a mushroom risotto which was delicious, although the portion was a little on the small side for my liking. My boyfriend had some sort of spicy pizza which he enjoyed and was happy with the portion size.
How about the staff and service?
The standard of service was good - staff were friendly and we didn't have to wait long for any courses. As I said earlier the last time we went was a valentines day and when we arrived only the set menu was laid out on the table - nothing on it took either of our fancies so we asked if we could have the standard menu which got us an odd look, they fetched us one anyway and we ordered off there with no problems.
How much will it cost me?
It's not a cheap restaurant, but I've certainly seen more expensive, with main courses tending to very a couple of quid either side of a tenner. Starters and mains are generally less than £5 each and tap water is available on request if you don't want to spend extra on drinks. As I think the portions are a little small though, the prices could be cheaper for what you get.
Would I recommend it?
On the plus side the restaurant is nicely set out and the food tastes good, but the portions could be bigger and or the prices less. I would recommend a visit if you're in the area but would be good if you had some sort of discount voucher, I will probably only return myself if I am in posession of one (these sorts of things come up fairly regularly online, although they tend to be restricted to certain days only).
The location is fairly convenient, in one of Chichester's 4 main roads, the train station is less than 5 minutes walk away and there is a fair sized car park just a couple of minutes walk away.
Summary: Better for a romantic meal out than family fun