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Zizzi Restaurant Review, Richmond, London

Updated on December 10, 2014

Restaurant Review: Zizzi (Italian)

I try to avoid eating in chain restaurants, but sometimes there is little other choice. On any high street you may be quite close to a small independent restaurant, but they are rarely in the more expensive prominent, convenient locations, so unless you know of their existence a good consistent chain restaurant may have to suffice. Zizzi is just such a place, serving consistently good quality, simple, Italian food. The pizzas are particularly good and excellent value too. Everything is approximately Italian in style, rather than Italian American, albeit never quite as good as the real thing.


I have been to a few Zizzi restaurants in London and have found them to be fairly consistently good. My local one, in Richmond, West London, is the best that I have been to, partly because the staff very are good, friendly and seem to care about the job. There is also a good Zizzi restaurant in Twickenham, West London.

Zizzi also has some very good voucher offers if you register your name address and email with them, every month or so you may receive a electronic voucher by email allowing you half price meals, two courses for £10 or something similar, although they are not yet part of the excellent Tesco Clubcard restaurant voucher scheme.

Zizzi Restaurant, Richmond, West London

Map of Richmond - Where is Zizzi Restaurant?

Address: 4-5 King's Street, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW9 1ND

Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 2809

Opening Times: Mon - Sun: 11:00 - 23:00

Zizzi Menu, Lunch Menu and Special Offers

The menu is fairly typical Italian, although it is divided up into eleven sections: aperitif, nibbles, starters, pasta, risotto, pizza, calzone, side salad, salad, deserts and drinks. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning stove, which is visible from the restaurant.

During the week, there is also a lunch menu giving a smaller selection of dishes at very reasonable prices and if you visit the Zizzi web-site and give your details you will also receive regular special offer vouchers which can be printed off and presented when asking for the bill (e.g. 2 courses for £10 or one meal for free)

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Marble Hill House, Twickenham, West London
Marble Hill House, Twickenham, West London

Nibbles and starters

Nibbles and starters

There are good pizza bread based starters, which can also be shared, such as garlic or tomato pesto bread, although these may be a bit too much bread, if you are going to follow it with a pizza. Alternatively there are some rather more expensive starters such as "Antipasto Zizzi" for £9.95 for two people or mussels for £5.65.

Pasta and Risotto dishes

Pasta and Risotto dishes

The pasta and risotto dishes range from about £7 for a simple Spaghetti Pomodoro to £11 for Linguine Gamberi or £12 for the Risotto di Pesce with a wide range of the usual favourites in between. The pasta dishes are usually cooked correctly (i.e. al dente) and the sauces are generally very good.

Pizza and Calzone

Pizza and Calzone

There are twelve pizzas and two calzone ranging from £6.50 for a Margherita to £10 for the Pizza di Mare, which are generally a very good approximation to a proper thin-crust Italian pizza, cooked in an authentic way in the large wood-burning oven. The Diavola is a potent hot pepperoni pizza with chilli, but all pizza are served with chilli oil if you like a bit more kick.

Salads

Salads

Salads range from side salads from about £3 to £9.50 for a Caesar salad with king prawns in case you want to have one instead of real food as a main course.

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Desserts

Desserts

I rarely manage to eat a dessert because I've already eaten too much by that stage, but Zizzi have some of the usual Italian favourites such as Tiramisu.

Drinks

Drinks

The wine list is fairly small but includes some good value wines such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Frascati ranging from £13 to £26 or £45 for the best Champagne. Italian lagers and soft drinks are also available.

Decor

Decor

The style of these restaurants is pleasant and a bit different from many chains. The Richmond one has stacked logs forming the walls, possibly to be used to fuel the oven.

Conclusion

Conclusion

As much as I hate the idea of recommending a franchise of a restaurant chain I have to admit that this chain, so far has proved to be a good alternative to the real thing.

Summary: Perhaps the best pizza from a chain restaurant

Advantages: Fairly authentic Italian with good special offers and lunch menu

Disadvantages: Chain restaurant

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Calzone is in my top 5 favorite foods of all time

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @MargoPArrowsmith: I forgot to say putting mayonnaise on French Fries (or chips as we call them) is actually a new experience for most brits too. We traditionally put salt and vinegar on our chips and more recently tomato ketchup, but in Belgium they always use mayo on their ... er... Belgian Fries. I probably first tried this in Belgium a few years ago and actually rather liked it. Now I'm a convert.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Yes. The bad English food is a bit of a myth based partly on history and on what people think we eat: postwar rationing and a history of fairly bland traditional dishes compared to spicier dishes from the warmer mediterranean countries coupled with the expectation of us eating low quality meat pies and offal (which the poor often had to eat in the past). It is however quite easy to find bad food in England (As in any country: I have even eaten bad food in Italy and France etc.) A lot of foreigners come to London in search of Fish and Chips and are often disappointed (or pleased to have their preconceptions confirmed) London has a very good selection of restaurants, especially Italian, French etc. but you may find it hard to find a good inexpensive English restaurant and American style food will often not be as good as in America nor anywhere near as big.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have only eaten in Lindes Farne and Durham, but I must say the food was gourmet. I had always heard how bad English food is, but that is not what I found.

      I must say, though, that I was a little taken aback by people putting mayonasse on French Fries.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have only eaten in Lindes Farne and Durham, but I must say the food was gourmet. I had always heard how bad English food is, but that is not what I found.

      I must say, though, that I was a little taken aback by people putting mayonasse on French Fries.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Albeit, I'm now very hungry and would love a calzone. Do you think they would deliver to Fargo? Wonderful lens Andy!!! ~ Thank for visiting my Kevin Skinner lens.

      Bless you,

      Susie

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Someday I'll visit London!

      Thanks for sharing.

      Lizzy