There’s a new Zizzi in Manchester, and it’s a fine spot to enjoy an impromptu Italian treat, apres-shopping!
The top end of Manchester’s King Street is becoming, as well as a fashion seeker’s haven with Vivienne Westwood, concept boutique Hervia and DKNY amongst the retailers hiding out up there, something of a food destination for hungry shoppers.
Historically the city’s finance quarter, the exodus of the banking institutions has left some amazing Victorian buildings ready to be converted to new use. The newest Zizzi in Manchester has used the wonderful space that was the old Lloyds bank right on the intersection with Cross Street. It’s a vast, stunning, voluminous space that is a pleasure to visit. Renovated by Zizzi beautifully, the space feels warm and welcoming despite its size. A perfect space for relaxing after shopping, especially with kids in tow.
Seating is varied, with a bar-type area with high stools at the entrance, and then comfortable booths and tables all under the stained glass dome and looking on to the open kitchen complete with pizza oven. We visited on a wet afternoon after seeing the new Pan movie (which we loved by the way despite the mixed reviews).
The menu, which is a brand new for Zizzi launching in October, has the tasty and wide range of Italian choices you’d expect from pizza and pasta staples, to meat and fish options. The Pizza Rustica are handstretched and all cooked in the kitchen’s wood burning oven. We tried the rather delicious vegetarian Primavera with goats’ cheese, aubergine, artichoke, peppers, olives, mozzarella, slow roasted tomatoes, green pesto & rocket which came on a health wholemeal, white & spelt base. You can also go for some appealing sounding Classic pizzas, or if you’re watching your calorie count, Skinny options. The Zizzi Spiedini are also a good bet. Consisting of a Mediterranean hanging skewer of oven roasted meat or fish, served over Tuscan potatoes look great and the spiedini pescatore Juicy king prawns, salmon and courgettes was full of flavour. Also make sure you leave room for the Zizzi-Little-Soul-Bread that will be brought out. Yummy.
Kids are equipped with colouring materials on arrival which is always a good sign or a restaurant used to accommodating the whole family. The kids menu offers make your own pizza and pasta so the kids can choose their toppings and sauces. Children’s pizzas are generous and handmade in the pizza oven too and the fluxlings mopped them up
Deserts are dominated by the Zizzi Gelato with sundaes, scooped ice-creams and sorbets with a range of extra toppings. The chocolate ice-cream, with dark Ghanaian cocoa, is recommended which had a intense chocolate flavour, not the milky version offered by so many eateries. The Tiramisu was also a good choice!
With its convenient location, stunning architecture and relaxed, friendly service, as well as the wide ranging Italian menu and handmade pizzas, this new addition to the Zizzi rosta is a great option for an impromptu meal when out shopping, or before the theatre.