A piacere, Zizzi, e arrivederci!

I studied Italian for 3 years while studying for my undergraduate degree and decided to make it my minor subject. I spent 5 weeks in Italy many years ago, 3 weeks at language summer school improving my Italian and 2 of those weeks travelling around the country. To say I’ve got a special place in my heart for Italy, the big hearted people and their love of good food is an understatement.

When a friend decided to celebrate her birthday at Zizzi, I was a bit apprehensive about whether or not the food would be good, but I can most definitely say it’s not bad. Not bad at all.

Zizzi first opened it’s first restaurant in 1999. Each restaurant is unique in that it only sources the freshest ingredients from local suppliers while providing affordable Italian food to local customers. The Edinburgh branch on Queensferry Street opened a few years back, but I never got a chance to try it.

I like the simple modern atmosphere of the restaurant. It’s usually busy, but the tables are quite spaced out so you usually don’t have too much trouble having a conversation. It was a bit more difficult when we were there because we had a big long table of approximately 16 people.

Little oil cans filled with chilli and olive oil

Italians really know the way to a person’s tummy. I’m a big believer in eating what makes you happy; you can’t really make good decisions on an empty stomach. I love my food and although I enjoy good food, I most enjoy the simple dishes that make you feel like you’re eating home cooked meals.

We shared some bread sticks from the bread bucket and garlic bread with mozarella and caramelised onions. They were amazingly good! Never thought I’d appreciate a cheesey onion garlic bread so much!

Italian bread basket with focaccia bread and bread sticks served with olive oil and rosemary

Garlic bread with mozarella and caramelised balsamic onions

My favourite way of judging whether an Italian eatery is good or not is through their pasta. Once you’ve had fresh pasta, you never forget the taste and eating store bought pasta just doesn’t taste the same.

King prawn linguine with courgette ribbons in a hot roquito chilli, tomato & lobster sauce

Can’t remember what the OH ordered, but I believe it’s their Rustica Smoky Calabrese pizza

All in all, it was a good meal. It appears their menu changes with available seasonal produce. I’m not sure if I would go back, maybe it’s worth another visit, but for what it’s worth, it’s a restaurant with reasonable prices for an Italian meal out.

There are 4 Zizzi restaurant locations in Edinburgh. The one we visited can be found at 42 Queensferry Street, EH2 4RA. To reserve a table, you can use their online booking system or call 0131 225 6937.

Has anybody else visited any of the other Zizzi restaurants? What do you think of their food?


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