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Zizzi (St John's Wood)
Member Name: Helen477
Zizzi (St John's Wood)
Advantages: Tasty Italian food, cheap with voucher
Disadvantages: Slightly long wait, pricy wine
I've visited a few of the restaurants in the Zizzi chain and I do think that although the menus are exactly the same, each venue differs greatly in terms of service and atmosphere. Tonight, I visited the branch in Edinburgh's West End at Queensferry Street and I think it's top!
I booked the restaurant earlier in the day - a table for two for 6pm. Me and my sister regularly visit Zizzi for a quick bite to eat and catch up. One of the main reasons for this is the regular vouchers offering discounts - we can't resist a bargain! If you haven't already, and you like a pizza or pasta, then sign up to the Zizzi newsletter on their website and you'll receive offers to dine cheaply around every two weeks. The current voucher is for two main course for £12. While this isn't a huge amount of their regular prices it still makes a visit worthwhile.
We arrived and our waiter was friendly from the beginning. He asked how our day had been and commented on the horrible weather (well it is Scotland!). Although it was busy he offered us a choice of two tables and left us to look at the menu.
A waitress arrived at our table very soon afterwards to take our drink orders. My sister ordered a large Peroni and I ordered a large glass of Pinot Grigio. We were also asked if we would also like tap water, which I think is a nice touch. Our drinks were brought swiftly.
We both knew what we wanted so quickly ordered a garlic bread and cheese to share to start. My sister ordered the Calzone Carne Piccante and I ordered the Trentino.
The calzone is described as: An irresistible meat feast with marinated chicken, meatballs and Bolognese. With mushrooms, chilli, mozzarella and tomato. Served with mixed salad.
The Trentino is described as: From the mountainous north with smoked ham, buffalo milk mozzarella, Santos tomatoes, rocket and grana padano cheese.
Our starter arrived quickly and our waiter advised us to try it with the chilli oil readily available on our table. There was an ample portion for two people, in fact in my opinion too much for one person for a starter. The bread was okay, but I thought the cheese and caramelised onion topping was lovely. Our plates were cleared quickly and we began to chat.
I would say here is where the service fell a little - we waited around 20 minutes for our food and although it was quite busy others who had ordered after us were served before us. Our waitress did apologise once and then our food soon arrived.
I think the pizzas are very generously sized, in fact neither of us finished ours. I really liked mine although I found it a little difficult to cut. The thin base meant it was kind of slipping about and at points I thought it was going to fly across the table. I quite like my pizza pre-cut but this is a personal opinion!
My sister enjoyed her Calzone which was filled with meat. I thought the meals were good value and tasty without being outstanding in their quality.
Our plates were cleared quickly and I asked for the bill. This was received quickly however when we went to pay we waited ten minutes and when we tried to pay with another waiter he asked us to wait for our own server. We were in a bit of a hurry so I didn't think this was great.
As I said the food is reasonably priced, however if you do like a vino (I do!) these are a little steeper. £6.50 for a large glass of house is a bit steep in Edinburgh, especially in a chain restaurant.
However, for a quick Italian, use a voucher and I think you'll find it worth your while. However, never go without a voucher because they're available so often it's not worth it!
Summary: Good for a quick pizza, always take a voucher