Italian food is not just about pizza and pasta. If an Italian host ever invites you to their home to dine, they could serve you pizza or pasta just to keep you from being disappointed but they are sure to serve something else. If you want a taste of real Italian home cooking then, there is only one place to go – Zizzi Ristorante.
If you’ve wondered how Italians could survive so long with all the eating and merry making, it’s all about the wine. Yes, Italian food is always good with wine and in Zizzi’s you will have a whole selection. For white wine that goes well with fish, you have a choice from a refreshing pear and apricot flavor of Marche Trebbiano, juicy pears and lemon taste of Lazio Frascati, the succulently fruity Sicilla Viognier, the subtle Veneto Pinot Grigio, the fresh pineapple flavor of Veneto Sauvignon Blanc and the aromatic Piemonte Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi 2011. For a meaty meal they have the romantic red wines with choices from the sweet cherry juicy Sicilia Nero D’avola, the rich black cherry Abruzzo Montepulciano, the spicy plum flavor of Sicilia Merlot, the Luscious black cherry rich Sicilia Organic Shiraz, the dry velvety taste of Cantina Bonacchi Toscana Chianti Risverva 2008, or the sweet spice of Pieminte Chiarlo Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2011. Zizzi personnel are always ready to suggest the most popular wine selection that goes well with every meal choice so don’t ever hesitate to ask.
Aside from the right wine, the best way to experience a good Italian meal is to have a full triple entrée of appetizer, main and dessert and for this, Zizzi has a full meal option in their three-course anytime set menu. You can start off with an Antipasti Platter. You can order plate with a selection of Italian Cured Meats or for no-meat appetizers, they have Calamari Rings, Garlic Bread with Mozzarella and Balsamic Onions, Mixed Olives or, just simply get a plate full of Tomatoes and Pesto Bread.
For the main meal, if you want something hot and spicy, you can get the Calzone Carne Piccante, spicy picante chicken, mini beef meatballs, mushrooms, chili, tomatoes and bolognaise. Or, for an Italian spicy fresh seafood treat, you can choose King Prawn Linguine that’s king prawns and courgette ribbons in a hot roquito chili tomato and lobster sauce. Two pizzas are featured in the combo meals; Sofia Rustica Pizza; spicy chicken, pepperoni, spicy sausage, mozzarella, green chili and rosemary and their new Skinny Primavera Pizza with goat’s cheese, roasted Aubergine, artichokes, peppers, slow roasted tomatoes, olives and fresh oregano, a totally filling yet purely vegetarian meal. For other chicken entrees, you have the Pappardelle Pollo Funghi that’s made from roasted chicken in tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and rosemary sauce or the Pollo Prosciutto; that’s chicken breast wrapped on prosciutto ham and sage with a white wine sauce, Tuscan potatoes and green beans. For classic spaghetti, try the Spaghetti Pomodoro which is a perfect blend of mozzarella, baby plum and basil. And lastly for a light meal you can go for the Super Zucca Salad; the perfect combination of roasted butternut squash, goat’s cheese, mint, lentils, greens beans and salad leaves tossed in a white balsamic dressing and served with dough sticks.
For dessert, you can either go for an Italian ice cream, Gelati E Sorbetti, a Chocolate Melt Pudding or a spongy Tiramisu.
Finally, to end a perfect meal, have a shot of the lemony liquor – Limoncello.
If you are tired of the same old pizzas and pastas that try to make a general description of Italian food, visit Zizzi and really feel what it is like to have a Italian meal. It is one of the few places where authentic Italian cuisine is served and can be enjoyed.