Zizzi Glasgow - An Italian with Passion
Chains are generally looked down upon by the food writing community, but I really like Zizzi. Glasgow has three Zizzi restaurants competing against the independent restaurants that are thriving in the city.
Classic Italian Dishes
There are classic dishes such as spaghetti alla bolognese, which is always a good one to test a restaurant with - does it taste homemade? This one certainly did with a good amount of minced meat throughout and a huge, home-style portion. Arancini - risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella, peas and served with a chunky tomato peperonata dip. These are hardly seen in Italian restaurants, and I don’t know why – perfect starter material. Full of flavour and perfect for stealing off your partners plate!
The insalata caprese is tomato, basil, baked dough sticks with roughly ripped mozzarella. Lightly seasoned flavoursome tomatoes, delicious breadsticks – a slight hint of garlic and chewy. The mozzarella is very creamy and a good chunk is served.
Photo Credit: Garry Knight, flickr.
A dish I had never tried before is on the menu here - casareccia pollo picante, tomato and spinach sauce with harissa spiced chicken. The chicken was spicy and hit the spot, I returned for another pinch of some chicken. It's always good to drag someone with different tastes to yourself so you can try different dishes from the menu. The waitress brought over fresh parmesan for grating (none of that ready grated rubbish ) and gave us as much as we wanted.
Coffee and Dessert
Of course the most important course in my mind was still to come, dessert, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve only had really good tiramisu in two places, the other being Oscars in Newton Mearns and this was mmmm, creamy and full of sweetness. The sponge was still intact not mushy and broken into bits - bliss.
A couple of lattes to keep us happy. Good coffee (for me) and lovely designed cups and saucers too. The coffee was hot for a long time, which meant we could have a good natter.
Zizzi have lots of special offers on their website, two for one deals and good three course anytime set menu deals as well.
Zizzi can be found at Royal Exchange Square, 8 Cresswell Lane and Princes Square in Glasgow. If you’ve never been before I’d recommend visiting the one on Royal Exchange Square which is set in an impressive building that was originally a bank.
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Emma is a freelance writer living in Glasgow. Loving all things food, she started her own blog, Food and Drink Glasgow, to record her dining experiences in and around Glasgow. The blog showcases the best of Glasgow as well as Edinburgh and some choice picks of Europe. With the top spot on Urbanspoon for Glasgow as well as a BBC Good Food Show Blogger spell under her belt, there's not much she hasn't tasted.