The other weekend, when Charl and I popped to Coliseum Shopping Park, not only did we do a bit of trend spotting, but we also refueled before the drive home via a little Italian chain restaurant called Zizzi.
Zizzi gives itself the tagline of ‘Individually Italian’ over on the website, but does it live up to the expectations of quality and deliciousness that our Italian friends are known for? There was only one way to find out…
Perusing the menu, there was a lot to choose from. From the range of starters, through to dessert, it seemed like a thorough, but simple menu to follow, as well as featuring a few classics alongside more contemporary dishes. To kick things off, we went straight in for a sharing platter.
The Cicchetti Sharing Board had a selection of the following items: Mini Calzones with spicy Nduja sausage, chicken & pepper skewers, oven-baked king prawn skewers, white bean & basil pesto dip pot with veg sticks & arancini risotto balls. All served with pepperonata & aioli dips.
Whilst the calzone and risotto balls were the stand out items from the starter and I could have eaten a billion times more of both. The thing that let it down a little was the rather obscure veg sticks and dip presentation, where they were hastily put in a glass on top of the dip… Now I dunno about you, but I do like to have full control over my dippy veg. But regardless of that, it was an excellent starter to prime us for the main course.
For main course, I chose Pollo Prosciutto. I’m not sure why, as when the mains came out I immediately wondered why I hadn’t chose what Charl had. Always the case though isn’t it? Mine was still fairly tasty, all the same.
With a juicy chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, served with the most perfect little roast Tuscan potatoes I’ve ever tried, this was certainly the type of dish you need on a Sunday. Warming, homely and kind of healthy (apart from the white wine sauce I reckon), it was just what I needed. The flavours could have done with a little more to liven things up – perhaps more seasoning in the sauce, but overall it was just right after walking around for a few hours.
Then on to dessert. Fully aware that I always tend to over-stuff my belly at any given occasion, I chose the sensible option of gelato. Choosing 3 different flavours, I went for Coconut, Chocolate and Vanilla. Charl, on the other hand, once again chose a dish to make me envious.
Espresso Affogato is basically the dream dessert I never had. Vanilla gelato & mascarpone cream, is served with an espresso on the side to pour over, alongside amaretti biscuits for a crunchy texture. It looked dreamy. However, I wasn’t too disgruntled, as I had polished off my gelato with a lovely salted caramel latte.
Overall, I have learnt that I should just let Charl choose my food for me, as she appears to give me complete food envy when it comes to choosing Italian dishes…
Speaking of envy….
Did you know that if you’re a student, you can get a shed load of offers (including money off at Zizzi) over on the UNiDAYS website? I swear, when I was a student, the best we’d get would be 10% off at Dotty P’s or something. If you download the app you can sign up and get so much money off so many things!
Can I borrow someone’s student ID please?
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration in UNiDAYS who kindly provided the meal at Zizzi.