Restaurants, Italian Covent Garden
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This grown-up sister of the ASK chain is becoming quite fanciable after a series of makeovers with glamorous new interiors. Like ASK, Zizzi offers calzone as well as pizza, 15 or so plates of pasta and risotto, and salads. The fiorentina pizza is made delicious with creamy buffalo-milk ricotta and a final flourish of grated nutmeg and garlic oil. Wines start at £12.95 a bottle for trebbiano or Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and all apart from the Chianti and champagnes are under £25. Desserts looked interesting (caramelised bananas with waffles, warm tart of plums), but service was so slow we began to wish we’d never ordered them.


Venue name: Zizzi
Address: 20 Bow Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £6.50-£11.95
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Vera S

I'm such a sucker for Zizzi it's a little bit sad - and while they have nicer branches than the one in Covent Garden (try Kingston!), I've still never had any major complaints here.

The food quality is always high at this friendly, reasonably priced chain. The selection of starters is overwhelming. Their little soul bread is warm, freshly baked and heavenly on its own or dipped into some of their chilli oil. The arancini - breaded risotto balls with a mozarella middle - is served with a sweet, home-made tomato sauce and the crisp outer finish makes it irresistible. Be wary of their sharer selection board starter! It is more than enough for at least three people (and trust me, I can eat a lot!), and you don't want to have a major foodgasm before you even get to mains. If you want a small lunch however, definitely go for this.

As someone who tends to count calories on better weeks, I adore that they provide skinny pizzas, and that they are actually delicious and filling. I recommend their calzone for those with a bigger appetite - the variation with cream, spinach, mushrooms, salami and lots of cheese is melt-in-mouth warm dough filled with heavenly picks, and certainly will leave you stuffed to the top.

Make space for dessert though, because their salted caramel tart is a heavenly delight, with crunchy rock salt and sweet caramel balancing in a perfectly constructed slice of cake. 

With reasonable prices in such a central area, delicious cocktails, friendly staff and adorable interior design, I don't know what's not to love about Zizzi.


Been to the Strand branch a couple of times and was impressed. Nice decor, good service and the food is a bit more varied than some place. The pasta is good [portions a tad small] and the pizza is also worth it. They also do one or two less ordinary dishes. All in all a good night out.