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Zizzi’s gluten free UK

By on December 18, 2015 in UK Restaurant Reviews

Zizzi’s is an Italian restaurant chain that is catering well for the gluten free customer.

I love pasta, so to be able to get gluten free pasta with a delicious topping at a restaurant makes Zizzi’s one of my favourite restaurants.  They have branches everywhere, so my gluten free pasta craving was easily met in London or Edinburgh or anywhere in between.

Zizzi's shop front

Zizzi allergen menu Oct 2014_opt

Zizzi’s Oct 2014 non-gluten menu

Zizzi’s gluten free menu

Zizzi’s first introduced Dove’s Farm organic gluten free fusilli in 2012 and more recently have added gluten free pizza to the menu.

The gluten free menu is now called a ‘non-gluten’ menu, listing the dishes without gluten containing ingredients.

When you arrive, ask for the allergen menu as well as the normal menu (so that you can see the prices!).  For the latest menu, go online (look for Allergen menu in the Menu section).

Zizzi allergen menu cover_opt  Zizzi Allergen table_opt

The menu changes fairly regularly, but the pictures give a guide as to what you will find.  If you have multiple issues, they provide a table for each dish and all the major allergens.

The food

I have very few photos of food, as I always had the same dish, which sadly is no longer on the menu.  Below is the pasta Arrabiata n’Duja, which was a spicy dish with sausage with marscopone cheese.  I always ordered the rocket & pear salad and mixed that in with the pasta – absolutely delicious!

The gluten free pasta does take a bit longer to prepare as fresh pots and utensils are used to avoid cross contamination.

Zizzi's gluten free pasta arrabiata_opt

As you can see, it is quite a large serve and I never think I will eat it all, but always do!  This meal washed down with a lovely glass of sauvignon blanc always made me one happy lady for the rest of the day.  If you have children, they also have a child friendly menu.

On one summer’s day I didn’t feel like such a big dish so ordered the chicken salad, which although very fresh and colourful, didn’t have very much chicken in it.

Zizzi's gluten free chicken salad_opt

My husband always has a (normal) pizza and particularly likes the meat ones.   The risottos are gluten free and I’ve seen other people blog about how nice they are, but I was never swayed by risotto over pasta!

The lowdown

Prices aren’t on the online menu, but for two people we usually spend around £30, including a glass of wine each.

The Zizzi restaurants are always nicely decorated and the staff are friendly.  As with most casual restaurants, if you go at lunchtime on a weekend you are likely to be faced with a large number of families with small children.  Our waiter at our old local knew we wanted to be as far away as possible from these groups and always directed us to the quietest corner!

Be sure to check out their offers page as often there are some great deals.  If you have a TasteCard, Zizzi’s also participate with their deals (bookings only).  You can also order takeaway food.

I think Zizzi’s is a great place for lunch or dinner as a couple, a family or a group of friends.

 

Zizzi Restaurants

There are close to 150 locations, so too many to mention here!  Suffice it to say you will find them in all major UK towns, including central London and the London suburbs.

www.zizzi.co.uk

 

PS  When some French friends visited, the name of the restaurant caused much mirth.  I will leave it to you to figure it out with the help of Google Translate 🙂

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .

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