We’re going for *crouches down* PIZZA *jumps in the air* – Miss J
Last week, the four of us headed to Zizzi in Nottingham to try out their latest menu and to learn more about the sweet pizza recently added to their dessert options.
The Zizzi in Nottingham is just off the main square in the city centre. We were seated quickly in a quiet booth downstairs and were relieved to find the air conditioning on as it was an exceptionally hot day.
The kids were presented immediately with crayons, a colouring sheet and some stickers, which kept them busy during the very short wait for their starters.
Some even ended up on Miss J’s hat.
The children ate from the very reasonably priced Kid’s Menu, which includes three courses and a chococino (a mini hot chocolate) for £6.95, plus an optional drink for 50p each.
The children’s starters consisted of a couple of little freshly made bread sticks and some carrot and cucumber batons. These went down really well with the kids, although some kind of dip to go with it would’ve been ideal.
While the kid’s tucked in, I had the Tomato and pesto bread, a very generous portions of thinly rolled, freshly baked pizza bread with tomato passata, basil and pine nut pesto. Really fresh tasting and delicious.
Meanwhile Mark chose the Garlic bread with mozzarella which was the same type of bread but this time topped with creamy melted cheese and a sweet, mouth-watering layer of caramelised balsamic onions. Absolutely divine.
I might have said here that the starters were too generous, but with the kid’s stealing slice after slice, they were soon all gone. As they muched away, I had to grab these shots to show you how beautifully presented everything is. Aren’t these boards cool?
The whole restaurant has a really cool, clean, rustic touch and the atmosphere is relaxed – perfect for a family meal.
For their mains, both JD and Miss J opted for pizza. Both were a good size with thin base and generous, but not excessive toppings. JD ate all of his with glee.
Miss J managed three slices, which is pretty impressive for a not quite 3 year old.
For my main, I chose the Super Zucca Salad, made from roasted butternut squash, goats’ cheese, mint, courgette, lentils, green beans and salad leaves tossed in a white balsamic dressing and served with dough sticks.
This was exceptionally delicious, with the mint complementing the lentils beautifully and the fresh, crunchy veg perfectly dressed and topped with creamy goat’s cheese. Amazing.
Mark went for the Calzone Carne Piccante, which contained spicy piccante chicken, mini beef meatballs, mushroom, chilli, tomatoes and bolognese in a light, crisp pizza dough envelope.
Tired as we were at the end of a long week, we didn’t notice mushrooms were included, which Mark can’t eat. Oops!
One bite in, he noticed and the staff were so lovely about it, whisking the calzone away and delivering a mushroom-free one before I’d finished my salad. We were really impressed with the polite, smiley service and Mark said it was the nicest calzone he’d had in years.
To finish, the kids had ice cream and a chococino.
Mark and I shared what we were really there to try, the new Chocolate & strawberry pizza, made with melting marshmallows and fresh strawberries drizzled with warm chocolate & hazelnut sauce.
I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it but oh my, it’s good! The topping is sparing so that it’s not at all sloppy, the strawberries are juicy, the chocolate sauce rich and there’s a hint of crunch from a sprinkling of sugar. Very, very tasty. The kids stole some of it too – they have TARDIS like stomachs, I reckon.
The whole meal, including six drinks and four three course meals came to around £60. Very good value for an excellent family meal.
Let me know if you try it for yourself, and please come back next week when I’ll be sharing my own take on the sweet pizza concept.
Disclosure: we were given the meal for review