“ Address: 12 King Street / Nottingham / NG1 2AS „
Zizz's is an Italian restaurant chain owned by the Gondola Group. The Nottingham Zizzi's restaurant is located on King Street just off the Old Market Square so has a very central location in the city.
The restaurant recently underwent a large refurbishment, in my opinion when the restaurant first closed for refurbishment I could not really see why as it still looked rather modern. Although now it has reopened it is much lighter and airy looking which from the outside which makes it look much more inviting.
My partner and I last visited Zizzi's in November 2010 after I had found a voucher for buy one get one free on main courses on the Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert website. Zizzi's has promotions such as this on a regular basis which definitely makes eating here much more appealing.
When we arrived at the restaurant the entrance is on the first floor where the matradee desk is located just inside the door. Although there is seating on this floor they tend to use the lower floor where the open kitchen is located. We were quickly greeted and shown to a table downstairs, it was surprisingly busy for 3pm on a Sunday afternoon but it did look like most people were taking advantage of discount vouchers they had found online. As we were shown to the table we were also given menu's allowing us to start choosing what we wanted to eat and drink straight away. I found this really helpful as a pet hate of mine in restaurants is being left seated for a long time before anyone brings you even a drinks menu so to me this was very good service.
We were waiting only about 5 minutes before our waitress came over and took our drinks order and the drinks followed shortly after. We indicated at this time that we were in fact ready to place our food order and she quickly returned to take it. She was very pleasant and friendly and told us that if we needed anything else to let her know.
On this occasion I opted for the Risotto Di Pesce (12.20) a risotto containing tiger prawns, oak-roasted salmon and calamari with courgettes, spinach, fresh lemon and a touch of chilli. My partner for the Calzone Carne Piccante (£9.75) a folded pizza containing chicken, meatballs and bolognese, with mushrooms, chilli, mozzarella and tomato served with a mixed salad. We also ordered drinks of one coke (330ml £2.10), one bottle of Peroni (330ml £3.50) and one San Pellegrion sparling lemon drink (200ml £2.10).
When I placed my order for the risotto I requested it without the calamari if possible as I am not really a fan of it but was willing to eat around it if possible. I was extremely happy when she told me that this would not be a problem, some restaurants often have things readymade where it is not possible to remove certain ingredients.
Both of the main courses came out together and looked very presentable, my partner being glad that he did not order any side dishes after seeing how large his calzone was. My risotto was cooked perfectly and had a wonderful balance of flavours, they had also not scrimped on the prawns and salmon and there was no sign of any calamari. My partner also enjoyed his calzone that was packed full of filling, although it was rather spicy I think it would have benefited from the chilli's being chopped up much finer as you often came across large chucks that did make your eyes water slightly.
Our waitress did come over to us during our meal to check that everything was alright which it was. She also offered us the coffee and desserts menu after we had finished the main courses which we declined as we were both rather full already.
When I asked for the bill I presented the waitress with our discount voucher which she happily accepted. The bill arrived and was all correct, I opted to pay by card and the card machine was brought over to the table to me. All in all it was a good quality meal with very good service. I can certainly recommend that you try Zizzi's if you are a fan of Italian food, they have a great selection of dished from pizza, pasta, risotto, calzone and salads. As I stated I did not have a dessert on this occasion but have in the past and they have also been very good.
Also keep an eye out for discount vouchers by signing up to Zizzi's newsletter on their website www.zizzi.co.uk or by visiting www.moneysavingexpert.co.uk.
A really lovely place to eat, once your inside you forget you're in the middle of a city and it feels like a romantic place to eat. The food at Zizzi is amazing, i have never heard one bad comment, i've loved everything i tried, you get nice big meals too, especially the pizzas! The staff are friendly and you get served quickly which is nice, it's a lovely warm place to eat and it does feel like a taste of italy. The only bad point about the restaurant is that most of the seating is downstairs and you have to go upstairs again to the toilet but it's not really a big issue. Last time i went was with my vegetarian friend and there were plenty of things she could have which is always good. The wine is a bit expensive but it's nice wine and worth it. All in all excellent service and really excellent food.
I'd never been to Zizzi's before but wanted to go as it looked from the outside like a good restaurant. But I didn't get the opportunity to go until a couple of weeks back, when a group of my Nottingham friends decided to book a meal and I went up to join them. There were quite a lot of us, probably about 15, yet we were made to feel very welcome. I've noticed in some places when you're in a big group, despite the fact they know you're coming and have prepared, they get quite sullen and rude. Not so here.
The restaurant had a nice atmosphere and the decor was lovely. Plain and quite simple, yet enough decorative pieces to make it interesting. The only thing I would say is that it's quite small. There were 2 large groups of people there, true, but even with the tables normally arrnaged it would be quite cramped, and I hate that in restaurants. There's not really much they can do about that though...
A sign of how good the food is was the fact that it was so busy, even in these credit crunch times, for food that is priced about your average Pizza Express expectations.
The menu is Italian food; from that point I was expecting it to be like Pizza Express as there are some similarities in the menu. I ordered a pizza with chillis. It was supposed to have pepperoni but I don't like that so I switched to mushrooms and I'm so glad I did! There were a fair amount of fresh chillies and although I love spicy things, these chillies were crazily hot! The pizza was fantastic though, one of the nicest I've tasted. They had no problems altering my incredibly fussy boyfriend's meal to just plain spaghetti (sigh).
Everyone else was really keen on their meals too, a lot of people ordered pasta and commented on how amazing it was. The menu was about average size, not incredibly extensive but more than adequate.
The best part for me was the dessert though. I usually pick ice cream, but the sound of Torta Zizzi intrigued me - a slice of cake with plum, fig and pistachio, and ice cream on the side. It looked great when it arrived, but tasting it was an experience on a whole new plane - it is literally amazing!!! I expected it to taste ok but it was lovely and moist, not too crumbly, and definitely moreish. Going to Zizzi's is worth it just for this alone!
The worst part in group meals is definitely paying, but even this went without a hitch as they kindly printed out more receipts for us to work our meals out, and despite the large number of us, didn't even include a service charge. For once we managed to not only get everyone to pay, but also include a decent tip, so everyone was happy. Oh, and someone had printed a 2 for 1 voucher off, and the staff were really good and took it happily as well as asking if anyone else had one (luckily no one did).
All in all, I will definitely be heading back there.
Zizzi's is a warm and welcoming place, as you go in the entrance there are some tables upstairs but mostly the restaurant is downstairs, I believe they only open the top section when it exceptionally busy. I always get a little worried when I go down the stairs towards the down stairs seating area of the restaurant, especially if it's been raining, they are tiled stairs and I'm always conscious that I might slip, it's never actually happened though.
The staff are very friendly, and all easily identifiable as dressed in black. I've never had any problems with the service in here, even at the busiest of times.
The menu has a variety of dishes from pizza to pasta to salads to Italian dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise. The prices are really good, you can get easily dine for £10 per person (£15 if you're being extravagant) The pizzas in here are huge, and although they are served for one there is easily enough to feed two people if you have a flat garlic bread on the side.
One of the things I love the most about Zizzi's is that the kitchen is based in the restaurant, so you can see the chef's at work. All the ingredients are fresh and that reflects in the quality and taste of their dishes.
I've often found that during busy times the restaurant can feel a little over crowded and therefore very noisy, but if you can secure a booth this isn't a problem at all.
A popular italian restaurant.