Friday, 8 February 2013

Lunch at Zizzi

The other Friday I took a long lunch break and went to Zizzi with a couple of girls from my office. Zizzi may be a chain, but the food is lovely, and the atmosphere at this particular restaurant is surprisingly relaxed given its location inside the sometimes-hectic One New Change shopping centre.

Zizzi has a typically Italian menu of delicious pasta dishes and decadent pizzas, but it also offers a decent selection of healthier options. My friend and I both decided to try the Skinny Rustica pizzas from the guilt-free range. My Bufala pizza (topped with buffalo mozarella, sun-blushed tomatoes, basil and rocket) was delicious, and my friend's Primavera (with aubergine, olives, peppers, artichoke and goat's cheese) looked pretty good too! Both had lovely doughy bases, delicious tomato passata and just enough cheese, and - stylishly presented on wooden boards alongside a mound of mixed salad - they certainly didn't leave us feeling deprived.

The third member of our party went for another guilt-free option - the aptly named Superfood Salad. Drizzled with balsamic vinegar and accompanied by a pair of doughy breadsticks, this was a tasty and nutritious mixture of butternut squash, courgette, lentils, broadbeans, goat's cheese, salad leaves and mint. My friend added grilled chicken to her salad for a well-balanced and filling lunch.

To celebrate the end of "dry January" (not that any of us had actually suceeded!) we ordered a carafe of Merlot with our lunch - at £12.55 for 500ml this was good value, and definitely a nice way to finish the week!
Happy Friday!

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