Zizzi’s Cheltenham – Review by HungryOwlOn February 26, 2017 by HungryOwl
Zizzi’s in Cheltenham is in what was St James’ Church. What had once been the alter is now the kitchen. The upper balcony had a pianist playing on the evening we visited. What had once been the main body of the church with the pews, is now the dinning area and it was packed full of dinners. There was a lovely happy chatty atmosphere, aided by the large number of groups enjoying birthdays and other celebrations.
We had pre-booked and we were seated immediately. I had requested a quieter table and this was certainly accommodated as best as possible on a busy Friday. Despite the crowds of people, not long after we had selected out food and placed the menus back on the table our waitress came to take our order.
I had ordered Arancini with pulled pork and cheese. These where not like any Arancini I had even had before. They were a weird squashed shape and the inside of the balls bore no resemblance rice or meat….it just contained a mush with the same consistency of mashed potatoes. There was no seasoning in the Arancini or the salsa dip. It was all quite tasteless.
For my second course I had a pepperoni Campagna Classic Pizza. This was a joy of flavour from the lovely meats, mushrooms and a perfect amount of Thyme.
The final course was a dry and flavourless Tiramisu. It there was no hint of coffee or Brandy/Rum/Marsala.
The meal was accompanied by a lovely glass of Montepulciano and ended it with a reviving cappuccino.
Overall the meal was a bit of roller-coaster food wise, but the waitress was cheery and friendly throughout.