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Nice food, not much of it!
Zizzi (Milton Keynes)
Member Name: icklepickle
Zizzi (Milton Keynes)
Advantages: Tasty food, nice staff, modern place
Disadvantages: Not much value for money, very hot
What Zizzi say:
We love simple Italian cookery - there's nothing tricksy about it - pizza, pasta, salads, risotto, carne, pesce (that's meat and fish). It starts with the ingredients - fresh, in season and well prepared. We have signature dishes that have become much-loved classics, but we're also constantly dreaming up new ones.
Our restaurants are run the Italian way - passionate and homely with a little flair. Each one's a bit different in character, architecture, age and feel; think Robert De Niro with a regional accent. Wherever you are, something you can always be assured of is a warm welcome.
What i say:
Myself and partner were staying in the Jurys Inn, Milton Keynes with a group of 10 other people aged 21 - 40.
We were looking for somewhere local and since Zizzi was right behind the hotel we decided this would be the best idea (close staggering distance).
A few hours before we phoned to book for a table for 12 at 8pm. They were very happy to accommodate at very late notice on a Saturday evening.
The restaurant itself is fantastic. From the outside it looks very modern and has a big glass front which i believe is opened in the summer. There are some tables outside but it was a chilly night so we opted for the inside.
Inside as you walk in there is a steep staircase to the right which leads up to the toilets.
On the back wall is there bar and the kitchen which you can see right into. They have a huge pizza oven which lights up the whole restaurant but unfortunately helps to make the place very hot!!
There are plenty of tables and chairs for various sized parties.
We had a long table which was right opposite the pizza oven which was slightly unbearable for a few of our group who were right at the top of the table. I was sat by the window so the heat wasn't too bad for me.
Our Italian waiter was very helpful and a good laugh. He took the orders well and spoke very good English.
The prices of the food are quite reasonable for a modern restaurant but the drinks prices are slightly more steep. A good bottle of wine is £20 - £30 which i guess is typical of most places nowadays. But when you spend a lot of time in somewhere like wetherspoons or hungry horse like i do, it seems a little more expensive.
The food however was very tasty.
To start i shared a plate of garlic bread with my partner. The garlic wasn't very strong but the bread was flat and like a pizza base and it was very tasty. This was £3.75 and wasn't a bad price as there was quite a lot of it.
For main i had the Lasagne, which came in a small ceramic bowl with a small side salad. The lasagne itself was delicious, the pasta was very moist and melted in my mouth and the cheese on top was very nice. But the size of it was a bit of a let down, it was tiny and i was still hungry afterwards. The price for the Lasagne was £8.50.
My partner had a pizza and i tried some of his too. It seemed nice and he was happy.
To share we had a bowl of the Tuscan potatoes, which were basically like little roast potatoes. They were £2.95 and we received 5 very small potatoes and really weren't worth the money.
For dessert i had the Panettone Al Forno which is basically Bread and butter pudding. On the menu it says allow 15 minutes for it to bake. It was delicious and so filling i could barely eat half of it. I am a huge fan of bread and butter pudding and i have to say it is probably one of the best i have ever had. I highly recommend it. The price for this was £5.25.
It was one of our groups 40th birthdays so we had a cake for him, the staff were more than happy to bring this out with candles and even sang for him. They then gave us plates and forks to eat it with.
All in all the food was very nice, it seemed to vary in the amount of food you would receive and you definitely needed a 3 course meal to leave feeling full.
Upstairs were the toilets and were quite confusing. They don't have separate mens and women's, but instead of separate unisex toilets. You push the sections of wall to get into the toilets. Very strange and very hard to figure out after 2 bottles of wine!
But the whole experience was nice, i probably wouldn't go there again if i was paying myself but since i didn't pay for the meal i didn't mind so much.
Summary: A nice place to visit if you like authentic italian