Pizza and Pasta, nom nom nom, Italian food is one of my absolute faves when it comes to dining out. So when the Beard and I decided to celebrate our three year anniversary (a belated celebration as we both forgot, oops!) we chose to dine at Zizzi Ristorante. We went to the one located on Finchley Road and I would just like to point out how incredible the service was here. I am always baffled at how restaurant staff are able to take all your orders without writing anything down! I was a terrible waitress, even with a notepad.
Zizzi’s currently have their Autumn menu in full swing and it’s mighty delicious. We ordered an assortment of starters for us to share. We had olives, the Zizzi Antipasta, Calamari and the Fonduta Formaggi, which by the way was super tasty, described by Zizzi as “a melting pot of gorgonzola, gruyère & pecorino cheese with baked dough sticks & focaccia bread”. Although alarmed that we had maybe ordered too many starters, we didn’t leave a single crumb.
For my main dish I went for something a little different, chosing the Ravioli Pescatore which is Prawn and Crab ravioli with a Lobster bisque, baby plum tomatoes, courgette and a white wine sauce. It was very tasty, and might I add very filling. The Beard went for the Rustica Pulled Pork Rosmarino, a brand new Pizza of Pulled Pork on a base of Fior di Latte mozzarella, Grana Padano & rosemary, topped with prosciutto shards, roast squash & baby watercress, served with a side dish of apple sauce. Now thats an Autumn dish. He ate every slice and described the pizza as “Perfect”, a very well thought out recipe according to him (and trust me he knows his food).
I was the only one eating dessert, the Beard doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Although the brand new Pomegranate sorbet looked delicious, I’m a chocoholic and I just couldn’t resist the Chocolate melt, a hot gooey chocolate pudding served with cold vanilla ice cream. I literally woofed it down in seconds. Afterwards we washed down our food with a shot of lemon liqueur, which certainly cleansed our pallets.
It was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in ages, and so well-priced too. Whilst the Beard picked a few things off the Autumn menu, all my dishes (including the Calamari starter) where from a Christmas set menu, that offers three courses and a glass of Proseco for just £21.95. This particular menu would be perfect for Christmas parties. There is a cheaper option of £17.95 for three courses should you not want the Proseco. Head to zizzi.co.uk to see their full menu, find out the recipes or make a booking.