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“Very good food”
Review of Zizzi - Reading

Zizzi - Reading
Ranked #28 of 621 Restaurants in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: At Zizzi we like to do things a little differently. We don’t do over-complicated recipes or scrimpy portion sizes. We’re all about the well-chosen ingredients, simply put together to make exceptional Italian food.This restaurant is situated slightly off the beaten track towards the bottom of Kings Road and surrounded by offices and residential buildings, but in easy walking distance of the Oracle Shopping Centre. It’s a perfect venue for business lunches, office and private parties, even for weekends, with a basement floor and a self-contained bar.And if you’re celebrating something special, see if our private dining area is right for you.
Reading, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very good food”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a great restaurant for a night out and they serve just what's on the tin: 'Very good food.' Great atmosphere, would definately come back again.

  • Visited July 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Reasonable food at OK prices but no different to other similar chains”
Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

We visited on a Monday lunchtime in Jan 2013.
The restaurant was quiet with one server - food came quickly and the server was fine - not brilliant but fine for a chain restaurant.
We had a voucher so the cost of the meal was good value (one free main course) but had we paid for everything I would have said it was a touch expensive for what we got.
The starter of pizza base with tomato and pesto was excellent - such a simple idea but well done and well presented.
The folded pizza (calzone) was good - but 3 small bits of chicken inside seems a bit mean even if you do have 5 small meatballs - however it was tasty and a good size overall. I have had identical food in Prezzo presented in a better way and more generous filling.
The meat ravioli was disappointing (filling sparse and not too flavoursome the sauce gave all the flavour).
For a lunch this was fine but if I came for an evening meal then I would have been disappointed.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“yummy food”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

very good food at reasonable prices,service is very friendly we never manage a pudding as the main meal always fills us up.the waitress is always very caring making sure you sit were you want which is a nice touch., it is always worth looking on the internet before you go as they often have money off coupons that you can use .

  • Visited January 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good value for money”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Although the name suggests an Italian restaurant and the menu is obviously Italian, don't forget that you are not in Italy. Many people have high expectations, a feeling which most of us have. nevertheless, this restaurant serves some really good food. I haven't tried everything on the menu and therefore don't have an opinion for everything, but still the things i have tried for me are very good but more importantly price wise (factor that influences more people) the food cost is very decent. You don't need a fortune to have a nice meal and Zizzi's is the place. I am not a regular there but i go once every 2 months and will definitely suggest this and recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank xose j
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Dreadful! Go to Wokingham branch instead!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

We eat in Zizzi's in both Camberley and Wokingham regularly, partly for the good menu and partly as I am colieac and their menu is very helpful for me indicating gluten free and they also have gluten free pasta. We requested a quiet table as we were meeting frieds and wished to be able to talk amongst ourselves comfortably; we thought they had done so until we realised (too late to move) that we were going to be stuck next to 15 people at a long table and right next to the cutlery drop off - the staff didn't bother mentioning the specials board which was at the other end of the restaurant and invisible from where we were seated - in other Zizzi's they are on the actual menu - they knew little about their menu or their wines and the service was very poor and inattentive. We ordered olives and a bottle of wine while we waited for our friends which were supplied quite quickly but when they were shown to the table some 20 minutes later, we had to wait another 20 minutes before a waitress came back to see if they wanted anything and to bring their menus. After that it was ANOTHER twenty minutes before she came back to take our order! We were served by four different members of staff through the meal, once we got their attention and there were clearly not enough staff on duty and those that were needed a great deal more training.

Food was adequate but lukewarm when served.

We shall not be going back to this branch as it was an utter waste of money.

  • Visited October 2012
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