After a rather hectic morning and afternoon on the day of my graduation, we decided to go out for a relaxing dinner to celebrate! Last time my parents visited me in Lincoln we decided to try out the Italian restaurant – Zizzi on Brayford Wharf. We really loved it and thought we would go back again this time too 🙂
One of my favourite things about this restaurant is it’s beautiful exterior and interior. When you walk up to the restaurant, usually outdoor tables are fenced off and surrounded by large planters filled with fragrant herbs. As you enter the building the room is filled with silver birch trees that appear from the floor and disappear into the ceiling. During the evening these trees are lit up by fairy lights which give a great ambiance. The restaurant is set on two levels, the first has a combinations of free standing tables and booths with the bar along the side and large windows looking out across the Brayford. The second has similar tables and another of my favourite parts of the restaurant – the open kitchen decorated with wooden log wall, hanging meats and large open pizza oven.
We were seated quickly to a table on the second level, in view of the kitchen – which I was really glad of, as I love to watch the food being prepared. We looked over the drinks menu and decided on a bottle of house prosecco and a jug of water for the table. The service of the prosecco was very well done, opened at the table, poured for us and in an ice bucket.
We then set about browsing the menu, which has a really good selection of Italian dishes – from rustic pizzas to fresh seafood risotto. Last time we visited we tried the Italian bread bucket, and absolutely loved it! We decided to order it again, as well as antipasti Siciliani, and we weren’t disappointed. The bread bucket is presented wrapped in Italian inspired paper inside a small silver bucket, and comes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar that is poured for you at the table. The bread is a mixture of twisted bread sticks and larger slices of fresh baked bread seasoned with rock salt, olive oil and rosemary. The bread is beautifully baked and is complimented well by the olive oil and balsamic vinegar dipping sauce. The antipasti Siciliani came well presented on a long wooden board and was covered in a great selection of soft roasted peppers, aubergines, tomatoes, chili flavoured whole green olives, ripped buffalo mozzarella, artichokes and dough sticks. I really enjoyed both these starters! The two work really well together – ripping pieces of bread, dipping them in the olive oil and balsamic then topping them with bits and pieces from the antipasti platter.
After we finished our starters, our plates were cleared quickly and our mains were with us within 20 minutes. We ordered: Pizza rustica – Piccante, Pizza rustica – Sofia, Risotto di pesce and Ravioli di capra. The pizzas came presented on large wooden boards – the piccante is topped with spicy n’duja sausage, pepperoni, salami, roquito chili, mushroom, mozzarella, rocket and mascarpone, while the sofia comes with spicy chicken and sausage, pepperoni, chili and rosemary. Both pizzas had a thin and crispy base, were generous topped with a good mixture of toppings and had really good flavour. They were both pretty spicy, but the piccante was hotter – so if you aren’t a fan of heat I would pick out another pizza!
The risotto came in a deep bowl and was loaded with fresh seafood, including mussels, king prawns and squid rings! Mussels were left in their shells and arranged upright, topped with coriander – which looked really good. The rice was well cooked, not stodgy with plenty of flavour and topped with grated parmesan if you like.
The ravioli came presented in a shallow bowl and covered with a delicious tomato sauce containing whole baby tomatoes, topped with toasted pine nuts and fresh pesto. The ravioli is soft and packed full of creamy goats cheese and spinach. The tomato sauce on top gives a tangy contrast to the strong goats cheese flavour, while the toasted pine nuts give a nutty crunch and the pesto a fresh light flavour. The last time we visited I ordered this, and it was so good I had to order it again. Quite honestly when we visit again, which we will, even though I really want to try something new, I may very well have it again!
After such a long day, we were pretty tired and full by the end of our mains, so we decided to pass on desserts – but I did like the look of their gelatos, especially the pistachio flavour.
I really love this restaurant! The service is amazing – really quick and friendly, making sure we had everything we needed and making conversation throughout our visit. There is a good selection of food and it is both well presented and full of interesting flavours. I will definitely be visiting again, and would recommend Zizzi to anyone who enjoys great Italian food!
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