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Zizzi (Bow St)

I've never been compelled to write a review, good or bad, about a restaurant before. However, after having gone to Zizzi's on Bow Street today to celebrate my birthday and being thoroughly disappointed I feel I have to.

First off, my girlfriend and I arrived a bit early for a 7pm reservation to be told they had no knowledge of our reservation despite it being made 4 days in advance and verified one day prior to the actual event.

They then hastily put together two mismatched, wobbly tables right next to the door, which was open the entire time on a rather miserable cold, wet day.

After ordering some very overpriced and low quality champagne we went on to order the starters. As far as I'm concerned you can't really mess garlic bread up, yet Zizzi still managed to do so. The bread was oily, bland, stale and had almost no taste of garlic whatsoever.

Continuing with the main course, a mixture of pastas and pizzas around the table. The pastas were bland both in taste and appearance. The pizzas could only be described as eating very dry, hard cardboard and Zizzi is also very stingy with the ingredients. They don't offer steak knives, which some better places do, to allow you to more easily cut your pizza into slices. Instead we had to contend with blunt knives sawing furiously through the hardened base of the pizza. The whole time being especially careful so as not to elbow the person sitting next to you.

We had also brought a birthday cake with us, and had asked during the booking if this was ok. They had agreed that it would be no problem and that they could keep the cake refrigerated. However when they brought the cake out it was half melted and looked like it had been dropped or at least bashed about. It clearly had not been near a fridge.

To be completely honest there are so many very good Italian restaurants that there really is no excuse for the sheer lack of quality available here.

I for one will not be returning to Zizzi again but will much rather stick with my local Italian restaurant Pappagone, or La Porchetta, or if I must visit a large chain I'll go with Strada.

Monday, July 23, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3

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